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Carla Harrison

is our Day School Director. Mrs. Harrison is very excited to be a part of the Educational Ministry Team at EEDS!  A native of Norfolk, she is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Speech Communication. She came to EEDS after serving for 19 years as the Director and Pre-K four-year-old teacher at a local preschool.  She is passionate that a child’s first school experience should be a positive one where the child feels loved, successful, engaged and that “school is a good place to be.”

Mrs. Harrison and her husband have two married daughters, three grandchildren, and 3 golden retriever grand-dogs.  In her spare time, Mrs. Harrison enjoys gardening, traveling, cooking, and entertaining family and friends in her home. She is looking forward to partnering with you in the education of your preschooler.

Mary Green

is the Classroom Aide and Administrative |Assistant for EEDS.  Mary moved to Virginia from Pennsylvania six years ago.  She has been married to an active duty sailor for ten years and has two children, 9 and 7, and two rescue dogs.  She holds two Associate Degrees from Butler County Community College.  Mary is an active PTA member, avid crafter, and passionate reader but most of all enjoys spending time with her family.  

Kathy Atkinson

teaches one of our M-F Four-Year-Old classes.  Mrs. Atkinson is originally from Texas and has lived in Chesapeake, VA for the last twenty-six years. She studied at The University of Texas and Western Washington University where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has completed post-graduate work in the areas of speech, language development and reading.  Mrs. Atkinson has experience teaching preschool through fourth grade. Most recently, she served for 14 years as the lead three-year-old teacher at a local preschool.  This is her fourth year at EEDS.

Mrs. Atkinson has been married to her husband, Gary, for 40 years. They settled in the Hampton Roads area after he retired from his career as a naval aviator. They have two married daughters and  four young grand-daughters. In addition, Mrs. Atkinson is a nationally rated gymnastics judge for USA Gymnastics. When not teaching or judging gymnastics, she enjoys spending time with her family in the Catskill Mountains.


Elena Eaken

teaches one of our M-F Four-Year-Old classes. Mrs. Eaken is an Ohio native where she earned her B.A. in communications from Mount Union College. She has also studied Elementary Education at Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned her Pre-K - 6th Teaching Credentials (with a Meritorious Teacher designation) and she also taught four-year-olds at a local preschool.  This is her fourth year teaching at EEDS.

Mrs. Eaken has been married to her husband, Shawn, and living in Chesapeake for 17 years. She has three children ( two boys and one girl- ages 14, 9 & 7 ), two dogs and one cat. In her free time, she serves on her local PTA board, volunteers with her children's Scout troop/pack, enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 

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Emily Jones
is teaching the Monday, Wednesday, Friday Pre-K Class.  Although this is her first year at EEDS, Emily has a full background of preschool experience.  She grew up south of Baltimore and has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University.  Her professional experience includes developing and running a Preschool Program at a gymnastics studio and as a Student Teacher/Intern at Princess Anne Elementary School.  Emily coached gymnastics at a local studio and worked with their pre-competitive and competitive teams.  Previously, she coached gymnastics in Maryland for seven years.
She moved to Virginia three years ago to be with her now husband.  Emily has come back to teaching after the birth of her daughter, who is now one year old.  She enjoys spending her time on the beach with her husband, daughter and their dog.


Kathryn Walk

is thrilled to be teaching the Monday-Friday Three-Year-Old class.  She and her family just relocated back to Virginia due to a military transfer and are making themselves at home in Chesapeake.  Kathryn earned her BA in Psychology from Winthrop University and has loved teaching preschool for the past four years.

Kathryn has been married for 11 years and has two elementary age children and two dogs that keep her busy.  She enjoys running, animals, and spending time at the beach with her family.

Cherie Zorn

is the Lead Teacher in the MWF Three Year Old Class and the Tu/Th co-teacher in the Two-Year-Old class.  She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Cherie has over 17 years of experience in education and childcare.  She is a Navy wife and mother of 4.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping with her family.

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Kristen Blake
served EEDS as a Substitute Teacher last year and returned this year as the Monday, Wednesday, Friday co-teacher in the Two-Year-Old class then transitioned to the lead teacher in the M-F Three-Year-Old class.  As a Substitute Teacher, she gained hands-on experience with a variety of ages and became familiar with our schedules, routines, and teaching style, so it was a comfortable transition into this position.

A graduate of Towson University, Mrs. Blake returned to the work force after her youngest son left for college.  Her children attended EEDS when they were preschool age.
She is married to a retired Navy pilot, has three grown boys and a Chocolate Labrador.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, traveling and spending time with her family.


Athena Lovette
is the teacher in the Monday-Friday Two-Year-Old class. This is her fourth year of having the fun privilege of working with our two-year-olds. She has three teenagers and lives in Suffolk. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, good books, camping, and riding trails in her UTV.


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