Our Staff

MBP Director

Stephanie Roland

Ms. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Marymount University.  She began working at the Preschool in January of 2003 and has also assisted in various areas of the church. 

Ms. Stephanie has three adult children and a granddaughter, Parker.  Ms. Stephanie loves to get to know all of our amazing students and their families.

 MBP Assistant

Colleen Close-Young

Ms. Colleen holds a master’s degree in Psychological Services from Marymount University. She has been affiliated with Manassas Baptist Preschool for many years. Ms. Colleen started as a parent in the two-year-old program in 2009, was a Lead Teacher in the Jr. Kindergarten class for two years, and in 2019, she returned as Assistant to the Director.

Ms. Colleen is married and together she and her husband have six children and two adorable grandchildren.

  2 ½ Year Old Class

Lead Teacher: Lori Morton

Ms. Lori has been with Manassas Baptist Preschool since 2006. She started as an Assistant Teacher when her daughter attended MBP in the Jr. K class. Ms. Lori was promoted to Lead Teacher in 2008.

Ms. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree Longwood College (now University) majoring in Modern Language with a concentration in Spanish and minor in American Literature. She is married and has a son and a daughter.  Ms. Lori loves working with our youngest students in the Monkey Class and is looking forward to another great year!

2 ½ Year Old Class

Assistant Teacher: Erin Locke

Ms. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from George Mason University.  Ms. Erin began volunteering as a substitute at the preschool while her youngest attended the Jr. K class and joined the team full time in the fall of 2018.  

Ms. Erin lives in Manassas with her husband and three daughters, all of whom attended Manassas Baptist Preschool!  Ms. Erin is excited to be here with the 2 1/2 -year- old Monkeys!

3 Year Old Class

Lead Teacher: Tawanda Dawns

Ms. Tawanda has been with Manassas Baptist Preschool since 2009.  She began helping with the MOPS program, substituting and as an Assistant Teacher.

Ms. Tawanda has been the Lead Teacher for the 3’s class since 2012. She attended the University of South Carolina before leaving to pursue other endeavors. Ms. Tawanda is married with two children: a daughter and son.

3 Year Old Class

Assistant Teacher: Ms. Julie Galuski

Ms. Julie has been with Manassas Baptist Preschool since 2016 serving as a substitute and volunteer in the preschool before transitioning to an Assistant Teacher in 2017.

 Ms. Julie has been actively involved in MOPS for many years. She began attending MOPS with her children before taking on a leadership position and starting a new MOPS program in her church.  Ms. Julie is married with a son and a daughter in high school.

3 Day Jr. Kindergarten

Lead Teacher: Kim Sweet

Ms. Kim has been attending Manassas Baptist Church since 2001  and has been the Assistant Teacher for the 5-day Jr. Kindergarten since 2013. This upcoming school year will be Ms. Kim’s first year as a Lead Teacher!

Ms. Kim has also assisted with the MOPS program, Tuesday morning Bible Study childcare, and Wednesday night activities at the church. Ms. Kim is married and a daughter in middle school.  Ms. Kim’s family also includes a dog and a hamster.  She loves animals!  In her spare time, Ms. Kim enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.

3 Day Jr. Kindergarten Class

Assistant Teacher: Tracey Strickland

Ms. Tracey and her family have been active at Manassas Baptist Church for several years. Ms. Tracey has been with the preschool for many years working as a substitute, helping with the MOPS program, and Tuesday morning Bible Study childcare.  Ms. Tracey began working as  an Assistant Teacher in the Jr. Kindergarten Class in 2017.

Ms. Tracey received her certification as a Registered Behavior Technician in April 2021 and works part-time as a therapist for autistic children. Ms. Tracey is also completing her studies towards a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

 5 Day Jr. Kindergarten

Lead Teacher: Barb Donaldson

Ms. Barb holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Bay Path College and an Associates in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management from Bay Path Jr. College.

Ms. Barb began teaching at Manassas Baptist Preschool in the fall of 2003. She has 4 adult children, with the 3 youngest being triplets. In her spare time, you will find her at the barn with the horses or on a walk with her dog.

5 Day Jr. Kindergarten

Lead Teacher: Karina Chan

Ms. Karina and her family have been attending Manassas Baptist Church since 2014 and have served in the church in many different capacities. Ms. Karina has been active working with Children and Youth as well as leading mission trips up to New York City!

Ms. Karina joined the preschool family in 2020 working with our extended care children. This will be Ms. Karina’s first year as an Assistant Teacher in the Jr. K class and she is excited for the upcoming school year!

Ms. Karina attended and graduated both undergrad and graduate school at Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Computer Science. She is married and has two young adult sons.