Meet Our Team

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Epworth Day School prides itself in providing excellent education and care for all of its students by hiring qualified, loving teachers and support staff. 
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Ellen Belfi

Director

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past twenty years. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Organizational Management. As Director, I am able to enjoy the children, staff, and dream big visions.

I grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee, married, and have two grown sons. My husband and I have been deeply involved in our church in the healing ministry. I also minister through music-organ and piano, praise, and worship.

I love to see children learn about themselves, the world around them, explore, and be wide-eyed with wonder. I love to learn new ideas, new techniques, and ways of interacting that will enhance the whole early childhood education experience for the children, staff, and parents.

Teachers and Supporting Staff

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Miss Michele

Hello, I am an Assistant Teacher for the Preschool class.   I enjoy working and teaching children.

Working at Epworth Day School is not just a job, but a ministry of teaching the children the ministry of Jesus Christ.

I am originally from Portsmouth, VA.  I attended Norfolk State University and studied Business Management.

I enjoy music, reading, dancing, and collecting old books.   My passion is studying the Word of God.

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Miss Deanna

Hi I'm Deanna,

I currently attend Old Dominion University, majoring in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. After obtaining my degree, I plan to start a career in Children's counseling. I have worked  with children a little over 4 years. I love seeing children grow and learn more about themselves. In my free time, I like to play volleyball, go on adventures and explore the world.

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Miss Claudine

I studied early childhood education at Tidewater Community College. I've worked in the childcare field for over 25 years. I love what I do, watching children grow, and knowing that I play a big part emotionally, physically, and mentally in their lives. When I'm not working I enjoy relaxing, reading, watching movies, and taking walks on the beach.

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Miss Raven

I came to EDS with more than 5 years experience in childcare. I enjoy watching children experience and learn new things as they get older every day.  I love being the reason a child loves coming to daycare every day.

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Miss Morgan

I love what I do.  I am a San Diego, CA native, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development.  I packed my bags a few years ago, and moved to Virginia, and jumped right into doing what I love.  I’ve worked in in-home schools and accredited centers and each one has allowed me to watch young minds grow.  Every experience I have had has allowed me to grow and given me the chance to scaffold children in their new discoveries.  I wouldn’t change this journey a bit, and can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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Miss Ferebee

It is truly a blessing to be part of the Epworth family and the lives of so many beautiful children. I enjoy watching the children grow and witnessing their early steps and words.

I love reading and studying the Bible, African American history, and music. Seeing children smile and hearing them laugh is the best part of my day.

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Miss Linda

I am the lead teacher of the infant room. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I have my AAS in Early Childhood, which I acquired from Tidewater Community College in 2003 with honors.

I love working with children. It is my passion. I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child and to see a smile on a child's face just brightens my day and my heart.

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Miss Asia R.

My name is Asia Rogers. I am currently in college at Mary Baldwin University. I am a Junior majoring in Social Work. I have lots of years of experience working with Child Care and Interaction. I want to work with children because I love helping them and I am planning on becoming a school social worker.

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Miss Beth

I am one of the teachers in the Toddler Room. I graduated from Portsmouth Christian School in 2004. I studied for 2 1/2 years at Bob Jones University. I worked in child care centers for 16 years, with all ages 6 weeks to Jr. high school students. I have always loved working with kids. Even in my early teen years, I was babysitting and volunteering in my church's nurseries. I enjoy seeing how kids view the world and the things they say. I love reading, listening to music, and hiking in parks.