Our Staff

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

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.

Meet Our Team

Miss Rundles

I am a teacher with a passion for Christian education and ministry.  I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN.  I moved to Norfolk, Virginia and attended Norfolk State University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree.  I have spent the last three years teaching early childhood with a specialization in S.T.E.A.M. academics.  

Some of my favorite pastimes are writing short stories and plays, as well as going to Bush Gardens with friends.

Miss Kathryn

I adore teaching! I love to inspire my students to be creative in their own way. My time here at Epworth Day School has inspired me to return to college to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

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.

Miss Fredricka

This is my second year teaching at EDS.  I have been the Lead teacher of the younger 2’s for one year.  I have been in the childcare field for over 10 years.  I love teaching and want to instill a love for God, of learning, and curiosity in each child I teach.

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.

Miss Deanna

Hey 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.

Miss Tyra

Aside from baby sitting and volunteering for at-home daycares, I started my journey working and learning about children, when I enrolled in a vocational school the last two years of high school, taking early childhood education I and II. I love the creativity and imagination that come from children, and we could all learn a lesson from their positivity! Knowing that I will make a lifelong impact on a child from an early age, whether it is big or small, is very fulfilling.

Miss Cheryl

I have been at Epworth Day School for 10 years.  I am the lead teacher of the Waddler Room (Playful Penguins).

I am an avid reader of romance and mystery novels, and an enthusiast of cross stitch, and crochet.  

I love working with children.  Watching them learn and grow is such a pleasure.

Miss Kira

I am the lead teacher in the toddler room. I am in my last semester of studying for a bachelor's in science in human services with a minor in special education. I have 10 years of experience working with children between babysitting, nannying, working at summer camps, and child care. I love teaching children how to talk by reading, singing, and talking to them. I believe that every child learns in their own way so I have a one-on-one approach in my classroom.

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.

Miss Crystal

I have been at Epworth Day School since 2019.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Management,  and I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1997, and am currently caring for the Infants.

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.

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.

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.

Miss June

My name is Jaminatu Turay. I am 23 years old. I am currently a senior at Old Dominion University and my major is Human Services. I am planning to work in the social work field after the completion of my degree program. Some of my hobbies include reading, cooking, watching tv and spending quality time with my friends and family. I enjoy working with children, it reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be.  

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.

Miss Shelby

I have worked in childcare for 5 years. I am a mother of 1. I enjoy working with all age groups, I like singing and reading to the children. Outside of work, I enjoy camping and hiking.

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