Natasha Nenadovic has taught at ALG since 1993. Born in Serbia, Natasha was a graduate of the Belgrade Medical School, where she earned a nursing title specializing in early childhood. She came to the U.S. as a nanny and the child she cared for attended ALG. Once her contract ended as a nanny, Natasha was quickly hired by ALG, earned her CDA, and has since built up the science and math portions of the curriculum considerably with her interests in things that grow, fall, multiply, and decompose. Natasha has also taken classes at Living Stage Theatre and in Parent Effectiveness Training. When Natasha is not at ALG, you can find on the go with her 3 sons (all ALG alumni) , looking after dogs, painting faces, or adding another language to her repertoire (she speaks 5 foreign languages).
Tiffany Freeman first came to ALG in 2006 to perform as part of a theater company based on the Living Stage model. Since then she has worked as an ALG substitute teacher, summer camp teacher and later as the music teacher while still working as an actress and costume seamstress. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from PennState University and recently completed a career studies certificate in Early Childhood Education. Tiffany joined the ALG staff as a full time teacher in 2012. She has always enjoyed working with children and loves the play-based philosophy of ALG. She plays violin and guitar and enjoys cooking, gardening, charcoal drawing and swing dancing.
NaTasha Smith is a student at UDC, studying early childhood development. She started working at ALG in 2014. She has been working with children, and loving it, since she was 12-years-old! NaTasha comes to us from Jumpstart Corporation where she was the lead teacher of preschool age children. She was happy to join her big sister, Quin, in Aftercare.
Patrick Prebula is a founding member of the Smithsonian Institute’s Tools of Discovery Teaching Artist Group in DCPS – a program that uses theater skills to help implement the Tools of the Mind curriculum into classrooms. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, he helped establish Teaching Cooperatives in underprivileged neighborhoods. He attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland College Park to study Theater Performance with a minor in Creative Writing. While his background and education is theater based, his heart has always remained in the realm of imagination. He looks forward to a new year and a new adventure at ALG.
Daniel Walth grew up in the Heartland of North Dakota. He comes from a long line of peasant farmers so gardening is in his blood. Early on in his education a teacher influenced him greatly to pursue fine art. He trained as a painter and received his BFA at The Cleveland
Institute of Art. When he moved to Washington, DC he found ALG to be a perfect place for his two children. Now as a teacher at ALG he can share both his passions – Art and Gardening – with children in a cooperative play environment.
Pickett Craddock is a longtime ALG teacher, joining the school in 1971, when her son was 6 months old. Her daughter is also an alumus of ALG, as she accompanied Pickett to school from ages 1-5. Pickett served as the director and program director from 1981 until 2008, both at the location on Mintwood Street and its current site on 16th Street. A 1965 graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., Pickett spent her junior year in Madrid as a Spanish major. She has kept up with changing trends with many non credit education classes and 15 college credit hours of education courses, 12 weeks of Living Stage and three sessions of Parent Effectiveness Training. Currently she is one of ALG’s two play specialists.
Amy Farina began teaching music at ALG in 2013. Amy is a musician, artist, and educator who teaches music and art enrichment in public and private schools, and private lessons throughout Washington, DC. In addition to teaching, Amy is an active visual artist and drum set and orchestral percussionist, performing internationally, composing, and recording since the early 1990’s. With a degree in fine art, and continuing education in percussion, Amy firmly believes that the arts should be available to all as a primary pathway to learning. Amy is the mother of an ALG alumnus (2013).
Christine Alexander joined ALG as a dramatic play specialist in 2013. She is also a founding member of the Smithsonian’s Tools of Discovery professional development program for early childhood educators in DCPS – a program that uses improvisational acting techniques to help teachers implement curriculum in classrooms. A graduate of The George Washington University, Christine was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship in Acting and graduated with a B.A. in Theater with Honors. In addition to her work with the Smithsonian and ALG she teaches after-school workshops at Washington Revels and is a proud company member of Young Playwrights’ Theater. Christine developed her love and appreciation for the power of play through a life of silliness, games and playing outdoors, but mostly from former ALG teacher, Oran Sandel, who spent his life sharing the joy and potential of the creative spark we all possess.
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