VECF Pathfinders


D’era Jones

D’era Jones

Meet D’era Jones – A 2017 graduate from Amelia High School who truly enjoys working with children. How did she know she wanted to work with young children? She participated in a college level program for high school students at John Tyler Community College during her senior year. The high school concurrent program allowed her to take college level early childhood development coursework at the...

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Quenton Turner-Gee

Quenton Turner-Gee

Meet Quenton Turner-Gee – He is a lead teacher at Kids World Learning Center in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Quenton has been working with kids for about 5 years and he loves his job. He made a decision to follow a career in the Early Education field because he wants to be a role model to his students and help them prepare for kindergarten. While pursuing...

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Renee Hochenberger

Renee Hochenberger

Meet Renee Hochenberger – Assistant Center Director at Easter Seals Child Development Center of Northern Virginia located in Falls Church, Virginia. As a manager, Renee is always looking for innovative ways to support employees while improving their skills. So when Renee learned about the partnership between Project Pathfinders and Virginia’s Registered Apprenticeship program (RA), she contacted her regional Department of Labor representative to learn how...

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April Jarrett

April Jarrett

Meet April Jarrett – a home day care provider in Dinwiddie, VA. April was inspired to become a child care professional after a career in the military during which she experienced firsthand the challenges of finding affordable, high-quality care for her own children. After 15 years of caring for children as a state licensed and Fort Lee licensed home-based provider, April is pursuing her associate...

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Ramona Ozment

Ramona Ozment

Meet Ramona Ozment – a teacher’s aide at Child Development Resources’ Early Head Start at First Steps Child Care & Development Center, in Williamsburg, VA. After moving to the United States from the Philippines, Ramona followed her passion for teaching and serving children to become a child care professional. Even with a bachelor’s degree in communications under her belt, Ramona understood she needed a specific...

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Danny Vasquez

Danny Vasquez

Meet Danny Vasquez – an early educator at Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) Child Development Center, in Annandale, Virginia. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Danny began working with young children soon after graduating from high school. Today, Danny is teaching 4 year olds while pursuing his associate degree in early childhood education at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) thanks to a Project Pathfinders Scholarship....

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Ana Filpo

Ana Filpo

Meet Ana Filpo – A site supervisor at The Children’s Center located in Suffolk, Virginia. At the age of 18, Ana volunteered as a translator at an elementary school and she quickly became interested in teaching. Her new found passion led her to change career paths from nursing to early childhood. After 11 years of working with children, Ana is pursuing her associate degree in...

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