Lauren’s Fun Facts

If I could only watch one TV channel, it would be...
HGTV. There isn't a show on this network that I don't love!

I really enjoy...
mid-day naps. I rarely get them but absolutely love them.

The latest addition to our family is...
our son who was born in February 2018.

The best part about being a Little Ambassador is...
watching our students ask their parents if they can stay 5 more minutes in the afternoons. When children do not want to leave school in the evenings, I feel like we are doing something right.

Lauren Adams Harris

Director, Overlee

I am the Owner and Director of Little Ambassadors' Academy (LAA). I am a native Northern Virginian and I grew up primarily in Fairfax, VA. I have worked with children for over 12 years in multiple capacities. I have served as Director, Lead Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Program Specialist for programs with age groups ranging from toddlers to 5th grade. I have a Masters in Education, a Bachelor's degree in Finance, and an associate's degree in early childhood education. Prior to opening Little Ambassadors' Academy, I worked for an investment management firm here in Arlington, VA. During my time away from early childhood education, I realized it was time to go back to my passion. With a vision and a dream, I opened Little Ambassadors' Academy in November 2011. This has truly been an amazing journey and I continue to enjoy putting children, education, and families first here in Arlington at Little Ambassadors' Academy!


Cissy’s Fun Facts

I can never keep a straight face around...
my husband, he has a way of turning everything into a joke.

Yes, I really do enjoy...
dipping french fries in my frosty :)

My most influential professional experience was...
leaving my old job to go work for Little Ambassadors' Academy before the school even opened. I learned so much about team building, professionalism, and trust.

The holiday I like best is...
the Fourth of July. Nothing beats warm weather, fireworks, and barbecues.

Cissy Hart

Director, Yorktown

I am thrilled to be the Director of Little Ambassadors' Academy. With the exception of a few years overseas, I was born and raised here in Northern Virginia and have loved every minute of it. I have spent the past 13 years working with preschoolers in various forms. I began working in preschool summer camps when I was sixteen and continued this through college. I originally attended Radford University for Marketing and realized my true passion was to work with children, so I switched my focus to early childhood. As I pursued my dream I became a Lead Teacher and Camp Director for a private preschool in Vienna. In 2011, I was welcomed aboard the Little Ambassadors' team as the founding lead two's teacher. I currently hold a Child Development Associate and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies through Penn State University.


caitlin’s Fun Facts

When it comes to sports, I prefer...
baseball games with my husband. I love the NY Yankees, but have some local pride for the Nationals.

On vacation, you can find me...
at the beach with tons of sunblock.

You might not know this about me, but...
I love to bake, especially cupcakes!

I never get tired of watching...
the TV show Friends.

Caitlin Butt

Director, Cherrydale

I am thrilled to to be the Director of our LAA Cherrydale Campus. I have worked with children for over 14 years in varying capacities and have been part of the LAA family since March of 2012. For my first two and a half years I was the lead teacher for LAA’s late birthday two’s class. I hail from Long Island, NY and have a passion for early childhood education, baking, and most importantly spending time with my husband and son! I graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2008 with a BA in Hospitality and Business Management with extensive classes and training in Early Childhood Education. During my time as a California resident I was a tutor for a young child with learning disabilities. Watching his progress over the next two years was more rewarding than I ever dreamed possible. I love being a member of the LAA team and watching our students’ growth. I am very excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to see what the future brings!


Selina’s Fun Facts

You might not know this about me but...
I love watching cartoons, no matter what time of the day it is. Cartoons make me feel like a kid again and they always make me laugh.

In my spare time I like to...
relax and spend time with friends and family.

My favorite thing to do on the weekend is...
cuddle up in my bed, sleep and watch Criminal Minds.

Selina Wilson

Operations Manager, Yorktown

I am ecstatic to be Operations Manager at Little Ambassadors’ Academy. I have been with LAA since September 2014 and have over 6 years of experience in working with children. I am a native Washingtonian and grew up primarily in North East D.C. My journey though the education field began while assisting school age children in a before and after care program. From there I was a student teacher at a child care center in the infant’s classroom. After moving on to preschool classroom, my heart was taken away from me; I fell in love with the preschool age group. I graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2014 with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after graduating, I began my next journey being welcomed at Little Ambassadors Academy new location Cherrydale, as one of the founding Teachers Assistants before becoming a Lead Teacher. I am currently studying for my M.B.A, so I can pursue my dream and vision of opening my own school in the future. With this new transition, I am thrilled to continue to learn and grow as the Operations Manager.


Renee's Fun Facts

The film that comes to mind as my favorite is...

On vacation you can find me...
visiting my mom in Cape Cod.

The best part about being a Little Ambassador is...
being able to watch the children have fun discovering new things.

When it comes to sports, I prefer...
watching my granddaughter play soccer.

Renee Demmel

Operations Manager, Cherrydale

I am so excited with my position as Operations Manager at LAA. I am originally from Cape Cod Massachusetts, but I have lived in Northern Virginia for the past 20 years. I followed two of my sisters to Virginia and love hanging out with them. This is my second year at Little Ambassador’s Academy, I was previously the Lead Pre-K Teacher in the Fox Class 2015. I have worked with children for over 20 years in many different capacities. I have worked as a science teacher, 1st grade teacher, preschool teacher, and taught at an in-home daycare setting. I hold my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have two children, and two precious granddaughters that I can't get enough of!

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Jessica’s Fun Facts

My idea of perfect dinner…
is take out from Shake Shack, with those old-school crinkly fries that take you back to your days in elementary school (but these fries are way better), and a fancy bottle of champagne - picnic style on the living room floor.

I always be grateful to…
my family and my friends. They bring so much joy my life and they are my village.

In my spare time, I love to...
practice yoga, cook and eat delicious meals with our friends. Oh, and try new cocktails, course!

On vacation you can find me...
in Southern California, where it is sunny 300+ days a year! My family and I love the West Coast, to be as close to the ocean as possible, eat poke from Bear Flag Fish Company, and enjoy a butter donut from Sidecar donuts, possibly the BEST donut shop in the world

Jessica Redburn

Operation Manager

Hi! My name is Jess Redburn and I am the Operations Manager at Little Ambassadors’ Academy (LAA) Overlee campus. I joined LAA in January of 2019, with a background in international global communications, client relations, and corporate governance for Investment Management Companies. In my current role, I am very much a behind-the-scenes ninja making sure that our daily operations run smoothly. While I am involved in many facets of our school, the one that gives me the most pleasure is establishing healthy and trustful relationships with our families and our teachers. Being from Arlington myself, I am grateful to be a part of this school which creates a nurturing and memorable learning experience for our next generation. Outside of work, you can catch me practicing yoga, visiting new restaurants, or rooting for my daughter and her soccer team while my husband coaches!



Tanae’s Fun Facts

Tanae Garner

Office Manager