Robin Class · Ages 4-5

Ms. Lindsay Diamola

Lead Teacher

While teaching at CCACC Academy Preschool, Ms. Lindsay Diamola is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Montgomery College. Part of her greatest influence for pursuing Early Childhood Education is mainly because of her teachers. They gave her the ability to explore, play, and get creative while learning at the same time with no limitations and no wrong. Lindsay owes her influences and educational experience to her Early Childhood teachers and in the same way she would like to make an impact on one or all of her students as they start their educational journey with her.

Ms. Julia Wang

Chinese Lead Teacher​

Ms. Julia Wang has been teaching Mandarin at Franklin Montessori School and Jefferson Montessori School in Maryland for 14 years. Her respect for students’ nature and initiative to make lessons fun and engaging earned her wide respect and popularity from numerous students and parents in the Greater Washington DC Area as well as the “Best Teacher” Awards. Julia was also a very popular Chinese teacher in CCACC Academy summer camp. She took pride in joining the Preschool Program of CCACC Academy in fall 2021 and became immediately very popular with her students.

Cardinal Class · Ages 3-4

Ms. Kriti Singh

Lead Teacher

Ms. Kriti Singh joined CCACC Academy in July 2020 as a Toddler Lead Teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park. She brings her extensive experience working with children of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities from her previous working experience as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and Toddler Assistant Guide in an accredited Montessori school. Kriti is extremely passionate about working with children and loves to see them thrive and reach their true potential. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her family (especially her niece).

Ms. Victoria Kovyazoca

Assistant Teacher​

Victoria Kovyazoca joined CCACC Academy in August 2022, and she is excited to work with our child-centered approach to early childhood education. Victoria was an elementary school teacher in Russia for 8 years, before she and her family moved to the UK where she dedicated herself to raising her children. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cycling, and spending time with her family. Victoria is inspired by the child-centered approach to education at CCACC Academy, and she looks forward to starting her new journey with us!

Ms. Haiyun Wei

Chinese Teacher

Mrs. Haiyun (Helen) Wei is the Chinese Head Teacher for CCACC Academy’s Chinese Enrichment preschool program. As a part of the preschool program, Helen’s main responsibilities include teaching Chinese language and culture courses in an immersion style, which enhances students’ language learning experience. We have been very impressed with her ability to apply a wide variety of techniques and teaching methods to make learning fun and engaging for the children. Helen has extensive teaching experience and also enjoys using her artistic skills for making handicraft and teaching materials with the students. She loves to work with children and has been well received by both children and parents.

Wren Class · Ages 3-4

Ms. Guoying Zeng

Lead Teacher

Ms. Guoying Zeng graduated from Wuhan University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and taught English for over five years at the college level. After coming to the United States, she was a full time homemaker, and worked to obtain a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. In 2017, Ms. Zeng had the chance to work in a Montessori school and fell in love with early childhood education. In March 2018, she started at Stonebridge DayCare and has been providing child care services for the past five years. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, walking her dog and spending time with her three children. Ms. Zeng is looking forward to this new journey with the Wren classroom at CCACC!

Ms. Fnu Sharula

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Sharula is happy to join the team at CCACC Academy, coming to CCACC having spent over 10 years as a fashion designer. Sharula looks forward to working with the children in the Wren classroom as an assistant teacher guiding them toward new skills, and enjoys working in CCACC’s bilingual program teaching children in English and Chinese. At home, Sharula has two daughters and enjoys cooking, drawing, sewing, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Jie Liu

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Jie Liu holds a teaching certificate in China with over ten years of experience in the education field. As a mother of two, her teaching and parenting experiences have taught her that children learn best when they feel safe, supported, and respected. Ms. Liu aims to interact with the children on an individual basis, guiding them to cultivate each child’s personality, curiosity, and love of learning. She is excited to join the CCACC Academy team and believes that every child can spend fulfilling and joyful days in our friendly and loving community.

Hummingbird Class · Ages 2-3

Ms. Nidian Martinez

Lead Teacher

Ms. Nidian Martinez has worked as a lead teacher at Academy Child Development Center in Rockville, MD for 18 years, teaching students from ages 3 months to 3 years old. She absolutely has a heart and passion for kids. Reliable, detail-oriented, organized and bilingual (Spanish and English), Nidian has been the resources that her colleagues depend on for answers. Nidian has two daughters, 18 and 14, with whom she enjoys hiking, workout together and watching movies. Nidian is excited to join CCACC Academy to share her passions for and expertise in early childhood education.

Ms. Winny Chen

Chinese Lead Teacher

Ms. Winny Chen has been teaching Chinese Mandarin as an enrichment subject to kindergarten students since 2012. Her role as a teacher has evolved from being the first Mandarin teacher at CCACC Academy Preschool to helping implement the dual language immersion program. Winny is happy and proud to be part of CCACC Academy. Her Chinese class is a perfect integration of the target language, culture, and art. She is a constant leader of various Chinese cultural celebrations for students at CCACC Academy.

Subject Specialists

Mr. Simbisai Kahari

STEAM Teacher

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Communication Arts, Mr. Simbisai Kahari has been passionate about STEAM & STEM education and has led CCACC Academy’s science and technology-related programs. In addition to teaching, Simbisai has painted and illustrated for over ten years, and designed (Graphic & Web Design) for the past three years. Simbisai currently resides in DC teaching robotics and technology. During his college years, Simbisai worked and educated at-risk youth at Elk Hill Farms and assisted in running and producing work out of the Hill Gallery.

Ms. Jie Zhang

Gymnastics Teacher

Ms. Jie Zhang is a former member of the Chinese National Gymnastics Team and a national level coach and judge. She won the first champion of individual asymmetrical bars and team competition in China’s National Gymnastics Competition. She worked as a judge in the US Gymnastics Cup in 1999 which the Chinese National Gymnastics Team was attending. Currently Jie works as a gymnastic coach at MarVaTots ‘n Teens Gymnastics Club in Maryland while teaching at CCACC Academy. Several of her US students have won first place in local competitions of balance beam and floor exercises, as well as all-around champion of individual gymnastics and team championship.