CCACC ACADEMY

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 2-3

Ms. Erum Shaikh

Lead Teacher

Erum Shaikh was born in Pakistan, and moved to the United States at the age of 18. She has received her Early Childhood Certifications for Preschool and has been teaching Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. Erum is very excited to join the team at CCACC Academy, and to use her passion for teaching to provide a year of learning, fun, and adventures for all her students.

Ms. Changzhi Ma

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Changzhi Ma has a bachelor’s degree in Madarin Language and Literature, and has a teaching certification in China. She looks forward to brining a native Mandarin learning environment to our students, with an emphasis on native pronunciation. She advocates for a child-centered approach to teaching, and designs all aspects of her lessons to meet the individual needs and abilities of each child. Ms. Ma strives to give every child the same opportunities to participate in all parts of learning. A mom to three kids, two girls and one boy, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family in her free time. 

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.