Melissa Dileo, 4-year-old teacher

“I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the world.  To help a child learn, to see the light bulb go off when they get it, to be part of that is really special. My hope is that I start my students on the path of lifetime learning.”

My name is Melissa Dileo. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Scranton. My family and I have lived in Aquia Harbour since 2004, and we have been involved at Aquia Harbour Preschool ever since, as all 3 of my children attended the preschool. As a parent I served on the AHPS Board of Directors as the President and as Secretary. Our family enjoyed our years at the preschool where we have many fond memories and created lasting friendships. Now it is my pleasure to be able to contribute to the preschool in a new way as teacher.

I have been teaching the 4-year-old classes at AHPS since 2012, and I hope to create many good memories for your family as well as a good educational base for your children as they prepare to start Kindergarten. I have been actively involved in many community organizations during my time in Stafford, VA. I am a member of the Aquia Harbour Women’s Club where I have held various officer positions. I was the President of Brooke Point High School PTSO and Treasurer of Brooke Point High School PTSO After Prom. I also served on the board of the Moncure PTO and participated on the Shirley Heim PTO. I was a Girl Scout Leader for my daughters, and was Treasurer of the Aquia Harbour Bingo Committee. I served on the SCPS Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committees and the Redistricting Committees. When my youngest child started Kindergarten, I went back to teaching as a substitute teacher for Aquia Harbour Preschool and Stafford County Schools. I love teaching, and I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you this school year.

Maureen Crowe, 3-year-old teacher

Mrs. Crowe grew up in Aquia Harbour and is happy to have moved back to raise her three children here! Her daughter attended our preschool and as a parent, she was involved with nearly every committee. Prior to beginning the greatest job ever (Mom), she worked for the same company for sixteen years in a management position. Later, she was employed at Regester Chapel Children’s Center for two years. While it is a great school, and she loved working with the children, her heart belongs to Aquia Harbour preschool.

Mrs. Crowe is a dedicated volunteer at Anne E. Moncure Elementary school, serving as the secretary of the PTO and has been the volunteer coordinator for their clothing sale (the schools largest fundraiser) for three years. She consistently volunteers in her children’s classrooms, helping coordinate special events such as this year’s multi-cultural day and the therapy dog reading program. She also serves as the Appreciations chair for the county wide SEPTA. Additionally, she is actively involved with Shirley Heim Middle School and Brook Point High school. We are beyond thrilled to have Mrs. Crowe on our team, ready with loving arms and sweet stories of each of our preschoolers.

Mrs. Pierce and two preschool aged students
Heather Pierce, 3 & 4 year old teacher’s aide

My name is Heather Pierce and I am super excited to be the Teacher’s Aide at Aquia Harbour Preschool. It takes a lot of work to make AHPS a great place for our families and I am delighted to be a part of it.

My children and I have made the Harbour our home since 2003. My children, Jane, Ryan & Colin; all attended AHPS as preschoolers and we loved every minute of it. While at AHPS I served as Vice President (twice!), Fundraising Chairperson, Room Mom and helped on almost every committee including Bingo, Fun Run and Graduation just to name a few. I also had the joy to sub at the preschool since 2007, until I began my permanent position in 2012. Some of you with older children may recognize my name as I have been busy as a habitual volunteer over the years; including the PTO’s at Moncure Elementary School, Shirley Heim Middle School & Brooke Point High School, Drama Club, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crew and Girls Scouts. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences and that is one of the reasons I chose AHPS as a parent. This sweet little co-op community preschool became an extension of family. In my off time I love a reason to celebrate, gardening, enjoying the outdoors & spending time with my children. Traveling more is on my wish list for the future.

I am dedicated to the success of the preschool and our children, and willing to go above and beyond to achieve those accomplishments. I just love our little preschool and want to make it the best it can be! Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.