About Us

We are Passionate About Your Child’s Education

Great Falls United Methodist Preschool has provided quality education in a loving, Christian environment for over 60 years.  It is a ministry of the Great Falls United Methodist Church.  The preschool files annually the requirements as specified in Section 63.2-1716 of the Code of Virginia  to be a Religious Exempt Center.

In addition to our highly experienced and exceptionally qualified staff, we are proud of the partnership parents and teachers form to provide the best possible environment for the growth and development of “our” children. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to enable each child to be better prepared for and interested in learning while acquiring a sense of his/her own unique worth.

Our curriculum includes all of the benchmarks of the Fairfax County Early Learning Guidelines for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. In addition, our curriculum encourages independence, creativity, and spiritual growth. Local elementary school teachers tell us we are succeeding in meeting our goals. They recognize our students as being truly ready for kindergarten.

Great Falls United Methodist Preschool is the oldest running preschool in Great Falls. Make our tradition a part of your child’s development!

Meet Our Wonderful Staff

Great Falls United Methodist Preschool is composed of wonderful, loving, and patient teachers, many of which have served our school for decades. Almost all of our teachers have had children and/or grandchildren attend our preschool, so it’s near and dear to our hearts and a part of our family traditions. GFUMP is truly more than a school, it is a family.

In addition to having a natural love for children, the staff has received degrees ranging from Early Childhood Education to English, English Literature, Masters in Preschool Deaf Education, Masters in Counseling, Elementary Education, Communications, Sociology, and Speech Pathology. Our preschool is a foundation for learning, free play, friendships and a team of loving hearts is our standard. Most of our teachers reside in the Great Falls community and love seeing their students around town!

Mrs. Heidi Dulany

3’s Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Fiacco

2’s Teacher

Mrs. Kellie Gentile

Creative Movement Teacher

Mrs. Nancy Glasgow

2’s Teacher

Mrs. Camille Kelley

2’s Teacher

Mrs. Rene Ladd

3’s Teacher

Mrs. Alison Lopez


Mrs. Kirsten McCrann

PreK Teacher

Ms. Kara Neal

Director of Digital and Youth Ministries

Mrs. Megan Parker

3’s Teacher

Mrs. Barbara Redmond

Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Amy Roots

2’s Teacher

Mrs. Cheryl West

3’s Teacher

Mrs. Carolyn See

GFUMP’s beloved Director for 40-years (pictured with current Director Mrs. Melissa Whitson)

Mrs. Melissa Whitson