One of our truly greatest assets is our faculty. They are all gifted and talented educators and are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality education for our children. All of our teachers have professional degrees, many with master level credentials. The staff is fully involved in the development of curriculum and the policies of our school, which creates an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. The sensitivity and understanding that our teachers bring to their classrooms is the reason our students and parents consider TCLA Enrichment the right choice.
Meet Our Teachers:
Virginia McDonald, the founder of TCLA, has been a teacher of gifted and talented students for over 35 years and is passionate about helping children develop critical and creative thinking skills. She has created innovative and stimulating curricula to help bright students achieve to their maximum potential.
During her career in public school, Ms. McDonald won the Monmouth County Superintendent’s Teacher Recognition Award. In recognition of her outstanding work and meritorious service at Marlboro Elementary School as the teacher of the gifted and talented, Mrs. McDonald was bestowed this honor by the New Jersey State Assembly.
Ms. McDonald is also the owner of TCLA (Turtle Creek Learning Academy) Preschool , a private preschool, located in Marlboro, New Jersey, which she founded in 1998. She brings the same devotion, passion and commitment to children at her preschool as she does to her enrichment classes.
Lynn Krachie, our master kindergarten teacher, has the most longevity at TCLA: over twenty years. She teaches the youngest grades at the enrichment center: kindergarten, first and second grades. She fully embodies the energetic and artful spirit of being a highly qualified teacher.
In 1999, Mrs. Krachie received her master of education degree from Rutgers. She makes such an impression on all of the students that she teaches that they come back year after year to tell her what a difference she made in their lives. She gives children great confidence and a deep and genuine love for school that will carry them forever.