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Leadership Team

Biographies and Contact Information

Executive Director - Carol Edelstein

photo Carol Edelstein has served as the Executive Director of Merritt Academy since December 2006.  She received her bachelor's degree in health services management from LaSalle University preceded by undergraduate studies in early childhood education at the University of Maryland.  Carol taught preschool for 7 years; managed an infant & toddler center for 3 years; was the assistant director at The Talent House Private School (now Merritt Academy) in 1986 - 87; and developed Alzheimer's programing & training for Sunrise Senior Living for 20 years. 
Email:  Phone: 703-273-0787 Shutterfly Page


School Principal - Linda Potts

photoLinda Potts has enjoyed being an educator for many years. She brings over 15 years of experience working at Merritt Academy. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Gettysburg College and holds a master's degree in education administration and supervision. She has held several positions at Merritt including Director of Education, middle school teacher (of multiple subjects),and Curriculum Director. 
Email:  Phone: 703-273-2209 Shutterfly Page


Preschool Director - Beverly Lining

With over a decade of experience as both a teacher and administrator at schools all over the world,  Beverly Linning has led Merritt Academy’s infants-K3 program as Preschool Director since 2008.  She has over 6 years of postgraduate education in the British university system in the areas of Design and Technology and Education.  Beverly loves seeing the smiles on the children's faces and hearing their laughter as they learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. Email:  Phone: 703-273-4980 Shutterfly Page


School Counselor - Jennifer Atanda

CounselorJennifer Atanda worked for public school systems of both Madison County and Alexandria City, VA, as an elementary school counselor for nearly 10 years.  Jennifer coordinated a comprehensive character education program that included individual and group counseling and classroom guidance lessons, and has taught classes in tolerance, diversity awareness, careers, and social skills. Jennifer is a National Board Certified Counselor, and graduated from the University of Virginia with an M.Ed. in School Counseling and an Ed.S. in Administration. Email: Phone: (703)539-9289 or (703) 273-9289

Director of Admissions - Amy Pernick

amyAmy Pernick joined Merritt Academy in March, 2009, as the Director of Admissions. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, having earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Business Leadership.  Amy has prior experience in college admissions at High Point University in High Point, NC, where she gained an appreciation for helping families find the school that is the right “fit” for their child.  She feels that the most rewarding part of her job is watching the students she enrolled thrive and grow as they progress through the academy.
Email: Phone: (703) 539-8394 Shutterfly Page


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