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The Shire: Pre-Kindergarten

Lauren Curto (Lead Teacher)

Lauren Curto joins the Lorien Wood faculty this year to teach our Junior Kindergarten program as well as music for all grades.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College and a B.A. in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University.  Lauren has been involved with Lorien Wood throughout the past school year, assisting with our Lower School Drama Club and substitute teaching in a variety of Forms.  Lauren is a practicing music therapist of 6 years, working for three years primarily with children with disabilities and three years with older adults in psychiatric and extended care facilities.  Her love of children, music and teaching make her a wonderful addition to our Shire program. 

In her free time, Lauren has many hobbies that keep her busy, including sewing, baking, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and dog.

Jeanne Rowe (Assistant Teacher)

Jeanne Rowe joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2018 as the teacher's aide for The Shire. She studied Elementary Education and Rhetoric and Speech Communication at the University of Richmond. After graduation, she taught third grade in the Fredericksburg City Public School system and volunteered as a Young Life leader in an area high school. After moving to Northern Virginia in 2001, Jeanne worked as an account administrator for an association management firm, supervising the administrative activities of three professional associations, providing editorial oversight in the production of association newsletters and conference materials, and managing conference planning.

Jeanne and Mike have four children, all Lorien Wood students or graduates. When her children were young, Jeanne served for ten years on the leadership team of a local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers, as a MOPPETS teacher and Sunday School teacher, as the coordinator for the care ministry at her church, and in many different PI roles at Lorien Wood. In 2015, when her youngest child started kindergarten, she returned to the classroom as a preschool assistant teacher, and is now thrilled to assist with the junior kindergarten at Lorien Wood!

Although at times it seems her hobby is ensuring all members of her family pursue their hobbies, she does enjoy baking, swimming, reading novels, watching baseball, and planning family vacations.