About Us

Destiny School of the Arts is a Preschool – Elementary private school in Leesburg, VA. We accept students from age two to those entering third grade. In the Fall of 2019 and 2020, we will add a fourth and fifth-grade class, respectively. 

At Destiny School of the Arts, we incorporate academics with performing arts to create the ultimate educational and fine arts experience. The arts are used as a platform to stimulate self-expression and academic growth. Experiential learning through arts integration lends itself to both academic excellence and happy students!

Our Approach

At Destiny School of the Arts, we incorporate academics with performing arts to create the ultimate educational and fine arts experience. The arts are used as a platform to stimulate self-expression and academic growth. Experiential learning through arts integration lends itself to both academic excellence and happy students!
Our vision as a school is to build a creative foundation for all our students that empowers them to reach their maximum potential intellectually, physically, and spiritually; equipping them not only for the pursuit of academic excellence but in all areas of their lives.

Our Vision

Our vision as a school is to build a creative foundation for all our students that empowers them to reach their maximum potential intellectually, physically, and spiritually; equipping them not only for the pursuit of academic excellence but in all areas of their lives.
Our mission at Destiny School of the Arts is to achieve academic excellence through arts integration. As an organization we strive to obtain excellence in all we do as we serve our student and our community.

Our Mission

Our mission at Destiny School of the Arts is to achieve academic excellence through arts integration. As an organization we strive to obtain excellence in all we do as we serve our student and our community.
Destiny School of the Arts began as a ministry of Destiny Church with the intent to serve the community through a preschool centered on learning through the arts. Today, Destiny School of the Arts is a non-profit 501c, and largely independent from Destiny Church. Our desire to serve the children of Loudoun County, however, remains strong!

Destiny School of the Arts is an Interdenominational Christian organization, with our teachers coming from various churches in the community. The word “God” is not taboo at our school. Students sing a blessing or say a short prayer before snack and lunch. We also encourage the development and discussion of many Biblical principles and themes, such as honesty and kindness.

We are not, however, a traditional Christian school. We do not have a Bible curriculum or chapel service. Our belief is that our lives and actions should speak more about our faith than our words, and our main goal is for every child to feel loved and special while under our care.

Our Faith

Destiny School of the Arts began as a ministry of Destiny Church with the intent to serve the community through a preschool centered on learning through the arts. Today, Destiny School of the Arts is a non-profit 501c, and largely independent from Destiny Church. Our desire to serve the children of Loudoun County, however, remains strong! Destiny School of the Arts is an Interdenominational Christian organization, with our teachers coming from various churches in the community. The word “God” is not taboo at our school. Students sing a blessing or say a short prayer before snack and lunch. We also encourage the development and discussion of many Biblical principles and themes, such as honesty and kindness. We are not, however, a traditional Christian school. We do not have a Bible curriculum or chapel service. Our belief is that our lives and actions should speak more about our faith than our words, and our main goal is for every child to feel loved and special while under our care.
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Our Home

We welcome you to our home on South King Street (Leesburg, Virginia). This 6000 sq. ft. historic plantation manor house has been renovated to serve Destiny School of the Arts students. Our new home provides a healthy, child-friendly environment that includes: two outdoor play facilities, excellent classroom space, and state of the art renovations. Best of all, there is room to grow!

The colors, textures, and lighting of our  school were all chosen with care and attention to create a pleasant backdrop. We believe our home-like environment is the perfect place to nurture the creativity and academic growth of your child.

History of the Greenway Manor House

Our beautiful school was once a prestigious manor house from the 1700’s, complete with maids’ quarters, a fruit cellar, a large barn, a smokehouse, and a carriage house. The manor house originally belonged to the family of William Meade, a Quaker who fled England with William Penn (signer of the Declaration of Independence) on a ship sailed by Captain Greenway. The Meade family used the house for both Quaker meetings and services. During the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy took possession of the house at different times. Throughout the years, Greenway Manor House, as it is also known, has housed numerous families, including that of a prominent Leesburg judge. Our garden committee is making plans to restore its once handsome flower garden precisely where it was located 200 years ago. Children will use this outdoor classroom to explore weather, the plant cycle, and much more. We love our school building and honor its history and charm by making it a place where children can continuously learn and grow.

Your Child’s Art will come to LIFE!

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Our Motto.

Academic Excellence Through Arts Integrations

Creativity
Communication
Critical Thinking
Collaboration
Character

Administrative Team

Jennifer Wigfield serves as director of Destiny School of the Arts. A licensed Virginia educator, she feels passionate about creating a warm and healthy environment where children can learn through the arts. In 2005, Jennifer received a master’s of education (prek-6) from Liberty University. In 2010, she earned a curriculum and instruction endorsement (prek-12) through George Mason University, subsequently becoming an English language specialist with Loudoun County Public Schools. Being fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, she has enjoyed building a foreign language program at our school. Jennifer believes fully in DSOA’s mission for students reaching academic excellence through arts integration, and enjoys collaborating with staff to achieve that goal. Jennifer is very enthusiastic about DSOA’s bright future, and honored to be a part of such a wonderful school.

Jennifer Wigfield - Director

Jennifer Wigfield serves as director of Destiny School of the Arts. A licensed Virginia educator, she feels passionate about creating a warm and healthy environment where children can learn through the arts. In 2005, Jennifer received a master’s of education (prek-6) from Liberty University. In 2010, she earned a curriculum and instruction endorsement (prek-12) through George Mason University, subsequently becoming an English language specialist with Loudoun County Public Schools. Being fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, she has enjoyed building a foreign language program at our school. Jennifer believes fully in DSOA’s mission for students reaching academic excellence through arts integration, and enjoys collaborating with staff to achieve that goal. Jennifer is very enthusiastic about DSOA’s bright future, and honored to be a part of such a wonderful school.

Our Teaching Team!

Nakiera is an assistant teacher in the 2’s class. She was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, graduating in 2013 from Tuscarora High School. Nakiera enjoys working with children of all ages and hopes to be a lead teacher one day. She also has a little girl named Cataleya who was born in 2016. Nakiera loves spending time with her family and taking trips in her free time.

Nakiera Blaylock

Nakiera is an assistant teacher in the 2’s class. She was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, graduating in 2013 from Tuscarora High School. Nakiera enjoys working with children of all ages and hopes to be a lead teacher one day. She also has a little girl named Cataleya who was born in 2016. Nakiera loves spending time with her family and taking trips in her free time.
Jill is so excited to be teaching the 2’s this school year at Destiny School of the Arts. She graduated from Ohio University as a division 1 scholarship athlete in swimming with a major in English Literature and a minor in Sports Industry/Coaching. In 2009 Jill obtained a Master of Education degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Teaching in Fairfax County, Jill has five years of teaching experience including working with special education and pre-Kindergarten. Jill is energetic and loves to teach through song and movement while developing creative projects with the students. In addition to being a teacher, Jill is the head swim coach for a local Leesburg swim team in the summer. When she is not teaching or coaching Jill loves spending time with her husband and three young children Owen, Olivia, and Oliver.

Jill Orton

Jill is so excited to be teaching the 2’s this school year at Destiny School of the Arts. She graduated from Ohio University as a division 1 scholarship athlete in swimming with a major in English Literature and a minor in Sports Industry/Coaching. In 2009 Jill obtained a Master of Education degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Teaching in Fairfax County, Jill has five years of teaching experience including working with special education and pre-Kindergarten. Jill is energetic and loves to teach through song and movement while developing creative projects with the students. In addition to being a teacher, Jill is the head swim coach for a local Leesburg swim team in the summer. When she is not teaching or coaching Jill loves spending time with her husband and three young children Owen, Olivia, and Oliver.
Lara is very excited to be part of the Destiny Team as our three-year-old lead teacher. She has fourteen years experience in a private school setting teaching ages three to the advanced age four curriculum. Her desire to be in a loving, nurturing environment, with the most well rounded academics and arts for the children is what brought her to Destiny. She has a passion for teaching, and strives to meet each child at their individual needs to encourage their love for learning.  Lara lives in Lovettsville with her husband and two children.

Lara Lasher

Lara is very excited to be part of the Destiny Team as our three-year-old lead teacher. She has fourteen years experience in a private school setting teaching ages three to the advanced age four curriculum. Her desire to be in a loving, nurturing environment, with the most well rounded academics and arts for the children is what brought her to Destiny. She has a passion for teaching, and strives to meet each child at their individual needs to encourage their love for learning. Lara lives in Lovettsville with her husband and two children.
Tanya is a pre-k homeroom teacher, as well as the music teacher for our pre-k and elementary students. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. She has been working in the field of performing arts as a music, dance and drama teacher since 2006. Tanya has also performs professionally with theater companies in the DC Metro Area. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter Nora. Tanya loves being a part of our talented staff, as she delights in sharing her love of performing arts with children!

Tanya Vanderheiden

Tanya is a pre-k homeroom teacher, as well as the music teacher for our pre-k and elementary students. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. She has been working in the field of performing arts as a music, dance and drama teacher since 2006. Tanya has also performs professionally with theater companies in the DC Metro Area. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter Nora. Tanya loves being a part of our talented staff, as she delights in sharing her love of performing arts with children!
Sarah Fraker teaches Pre-K music at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from upstate New York, she moved to northern Virginia in 2012 to teach K-5 elementary music for Prince William County Schools. She holds a degree in K-12 music education from The Crane School of Music at The State University of New York at Potsdam in Potsdam, NY. She has 5 years of experience teaching elementary music and is excited to be starting her first year at Destiny School of the Arts. Her favorite thing about teaching is the privilege to foster a love for the arts and learning in her students. Sarah lives in Aldie with her husband, daughter, and their three dogs.

Sarah Fracker

Sarah Fraker teaches Pre-K music at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from upstate New York, she moved to northern Virginia in 2012 to teach K-5 elementary music for Prince William County Schools. She holds a degree in K-12 music education from The Crane School of Music at The State University of New York at Potsdam in Potsdam, NY. She has 5 years of experience teaching elementary music and is excited to be starting her first year at Destiny School of the Arts. Her favorite thing about teaching is the privilege to foster a love for the arts and learning in her students. Sarah lives in Aldie with her husband, daughter, and their three dogs.
Pre-K Lead Teacher

Diane Bishop

Pre-K Lead Teacher
Jicelle is the assistant for the 2’s

Jicelle Sandan

Jicelle is the assistant for the 2’s & 3’s class in the morning and the kindergarten afternoon enrichment program. With years of instruction in ballet and music, she is eager to be a part of advancing the mission of Destiny School of the Arts. Jicelle graduated with a B.S. in Family and Child Development from Liberty University. As a recent graduate, she is grateful to be a part of the Destiny teaching team. Her desire is to inspire children to find their own passions and reach their fullest potential. When not at school, she can be found traveling or spending time with family and friends, especially supporting local events and businesses. Originally from Virginia Beach, Jicelle is excited to be a part of and serve the Northern Virginia community.
Madelyn is a PreK assistant teacher at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from Salinas, Puerto Rico, she grew up as military dependent in several parts of Germany before joining and serving in the U.S. Air Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and began her teaching career as a substitute and assistant teacher in various preschools in Maryland and Virginia. Madelyn finds joy in reading to children and exploring their wonderful imagination through storytelling. She has lived in Virginia since 2011 with her husband Paul, and son Miguel. She enjoys reading, taking long walks with her dog Griphin, getting dirty in her vegetable garden, and exploring her creative side by decorating cakes. Madelyn is delighted and proud be a part of the Destiny family.

Madelyn Alvarez

Madelyn is a PreK assistant teacher at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from Salinas, Puerto Rico, she grew up as military dependent in several parts of Germany before joining and serving in the U.S. Air Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and began her teaching career as a substitute and assistant teacher in various preschools in Maryland and Virginia. Madelyn finds joy in reading to children and exploring their wonderful imagination through storytelling. She has lived in Virginia since 2011 with her husband Paul, and son Miguel. She enjoys reading, taking long walks with her dog Griphin, getting dirty in her vegetable garden, and exploring her creative side by decorating cakes. Madelyn is delighted and proud be a part of the Destiny family.
Jeannie Baer is an art and academics teacher at Destiny School of the Arts. She began her career as a muralist, painting murals in places of business and in private homes. Loving art herself, it is always her goal to foster that same love for learning, self-expression, and creative thinking. Impressively, Jeannie has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to teaching art. Believing strongly in process-oriented art, she enables children to explore their creativity by using many different mediums. In addition, she also helps her students obtain important learning goals through creative means. Students love performing hands-on experiments in Jeannie’s class!

Jeannie Baer

Jeannie Baer is an art and academics teacher at Destiny School of the Arts. She began her career as a muralist, painting murals in places of business and in private homes. Loving art herself, it is always her goal to foster that same love for learning, self-expression, and creative thinking. Impressively, Jeannie has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to teaching art. Believing strongly in process-oriented art, she enables children to explore their creativity by using many different mediums. In addition, she also helps her students obtain important learning goals through creative means. Students love performing hands-on experiments in Jeannie’s class!
Heather is our elementary creative movement teacher and an assistant in the 3’s Class. Heather was born in a little farming town in Switzerland and is the oldest of three girls. She says she came to America for an education, but also found a husband! Heather has a BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation, as well as many years of dance instruction. She loves being a teacher and loves seeing how much students learn and change within a single school year. Heather is excited and feels privileged to be a part of the lives of the children at DSOA.

Heather Pitts

Heather is our elementary creative movement teacher and an assistant in the 3’s Class. Heather was born in a little farming town in Switzerland and is the oldest of three girls. She says she came to America for an education, but also found a husband! Heather has a BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation, as well as many years of dance instruction. She loves being a teacher and loves seeing how much students learn and change within a single school year. Heather is excited and feels privileged to be a part of the lives of the children at DSOA.
Renee is our lead Creative Play teacher. She grew up in Staten Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at various elementary and middle schools. In 2010, Renee relocated to Virginia and began teaching young children from preschool to kindergarten. Renee knew instantly that she found her niche! She believes a teacher’s excitement and passion to educate comes from the student’s enthusiasm and curiosity to learn. Renee enjoys reading stories to the children and engaging them in conversations about everyday life and the world they live in. Renee has played an integral part in expanding and enriching our Creative Play program.

Renee Spara

Renee is our lead Creative Play teacher. She grew up in Staten Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at various elementary and middle schools. In 2010, Renee relocated to Virginia and began teaching young children from preschool to kindergarten. Renee knew instantly that she found her niche! She believes a teacher’s excitement and passion to educate comes from the student’s enthusiasm and curiosity to learn. Renee enjoys reading stories to the children and engaging them in conversations about everyday life and the world they live in. Renee has played an integral part in expanding and enriching our Creative Play program.
Cindy Backus teaches kindergarten grade at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from Florida, she and her family moved to Loudoun County eight years ago. She loves her new home and enjoys volunteering to make a difference in her community. She holds a postgraduate professional teaching License from Virginia and an M. ED. in Psychology. Cindy has a wide range of teaching experience in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, from Pre-K to the collegiate level. Before working at DSOA, she taught children with special needs for Loudoun County Public Schools. Her wide range of experience has equipped her with diverse and effective teaching techniques that implements in her classroom. One of Cindy’s primary objectives is to create a stimulating and positive classroom environment where students begin their journeys as life-long learners.

Cindy Backus

Cindy Backus teaches kindergarten grade at Destiny School of the Arts. Originally from Florida, she and her family moved to Loudoun County eight years ago. She loves her new home and enjoys volunteering to make a difference in her community. She holds a postgraduate professional teaching License from Virginia and an M. ED. in Psychology. Cindy has a wide range of teaching experience in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, from Pre-K to the collegiate level. Before working at DSOA, she taught children with special needs for Loudoun County Public Schools. Her wide range of experience has equipped her with diverse and effective teaching techniques that implements in her classroom. One of Cindy’s primary objectives is to create a stimulating and positive classroom environment where students begin their journeys as life-long learners.
Krista is thrilled to join Destiny School of the Arts as an elementary school teacher.  With over 30 years of experience, she has served many roles including that of a teacher, supervisor, consultant, case manager, family service coordinator, university professor, and diagnostician. Her background is in both public and private sectors spanning Early Childhood through Post-Secondary Education levels. She began teaching in her hometown of New Orleans in 1986 and has subsequently taught in Alabama, Texas, Maryland and Virginia.  She received an undergraduate degree in Regular

Krista Kettler

Krista is thrilled to join Destiny School of the Arts as an elementary school teacher. With over 30 years of experience, she has served many roles including that of a teacher, supervisor, consultant, case manager, family service coordinator, university professor, and diagnostician. Her background is in both public and private sectors spanning Early Childhood through Post-Secondary Education levels. She began teaching in her hometown of New Orleans in 1986 and has subsequently taught in Alabama, Texas, Maryland and Virginia. She received an undergraduate degree in Regular & Special Elementary Education from Louisiana State University, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alabama, and a Doctoral Degree in Infancy & Early Childhood from the University of Maryland. Her deep desire is to bring innovation and enthusiasm to Destiny’s unique learning environment. When not teaching, Krista enjoys travel, volunteer work, and fellowship with family and friends.
Monica teaches second and third grade at Destiny School of the Arts. Monica’s undergraduate degrees are in history and Spanish. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in 2008 and holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional teaching license. Although Monica has taught students ranging in age from kindergarten to adults, Monica has a special love for second and third graders. She is thrilled to be working with this age group at Destiny this year! Monica has lived in Leesburg since 2012 and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Monica Fasenmyer

Monica teaches second and third grade at Destiny School of the Arts. Monica’s undergraduate degrees are in history and Spanish. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in 2008 and holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional teaching license. Although Monica has taught students ranging in age from kindergarten to adults, Monica has a special love for second and third graders. She is thrilled to be working with this age group at Destiny this year! Monica has lived in Leesburg since 2012 and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Why Destiny School of the Arts?

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    “I love the program and the teachers. Very happy at Destiny! ”

     

    Kate H.
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    Our daughter comes home every day having learned something new, and even more importantly, excited that she has learned it! We love that Art and Spanish are taught each day. We have truly enjoyed watching our daughter learn and blossom at Destiny. 

     

    Heather D.
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    Destiny Preschool’s program has taken our son’s love of music to the next level! He is so excited to go to school and his imagination has expanded. It was the best choice we could make for him.

     

    Dana H.
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    Teachers are warm and caring and attentive. Administrative staff is very responsive and helpful.

     

    Lauren B.
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    My 4-year old daughter loves having opportunities to do music, movement and art at Destiny. She has fantastic teachers who are loving, kind, and very professional. We have been very happy with the whole experience.

     

    Laura A.
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    I would recommend Destiny 100%. My child is excited to come to preschool everyday and when I pick her up from the after-school care, she is always smiling. As a parent, there is nothing more important to me than the well-being of my children when they are in the care of others. Destiny has earned my full confidence!

     

    Maryanne V.
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    The teachers are caring and enthusiastic and our daughter comes home singing dozens of new songs and demonstrating dance moves and physical skills. And, of course, the art projects she regularly brings home shows us how much creativity is encouraged at Destiny. We’re enjoying school as much as she is.

     

    Huyen M.

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