Meet Our Teachers

Mrs. D

Carolyn Davenport-Thomas (Mrs. D) has been teaching at Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School since 2011.  Her youngest son was in her class her first year teaching at the school, and all three of her sons have graduated from Aspen Hill.   Mrs. D has a B.A. in Elementary Education and graduated from American University in Washington D.C. in 1994.  Before becoming a stay at home mother, Mrs. D worked as an Elementary Program Manager at a local after school program in Washington D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood for 8 years.  Mrs. D teaches both of the 2’s classes at Aspen Hill.


Mrs. Popson

Nancy Popson has taught at Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School since 2011.  In addition, Mrs. Popson has taught Lunch Bunch programs for the Monkey classes since 2009.  She also worked as the Primary Caregiver in the PHP Program (Nursery) and as a substitute teacher for the Panda, Lion, and Tiger classes from 2008-2015.  Mrs. Popson has a B.A. and M.A. in Russian Area Studies and was certified in 2008 as an early childhood education teacher.  Her own children attended Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School from 2005-2010, and it was her experience as a co-oping parent that led her to teaching as a second career.


Mrs. Clagett

Hillary Clagett’s association with AHCNS started in 1997 when her youngest daughter joined the Pandas class.  While her daughter was enrolled at AHCNS, Hillary worked as the primary caregiver in the Parent Helper Program (Nursery), then became director in August of 2000, and the Tigers’ teacher in 2002.  Hillary attended Western Maryland College and has been a certified early childhood education teacher since 1989, working at various area preschools before she was married and had children.  A Bethesda native, she’s been a Rockville resident for 26 years.


Amanda Tyman has been a part of AHCNS since her oldest son started in the Pandas class. All three of her children are AHCNS alumni and while they attended the school, Mrs. Tyman worked as a primary caregiver in the nursery, served on the board, and was one of the school’s permanent substitutes. In 2018, Mrs. Tyman taught the Mini Movers (music and movement) class and became the Lions teacher in 2019. Before having kids, Mrs. Tyman worked at a preschool in California for over 10 years and also ran a business teaching dance classes at preschools and day care centers. She is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in English Literature.