Meet Our Teachers

Our Pandas’ Teacher, Leandria Campbell(she/her), has been a part of AHCNS since 2022 when her daughter started in the Monkeys class.  Mrs. C served on the board as Events Coordinator and Fundraising Chair, and was one of the school’s substitutes. In 2023, Mrs. C became the Pandas teacher.

Mrs. C has a degree in behavioral psychology and began her career as a PreK teacher at a school in Washington DC, but decided to explore other career options.  During the Covid shutdowns, Mrs. C developed play-based lesson plans and learning activities for her 18-month-old daughter. This experience reignited her passion for teaching young children. 


Our Monkeys’ teacher, Nancy Popson (she/her), 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. Popson is currently serving as our school director.

Our Tigers’ teacher, Amanda Tyman (she/her), 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.