Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

                  Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School

Robbin Anapolle, Co-Director

I am Robbin Anapolle. I am co-director with Diana Hovhannisyan. I have a bachelor's degree in education from Central Michigan University and many post-graduate level courses in early childhood education. I have been teaching the fours since 2010. Prior to that I taught the 3’s for 10 years. When I first started teaching at BCNS, my daughter was in the four-year-old class. Now my grandson attends BCNS. I love the sense of family at BCNS as well as working with the entire family. It is such a thrill helping the children learn and grow.

Diana Hovhannisyan, Co-Director, Lead Teacher, Firefly/Caterpillar Class (age 3)
Hi, my name is Diana Hovhannisyan and I have been with BCNS for 9 years. I am currently co-director with Robbin Anapolle and the lead teacher for the Fireflies class. I first found BCNS in 2008 when I was looking for a school for my daughter. She is in 7th grade now and I am still here. I immediately felt a connection to the school and unique sense of community that exists among the parents and staff. I have a bachelor's degree in Russian language and literature and education. I am also teacher of the Lunch Bunch Drama class and am eager to share my love of reading with children. My favorite part of the job is watching a young child learn something new, knowing that I have been a force behind that growth. I especially enjoy the excellent multicultural environment at BCNS and look forward to meeting new families.

Lakshmi Rallabhandi, Lead Teacher, Fish & Frog Classes (age 2)
Hi, my name is Lakshmi Rallabhandi. I have been working at BCNS for 14 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in history and have completed the 90-hour child development course. Over this time I have seen many of my students grow up and become successful in school. I also have two children of my own: a son who went to BCNS when he was a toddler and is now in 12th grade and a daughter who is a senior in college. Over my years of working here, I have really come to love BCNS and truly hope that you and your families fall in love with this school as well.
Hi, my name is Jayshri Kumbhar, I am assistant teacher for Fish and Frog class. I joined BCNS in March 2017 as Crib room assistant. 
My son was a student in BCNS for one year and he enjoyed his time in school.
I love spending time with kids and watch them learn and grow.