About Us

Learn more about the Alexander School of Early Learning

Our Approach

Our philosophy is to provide play-based learning experiences that foster intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development for each child in our care. Our goal is to provide high-quality learning experiences that challenge each child through innovative lessons and developmentally appropriate practices.

Meet the Owner


My name is Amanda Short, and I am the Owner, Operator, and Center Director for the Alexander School of Early Learning. I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for upwards of 20 years. Starting out with just a high school diploma, I currently hold a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Classroom Behavior Management. Before receiving my M.Ed. in 2015, I received my Associate’s in Education in 2003, my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2005, and my International Montessori Teaching Diploma in 2012.

While working on my degrees, I worked for a local premier childcare company holding the following titles:

  • Toddler Room Aide
  • Lead Toddler Teacher
  • School Age Camp Coordinator
  • Evening Supervisor
  • Site Director
  • Center Director
  • Corporate Trainer
  • School Age Field Director
  • District Director

In May 2018, I stepped down as District Director to pursue my dream of owning and operating my own preschool. In October 2018, The Alexander School’s door opened.

I often say to my families that I have not only taught children, but I also have taught, mentored, and supported teachers in their own development over the years. I worked hard to obtain National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation for the school and know first-hand what high-quality care and education look like. I support all my teachers in their use of developmentally appropriate practices along with a curriculum that is supported by current research. I have a passion for the Early Childhood Field and am very proud of the work we do. We strive to provide play-based learning experiences daily that foster intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth for each individual child in our care!


The Alexander School of Early Learning is committed to high-quality early education and is proud to offer the STREAMin3 curriculum model.

Developed by a team at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at UVA, in partnership with, and funding from E3: Elevate Early Education, the STREAMin3 curriculum is approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).