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Amanda Hibbard
 Director
Meet our Staff
Teachers makes a huge impact on the lives of young children and their families.  ​We strive to be a team-oriented environment that encourages professional development in one another while building strong relationships with one another.  All of our preschool teachers hold a college degree and have early childhood classroom experience.  We strive to provide high quality educational programming at Western Branch Academy.

Introducing our talented team members:
If you are interested in teaching at Western Branch Academy please email or mail us your resume and a completed employment application.  Thank you.

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Rosalyn Briales has been an educator for over 25 years. She earned her CDA in 2013 from TCC. She is working towards completing her Associate of Applied Science: Early Childhood Development at TCC. Miss Rosalyn loves working with children! This is her fourth year here at WBA
Sandy Archard
PK 4 Teacher
Kaylan Bolton 
Kindergarten Teacher 
Heather Dix
PK 3M/W/F Teacher
Holly Silcott
PK 2 Teacher
Teaching Assistant Staff
Yvonne Berkley
PK 3 Teacher
Yvonne Berkley currently has a Child Development Associate certifcate. She is currently enrolled for her bachelor's degree. Miss Yvonne loves reading, traveling, makeup and shopping.  Her  commitment is to provide a safe, healthy, and nurting enviroment while modeling positve interactions,instilling self-esteem and a respect for all. She is  excited to be a part of the WBA family!
 Amanda Hibbard was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She joined the Navy in 2009 and traveled to many countries on deployment. In 2016,deciding the military life was no longer what she wanted, she chose a career path in Early Childhood Education. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working to earn her Bachelor's in ECE at Regent University. She has a daughter, two dogs, four cats and a bearded dragon!
Rosalyn Briales
Assistant Director




   Nancy Layton  
  Cornelia Epps  
Kaylee White
Justice Boone
Alyssa Croshaw
​Eben Groman




​Sandy Archard has over 6 years experience working with young children, including lead Teacher positions at several Hampton Roads schools where she taught infant to Pre-K. She has a CDA in Preschool earned in 2018. She is happily married with 2 sons & enjoys the gym, walking, biking & spending time with her family. She loves working with children & preparing them for their future. 
Holly Silcott has been working with children for more than 30 years. She holds an associates degree in education with a focus on psychology. Over the years she has worked with children from infancy to high school. She has been happily married for 21 years and has two beautiful daughters. She is very excited to be beginning her first year with WBA.

Gabrielle Vines
PK 4 Teacher
Gabrielle Vines is a first year preschool teacher here at Western Branch Academy. She believes she has the best job in the world. She has worked with various age levels and she truly loves coming to work every day. She believes that children are our future.She earner a Bachelor of Arts in English at Chowan University with Honors. She became a teacher in hopes of positively affecting students the way she was affected when she was young.
Melinda Harris
PK 4 Teacher
Melinda Harris has been working with young children for the past sixteen years. She comes to us from a church based program in Chesapeake. She has been married for 21 years and has two boys. She moved to Hampton Roads 16 years ago from West Virginia. She is very excited to be teaching at Western Branch Academy this year!
Kaylan Bolton has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education along with a Bachelor's in English.  She was an assistant Kindergarten teacher in Georgia for three years before she and her family moved to the Hampton Roads area. She is married and had 2 sons. She is excited for her first year at Western Branch Academy.  She has a strong passion for teaching and loves being in the classroom engaging young minds!
​Heather is originally from New Orleans, LA and has been living in Suffolk, VA for a little over a year. She is studying for her CDA at TCC and has 5 years of chilfcare experience focusing in early childhood ages. She has a dog, Cookie, and two cats, Gracie and Oliver.