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Hippos (2 year olds)



Mrs. Rachel

Hi BLPS families! I’m Rachel Penland and I am very excited to be leading the Hippos classroom! For the last two years, I’ve been in the MDO class at Bethany and had a blast with the one and two year old kiddos! This is my favorite age to teach, as you really get to see them blossom! I’m looking forward to learning, playing, and getting creative this year! 

When I’m at home my husband, daughter, and I like to spend time together watching movies, cooking, going for walks, and playing games.


Ms. Ridhima

Ms. Ridhima

Hi BLPS families! My name is Ridhima Bhatia and I am so excited to be working with the Hippo class this year! I have recently graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science from George Mason Univeristy. Although it is my first year teaching at a Preschool, I have worked as a youth counselor for various summer camps and I have volunteered with BLPS in the past with their MDO program. I have loved those experiences and have learned a lot from them, so I'm thrilled to come back to the world of nurturing young minds.

My younger sister started at Bethany 14 years ago, and although she has graduated high school since then, Bethany still holds a dear place in our hearts. I'm looking forward to this school year filled with learning, playing, and growing!


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