Meet our Teachers

Jennifer Palmer graduated from George Mason University. After 20 years following her husband in the military, they settled back in Fredericksburg and joined Hartwood Presbyterian Church. Jennifer joined the staff of HPC Preschool in 2011 as a teacher and business manager. She has two boys, ages 15 and 12. Over the years she has devoted many volunteer hours to the Hartwood Community, particularly in the schools and at the church. Hartwood kids recognize Jennifer and her boys as the friendly faces who deliver yummy and creative snacks every year at Vacation Bible School! In addition to her early childhood education experience, Jennifer brings a strong business background to the preschool, which makes the school year flow more pleasantly for teachers and parents alike! In her free time she likes to read and run.




Nicole Hodges first came to HPC Preschool as a parent, then as a teacher. She has degrees from Elizabethtown College and University of Mary Washington and taught in Fauquier County Public Schools before deciding to stay at home with her three daughters - all of whom have attended HPC Preschool. Nicole is involved at Hartwood Presbyterian Church, having taught Sunday School, led Youth Group, and Directed Vacation Bible School. She also volunteers at Rocky Run Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, and trips to the beach or Kings Dominion with her family. She is thankful to her husband, David, for the hours he volunteers - tech support, grounds crew and classroom maintenance, folding and unfolding risers for our musical productions - to make this sweet little preschool even sweeter.