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Leadership Team

Biographies and Contact Information

Executive Director - Christin Soly

Christin Soly was originally part of Merritt Academy as a student.  She graduated from Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Since graduating, she has served Merritt Academy’s community in a variety of roles including: Afternoon Assistant, Music Teacher, Summer Camp Director and Director in Training.  She spent seven years as Director of First Steps Academy (sister school to Merritt).  She is the proud mother of four beautiful girls that all attend Merritt Academy and First Steps Academy.  Christin loves traveling, volunteering with development organizations and playing the piano. Phone: 703-273-0787

School Principal - Linda Potts

photoLinda Potts has enjoyed being an educator for many years. She brings over 15 years of experience working at Merritt Academy. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Gettysburg College and holds a master's degree in education administration and supervision. She has held several positions at Merritt including Director of Education, middle school teacher (of multiple subjects),and Curriculum Director. Phone: 703-273-2209

Director of Early Childhood Education

Genie O'Hara has spent more than 25 years as a local educator. After growing up in Falls Church City, Genie received her degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University. Her educational career has included classroom experience in both public and private school settings, Curriculum Coordinator for a Preschool-6 independent school, and Center Director of a child care center before joining the Merritt leadership team in 2015. Her educational philosophy includes a highly child-centered approach with a focus on utilizing differentiated learning models and fostering positive self-esteem in students.  Genie is the proud mother of three teenagers, and is the owner and director of Every Body Dance, a venture that brings her love of dance and her passion for children together. Phone: 703-273-8000 Ext: 159

Preschool Program Director - Renee Hoegberg

rhFor over twenty years, Renee Hoegberg has worked with families and children as a teacher, administrator, and as a social worker. Renee also wrote and implemented her own music and movement program for young children and has presented it to dozens of preschools in the Washington metropolitan area.  Most recently, she served as the School Assistant Principal at Merritt Academy for nearly a year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and a 90 hour certification in Early Childhood Education. Renee resides in Fairfax County and is the proud parent of three boys ages, sixteen, twenty-one and twenty-three. Phone: 703-273-5647 Ext: 152

Infant and Toddler Program Director - Latoya Jones

Latoya Jones is originally from Raleigh, NC. Latoya moved to the DC Metro are in 2011. She has 16 years working with children 6 week-13 years if age. Latoya earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology  from St. Augustine’s University and a Masters in Early Education from Ashford University.  Latoya is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has a passion for children and community service. Phone: (703)273-8000, ext. 151

Admissions Director - Ari Autor

Ariadne Allan Autor brings 10 years of experience in private school advancement.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Government from Smith College where she served as an admissions office guide and has continued as an active alumna volunteer.  An award-winning journalist and two-time National Emmy nominee, Ari covered stories for CBS News/60 Minutes and PBS.  A photographer and writer, she has also produced videos as a Communications Specialist for the Falls Church City Public Schools. Ari also enjoys supporting STEAM experiences for children from teaching dance and leading band boosters, to coaching student Odyssey of the Mind and First Lego League teams. Email:    Phone: 703-273-8000 x133


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