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Meet our wonderful HEART staff! Since we have little turnover, the majority of these folks also work in our summer camp program. We are proud of these individuals and appreciate their hard work and dedication.

Bessie Weller Elementary School


Hargrove Dakota-webCoty Hargrove, Supervisor

My name is Dakota, but the kids call me Ms. Coty. I am a graduate of Buffalo Gap High School, and am now a full-time student at Mary Baldwin University. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing and singing. I also love watching TV series and movies. This past summer, I worked at the Gym at Camp Staunton as the Asst. Supervisor. I love working with and getting to know all of the kids in this program. It's a very rewarding and fun job, and I love to be a part of it!

Tiara Luyanda

Luyanda, Tiara

My name is Tiara, but at HEART I go by Ms. T.T. I will be starting as a student at Mary Baldwin University this summer. I am going to study Elementary Education and plan to get a Master’s in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching. I’m very excited to get to know all of your children and look forward to a great year!



Connie Crawford

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McSwain Elementary School


layundaBeverly Luyanda aka Ms. Bev, Supervisor

My name is Beverly Luyanda (Ms. Bev) I have been employed by Staunton Parks and Recreation for 18 years. I supervise the before and after school HEART program at McSwain Elementary, as well as the Gym at Camp Staunton. I also am employed by Staunton City Schools as an Instructional Assistant at McSwain. After 22 years in childcare, I still enjoy the experience of caring for children.

eaversDebra Eavers aka Ms. DD

I have been with Parks and Rec for 12 years. I started in the afterschool program and later joined summer camp. I enjoy working with children because they make me smile. I like to see kids be kids. It’s important for children to run and play. I love their creativity and all the places it takes them.

Delores Davenportdavenport

I was born and raised in the small community known as Kiddsville within the Fishersville Area of Augusta County and am a graduate of Wilson Memorial High School. In 2003, I began working for the Staunton Park & Recreation’s HEART Program at Thomas Dixon Elementary School. During the years that I have been employed by Staunton Park & Recreation, I have worked at various HEART sites. My hobbies include: shopping, playing Longaberger Bingo and collecting Thomas Kinkade Tele-Flora houses.

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Ware Elementary School


Julie Hargrove, Supervisorhargrove

My name is Julie Hargrove, and I have lived in Staunton all my life. I love working with Children. I’ve been the A.R. Ware HEART Supervisor for 15 years and with Staunton Parks and Recreation for 17 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, movies and love nature.

Fay Wallacewallace

I was born on June 24 and have lived in Staunton, Virginia all my life. I have also loved children all my life! I enjoy children and learning new things about them, and I work in my church teaching little children’s church. I like music, knitting, reading, cooking and I like to babysit. I love Mickey Mouse and would marry him if I could!

PD Wellswells

I have been in childcare for over 20 years. I have been working for the City of Staunton for over 10 years, mostly at Gypsy Hill Pool. I worked at HEART for the last 7 years. I enjoy spending my free time with my daughter, lifting weights, and playing wheelchair basketball.

Judy Garber Judy Garber

I have worked with children for 35 years. I had a day-care program for 10 years, I worked at Thomas Dixon School for 19 years, and the H.E.A.R.T. Program for a number of years. I presently work at VSDB. I love working with children.





Our Wonderful Subs


Johnson, Dianna

Kim Smith








                      Dianna Johnson                                                          Kim Smith


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