Welcome to Preschool

Ms. Kaitlyn Abdale

Kaitlyn AbdaleWelcome to Preschool Special Education Morning AM class

My name is Kaitlyn Abdale, I will be the morning teacher for the preschool special education classroom.

I have my master’s degree in early childhood special education from University of Lynchburg.

I have been teaching preschool for 10+ years and I have taught special education preschool for 4 years.  Last year was my first year with Prince William County Public Schools here at Jenkins.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family over the school year.



Mrs. Amanda Dingman

Amanda DingmanHello Preschool Families!  My name is Amanda Dingman and I am happy to welcome you and your child to our School Family!  This will be my third year at Jenkins, but I have been an educator for 29 years.  I have taught Pk-2nd grade, but I have to say that Pre-K is my favorite!  What I love most about our program is the relationships that we build not only with the children, but with the families as well.  Throughout this year we will all learn and grow together as a School Family.  I cannot wait to start this adventure with you!

I have lived in Virginia for 25 years, but I am originally from upstate NY.  You can take the girl out of NY, but you cannot take NY out of the girl!  I am a diehard NY Yankees fan.  My husband and I are proud parents of 2 daughters.  Claudia is 21 and a senior at Mary Baldwin University where she is studying psychology.  She plays softball there and we love watching her play!  Olivia is 16 and a junior at Hylton HS.  Olivia is a soccer player and we love watching her play!  Between the 2 girls, we spend a lot of time at sports fields!  I am also a “mom” to 2 hound dogs.  Frannie is 10 and we rescued her as a puppy.  Lucy is about 4 years old.  She too is a rescue.  I also have 2 cats Little Stinker is 7 and Finn is 4.  They are also rescues.  Our house is full and it is busy, but it is full of love!

I cannot wait to work with you this school year!

Ms. Marlene Evans

Marlene EvansMy name is Mrs. Marlene Evans. I am your child’s Head Start teacher here at Jenkins Elementary.  This is my fifth-year teaching in Prince William County Schools. 

I am a married mother of 4.  My family and I moved here from the great State of New York.  I graduated from the University of Buffalo. I enjoy spending time with my family, arts and crafts, and watching football.  One of my favorite hometown sites to see is Niagara Falls.               

We have lots of fun hands-on learning activities planned for your child.  We cannot wait to make lots of connections and to see the growth each student will make socially, emotionally, physically and academically. This year will be different, but it will be awesome! You got this!

I am looking forward to this wonderful new school year!   

Ms. Marisa Facundus

Marisa FacundusHello! My name is Marisa Facundus. I am so excited to welcome you and your student to Jenkins this year! 

I have been with PWCS for 6 years in middle school autism at Benton Middle School and Kindergarten at Jenkins. This is my first-year teaching VPI preschool and I am so eager to meet all of your children and to have a great year together. 

 I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and moved to Woodbridge in 2014. My husband and I have just welcomed our first baby boy in August! As a family we love spending time with our families, outdoor activities and cheering on our favorite sports teams! 

I am looking forward to a wonderful year and can’t wait to meet you all! 


Ms. Brenda Truax

Brenda TruaxHello!  My name is Brenda Truax Knopp and I am a preschool special education teacher here at Jenkins Elementary School.  I am originally from Pennsylvania where I graduated from Penn State University.  I moved to Virginia in 1990 to begin my teaching career.  I have taught many different grade levels in special education, but I can safely say that preschool is the best!  Where else can you learn so much by playing all day?  I’m looking forward to a more normal school year and getting back into a regular routine, as I’m sure many of you are as well. Feel free to reach out to me at truaxbj@pwcs.edu if you have any questions.  I look forward to meeting your child and starting his/her educational journey.

 Together we can do this!