Now in our second generation Robin’s Nest Started in Bethesda, MD and grew to North Potomac over 30 years ago. Robin’s Daughter, Renee, along with her husband Ben and three daughter are proud to continue this family business. Robin's Nest has enjoyed excellent staff retention over history. We are simply thrilled to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our family!

Our staff is carefully vetted and well-qualified to care for children. Moreover, Robin's Nest goes beyond the State of Maryland's requirements and participates in the voluntary Maryland Child Care Credential program; many of us are credentialed child care providers.

We also rated in the Maryland Excels program and are in the process of becoming accredited. Take a peak and some of our current staff and make an appointment to meet us all.


Co-owner, Director , MCCCP Level 4

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 4


Robin Rice Ackad- Founder

Robin founded Robin's Nest Child Care in 1983 to meet the child care needs of her own four childrenincluding Renee. Over the next thirty years, she tirelessly grew the business into a thriving family-oriented center. Robin is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. She is a Level 4 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Northeastern University.


Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 6

Co-owner, Director, MCCCP Level 6


Renee Shuman- Owner/Director

Watch us grow into our best is not just a slogan. Renee spent her childhood in Robin's Nest and now the second generation owner/operator. She is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. She is a Level 2 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider. Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the mother of Aveline, Colette and Haley, all of whom attend Robin's Nest and along with her Husband Ben live on the property.

Director, MCCCP Level 3

Director, MCCCP Level 3


Don Ackad

Don retired from a career in the United States Secret Service where he served as the Safety and Health Manager. He also served as a volunteer fireman for twenty-five years. Don is a licensed Maryland contractor and holds a Master's degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Illinois State University. He is a Level 3 Maryland Child Care Credentialed Provider and is director-qualified for infants/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. He is the grandfather of Aveline and Colette, both of whom attend Robin's Nest.


Hela G. - Assistant Director/ Lead Teacher

Hela is an Assistant Director who began in 2015. She is from Tunisia, speaks French, Arabic and some Italian. The mother of two teenagers she loves spending time with the little ones again.




Jessica W. - Lead Teacher

Jessica started at Robin's Nest in 2012. She is teacher-qualified for infants/toddlers and preschool children. Jessica focused her pre-collegiate studies on early childhood education and has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is fluent in Cantonese.


Karuna Y. - Lead Teacher  

Karuana recently completed her certifications to become lead teacher qualified and has been at Robin’s Nest since 2018. Now that her children are getting older she loves her new role in the infant room helping our youngest family members grow.


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Niya K. - Preschool Teacher

Niya hold a B.A. from Boston College with a focus on child development. She started at Robin’s Nest in the end of 2018 and we were so excited to have her because she has  also taught children’s dance since 2010 and really enjoys encourterating education with movement, song and dance.

Aide, MCCCP Level 1

Aide, MCCCP Level 1


Ameesha P. - Aide

Second mom to so many including Renee’s daughter Haley, Ameesha came to Robin’s Nest in 2015 and is currently and aide in the infant room.



Lulu B. - Lead Teacher/Substitute

Lulu was with Robin’s Nest for almost 6 years before starting her new position in the Montgomery County Public School System. She now is a substitute for us and gets to come back and catch up when we need her.