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Meet the Millville Day Care Center Staff

Dayna Thompson

Director

About me
I've been in child care since 1995.
I've been at MDCC since April of 2004.
I'm a mom of two daughters, whom I'm very proud of!

Hobbies & Interests
I love Disney! I am also a Huge Philadelphia Eagles & Phillies fan!

Years Working in Childcare
29 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Preschool Teacher
Summer Camp Director
Assistant Director
Executive Director

Education
BA of Education
Directors Academy

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I'm enjoying seeing the children I once had in my class returning to work here. They had such a good experience as a child they want to be involved with this generation.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."
- Winnie the Pooh

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Smiling faces, dry eyes, warm hearts = children at MDCC!

Jennifer Golley

Supervisor

About me
Mother of two adult children.

Hobbies & Interests
Going camping and going to the beach.

Years Working in Childcare
11 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide - 1 year
Head Teacher - 1 year
Supervisor - 9 + years

Education
High School Diploma
CPR/AED Certified
11 + years of training certificates pertaining to Early Childhood Education
Medication Administration

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Watching them grow and meet their milestones.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust."
- Peter Pan

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
The relationships that I have made with my coworkers, that are more like family.

Toni Park

Family Worker, Abbott

Marital Status
Single, I have two children: a son and daughter. I also have 5 grandchildren: 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter

Years Working in Childcare
Millville Day Care Center (Since 2005)

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher's Aide (2005-2007)
Abbott Preschool Aide (2007-2018)
Abbott Family Worker - Current Position

Education
High School Diploma
Praxis

Favorite Childhood Quote
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss

What is one of your favorite things about being a MDCC employee?
Being able to work at a center where everyone works as a team and you become more than just co-workers. Co-workers are more like family.

Hobbies & Interests
My hobbies are camping, vacations and just spending time with family.

Alexandra Andrews

Office Manager

About me
I grew up in Millville; lived here my whole life. Graduated high school in 2008.
Graduated with my associate's degree in 2012. I have 2 boys, a 15 & 11 year old.

Hobbies & Interests
Traveling; spending time with my family & friends

Years Working in Childcare
11 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Office Manager - 5+ years
Office Assistant - 4 years
Head teacher - 1 year
Teacher's Aide - 1 year

Education
Associates degree in Health Care Administration
High School Diploma
CPR/AED Certified

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love to watch them grow.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
- Dr. Seuss

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
The family we've created.

Noelia Acevedo

Teachers Aide

About me
I love meeting new people and having a fun time.

Hobbies & Interests
Spending time with my family.

Years Working in Childcare
New to the field

Position(s) at MDCC
wrap around teachers aide

Education
Highschool diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Meeting all the new little personalities.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart!"

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Interacting with the children and having fun.

Lisbeth Arias-Reyes

Teachers Aide

About me
I am the mother of two children. I have a girl & a boy. I have been with my partner for 4 years!

Hobbies & Interests
II like to sew. I also like to go out with my family & friends.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy seeing the kids smile and play. I love children.

Favorite Childhood Quote
I love the story of Pinocchio

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
I like how my co workers treat me with respect. We always have a good time together and with the children.

Erica Arce

Abbott Teachers Aide

About me
I will love your child like they are my own.

Hobbies & Interests
I love reading & watching my shows that range from 911,
Pokerface, and The Last of Us.

Years Working in Childcare
8+ years

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a daycare aide, became a head start head teacher,
and I am currently an Abbott Aide.

Education
Associate degree in early childhood
A Certification in Early childhood

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching how each child is different and has a big personality!

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Today you are you! That is truer that true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!"
- Dr. Seuss

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
How understanding the Director is and how comfortable it is to work here.

Mya Armstead

Teacher's Aid

About me
I just graduated high school and I am going to Cincinnati State in Ohio for college.
I will be going for business management.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy doing make up, eyelashes, & hanging out with my friends.

Years Working in Childcare
2+ years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher's Aide.

Education
Millville Senior High school graduate
Freshman at UC

What do you enjoy about working with children?
They are fun!

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work."
- Princess Tiana

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Working with my friends & playing with the children.

Cynthia Banks

Abbott Teacher

About me
I have been in the preschool - kindergarten field for over 30 years.
I absolutely love working with children.

Hobbies & Interests
I Love the snow! I like to take road trips, especially to see waterfalls and mountains.

Years Working in Childcare
30 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Abbott teacher for 3 years

Education
I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Ed & Early childhood.
I went to Millersville University.
Millersville thrived on hands on creative lesson planning.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love messy and hands on activities!
I also love seeing how far our children grow in the year we have them.

Favorite Childhood Quote
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
The classrooms are a great size and we have so many toys and fun areas to play in.
The staff work well together.

Darnajah Barnes

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 19 years old. I am a college student at CCC.
My major is Health science and after I get my associates, I would love to get enrolled into nursing
school. I also love going to church.

Hobbies & Interests
Singing, playing kickball, & working out.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education
High school diploma & I am a under graduate.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy spending quality time with them and building a bond.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Seeing the infants and toddlers cute and innocent faces! /p>

Ms. Kim

Teacher

About me
I am 25 years old with 2 kids who are both attending MDCC.
I found my best friend here at MDCC and we are a strong team in Toddler 5.
I love dinosaurs, the color red and rose gold.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy making projects with my cricut, music & dancing.
I love playing sports and shopping.
I enjoy hanging out with my children, family, and friends.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a aide and am currently a head teacher.
I am excited to continue to learn new things every day.

Education
I graduated from Cumberland Regional in 2016.
I attended college and in 2021 I graduated with a associates for medical billing &
coding.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy creating a strong bond with each child.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's learning to dance in the rain.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
MDCC is there for me in every situation.
Dayna truly cares about the staff and the children.

Kendell Bogushefsky

Abbott Teacher Aide

About me
I have two children, a boy and a girl.
I have a dog named Kai and two cats, Milo and
Casper.

Hobbies & Interests
I like playing board games with my daughter .I enjoy reading drama, horror, and action
novels. I also enjoy watching hockey, baseball, and football.

Years Working in Childcare
20 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I worked as a teachers aid in both buildings.
I am now an Abbott assistant.

Education
Associates Degree in Elementary/Secondary Education

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching them expand their minds, I like seeing where it can take them.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
- Mya Angelou

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love being with the children.

Kansas Cossaboon

Teacher

About me
I love teaching & learning new things. I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and
pets

Hobbies & Interests
Painting, Reading, Traveling, & Hiking

Years Working in Childcare
2 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher

Education
Associates Degree in Education

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Watching them learn and grow

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
This is a loving, caring, & fun environment.

Dennis Connell

Marital Status
Married, one daughter, two granddaughters.

Hobbies & Interests
Fishing and wood working.

Years Working in Childcare
1 1/2 years

Position(s) at MDCC
Maintenance

Education
High School Diploma
US Army Veteran

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting." - Peter Pan

Why do you enjoy working with children?
Love that all of the children call me PopPop when I come into the rooms to fix things.

Tykiera Coursey

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 22 years old. I am the oldest child. I've worked with children since I was 17 and have helped with raising my younger siblings.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy listening to music and appreciate my alone time.

Years Working in Childcare
4 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide in Infant B

Education
I graduated from Vineland High School in 2019

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love the energy the kids bring into a room, they're so lovable.

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
I like my co-workers and the kids.

Sheltina Donaldson

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 17 years old and have a huge interest in art and culinary.
I have 2 adorable nieces and they are one and three years old.

Hobbies & Interests
Culinary and art

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to the field.

Position(s) at MDCC
I am a teachers aide.

Education
I am a high school student.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I like to see how every child is different and have their unique interests.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I am new employee, but am looking forward to seeing everything MDCC has to offer.

Taneesha Edwards

Office Assistant

About me
I am happily married and a mother of one boy and one girl.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy bowling, roller skating, & karaoke

Years Working in Childcare
12 + years
4 + years at MDCC

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a 3 year old toddler head teacher and then became a 2 year old toddler head
teacher. I am currently a West building front desk office assistant.

Education
High School Diploma
2019 CDA training hours

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy witnessing the milestones of the children I have worked with.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song,
because it's all good"
- Pete the Cat

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I like bring able to balance home life and work life with minimum complications.

Angela Felmey

Head Teacher

About me
I have 2 girls & I have a new grandson that I love more than life itself, I have been happily married for 26 years.

Hobbies & Interests
I love animals, going to the beach, & spending time with my family.

Years Working in Childcare
14 + years
5 years at Bybels
9 + years at MDCC

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a wrap around aide and quickly went to a full time Teachers aide in Toddler 1. Soon after I became the Head teacher in Toddler 1.

Education
High School Diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
The kids can always make me smile.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down."
- Marry Poppins

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
We are like family here.

Krystal Fidler

Teachers Aide

About me
I love coffee, reading, and I am a forever swiftie!(fan of Taylor Swift).

Hobbies & Interests
Spending quality time with my son and family.

Years Working in Childcare
10 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher

Education
Highschool Diploma at Millville Sr. High School
Elementary/Secondary Education Associates Degree
Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Cumberland County College (Now Rutgers)

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Seeing each child grow into their own unique personality.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." - Jim
Henson

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Being able to share the passion of teaching children with all of my coworkers.

Jerrious Garcia

Wrap teachers aide

<> About me
I am 16 years old and a Junior at Millville High School

Hobbies & Interests
Basketball

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to this field.

Position(s) at MDCC
Wrap around teachers Aide

Education
Currently in High School

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching them learn & grow.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Never give up.

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
Playing with the kids.

ChaNae Harmon

Teachers Aide

<> About me
I am a mother of 4 beautiful children.

Hobbies & Interests
I love spending time w/my family, crafting, baking & reading.

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to this field.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education
Currently in College Studying Radiology.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Children have so much love to share!
I love watching them learn new things with excitement!

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
I love the care and attention that all my co-workers give to each child individually.

Banesa Chavez-Hernandez

Head Teacher

About me
I love to care for others. I'm a nice and loving person.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy doing art projects, being in nature, going on adventures, & shopping.

Years Working in Childcare
4 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Head Teacher in Toddler 3

Education
High School Diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy seeing kids happy & having smiles every time they walk into the classroom!

Favorite Childhood Quote
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
I like being able to create beautiful bonds with the kids & staff.
I also like to see how far the kids grow in their own little journey.

Gerry Hollis

Geraldine (Gerry) Hollis

Marital Status
Married, 2 children

Hobbies & Interests
Reading, puzzles, walking.

Years Working in Childcare
30+ Years

Position(s) at MDCC:
Teacher Assistant to Director
Abbott Teacher

Education
Business Administration Business Management
P-3 Certification

Favorite Childhood Quote
Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.

Why do you enjoy working with children?
They keep me on the move. They are honest, loving, helpful and caring.

Keyla Yau

Teacher

About me
I am 25 years old with 2 kids who are both attending MDCC.
I found my best friend here at MDCC and we are a strong team in Toddler 5.
I love dinosaurs, the color red and rose gold.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy making projects with my cricut, music & dancing.
I love playing sports and shopping.
I enjoy hanging out with my children, family, and friends.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a aide and am currently a head teacher.
I am excited to continue to learn new things every day.

Education
I graduated from Cumberland Regional in 2016.
I attended college and in 2021 I graduated with a associates for medical billing &
coding.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy creating a strong bond with each child.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's learning to dance in the rain.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
MDCC is there for me in every situation.
Dayna truly cares about the staff and the children.

Joanbrenda Jackson

Abbott Teacher

About me
I am married, mother of four children and six grandbabies.
I am currently caring for two of my grandbabies.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy reading and crocheting.

Years Working in Childcare
11 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I started as a toddler teacher and am presently an Abbott teacher.

Education
I have a standard P-3 certification and received a BA from Thomas Edison College

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Children are like seeds that need care to grow.
I enjoy watching the children grow and master skills they need for the future.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The best thing that can happen to you is a happy childhood."
- Agatha Christie

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Everyone makes you feel like family. Thoughtfulness and support from the
administration.

Sahnai Johnson

Wrap around teachers aide

About me
My name is Sahnai Johnson. I am 18 years old, and I attend Millville High school. I graduate this June!
I will be attending Rowan of South Jersey majoring in health science.

Hobbies & Interests
My hobbies are doing makeup, hanging out with friends, cooking, & singing.

Years Working in Childcare
This is my first year in childcare /p>

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers aide

Education
Currently working on getting my high school diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy learning about each child's different personality.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it."
- The Lion King

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
My favorite thing is getting to work with all the kids.

Cora Katzmar

Teachers Aide

About me
I love reading, drawing, and being overall creative!

Hobbies & Interests
Reading & spending time with family.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide (Floater)

Education
Associates & Bachelors Degree in Psychology & interest in childcare and wellness.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
How excited the kids are to learn and play everyday.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
Being able to make everyday fun for the kids & watching them grow!

Mary Kern

Abbott Teacher

About me
Nothing is more important to me than family, but good friends are a close second.

Hobbies & Interests
I love the calming effect of putting puzzles together.
Having a family & friend game night.
I also love reading a good story.

Years Working in Childcare
10 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher since 2013

Education
Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Preschool

What do you enjoy about working with children?
The smiles & laughter of the children when they come to class.
The way their eyes light up when they understand what you are teaching.

Favorite Childhood Quote
One kind word can change someone's entire day.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love the camaraderie & friendships I have established that will remain with me.

Brittany LeBlanc

Head Teacher

Years Working in Childcare
Working at Millville Day Care Center (Since 2017)

Position(s) at MDCC
Summer Camp Aide
Wrap Around Aide
Teachers Aide (Toddler 5)
Head Teacher (Toddler 4)

Education
High School Diploma
Currently Enrolled in College
Currently Obtaining CDA

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Our greatest natural resource is the mids of our children." - Walt Disney

What is one of your favorite things about being a MDCC employee?
Teaching the children and having parents come to me and tell me about sharing what they have learned at home with their family.

Gail Maietti

Abbott Floater

About me
I am from New York. I have 4 children and 17 grandchildren.
I was an infant room teacher for 8 years.

Hobbies & Interests
Gardening & being with people

Years Working in Childcare
10 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I help all the classrooms in the West building.
I help where I can and enjoy making the teacher's day go smoothly.

Education
High School Diploma
2 years of college

What do you enjoy about working with children?
their honesty

Favorite Childhood Quote
No worries Be happy

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
It takes a village, and this is an amazing village to be a part of.

Ali McLaughlin

Teachers Aide in infant A

About me
I am a kind and creative mom of two.
I love life and enjoy time with my family and friends.

Hobbies & Interests
I love to paint and craft projects.
I also enjoy cooking and watching family movies.

Years Working in Childcare
10 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Infant Room teachers aide

Education
High school diploma
Working on a early childhood degree.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love how the children are full of pure joy and wonder.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love working at MDCC because of the kind and loving atmosphere.

Zorinis Mercado

Wrap around teacher

About me
My favorite color is blue and everyone calls me Z. I have 1 dog and am 18 years old.

Hobbies & Interests
I like shopping, going to the movies and spending time with my family.

Years Working in Childcare
6 months

Position(s) at MDCC
Wrap around teacher

Education
I am currently finishing my Senior year of highschool

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy being able to have great memories with the kids.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Childhood is a short season.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
My favorite thing about being a MDCC employee is being able to walk into the room and the kids being happy to see you there.

Taylor Stewart

Teacher

About me
I am 26 years old, I am an Aries, I have two children Delilah(1) and Landon(4).
I have been happily married since June of 2023.

Hobbies & Interests
Cooking, music, and traveling.

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to the field.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education
I am a graduate from Millville Senior High School

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Children keep me active.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love being around the children and being able to watch them grow & learn.

Christina Mosley

Teachers Aide

About me
I love sharks.

Hobbies & Interests
Fishing

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching them grow.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
It is upbeat fun environment.

Yanelly Ortega

Teachers Aide

About me
I am currently a high school student.
I am very outgoing, and I love spending quality time with my family and friends

Hobbies & Interests
My hobbies are coloring, dancing, and singing.

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to the field.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher Aide

Education
I am a high school student

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching children learn and grow.
Creative little minds inspired me to become a teacher.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Just keep swimming."
- Dory

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
My favorite thing about being an MDCC employee would be having the ability to hang out with the
kids and hearing all their amazing stories.

Samantha Perri

Teacher Aide

About me
I am 29 years old, happily married, no kids (yet!).
My dream is to be a math teacher.
I love coming to work with kids everyday.

Hobbies & Interests
Reading, crocheting, spending time with family & friends.

Years Working in Childcare
2 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher Aide in Infant A

Education
Associates degree in Education from Eastern Gateway Community College

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Watching the littles grow and hit their milestones.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Every adventure requires a first step."
- Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I like the coworkers and the babies.

Dolan Potts

Teacher's Aide

About me
I am 17 years old, it's my first job, and I am excited to work here.

Hobbies & Interests
Baseball

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher Aide

Education
12th grade currently in high school

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Helping kids learn and help them grow.

Horangelie Ramirez

Teachers Aide

About me
I am a proud mom of one little girl.

Hobbies & Interests
I love to go shopping and spending time with my baby girl.

Years Working in Childcare
5 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher Aide in Toddler 4

East building floater/sub

Teacher Aide in Infant B

Education
High School Diploma from Millville Senior High School

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I really enjoy being with the littles, they are so sweet.

What is your favorite thing about being a MDCC employee?
I love working here, we are like family.

Hannah Renshaw

Teachers Assistant/ Office Aide

Hobbies & Interests
Going to the beach, trying new foods, singing, & reading

Years Working in Childcare
4 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Assistant
Office Assistant

Education
High school diploma

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Children see magic because they look for it."

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
The loving staff & seeing the kids develop.

Lillie Rivera

Teachers Aide

About me
I am happily married with 3 kids and 2 fur babies. In my spare time you can catch me at a baseball field, soccer field, or at a dance recital.

Years Working in Childcare
Millville Day Care Center (2005-Present)

Position(s) at MDCC
Infant Aide
Toddler 1
Toddler 2
Toddler 3
Toddler 4
Kitchen

I am currently in the Toddler 6 classroom

Education
High School Diploma
Praxis
Currently Working on CDA

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." - Walt Disney

What is one of your favorite things about being a MDCC employee?
Working here creating a family like environment for the children and watching the children grow into their own little person.

Brandy Rosario

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 32. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful children and I live in Millville.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy going to the gym, working out, drawling, and dancing.

Years Working in Childcare
I am new to the field.

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education
GED

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Seeing their faces light up and doing activities.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Never give up & keep going.

Alyssa Sheppard

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 23 years old and I have 2 children.
Working in childcare has always been a passion of mine.

Hobbies & Interests
Shopping, decorating, and making memories with my children.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide

Education
High School Diploma
Currently working on my CDA

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy building relationships with each child and watching them grow.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The things that make me different are the things that make me...me."
- Winnie the Pooh

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love being around the children daily and watching them learn something new
everyday.

Jennifer Szekely

Head Cook

About me
I am a mom to 4 incredible kids and happily married to my soulmate.
We have 2 spoiled fur babies.

Hobbies & Interests
I absolutely love home projects/ renovations.
I enjoy any quality time I get to spend with my family.
I also love to read.

Years Working in Childcare
10 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Head cook - 3+
Kitchen aide
Toddler 2, 3, & 4 head teacher

Education
High School Diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
It thrills me to know that I can provide a positive learning learning
experience to the children.

Favorite Childhood Quote
It is never to late to do something great!

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I love seeing an infant start here and watching as they develop into their own person.
Watching them hit milestones, learning creativity, making their first life long friend, and
eventually going off into the world.

Anastasia Taylor

Teachers Aide

About me
I'm 23 years old. I am the oldest out of nine children in my family.
I am a mother of two boys (a 4 year old and a 4 month old).

Hobbies & Interests
My hobbies are crocheting and reading books.
I enjoy drawling and watching Anime.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers aide

Education
Graduate of Cumberland Regional High school in 2019
I plan on going back to college to become either a lawyer or a therapist.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy watching them develop and learning each new skill.

Favorite Childhood Quote
Happy times come and go, but the memories stay forever.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
My favorite thing about being a MDCC employee is helping each child reach there learning goal,
before they move up and into the next class.

Jennifer Taylor

Rutgers Manager

About me
I am happily married with two children.

Hobbies & Interests
I like going to the movies & having adventures with my family.
I enjoy reading, diamond paintings, puzzles, and going to comedy show.

Years Working in Childcare
14 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Floater (Infants - 4 year old)
Afternoon Wrap Around
Toddler 1 Head Teacher
Officer Worker (4 Years)
Rutgers Manager 2019 - current

Education
High School Diploma
CPR, AED, & First aid certified

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy seeing these babies come into MDCC as an infant and watching them grow,
develop and thrive as they turn into amazing little people.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"Have courage and be kind." - Cinderella

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Being a previous student here at MDCC, I love that I am now an employee and my
children had the change to come and experience all of the wonderful things we offer
here. The amazing teachers here gave my children a great foundation to their
education.

Kylie Thompson

Head Teacher

About me
I 've grown up at MDCC and have been working here for 2 years. I enjoy working with the kids so much that I decided to make it my life's work. I'll be entering in the Early Childhood/ Preschool program at Rowan of South Jersey in the fall.

Hobbies & Interests
Organization and sensory. I enjoy spending time with family.

Years Working in Childcare
2 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers aide of the 2 year olds
Teacher's aide of the 4-year-old wrap around

Education
High School Graduate of 2023

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy building relationships with them so they can learn and have
fun in my classroom.

Favorite Childhood Quote
"The hardest thing on Earth is choosing what matters." - Bee Movie

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I am able to be my true self, because MDCC has always been a home away from home!

Mackenzie Thompson

Summer Camp Teacher

About me
I attend Liberty University Studying Youth ministries.

Hobbies & Interests
I've been dancing since I was 2 years old. I take all genres of dance.

Years Working in Childcare
I grew up at MDCC so it feels like home to me!
I've been working here since 2021.

Position(s) at MDCC
Head teacher for Remote Learning class
School age summer camp

Education
Schalick graduate 2022
Currently attending Liberty University since September of 2022.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Children say things that make life simple and it makes me stop and think that I don't need to think so
hard sometimes. The kids make me happy!

Favorite Childhood Quote
"All it takes is faith and trust."
- Peter Pan

Adele Parkinson

Teacher

Edwin Velez

Maintenance

About me
I have been married for 20 years.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy fishing and am an Eagles fan.

Position(s) at MDCC
Maintenance

Nina Watts

Teachers Aide

About me
I am going into the 11th grade. I run track & I enjoy working with kids.

Hobbies & Interests
Track, music, & playing video games.

Years Working in Childcare
This will be my first year.

Education
Going into the 11th grade in high school.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
They keep me busy, and they can be funny.

Diane Welcz-Sheppard

Teacher

About me
I am a single mom with a 24 year old son.
I enjoy going to sports evens with my son. I am a huge Eagles fan!
I also love going to the Ocean City beach.

Hobbies & Interests
Going to movies, reading, and wood crafts.
I also enjoy going to the Flyers, Phillies, and Eagles games.

Years Working in Childcare
29 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I have worked in every position over the years.
I am currently a Kitchen Aide and a wrap around teacher.

Education
I graduated from Vineland High School in 1984
In 1988 I received my Associates degree from Cumberland County College

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy doing art projects and games with them.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I like working with the children and getting to do messy projects, play games, and read
to them.

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