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Meet the Millville Day Care Center Staff

Dayna Thompson

Dayna Thompson

Director

Marital Status
Married, 2 daughters and 2 step-daughters, one granddaughter.

Hobbies & Interests
Disney fanatic, Eagles & Phillies Fan, love going to concerts.

Years Working in Childcare
26 Years

Position(s) at MDCC:
Pre-K Teacher & Assistant Director (2004-2007)
Executive Director (2007-Present)

Education
BA of Education K-12
Director's Academy
20 Credits ECE

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

Why do you enjoy working with children?
Children are the pathway to our future, assisting in their growth is a passion of mine that will continue for the rest of my life! They all have a special place in my heart.

Jennifer Golley

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

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

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.

Erica Arce

Erica Arce

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 headstart head teacher,
and I am currently an Abbott Aide.

Education
Associates 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 tuer 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.

Tracy Bailey

Tracy Bailey

Experience Working in Childcare
Church Day Care

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher's Aide

Education CPR / First Aid

Favorite Childhood Quote
"What you give is what you get." - Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

What is one of your favorite things about being a MDCC employee?
My co-workers and my kids.

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.

Kendall Bogushefsky

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.

La'Dacia Brown

La'Dacia Brown

Position(s) at MDCC
Day Care Aide
Sub

Education
High School Diploma

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?
My favorite thing about being a MDCC employee is being surrounded by children and a good environment, never knowing what to expect or a challenge you may face.

Joanne Burns

Joanne Burns

About me
I love family actives & animals.
We have to enjoy life.

Hobbies & Interests
Word search puzzles & watching sports(tennis, football, & golf)

Years Working in Childcare
28 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Kitchen

Education
High school diploma

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love serving them food and I enjoy watching how they learn how to eat.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
Watching baby's grow into adults and then them bringing their babies to MDCC.

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

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.

Nicole Curnutte

Head Teacher - Infant A

About me
I am a mom of 2 adult children, married, & love spending time with my family.

Hobbies & Interests
Crafting, baking/cooking, and traveling

Years Working in Childcare
11 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
I was a Teachers Aide, I worked front desk, and am currently a Head Teacher.

Education
High School Diploma & a former honor student at Cumberland County Votech.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
Giving them TLC & helping them achieve milestones.
I also enjoy watching them grow and learn. .

Favorite Childhood Quote
If you carry your childhood with you, you will never grow old.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
The family & friendships amongst co -workers.
I also love the beautiful children I get to care for.

Taneesha Edwards

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

Angela Felmey

Marital Status
Single, two daughters.

Hobbies & Interests
Spending time outside with my family by the fire and my pets.

Years Working in Childcare
8 years

Position(s) at MDCC
Head Teacher (4 years)
Teacher's Aide (4 years)

Favorite Childhood Quote
"You don't have to live forever, you just have to live. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

Why do you enjoy working with children?
They are so loving, innocent and free-spirited.

Krystal Fidler

Teacher

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..

Genesis Hernandez

Teachers Aide

About me
I am 29 years old, I am the mother of 3 boys. I love and like to be around children.
I am going to study to be a teacher, so I can have the opportunity to teach our children.

Hobbies & Interests
In my free time I like to do crafts and going to the movies with my boys.

Years Working in Childcare
1 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Teachers Aide in Infant A

Education
I am currently studying at NUC College

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I enjoy playing with them and watching the joy and laughter on their faces. I also enjoy watching them thrive after I teach them something new.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
We are like family at MDCC. We all help and support each other.

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.

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.

Mary Kern

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

Brittany LeBlanc

Years Working in Childcare
3 Years at MDCC

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 midsized 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.

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.

Maria Quiles

Maria Quiles

Years Working in Childcare
Millville Daycare Center (16 years)

Position(s) at MDCC
Teacher's Aide

Education
High School Diploma

Favorite Childhood Quote
"A person's a person, no matter how small."

What is one of your favorite things about being a MDCC employee?
I enjoy seeing the children learn, grow. I also enjoy all the hugs they give.

Lillie Rivera

Lillie Rivera

Marital Status
Mother of 3

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

Position(s) at MDCC
Infant Aide
Toddler 1
Toddler 2
Toddler 3
Toddler 4
Toddler 6
Kitchen

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.

Kimberly Sanderlin

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.

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

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.

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.

Holly Yau

Holly Yau

Abbott Teacher Aide

About me
I am a homebody who loves reading and watching documentaries.
I am a proud mommy to an awesome 5 year old little boy.

Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy music and going to concerts.
I also enjoy going on adventures to see new things and experience new places.

Years Working in Childcare
18 + years

Position(s) at MDCC
Since starting at MDCC I have worked in every every position. I started in the infants and toddlers rooms. I was a head teacher in my own toddler class and worked summer camp with the grade school kids. I have been in my current position as an Abbott aid in the 3 year old program for 17 + years.

Education
I have my Associated degree and am working on my Bachelors degree in early
education. I have also attended and completed many hours of training in different
areas of education.

What do you enjoy about working with children?
I love being there to see their faces when they learn something new.

What is your favorite thig about being a MDCC employee?
I enjoy being a part of building the foundation of learning for every child that comes
through our doors.

Diane Welcz-Sheppard

Diane Welcz-Sheppard

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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