Miss Diane has been with us at DECC since 2009. Prior to working at DECC, Miss Diane worked for many years as a Kindergarten teacher in a Catholic school. She had many years of experience working as a pre K teacher, getting many children ready for Kindergarten. She currently works as the Kindergarten teacher at Darlington. Miss Diane enjoys arts and crafts and loves spending time teaching children skills needed for Kindergarten. She also teaches the children sign language, a skill that many children enjoy learning.
Miss Candy has worked at DECC since 1985! She has been a preschool teacher at Darlington since she started. Miss Candy has sent countless children off to Kindergarten. Some of her students are now coming back to DECC with children of their own. Parents are surprised and comforted that Miss Candy is still here giving the same attention and care to all of the children in her class. Miss Candy loves holidays and she hosts the best party days for her students. She loves doing extended projects with the children and she is warm and caring. When she is not teaching, Miss Candy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and her family.
Miss Kerri has been a teacher assistant at DECC since 2013. Her daughter was a student in our preschool room, and we loved Kerri’s patience and kindness with her daughter, so we asked her to join our team. She is attentive and caring with the children. She spent a lot of time working in the three year old room and now Miss Kerri is working at DECC as a substitute teacher. The children love seeing her! When she is not working, she loves spending time with her 7 year old daughter.
Miss Kayla has been working at DECC since 2010. She is the teacher in our three year old room and our assistant director. When Miss Kayla started, she began working at a 2:30-5:30 closing shift employee. She had demonstrated hard work and proved that she had what it took to have her own classroom. The parents and children love Miss Kayla. She is warm and welcoming. Miss Kayla is a very family oriented person. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and her three sons.
Miss Kelli has been at DECC since 2014. We met Miss Kelli when she would bring her nieces to school at DECC. We loved the kindness that she showed to them and we were in need of someone like her to join our team. She happily accepted. Miss Kelli started as our 2:30-5:30 closing shift staff member. Currently, she is working as a teacher assistant in our toddler classroom. We are very grateful to have her in our school. She is patient and kind with all of the children. When Miss Kelli is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her 3 year old son.
Miss Janice has been a teacher at DECC since 1990! She started the toddler classroom when she came to DECC, when finding toddler child care was not as available as it is today. She designed the toddler classroom to fit the needs of the school and the community and she still teaches in the same space. She has seen hundreds of children pass through her doors. She is kind, caring and observant with the children. She is always willing to meet with families and discuss any issue that might come up. Families have always appreciated her guidance and the time that she takes with them. When Miss Janice is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her brand new granddaughter!
Miss Melissa has been the Director at DECC since 2003. Prior to becoming the director at DECC, Miss Melissa spent many years working in Early Childhood classrooms. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Melissa has seen many changes in preschool since becoming a director. Although challenging at times, she has changed her way of thinking to keep up with the current trends in education. She has led her team through a star rating with Bright Stars. Miss Melissa enjoys working with the families and the children. She enjoys helping and lending assistance to many families that are in need. When she is not working, Miss Melissa loves spending time with her husband and her 2 sons.
Miss Courtney has been working at DECC since 2015. She started as our 2:30-5:30 closing shift employee and our fill in substitute. Currently, Miss Courtney works as a teacher assistant in our three year old classroom. Working at DECC is Miss Courtney’s first experience working in childcare, and she has proven herself to be a wonderful addition to our team. Miss Courtney is so caring with the children and attentive to their needs. She is reliable and pleasant to work with. She enjoys learning about the profession and is happy to be a full time staff member. When she is not at school, Miss Courtney loves spending time with her 4 children!
Miss Joanne: Miss Joanne is our newest staff member at DECC. This is her first experience working in child care and she has been a terrific addiction to our team. Prior to working at DECC, Miss Joanne owned her own candy shop in Lincoln. Her specialty is making sweet treats. Miss Joanne can often be found playing and interacting with the children. She is so warm and welcoming. We are proud that she is part of our team. She works in the preschool classroom. When she is not working, Miss Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and her 2 daughters.
Miss Patricia: Miss Patricia is our 2:30-5:30 closing staff member. She is a great asset to our team. When Miss Patricia isn’t working at DECC, she is studying hard at RIC to become a nurse. We wish her the best of luck.
Miss Mary: Miss Mary has been an employee at DECC since 1986! She recently left DECC to take her retirement. However, she missed us so much that she came back to work some closing shifts. We are so happy to have her back on our team! When she is not working, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Miss Melanie: Miss Melanie has been a teacher at DECC for over 16 years! Currently, she spends her time taking care of her two boys and their busy schedules. Miss Melanie can be found at DECC as a substitute teacher. We love having her around.