Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of Early Childhood Educators who are experienced in their field. These talented professionals have a special interest in children from birth-age 5. The Educational Background at DCPC varies from Master’s in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, and Elementary Certification. Their loving attitudes are reflected in their daily approach to each individual child.

  • The staff members participate in professional in-service training.
  • Criminal Background Screening
  • CPR, First Aid & Child Protection Policy
  • Safe Sanctuary, Fire Evacuations, Emergency Procedure

Kristin Clark


Kristin Clark has been the preschool director since 2003. She has 17 years of experience in early childhood education. She moved here with her family from Texas in 2001 and resides in Sherrill’s Ford.


Hunter Busse

Assistant Director

A Davidson native, Hunter and her family moved back home from Virginia nine years ago. She graduated from Wingate College with an early education degree. Hunter joined the staff at DCPC in 2011 and is the assistant director.


Lee Kiley

TK Teacher

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Lee earned a B.A. and M.A.T. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Jacksonville University and has been at DCPC since 2009 as the TK teacher.


Clair Fitzgerald

TK Teacher

Clair moved to America 22 years ago from Leicester England and has worked in childhood education for the past 12 years.


Kim Nickell

4 Year Old Teacher

Kim Earned a B.S degree from Boston University in both Elementary Education and Special Education( infant through 3rd) and has been a teacher for 36 years.


Amy Simmons

4 Year Old Teacher

Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters degree in Communication. She spent 15 years teaching college level communication classes before joining DCPC.


Pat Shaw

4 Year Old Teacher

Pat Shaw began teaching at DCPC in 2002. To her, teaching Bonjour Science! is a gift that allows her to share hands-on experiments with eager four-year-olds.


Marilyn Edmondson

4 Year Old Teacher

Marilyn has been in early childhood education for 30 years, nineteen of which have been at DCPC. She enjoys teaching with Mrs. Shaw in the Bonjour Science Enrichment program.


Hattie Kissel

3 Year Old Teacher

Hattie was born and raised in Florida and graduated from Hollins College. She taught elementary school before joining the DCPC staff.


Shanna Oakley

3 Year Old Teacher

Shanna has a B.A. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Public Health from UNC Charlotte with an interest in health education. She currently enjoys teaching in the four day three year old classroom.


Pamela Otatti

3 Year Old Teacher

Pamela grew up in Va Beach, went to college at VCU in Richmond, and lived there until she came to Davidson ten years ago. She has taught preschool for 25 years.


Sherri Kaftal-Killion

3 Year Old Teacher

Sherri has multiple subject and Special Education credentials and over 25 years of experience in education. She loves working at DCPC because the children are truly first and foremost in all they do.

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Sue Sink

3 Year Old Teacher

Sue earned a degree in Sociology from UNC Charlotte in 2002 and later went back to get her teaching license. She taught Kindergarten for 7 years and has been teaching preschool for 7 years.


Marlea Akins

3 Year Old Teacher

Marlea attended St. Mary’s and UNCW.  She began subbing in 2013 and then started teaching in 2014. For her, the opportunity of learning every single day with the children is a blessing.


Keri Nolan

2 Year Old Teacher

Keri has enjoyed expanding her professional development in early childhood. She worked in medical sales for 13 years before joining the DCPC family this year. Keri is originally from New York.

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Laura Shah

2 Year Old Teacher

Laura was a pastry chef for 17 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She started substitute teaching for the 2016/2017 school year. Laura accepted a position this year and loves working with the children at DCPC.


Amanda Cooper

2 Year Old Teacher

Amanda moved from England to the States 20 years ago after a career in accounting and teaching horse riding. She assisted in a Kindergarten classroom where she discovered her love for teaching and has been teaching two year olds for nearly 15 years at DCPC.


Carrie Matyi

2 Year Old Teacher

Carrie has been a teacher in the two year old class for the past three years.  Prior to teaching, she worked in finance for 15 years but has found her passion working with preschool children.


Jennifer Slosson

18 Month Old Teacher

Jennifer attended UNC -Chapel Hill and College of Charleston earning a MAT in Elementary Education. She has taught in the two’s program at DCPC for 2 years (since fall of 2016).



Jennifer Swart

18 Month Old Teacher

Jenn Swart earned a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State University in 1996. She was first a DCPC Preschool parent in 2014 when her youngest son Pieter joined the 4’s class and joined the teaching team in February 2017.


Whitney Storey

18 Month Old Teacher

Whitney earned her degree in Physical Education to teach elementary age but is so glad that she is with the little ones in the very start of their educational journey. She has been with DCPC for 7 years.


Elena Williams

18 Month Old Teacher

Elena studied elementary education at Jacksonville State University. She subbed at DCPC during the 2014-2015 school year and served on the preschool committee for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Adriana Cadena

Preschool Teacher

Adriana is from Bogota, Colombia. She has a degree in business administration and has worked 4 years in education. Adriana enjoys working in DCPC preschool because it is a safe, friendly place to learn, live and love children.


Denise Binkley

Office Manager

Denise has worked at DCPC since 2002. She has also taught in various classrooms and is the current preschool office manager.  Denise loves being a part of DCPC where children are learning and growing and she in return learns from them.


Bill Edmondson

Crossing Guard

Retired pharmacist and senior executive at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Dr. William Edmondson or “Mr. Bill”, as he is fondly known, has served as DCPC’s crossing guard for the last two years. Ensuring the safety and well being of our children and parents is one of Mr. Bill’s greatest joys, along with seeing their smiles at his never ending hat creations.