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 to age five. The Educational Background at DCPC varies with a variety of different experiences including Master’s in Early Childhood Education, Child Development and Elementary Certification. The loving attitudes of our Preschool teachers and staff 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
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Kristin Clark

Director

Kristin has worked in early childhood education for over 27 years, 15 have been at DCPC. She attended Texas Tech University and after helped write & coordinate curriculum for many early childhood centers in Texas. Kristin loves DCPC because each child is celebrated for their unique gifts from God.

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Hunter Busse

Assistant Director

After graduating from Wingate University with an Early Education degree Hunter taught elementary school in Virginia for 10 years. Once her three children were settled at DCPC Weekday Preschool she decided to go back into education. Hunter taught in the four year old program before becoming part of the preschool office staff.

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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.

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Marilyn Edmondson

Preschool Teacher

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

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Lee Kiley

Preschool Teacher

Lee earned a B.A. and M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Jacksonville University and has been at DCPC since 2009 as the TK teacher. Lee loves that the children and teachers share experiences and knowledge, to foster their love of learning, and to grow in Christ together.

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Clair Fitzgerald

Preschool Teacher

Clair moved to America 22 years ago from Leicester England and has worked in childhood education for the past 12 years. She loves working at DCPC with a great group of woman who love education and teaching children.

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Kim Nickell

Preschool Teacher

Kim Earned a B.S degree from Boston University in Elementary Education and has been a teacher for 36 years. Kim loves DCPC because she is part of a teaching community that cherishes, nurtures and challenges children.

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Kelly Ryan

Preschool Teacher

Kelly earned a BS degree from the University of Scranton in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Language Arts from William Paterson University. She and her husband Dan have two daughters, Grace and Fiona. Kelly taught third and fourth grade and is now excited to join the team at DCPC.

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Shanna Oakley

Preschool 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. DCPC is full of love, play, and learning. Shanna feels blessed to be a part of this fantastic program.

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Dawn Cradick

Preschool Teacher

Dawn is a native of NC and attended UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a BA and a M.ED in Early Childhood Education. She taught grades K – 5 for many years before teaching a TK class for ten years. She and her husband Steve have two children; Emily and Russ as well as two granddaughters. Dawn loves to inspire children through the Super Science Program and strives to help them grow and learn and be happy in school.

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Lauren

Preschool Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

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Rachelle

Preschool Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

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Hattie Kissel

Preschool Teacher

Hattie was born and raised in Florida and graduated from Hollins College. She taught elementary school before joining the DCPC staff. Teaching preschool has been a joyful experience for Hattie. She feels blessed to be a teacher at DCPC and enjoys both the families and church community.

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Sherri Kaftal-Killion

Preschool 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 the play-based curriculum.

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Pamela Otatti

Preschool Teacher

Pamela grew up in Virginia and attended college at VCU. She came to Davidson ten years ago and has taught preschool for 25 years. Pamela loves working at DCPC because of the supportive administration, the focus on what is best for preschoolers, and the joy of working with wonderful children.

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Marlea Akins

Preschool Teacher

Marlea attended St. Mary’s and UNCW.  She began substitute teaching in 2013 and teaching in 2014. Marlea loves the opportunity to watch the children thrive and grow every single day in such a nurturing and caring environment.

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Sue Sink

Preschool Teacher

Sue earned a degree in Sociology from UNC Charlotte and went back to get her teaching license. She taught Kindergarten for seven years and has been teaching preschool for seven years. Sue loves DCPC because of the amazing staff who are committed to helping each child grow into amazing people.

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Laura Shah

Preschool Teacher

Laura was a pastry chef for 17 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She started substitute teaching for DCPC in 2016 and began teaching full time in 2017. Laura loves working with the children who attend DCPC and enjoys the loving, play-based environment.

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Keri Nolan

Preschool Teacher

Originally from New York, Keri has enjoyed expanding her professional development in early childhood. She worked in medical sales for 13 years before joining the DCPC family. Keri loves working at DCPC preschool because it is a magical place filled with love, learning, excitement and faith.

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Carrie Matyi

Preschool 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.

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Amanda Cooper

Preschool Teacher

Amanda moved from England to the United States 20 years ago after a career in accounting and teaching horseback 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.

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Jennifer Swart

Preschool Teacher

Jenn earned a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State in 1996. She was first a DCPC parent in 2014 when her son, Pieter, joined the four’s class and began teaching in 2017. She loves working with an amazing staff and watching the children blossom with all the experiences offered at DCPC.

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Jennifer Slosson

Preschool Teacher

Jennifer attended Chapel Hill and College of Charleston earning a MAT in Elementary Education. She has taught at DCPC for two years. Jennifer loves DCPC because it provided a loving environment for her children as preschoolers. As a new parent DCPC proved to be a wonderful support system and as a teacher she is happy to be a part of that community.

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Elena Williams

Preschool Teacher

Elena studied Elementary Education at Jacksonville State University. She began as a substitute teacher and served on the preschool committee. Elena is now a staff teacher and enjoys working with small children where she can help foster self esteem through the play-based curriculum.

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Whitney Storey

Preschool Teacher

Whitney earned her degree in Physical Education for elementary school children. She is delighted that she is with the little ones at the very start of their educational journey. She has been with DCPC for 7 years and enjoys inspiring children through music and art.

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Adriana Cadena

Preschool Teacher

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

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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.