At Kids Cottage, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality early childhood education available.  Our staff is carefully chosen to ensure our students enter Kindergarten with the skills and confidence necessary to excel throughout the remainder of their education.  Our teachers have college degrees and backgrounds in education.  To attract the best teachers, Kids Cottage provides significantly higher compensation than other preschools in the area, as well as a team-oriented philosophy.  Our extraordinary staff allows us to prepare our students with a solid Foundation of Excellence.

Both Lori Schell and Taryn Burris are the Chief Administrators/Owners of Kids Cottage. Our staff also includes a Director of Operations, 3 Administrative Managers, Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Supervisors, and Assistant Supervisors.

Kids Cottage business partners, Lori Schell and Taryn Burris, are native Delawareans and have traveled and lived in various cities. After living in different states, they have both returned to live near their families in Lewes, Delaware. Lori and Taryn are active members of the community.

All Lead Teachers must have a college degree and a background in education. Several of our teachers and Chief Administrators have a Master’s degree in Education and have satisfied the Delaware licensing requirement. All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid and have successfully passed a Criminal Background Check. Most staff have been trained in TCIT and PCIT as well.

Number of Staff/Ratios
As required by the State of Delaware, the staff child ratio for mixed age groups will be that required for the age group with the largest number of children present in the group.

Age of Child Minimum Staff / Child Ratio Our Ratios
2 - 3 years 1:8 1:7
3 - 4 years 1:10 1:8
4 - 5 years 1:12 1:8
5 years and up 1:15 1:12


Staff Bios

Taryn Burris, Chief Administrator

Taryn graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She received a Master of Education degree for Special Education from the University of Maryland. She taught in Anne Arundel County in Maryland for three years as a special education teacher for grades K-5. In 2003, she returned to Delaware with her husband where she taught sixth grade language arts and reading for one year. Taryn is licensed and certified in Delaware in the areas of Elementary K-6, Middle Level Teacher 5-8, Teacher of Early Childhood/Primary K-4, Teacher of Exceptional Children-LD, SED, MH (Elementary 1-8). Taryn also has her Delaware Department of Education Administrator Credential, Director Credential, and is trained in TCIT and PCIT.

Lori Schell, Chief Administrator

Lori graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Education and was later certified to teach Special Education (Elementary 1-8). She is a Delaware Department of Education certified Early Childhood Teacher and School Age Administrator. Lori started her career as a third and fourth grade teacher at Rehoboth Elementary School in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where she specialized in Math and Language Arts. Lori also has her Delaware Department of Education Administrator Credential and is trained in TCIT and PCIT. Lori has always immersed herself in her work within the education field, and is dedicated to creating the most fun, innovative, and academically focused children's center in the area.

Sheri Mark, Director of Operations

Prior to starting at Kids Cottage, Sheri was the Regional Manager at Knowledge Universe/Kindercare Learning Centers where she was responsible for strategic planning, development, operations, sales, marketing, and customer service for 20 years. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master's Degree in School Leadership. Sheri is a life member of NAEYC, affiliated with DAEYC, and was recently a Delaware Stars Technical Assistant. She has also been trained in TCIT and PCIT.

Jessica Ryan, Teacher, Infant Program (4-12 months)

Jessica is originally from Howard County, Maryland where she worked as a Lead Teacher for 10 years. She recently moved to Delaware in September 2016 with her two children. She has been working with children for over 15 years, and is excited to be the Lead Teacher in the Infant Room at Kids Cottage where she enjoys watching the babies grow and develop. 

Joanna Dersch, Teacher, Toddler Program (12 - 18 months)

Lindsay Runne, Teacher, Toddler Program (12-18 months)

Lindsay graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2017. She is certified in Early Childcare and has received her certification from TECE 1 and 2. She has been working at Kids Cottage for almost 3 years. She worked in the 12-18 month old classroom prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2017. She beat cancer (!!!) and started right back where she left off. She loves seeing the babies grow and learn. It makes her heart happy!

Cassey Symanski, Teacher, Minnows Full Day Preschool (18 - 24 months)


Danielle Cammy, Teacher, Sea Turtles Half/Full Day Preschool

 Danielle graduated from Monroe Township Highschool and started with us in April 2018. SHe has recently completed her TECE1 and 2, and is qualified as an Early Childhood Teacher in the State of DE. Ms. Danielle loves children and being part of their learning experiences. In her free time, she volunteers in the community and loves to spend time with her family and her dog. 

Denise Romasko, Teacher, Sandcrabs Half/Full Day Preschool (2 - 3 years)

 Denise and her husband moved to DE from Philadelphia in June 2018. She joined the Kids Cottage team in November 2018 and just welcomed her first child into the world in May 2019. Mrs. Denise has more than 6 years of experience working with children and has her degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.

Amanda Cutshaw, Jellyfish Full Day Preschool (3 - 4 years)

Amanda "Mandy" Cutshaw has been in the Early Childhood field for 15 years, and 6 of those years have been here at Kids Cottage. Mandy has her Early Childhood Teacher certification through Delaware and she absolutely loves working with children. She is a mother of 3 amazing kids, Hayden (12), Brailyn (9), and Axtyn (1). We love going to the beach, family game nights, and being artsy!

Rebecca Timmons, Starfish Half Day Preschool (3-4 years) 

"Becca" has been working at Kids Cottage for 12 years! She absolutely loves working with children and has a 3 year old daughter of her own. She completed TECE 1 and 2, and has obtained various Professional Development credits. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach with her family, reading, and gardening. She looks forward to every new school year!

Kelli Trice, Teacher, Marlins Full Day Preschool (4-5 years)

Kelli has been with us since 2015 and has experience in rooms ranging from 3 to 5 year olds. Kelli has numerous certifications including TECE 1 & 2, ECE college courses, CPR/First Aid, and Behavioral Management. Kelli is passionate about setting your child's foundation for excellence and enjoys each day with your little one! In her spare time, Kelli enjoys going anywhere in nature with her son, Colson, fiance Bradley, and their lab, Buck.

Sarah Parent, Teacher, Dolphin Full Day Preschool (4 - 5 years)

Sarah has been working in the Early Childhood field for 9 years. She has found her home at the beach with her twin girls. Sarah has her CDA and Early Childhood Preschool Credential through the DE Department of Education. She is very excited to reunite with Kids Cottage this year!

Cailtin Mckenzie, Teacher, Sea Lions, Full Day Preschool (3-4 years)

Caitlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland but was raised in both MD and Delaware. In 2017, she moved back to the beach to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in TECE 1 and 2, and has been working with toddlers for over 2 years. Caitlin loves all things creative; she used her artistic ability to also start a face painting business in her free time. She loves helping toddlers explore and grow independently!

Paige Davis, Teacher, Seahorse Half Day Preschool (4 - 5 years) 

Paige grew up in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and has been part of our Kid Cottage team for 7 years! She graduated from Cape Henlopen High School as a Certified Nursing Assistant and has completed TECE 1 and 2. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and daughter, crafting, and photography.

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What Others Say...

As an educator, I can honestly attest to both of my children's strong educational foundations built at Kids Cottage. Not only did they learn (no worksheets in sight) but they LOVED going, always felt safe and nurtured, and most importantly, came home happy and filled with stories about their day, teachers and friends.

Brandi Townsend


Preschool Registration 2020-2021

Preschool and Pre-K Registration for the 2020-2021 is underway! Call us today at 302-644-7690 to register! Limited spots available.