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.

Qualifications
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.

Kayrose Catalfamo, Teacher, Infant Program (4-12 months)

Ms. Kayrose joined our team in 2017. She is a graduate from Sussex Tech, where she also obtained her credentials to be a Preschool Teacher. Ms. Kayrose has experience working with children ages of 4 months to two-year olds. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her friends and her dog, Layla.

Shelby Evick, Teacher, Toddler Program (12-18 months)

Ms. Shelby recently joined our team here at Kids Cottage! She has been working in childcare for almost 5 years and recently moved to Milton from Seaford. She currently is in school at Delaware Technical Community College majoring in Elementary Education. She has her ECE Teacher Certification through the Delaware Department of Education. She has worked with all ages of children but her favorite age is infants/toddlers. In her free time, she spends a lot of time with her family and works on crafting on her Cricut.

Kaitlyn Lesperance, Teacher, Toddler Program (12-18 months)

Mrs. Kaitlyn has been at Kids Cottage since 2018 and has been working in the infant room. She is originally from Maryland and moved to Bethany Beach when she was 6 years old. She is an Indian River High School graduate and graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with her Associates in Early Childcare and Education. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree at Wilmington University.  Mrs. Kaitlyn is an ECE Teacher Certification through the Delaware Department of Education.

Jessica Kapusniak, Teacher, Minnows Full Day Preschool (18 - 24 months)

Ms. Jessica started at Kids Cottage in March 2019.  She graduated from Penncrest High School and completed Early Education classes in College at Delaware County Community College. She is a qualified Lead Teacher in the State of Delaware. Working in Early Childhood Education has always been a goal of hers because she believes working with children is developing our future. She was the previous Assistant Teacher in the Sea Otter room. 

Amber Buck, Teacher, Sea Turtles Half/Full Day Preschool (2-3 years)

Ms. Amber loves to learn new things and to teach skills to others. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Humanities,  CDA in infant/toddler care and her teaching certificate in Elementary and Language Arts.  Amber has worked for over 10 years with children as a teacher, administrator,  and even as a substitute. She recently moved to Delaware and enjoys being close to the beach.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and doing crafts.  Amber hopes to inspire children to pursue their passions and develop a love for learning too!

Kelsey Crown, Teacher, Sandcrabs Half/Full Day Preschool (2-3 years)

Ms. Kelsey joined our team in September 2018 and has worked in the Sandcrabs classroom ever since! She is a Sussex Central Graduate and a former All-Star cheerleader. She also use to coach for the Mighty Mites Pop Warner cheerleading squad. Ms. Kelsey has her certification as a Lead Preschool Teacher in the State of Delaware.  In her free-time she enjoys hanging on the lake with her family and friends.

Denise Romasko, Jellyfish Full Day Preschool (3 - 4 years)

Mrs. Denise and her husband moved to Delaware from Philadelphia in June 2018. She joined our team in November 2018 and 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. While employed at Kids Cottage, she has been the Assistant as well as the Lead Teacher in the Sandcrabs.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her husband and son.

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

Mrs. Becca has been working at Kids Cottage for 14 years! Becca absolutely loves working with children and has a 4 year old daughter and a baby boy on the way! She has completed Teaching Early Childhood Education 1 & 2, as well as many continuing education courses. In herfree time, she enjoys going to the beach with her family, reading and gardening. 

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-old. Kelli has numerous certifications ranging from TECE 1&2 to college courses, CPR/ First Aide, Behavioral Management and more. 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, daughter Maeve, finance 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 10 years and cannot see herself doing anything else except teaching preschool! She love watching the progress the children make throughout the year and the bonds that are creating in a classroom. Sarah has been with Kids Cottage since 2015. She has her CDA and preschool credential through Delaware Department of Education. Sarah is also TCIT and first aid/cpr certified. Sarah was born and raised in Delaware and moved to the beach in 2013 with her high school sweetheart. Together, they adopted their dog, Marco, and soon after found out that they were expecting twins! She and her family absolutely love summers on the beach and “Taco Tuesdays!”

Ray Waples, Teacher, Sea Lions, Full Day Preschool (3-4 years)

Ms. Ray is a new member of the Kids Cottage team. She started with us in July 2020 and has 4 years of experience working with children from infancy to Pre-K. Ms. Ray grew up in Milford  and attended high school at Sussex Tech. Ms. Ray has numerous certifications ranging from the Delaware Department of Education to TECE 1&2, college courses at Delaware Tech, CPR/First Aide, Medication Administration, Behavioral Management, Observation and Assessment and more. Ms. Ray is passionate about setting the foundation of learning for each child in her class.

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

Paige has been part of our Kids Cottage team for 8 years! She has worked with all ages which include being the Lead Teacher in the 3's classroom, filling in with the 2's, and now the Lead in the Seahorse classroom! She was born in New Jersery, but raised in Delaware. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and daughter, crafting and photography.

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What Others Say...

I just wanted to touch base to let you know how happy John and I are with preschool this year.  Both of the girls are really enjoying themselves, and learning a lot! Kaela talks about her teachers and friends quite a bit, and was so thrilled to show me the pumpkin she made the other day.  She sings songs from class ALL THE TIME and seems to really enjoy the books, arts and crafts and activities they do.

I can't say enough wonderful things about Ms. Renee and Ms. Liz.  Mia is having such a great time in class, so excited to tell me about her day, what they've done, and what's coming up.  She is overjoyed to get projects and homework, and has so much fun doing both.

All four of us are really happy.  Thanks for all of your efforts in keeping our kids happy and educated.

The Gordon Family

 
 

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.