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.

Marissa Lombardi, Teacher, Guppies Classroom (4-12 months) 

Marissa joined the Kids Cottage team in May 2021. She has experience with children between the ages of 3 months to 10 years old. Ms. Marissa loves the baby room and loves watching the babies grow! In Ms. Marissa’s spare time, she enjoys being with her dog Remi, family, and friends.

Chelsie Giannini, Teacher, Penguins Classroom (12-18 months)

Ms. Chelsie joined our team in 2020 and currently lives in Maryland. She graduated from Parkside High School, where she completed her career pathway in Early Childhood Education. She has many years of experience working with children and is qualified in the State of Delaware as an Early Childhood Teacher. Ms. Chelsie is also a volunteer for the Pittsville Fire Department and has been a member for 16 years. In her spare time, she enjoys time at home with her 4 children!

Morgan Rogers, Teacher, Sea Otters Classroom (12-18 months)

Ms. Morgan has been at Kids Cottage since June of 2020. She has always had a passion to work in the early childhood education field. Her favorite age group would be the infants and the toddler. Her favorite thing about that age group is watching children grow and learn new things every day. Ms. Morgan has completed TECE 1 and 2 and holds her Early Childhood Teacher certification in the State of Delaware. During her free time, Ms. Morgan enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her dog.

Shelby Evick, Teacher, Minnows Classroom (18-24 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.

Caitlin Arnold, Teacher, Sandcrabs Classroom (2-3 years)

Ms. Caitlin joined the Kids Cottage team in July 2021. Ms. Caitlin and her son recently moved to Delaware from New Jersey and are both excited for life at the beach! Ms. Caitlin studied Child Development and Psychology at Rowan College and has over three years of experience with children. Ms. Caitlin loves working with children and watching them learn and grow.

Hailey Lyons, Teacher, Sea Turtles Classroom (2-3 years)

Ms. Hailey started at Kids Cottage in May 2021. She has completed her Associates in Elementary Education at Delaware Tech and is currently finishing her TECE 1 and 2. Hailey has experience with multiple age groups and is excited to work with the Sea Turtles class this year! Ms. Hailey loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities.

Kelsey Crown, Teacher, Sea Lions Classroom (3-4 years)

Ms. Kelsey joined our team in September 2018. She started out in the Sandcrabs classroom as an Assistant Teacher and worked her way up to being the Lead Teacher in the Sea Lions classroom in November 2020. She is a Sussex Central Graduate and a former All-Star cheerleader. Ms. Kelsey also used to coach Pop-Warner cheerleading. She has completed TECE 1 and 2 and holds her Early Childhood Teacher qualification in the State of Delaware. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her family and friends and spending her weekends at the racetrack! 

Denise Romasko, Teacher, Jellyfish Classroom (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.

Miranda Kollock, Teacher, Dolphins Classroom (3-4 years)

Ms. Miranda has been a Pre-K teacher at Kids Cottage since 2017. She is a graduate of Sussex Central and has her Associate Degree in Education from the University of Delaware. She is one class away from finishing her bachelor’s degree. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Sarah Parent, Teacher, Marlins Classroom (4-5 years)

Ms. Sarah has been in the Early Education field for over 10 years and began her journey at Kids Cottage in 2015. She has her CDA and preschool credential through Delaware department of Education. Ms. Sarah is currently in school at Delaware Technical Community College for Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sarah was born and raised in Delaware and moved to the beach with her high school sweetheart. In her spare time Sarah enjoys “Taco Tuesdays” and spending time on the beach with her twin girls. 

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

Becca has been at Kids Cottage since 2006, and she absolutely loves teaching young learners and watching them grow. She has completed TECE 1 and 2, and has received her qualification in the State of Delaware to be an Early Childhood Teacher. She has two children; her daughter is going into kindergarten this year and her son is almost a year old. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family, going to the beach, reading, and gardening. She looks forward to this upcoming school year!

Kelli Trice, Teacher, Seahorse Half Day Classroom (4-5 years)

Kelli has been with us since 2015 and has experience with multiple age groups ranging from 3 to 5 year olds. She has grown to love the Pre-K age group the most and is passionate about preparing your child for kindergarten. Kelli has completed TECE 1 and 2 and is qualified in the State of Delaware as an Early Childhood Teacher. During her free time, Ms. Kelli enjoys tending to her home garden, raising chickens, and spending time with her children, Colson and Maeve.

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What Others Say...

“Exceptional” is my favorite word to describe KC.  From the care given to my child, to the lessons she is taught every day, Kids Cottage is exceptional in everything that they do.  I am so grateful for the help in raising Sophia.  You have been there with me almost from the beginning and have played such an active role in her development. The Kids Cottage staff has helped to keep my daughter excited about learning.  I want the best for my child, and at Kids Cottage the best is what I have gotten.  Once again thank you is just not enough to express my gratitude to everyone at KC.

Tina Allen

 
 

Preschool Registration 2022-23

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