Our Team

Anna Washington, Executive Director

For the past six years, Anna Washington served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont located in Statesville, NC. There, she led efforts to build the program and a new facility to serve primarily disadvantaged children from the Statesville and Mooresville communities. With a Master of Public Administration, concentrating on Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Anna’s first goal is to successfully lead the DCCDC capital campaign to expand and renovate the center so that DCCDC can serve and positively impact the lives of more children.

Jason Jordan, Director of Operations

Jason is the Director of Operations and has been with DCCDC since 2018. Jason was in the NC Teaching Fellows Program at UNC-Charlotte and earned a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. He also completed his continuing education credits in Early Childhood Education through Stanly Community College. He comes to us with much experience as he began working in education in 1998. Jason previously taught Science and Social Studies to middle school students and History to high school students. During this time, he coached cross country, basketball, baseball, and softball.

Jason soon came to realize if you want to make a big difference in children’s lives, it’s best to start early! This shift in thinking lead him to teach preschool (ages 3-5) for over 10 years. In addition to his teaching role, he served as Assistant Director. Jason eventually moved to the Director position for 2 years and was an NC Pre-K Site Administrator. Jason loves being able to serve as a positive male role model to young children which is very unique in early childhood education.

Jason lives in Concord with his wife and 2 dogs- Darcy and Magnolia. He is an avid sports fan with baseball being his favorite. He pulls for NC State, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers! When not working, Jason enjoys traveling to sporting events with his brothers, playing golf, and spending time with family. 

Cassie Maloy, Family Engagement Specialist

Cassie is the Family Engagement Specialist. This brand-new role has been created to serve as the parent liaison between DCCDC and parents.  She has been with DCCDC since 2017 as the former Lead Toddler Teacher and loves the small, close-knit feel the school offers. Cassie has been working in early childhood education since 2005 and has obtained her Early Childhood Credentials, as well as her Infant/Toddler Care Certificate. Cassie is currently finishing up her Early Childhood Degree.

Cassie recognizes the importance of the first few years in children’s lives and has found her passion truly lies with young children. Being in Montessori for 6 years taught her young children are extraordinarily capable and the teacher's goal should be to help them grow into independent learners. Cassie says of her new role as Family Engagement specialist. "I really enjoy getting to know children and their families. I hope to bridge the gap between home and school and create center unification through a variety of avenues. Being in the small town of Davidson, we have a unique opportunity to be a part of the town and expose our students to opportunities they might not normally see."

 

When not working, Cassie enjoys hiking local trails, spending time with her 10 year old niece, and German Shepherd/Rottie mix- Lola. Her favorite place to travel is the mountains and visits Asheville often!

Ms. Betsy, Nutrition Specialist & Chef

Betsy Verhey is the chef of DCCDC. An important facet of child development is, of course, nutrition, and Betsy is well-suited to the task of preparing delicious, wholesome meals every day. A native of Michigan, she is a graduate of Hope College  where she majored in English and Communications. She then decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts, completing a two-year apprenticeship in a hotel in Indianapolis and followed that with a position as a restaurant chef for twelve years. Following that she worked as personal chef and a caterer. She began working at DCCDC in 2013 as the center's chef. 

 

She states, "I love food and I love kids. I consider it a huge privilege to feed kids and I am trying to set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating."  

 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, eating, sports of all kinds, especially Detroit Red Wings hockey, Detroit Tigers baseball and Duke basketball, and also spoiling her five nieces and nephews. 

Patricia "Pat" Pleshar, Finance Manager

Pat joined DCCDC in April 2018 as part-time Finance Manager.  She is a retired CPA with a BA in Accounting from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and a Masters in Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  After a 30-year Chicago-based career in Finance and Accounting, primarily with Arthur Anderson and Preferred Hotels and Resorts, Pat retired from her VP of Accounting position in June 2012.  

 

Within two years later, after a lifetime in the Chicagoland area, Pat decided to move to NC to join her daughter and family when they relocated with Bank of America.  Pat moved to Cornelius in November 2014, and quickly grew new roots in the Lake Norman area.

 

Before DCCDC, Pat did volunteer work at Serenity House and St Mark’s Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry, both in Huntersville, as well as part-time work with St Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois, and The Brixton Group and Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte.  “There’s an advantage to being retired,” Pat says.  “I get to use my education and experience in areas that interest me, and still have time to explore my creative side. And DCCDC is a special place with a 50-year history that has captured my heart.”

 

Pat has two grown children and three grandchildren. Her son Mark lives in Salt Lake City, UT with Ava (14) and Zander (13). Daughter Stephanie lives in Cornelius with her husband Tim, their son Logan (9) and Rocky the lovable one-year-old 100 lb bull mastiff puppy. 

Ms. Gerri, Infant I Classroom Lead Teacher

Ms. Gerri has been with DCCDC since 1993 and has been working in early childhood education since 1979. She possesses her NC Childcare Credentials and has furthered her education at CPCC and Stanly Community College where she completed Childcare Administration I and II coursework. 

 

She is passionate about giving children a loving, nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure, and where they reach their developmental milestones appropriately. 

 

In her spare time, she has a passion for her family, friends, and (mostly rescued) furbabies.

Ms. Kieta, Infant II Classrooom Lead Teacher

Ms. Kieta is the Lead Teacher in our Infant II classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2017. Ms. Kieta began working with children at the age of 14 by volunteering at the Ada Jenkins center, and then transitioned to an Assistant Teacher in 2014. She is a certified notary for the state of NC and has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration.


Fun fact: Ms. Kieta attended DCCDC as a child!

 

Ms. Kieta loves children and has always enjoyed being around them. She finds joy in teaching children new things.

 

In her spare time, Ms. Kieta enjoys traveling and crafting. On the weekend, you can usually find Ms. Kieta spending quality time with her daughter and husband.  

Ms. Savannah, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher

Ms. Savannah is a co-teacher in our Toddler Classroom and has been with DCCDC since 2019. She began working in early childhood education in 2012 as a nanny to 3-month-old twins, and then spent a few years working and student teaching in Reggio Emilia and Montessori classrooms. Ms. Savannah has her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Appalachian State University and her associates in Early Childhood Education from Cape Fear Community College.

Ms. Savannah says, “I love learning how little minds work, and even more so, to be a part of their developmental journey. My main goal is to be a light in the lives of every child I come across. I want to provide them with the resources and opportunities they need, to grow into confident, successful, and loving little people!”

In her spare time Ms. Savannah enjoys playing and cuddling her son, Malakai, going to see live music with her husband, and spending time outdoors with her two rescue pups!

Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher

Ms. Brittany is a co-teacher in our Toddler Classroom and has been with DCCDC since 2019. She began working in early childhood education in 2007 and has worked with infants through 4-year-olds. Ms. Brittany has her Early Childhood Credentials and is currently nearing completion of her Early Childhood degree at South Piedmont Community College.  

Working with children has always been Ms. Brittany’s passion. After a decade in the field, she doesn’t envision herself doing anything else. She enjoys developing children’s skills and independence. Ms. Brittany says, “it’s a beautiful thing to see children learning new social skills and about the world around them.”  

In her spare time, you can find Ms. Brittany outdoors! She enjoys the mountains, hiking, and exploring nature. She considers herself a lifelong learner and indulges her creative side through craft-related activities.

Ms. Laura, Two's Classroom Lead Teacher

Ms. Laura is the Two-Year-Old Lead Teacher. Ms. Laura has been with DCCDC since 2017 and has been working in early childhood education for most of her life. Ms. Laura officially began working at a center in 2004. She has her BS in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education.

 

Ms. Laura has had the privilege of working with all ages on up to third grade and has worked in several different learning environments. Through all her experience, she finds herself to be especially fascinated with ages birth to three.

 

In her spare time, Ms. Laura enjoys practicing guitar and playing the flute. She also enjoys going for walks, reading, and watching old movies.

Ms. Martha, Two's Classroom Assistant Teacher

Ms. Martha is the Assistant Teacher in our Two’s classroom. She is a graduate of Mitchell Community College and of the Carolina Beauty School. She holds a cosmetology license in addition to her Early Childhood credentials. Ms. Martha is one of our long-term employees of the center, with well over twenty years’ experience. She began as a part-time teacher and eventually became the center's cook. Ms. Martha now enjoys working directly with the young children in her classroom. 

 

She states, "I like working at DCCDC because I love seeing the children’s smiles and happy little faces." In her spare time, Ms. Martha enjoys traveling, reading, and being with her family. 

Ms. Tatiana, Three's Classroom Co-Teacher

Ms. Tatiana is the Co-Teacher in our Three’s classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2018. Ms. Tatiana began her career in early childhood education in 1998. She has a Liberal Arts degree and is currently pursuing her BA in Elementary Education and her Birth-Kindergarten license.

 

Ms. Tatiana enjoys watching young children grow and develop. She recognizes young children can make more learning connections in these early years than they will make in their entire lives!

 

In her spare time, Ms. Tatiana loves reading, hiking, and going to outdoor music festivals.

Ms. Despina, Three's Classroom Co-Teacher

Ms. Despina is the Co-Teacher in our Threes classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2019. Ms. Despina comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in Early Childhood Education from The City University of New York.  Ms. Despina started out managing her parent’s coffee shop for over 18 years and eventually found herself working as a private, preschool teacher for over 5 years in NYC (where she moved at the age of three from Greece).

Ms. Despina enjoys working with children because she wants to make a difference in their lives. She finds it rewarding to see the excitement in her student’s faces when they discuss new topics in the classroom.

 

Ms. Despina and her family moved to NC during the summer of 2019 and is enjoying weekend road trips exploring the area. Her current hobbies are bowling and gardening with her husband and daughter.

Ms. Marrain, Pre-K Classroom Lead Teacher

Ms. Marrain is the Lead Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2018. Ms. Marrain began her early childhood career in 2000 working in her mother’s home daycare center. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Technical Community College as well as a minor in Elementary Education, and is finishing her Bachelors in Education at Ashford University.

 

Ms. Marrain loves knowing she can make a difference and help shape the future of young children’s lives. She enjoys providing love, lessons, and comfort to children.

 

When not working, you can find Ms. Marrain spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and sightseeing. 

Ms. Terry, Pre-K Classroom Assistant Teacher

Ms. Terry is the Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She is one of our longest employed teachers and has been an amazing asset to DCCDC since 1999. Ms. Terry has been working with children since 1972. She has been rated CCC I and II, and has over 100 hours of childcare training.

 

Ms. Terry loves the joy and happiness that children share each day. She also enjoys the honesty and truthfulness that children so naturally exhibit.

 

In her spare time, Ms. Terry enjoys traveling with her church family, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Ms. Barbara, Floater

Ms. Barbara is integral to DCCDC as a floater and works in all our classrooms. She has been with DCCDC since 2014 and has been working in early childhood education since 1982.

 

Ms. Barbara loves working with children because they keep her young at heart! She says it’s a blessing to watch them learn and grow. Ms. Barbara finds it enjoyable to watch their journey into new adventures.

 

In her spare time, Ms. Barbara enjoys reading, and listening to all genres of music. You may also find Ms. Barbara enjoying one of her hobbies- antiquing! 

Ms. Candace, Floater

Ms. Candace works with all of our students as a floater, and has been with DCCDC since 2018. She began working in early childhood education in 2012. Ms. Candace has her Early Childhood Credentials and is pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Stanly Community College.

Ms. Candace has always had a passion for working with children. She says, “they are so funny and I just love being able to make a difference in their lives.” In her spare time, Ms. Candace enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.

Ms. Cathy, Substitute

Ms. Cathy is an asset to DCCDC and works as our substitute. She began working at DCCDC in 1988 as a floater and shortly after, a substitute. A year later, Ms. Cathy transitioned to a new role as Assistant Teacher and worked for several years. Now, as a substitute, Ms. Cathy spends time in each of the classrooms and enjoys getting to know all of the children.

 

Ms. Cathy says, “Children are a joy to me. They are unique, fun, interesting, and pure!” In her spare time, Ms. Cathy loves to read.

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Davidson-Cornelius

Child Development Center

242 Gamble Street

Davidson, NC 28036

Office: 704.892.1228

Fax: 704.892.6523

jason@dc-childcare.org

Hours of Operation

7am - 6pm Monday - Friday

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