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CCC - JEFFERSON
2538 Jefferson Pike
Jefferson, Maryland 21755
MEET OUR ADMINISTRATORS!
Co-Owner & President
I started my journey with the Creative Children’s Center since I was 2 years old. I was enrolled in CCC’s educational Preschool program until I entered Myersville’s Kindergarten program. I practically grew up at the Creative Children’s Center and their programs and educators have shaped who I am today. While in Highschool and the first couple years of college, I worked as a teacher’s aide for several years and then worked as the Administrative Assistant for a couple years before starting, what I had thought was, my “career job”. After four years at another corporate company down the road, I felt that I could do more to support my local community. I had completed by bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics and well as completing my MBA from the University of Maryland. I’m very happy to be back and supporting the growing vision of early childhood education right here in our local community. I greatly enjoy working with students, families and teachers each and every day to make a positive difference in their lives. We are fully invested in the children and families of our community who seek the best possible education and care available.
The Creative Children’s Center shares a lot of history within our community, as we have called Myersville our home for 25 years. Our renewed vision and mission introduced significant changes and improvements to our school across all facets of our school’s operational model. Making these investments is critical to the success of our students as they participate in new challenges that better prepare them for the world ahead. So far, CCC has made significant changes to our programs such as Maryland Excels and MSDE Accreditation, experienced and credentialed teachers, outdoor facilities improvements and so much more! We understand that families have a lot on their plate, and it is our role and prerogative as educational professionals and leaders in our community to ensure that your child’s transition to school and childcare is as seamless as possible. Promoting a welcoming, safe and secure environment for your child to learn, develop and grow is an integral part of our mission here at Creative.
I would like to thank those families who have supported us along the way and welcome all of our new families to our growing community and school. I look forward to establishing a positive-working relationship with all of our families and students and look forward to what the future holds. From all of us here at the Creative Children’s Center, thank you again and welcome to the family!
Co-Owner & CFO
Hi! I'm Jackie Bidle, and I have been with Creative Children's Center since July 2018. I earned my master's degree in financial management and accounting from the University of Maryland. I was previously a revenue/billing analyst and staff accountant for 4 years prior to coming to CCC. Working closely with our management team, teachers, staff and families, we are able to prioritize program improvements for the fiscal year.
Professional Development Coordinator
My name is Savannah Gates, and I have worked at CCC since 2018. At CCC, I have been a lead teacher for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds. After having my first daughter in 2023, I realized I wanted to consider options in early childhood education. As an administrator who worked alongside teachers and faculty to improve programming, I took that passion and started my career path of becoming an administrator. I recently accepted a position as Professional Development Coordinator for CCC. My job duties include improving childcare quality by providing development opportunities and setting goals for employees and administration within the organization. I’ve been married for six years and welcomed our first child, Harper, in August 2023. My family and I love to do anything outdoors. I look forward to working with your family!
Hi! I’m Teresa Wolfe, a seasoned educator with over 23 years of experience in early childhood education. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, I began working on national studies with a focus on the health and nutrition of children. After 15 years of research, my passion for working with children prompted me to pursue teaching. My career spans 18 years as a preschool teacher and five years as a director at private schools, focusing on curriculum development, teacher mentoring, and licensing implementation. I am delighted to work with our team of teachers, share my experiences, and foster play–based learning opportunities that provide joyful learning experiences for children. I value partnering with families to ensure their safety and quality care and strive to know and support all our CCC families. In my free time, I enjoy tea with my three daughters and reading to my grandson.
MEET OUR TEACHERS!
Hello! My name is Jennifer Aponte-Rivera, better known as Ms. Jen. I am the lead teacher for the Kindergarten Readiness program at CCC Jefferson. I received my associate degree in early childhood education in May 2001. I have worked with children of all ages for over 20 years. For the past ten years, I have worked directly with preschool-age children, preparing them to enter kindergarten. Teaching and working hands-on with children have always been my passion.
Hi! I am Chelsea Whitesell, and I have been a teacher for many years. I attended Towson University and received my bachelor's degree in family and human services with a focus on children. I currently hold a Maryland Childcare Credential Level Six to provide children of the Myersville community with the latest innovations in child care. I enjoy working with kids because I love to see how they grow throughout the year.
Mx. Dorie (they/them) has taught preschool for five years. They believe every child is worthy of love, respect, and kindness. Mx. Dorie loves to include nature, exploration, and open-ended play in the classroom. They love to discover things along with their students and see the world through kids’ eyes. Dorie lives with their spouse, Jay, and a small zoo, including Titi the cat, Dilly Dally the rabbit, and Cappie the guinea pig. Dorie loves podcasts, cross-stitching, and getting crafty and messy.
Hi! I’m Sam Porter. I have an associate degree in early childhood education, over eight years of experience with special needs children, and have worked with two-year-olds for nearly ten years! One of my favorite things is watching children soak up learning and seeing that spark as they grasp different concepts. I love to bring creativity into the classroom. Our last class was very sensory-oriented; this year, we LOVE science and the outdoors! I have a daughter. husband, and goldendoodle Daisy. I enjoy sewing, taking walks, and exploring nature in the classroom and at home with my family!
Hi! I’m Maddie Smith. I have almost one year of experience in childcare, which has been at CCC. Before CCC, I coached dance throughout high school. I start my associate degree in early childhood education this fall. I started as a floater at CCC but realized that the two-year-old classroom was my favorite. From a young age, I started babysitting family members, leading me to pursue a career in childcare. My favorite activities to do with our class are science/outdoor-related. I also love animals, the beach, and the outdoors.
I’m Melissa Adema. I have been teaching children since 1993! I have worked with all ages. I love watching children learn and grow as they meet exciting new milestones. I have lived in Maryland all my life and love going to the beach and collecting seashells. I live in Brunswick with my husband, my 15-year-old son, and our eight-year-old German Sheppard fur baby. I love spending my day singing, reading, and having fun with the children.
My name is Kylie Gorman, and I am a toddler teacher at Creative Children’s Center. I have been working in childcare since January 2020. I have a Level Three Maryland Childcare Credential. I am certified to teach and have experience with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. I am working on my early childhood and primary education associate degree from Hagerstown Community College. I love seeing children grow and take pride in knowing that I have helped to teach them life-long skills they will use forever.
My name is Isabelle Stassi, and I’ve been working with children of all ages since January 2020. I am certified to teach infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. In May 2021, I completed my associate degree in early childhood education. Two years later, I received my bachelor's from Florida International University. I also hold a Level Six Credential with the Maryland Childcare Credential Program. My goal is to provide toddlers with an enriching experience that supports the development of vital skills at such a crucial time in their lives.
My name is Trinity Parrish, and I have been a part of CCC since September 2021. I am currently a lead teacher in the infant program and love it! I hold Level Two with Maryland Credentialing and am working towards a Level Three. I enjoy being a part of children’s lives and seeing them grow in such a short time.
MEET OUR TEACHER AIDES & SUPPORT STAFF!
Hello, my name is Kristen Dumbroski. I’ve been teaching for four years while pursuing my early childhood education degree. I have experience working with children from infancy through elementary school. Outside the classroom, I am a mother, animal and nature enthusiast, traveler, and summer camp director. My goal in the classroom is to instill a love of learning and a strong foundation in all my students.
My name is Sarah Hackworth. I’m 28 years old, and I’ve been working with kids five years and older. I’m originally from Kentucky. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in theatre, but I want to work toward earning a master’s in early childhood development. I enjoy watching kids learn and develop, and I love positively impacting their lives.
Hi, my name is Mackenzie Thompson. I help in the kitchen and as an aide in classrooms at CCC. I recently graduated from Brunswick High School in May 2023. I started working at CCC in October. When I started, I immediately fell in love with the job and the environment. Outdoor time and activities with the kids always put a smile on my face. Helping the kids engage in reading activities and singing songs is a blast.
Hello! My name is Emily Sines. I’ve been working at CCC for about half a year. I am a 2023 high school graduate and would like to pursue an education in childcare. I’ve always loved being around children, watching them grow, and becoming themselves. They bring me so much happiness and joy. Outside of work, I enjoy going on adventures like traveling, hiking, and being around people I love.
Hi, my name is Kasey Harps, and I have been working in child care for around three years. I started at a young age by babysitting neighbors and friends. I play volleyball in and outside of school for teams, and last year, we went to states. I love to help my dad cook or bake, and I try to make my own in my free time! My mom and I love to shop and try new things in different places.
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