Executive Leadership

Ali DeMaria

Executive Director exec@wpdaynursery.org

In 2003, Ms. Ali graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her Florida Child Development Associate Equivalency from Seminole Community College in 2005. Ms. Ali received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College in 2010, where she also earned a certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy. In July 2011 she received her Advanced level Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families. In 2013, Ms. Ali earned her certificate in Non Profit Management from the Rollins Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership Center. Ms. Ali joined the staff of the Winter Park Day Nursery in January 2005 and has accepted roles of increasing responsibility over the course of her time at the Nursery.

Megan Martin

Program Director megan@wpdaynursery.org

Ms. Megan has worked with children since she was a senior in high school. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work and she also has her CDA. When Ms. Megan is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets, reading, and dancing.

She truly believes, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”  Dr. Seuss

Dara Caulder

Executive Assistant/Office Manager & Donor Relations dara@wpdaynursery.org

Ms. Dara completed her AA degree at Seminole State College and loves event planning, which is why she plans our annual Orange Blossom Jubilee! When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, being by the water, and going for a run. Ms. Dara is a proud parent of 2 children and is also fluent in sign language.

Amy Wenner

Assistant Directoramy@wpdaynursery.org

Ms. Amy studied Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology, while earning her Florida Staff Credential. She has done volunteer work with children at the Homeless Coalition and at the Women’s Residential Counseling Center. Her passions include working with children, art, and photography. She strives to live each day with kindness, positivity, and love!

Heather Horne

Administrative Assistantreception@wpdaynursery.org

Ms. Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 2004. She has been a natural healer in our community for 20+ years, educating our youth and elders towards a better lifestyle. Ms. Heather is also a proud mother of three fantastic children, two of which are graduates of WPDN. In her free time she enjoys exploring all mother nature has to offer.

“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein

Kitchen

Shirley Shankle

Kitchen Manager kitchen@wpdaynursery.org

Ms. Shirley has a culinary arts credential from Lake Technical School and taught culinary arts at Umatilla High School.  Ms. Shirley encourages the children to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, prepares almost everything from “scratch”, and limits serving processed foods.

“The best thing I like about working at WPDN is the way everyone pulls together as a team. I also enjoy watching the children progress as they learn from the very dedicated teaching staff.”

Pre-Kindergarten

Paige Baldocchi

Teacher

Ms. Paige started working with children in high school when she got her first job in the nursery at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. She graduated from Orlando Tech with her Staff Credential and is pursuing her Director’s Credential.  Teaching children has always been Ms. Paige’s passion.

“There is nothing better than going to work each morning to hear the children yell, “Ms. Paige!” as they run over and give you hugs. Working with children is such a joy that most days it doesn’t feel like a job at all.”

Fallon Parker

Teacher

In 2018, Ms. Fallon graduated from Morrisville State College in upstate NY, with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. After moving back to FLorida, she went on to work with a wide variety of children from ages 3 all the way through middle school, including special needs children. Ms. Fallon would like to earn her Master’s degree in clinical psychology and then receive her doctorate degree and become a child psychologist. 

“To me, children inspire change. They are growing and learning new things ever day. I love working with children because I know that they are the young minds who are going to make a difference.”

Preschool

China Vaillant

Teacher

Ms. China has been in child care for more than 10 years. In 2016, Ms. China, opened her first licensed in-home daycare in NYC. She successfully assists her community for 6 years before she moved to the sunshine state. Ms. China wishes to earn her AA in Early Childhood Education in the very near future. When Ms. China is not caring for and loving on her students at WPDN, she is spending time with her two children and traveling as often as possible.

“Every child is a different kind of flower and altogether make this world a beautiful garden.”

Keyanni McGill

Teacher

In 2020, Ms. Keyanni graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She is passionate about working with children ever since she was a little girl. Playing teacher was her favorite game. In Ms. Keyanni’s free time, she enjoys cooking and working out at the gym or doing at-home Pilates. 

“I love working in childcare because I enjoy being a part of and shaping the minds of future leaders in a positive way.”

Toddlers

Vanessa Melendez

Teacher

Ms. Vanessa graduated from Valencia College with her A.A degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in childcare since 2016 and has done volunteer work with local elementary schools.

“Accept children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.” – Rudolf Steiner

Tiara Hart

Teacher

Ms. Tiara was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, she became very responsible at an early age. Nurturing, caring, and giving was like a second nature to her and Ms. Tiara knew that she wanted to be in early childhood education. By 2021, she had 3 children, moved to Orlando, and knew she wanted to have a career that she was passionate about. Ms. Tiara stated that God has opened so many doors for her and placed the right people in her life. She loves being a mother but also a mother figure and is thankful for her nurturing gift, not just for her children but every child.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Brittany Ely

Teacher

Ms. Brittany was born and raised in Orlando, FL. In 2005, she graduated from high school.  Over the last 7 years her love for children has always made her want to become a teacher. When she is not loving on her students at WPDN, she is spending time with her two children. 

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”

Salome Bohorquez

Teacher

Ms. Salome was born in South Carolina and attends Winter Park High School. She loves working with children because they are so loving and have great personalities. 

“It makes me happy seeing children grow up to be amazing.”

Infants

Nadine Batoche

Teacher

Ms. Nadine (Meme) has always loved working with children and has over 15 years of experience. She started working with children back home then came to the United States in 1987 where she began baby-sitting and teaching them French. Ms. Nadine moved to Orlando and received an opportunity to put together a proposal for a before & after school program and it was a big success. This lead her to get her home childcare license and work at a child care where she received a promotion of active Director. Her grand-daughter attended VPK at WPDN which prompted her to start volunteering. She volunteered so much that she was offered a position in our infant and toddler classroom.

“Kids bring joy to my life and my dream is to be a voice for them.” -Nadine

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans

Support Staff

Stacey Hayes

Teacher

Ms. Stacey has been in the childcare profession for most of her life. Early on, she worked with her mother in their home daycare. Ms. Stacey is a mother of two, and in her spare time she volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader. She has her Childhood Development Associate Equivalency and graduated with honors from Orlando Tech’s Early Childhood Education program.

Andi Williams

Teacher

Andi has been working in preschool since 2016. She is currently training to become an ABA therapist and hopes to one day be working with the Florida Autism Center. Andi is a Floridian at heart but wants to travel the world!

Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

“I get satisfaction knowing I made a difference in their lives, even if just for a day.”

Deja Craig

Teacher

Ms. Deja was born and raised in Chicago. IL and moved to Florida about 10 years ago. Ms. Deja graduated Oviedo High School in 2015. In 2019, Ms. Deja received a certificate in worship music at Awakening Leadership in RI.  She loves children and has served locally in the nursery at her church. 

“Getting to watch children grow and seeing the way their minds work is a beautiful thing. There is so much I am still learning from children every day. It is cool to see that as we are teaching our students and and guiding them, they are teaching us in return. Never stop learning no matter your age.”

Destinee Carter

Teacher

Ms. Destinee attended Winter Park Day Nursery when she was a little girl. She is an active student at Edgewater Highschool and is also a student at Orange Technical College for medical assisting. After she graduates from high school, Ms. Destinee wants to go to college to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 

“Imagination doesn’t become great until tiny human beings are given the courage and strength to fulfill it.”

Sophia Sanchez

Teacher

Ms. Sophia went to two different high schools due to being part of a military family and studied early childhood education at both schools. She new very early on that she had a passion for growing young minds, therefore, has been in the childcare industry for more than 8 years. Ms. Sophia has two children over her own…twins! She is fluent in both English and Spanish and even a little Japanese. 

“Educating the mind without education the heart  is no education at all.” – Aristotle