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


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.”


Paige Baldocchi


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


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.”


Madison Weil


Ms. Madison is joining Winter Park Day Nursery for the second time.  The last time she was a part of our school family, she was a student in our pre-k classroom. She now attends Seminole State College with hopes to transfer to the University of Central Florida to finish her degree. Ms. Madison aims to provide the same foundation  to the children she teaches that she received as a student here.

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths, and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.” -Loris Malaguzzi

China Vaillant


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.”


Vanessa Melendez


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

Ally Dabdoub


In 2021, Ms. Ally graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Ever since she was 15, she has worked with children of all ages in her hometown, Kingston, Jamaica. Ms. Ally would like to earn her Master’s  degree in clinical mental health counseling and receive her doctorate degree to become a Clinical Psychologist specializing in children. Her hobbies include fine arts and photography.

“I love to work with young children because it excites me to learn about their different personalities. As Dr. Seuss said, ‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.'”

Stacey Hayes


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.

Catherine Mednick


Ms. Cat was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana until November 1999 when she and her mother relocated to Altamonte Springs, FL. After she graduated high school, she became a stay-at-home mom of 6 children  over the last 16 years. Her love for children has always made her want to become a teacher. 


Nadine Batoche


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

Alyssa Williams


Ms. Alyssa 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. Ms. Alyssa 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. – Alyssa

Deja Craig


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.”

Brittany Ely


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.”

Da’Mya Grimes


Ms. Da’Mya is originally from Detroit, Michigan and moved to Florida in 2019. She is currently a nursing student and wants to work in pediatrics. Ms. Da’Mya has been working with children for a little over a year and enjoys every moment of it.

“I love to see children grow and learn. It brings me joy.”