Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Haney

Director

M.S. in Child and Family Studies, CFLE

It is my honor to serve as the Director for the Center for Child Development.  My goal is to provide a warm, loving, and high-quality environment for the children, parents, staff, and students of the University.  My life-long passion is young children, and I enjoy being able to support and enhance the many facets that revolve around them.  I pride myself on having an open door policy, and I firmly believe that open communication is the key to success.

Melissa Adams

Interim Lead Teacher for Infants

I believe that as an early childhood educator, I am responsible for providing infants and toddlers with a positive learning experience. My goal is to model respect, patience, and love for the children that I teach. I feel that children have the right to have their individual needs met and are given the opportunity to strive in a developmentally appropriate learning environment.

Sharla Kemp

B.S. in Child Development

Infant/Toddler Teacher

As an early childhood teacher, I feel that my most important jobs are to keep your children safe, make sure they encounter kindness in my staff and the rest of my children, and feel loved until you return in the afternoon. Open communication is also a key factor in me being able to provide the best care possible for your little one. I enjoy working closely with my families to build those relationships to ensure a positive experience while you are a part of my classroom. 

Sherrie DeCosta

B.S. in Child Development

Toddler Teacher

I believe that creating a secure attachment with a child and their families is one of the most important foundations for learning. I believe children learn through play. It is my job as a teacher to create a loving, safe environment   filled with developmentally appropriate activities.  I believe each child is an individual, and it is my job to help children develop at his or her own pace.

Myrna McCullum

B.S. in Child Development

Toddler Teacher

Acceptance of every child being unique in their own way.  To discover their uniqueness through conversation and playful activities while building a relationship.  Embrace each child with acceptance and love. To always remember being different is acceptable.

Kimberly Viehweg

B.S. in Child Development

Toddler Teacher

I believe that all children are unique and each have their own special talents to bring to the classroom.  I offer opportunities for children to succeed in mental, emotional, social, and physical areas.  I provide an age-appropriate curriculum that incorporates different learning styles for a variety of children.  We learn mostly by hands-on; including individual and group experiences.  I offer a safe, positive, healthy, fun, loving, caring, nurturing, self-esteem building, classroom where children may blossom and grow independently.  Teaching includes many people: Children, Parents, and Community. I will continue to learn new things with you and we will grow together!

Zkela Varnado

B.S. in Child Development

Preschool Teacher

My philosophy is to provide a warm, nurturing environment where children can learn and grow through play.  Children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make choices in an environment that is enriching and stimulating.  I adapt my teaching strategies to meet the needs of each child so they can feel capable and successful.

Claire Corley

B.S. in Child Development

Preschool Teacher

In my classroom it is a priority that every child finds encouragement, love, and support while they are exploring new ideas! My goal for the classroom is for it to be filled with blossoming young children that are confident in their abilities and know that they are capable of doing anything they set their minds to. 

Raven Finch

B.S. in Child Development

Preschool Teacher

My goal as the lead teacher is to establish positive relationships with children, which will allow them to have the confidence in building positive relationships with others. I want my parents to know that I am here to love, care for, and encourage children to become independent thinkers so that they can build their self- help skills and ensure each one reaches their greatest potential. 

Rachel Newman

B.S. in Child Development

Preschool Teacher

My philosophy is that all children are unique individuals and should be treated as such. This is done by creating an environment that is safe, developmentally appropriate, and engaging for ALL children to be able learn and grow through play.  I work hard to foster curiosity, independence, a love for learning, and the feeling of being part of a classroom community. It is my job each day to ensure my preschoolers that they are loved, capable, respected, supported, and heard. 

Regan Deal-Linton, M.S., LMFT

CCAMPIS  Family Resource Coordinator

As the CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School) Family Resource Coordinator, my goal is to provide student parents at USM with resources and support that will assist them to receive a degree here at USM in order to benefit themselves, their family, and our society as a whole. My hope is that through the resources the CCAMPIS grant provides, all parents at the CCD can benefit in ways that positively affect them personally, as well as benefit their family system.