Our Annual Report

Meet Our Teachers & Staff

Jefferson Center

ALLISON GUNN

Alli is from Cincinnati and moved to Sylvania in May of 2020. She has two daughters, Addison and Aubrey, who she enjoys going on walks and reading books like Harry Potter with them. She enjoys working with toddlers because they learn new skills daily and she wants to help them achieve those skills. Alli is in the final stages of completing her CDA.

BRE BOOKER

Bre is our infant room teacher and started with out program in August of 2021. She brought two years of experience working with infants and toddlers. She has her associates degree in early childhood education. When you look into our classrooms you will see Ms. Bre sitting on the floor with the babies and reading them stories.

CLARA GOMEZ

From the Dominican Republic, where she earned a degree in Computer Science, Clara speaks Spanish and English and also has six years of previous experience with a child care organization. She says she loves the opportunity to spend time at different centers and age groups. Leisure time pursuits include spending time with her husband and four children, listening to music, and finding good sales shopping. Clara received her CDA in 2019.

COURTNEY LARGENT

With Toledo Day Nursery since 2000, Courtney has her CDA and works in infant care, ages 6 weeks through 18 months. With her daughters Kennedy and Keely, and son Keaton, she enjoys spending time with her mom and siblings and their families. Her interests also include what she calls her “hidden talent”, singing at weddings, and many other special occasions.

MHIA CHARLES

Ms. Mhia started with Toledo Day Nursery in September of 2021. She has 2 years of experience working with infants and is currently finished her CDA. Not only is Ms. Mhia an amazing teacher, but she also used to be a TDN student! Ms. Mhia attended our Stickney location when she was five years old and now has family at that location!

RYLEIGH WALLER

Ryleigh has been with Toledo Day Nursery since August of 2021. She brings two years of experience working with the toddler age group and plans to get her CDA.

SHELLY RANKINS

Shelly has a Bachelors's Degree in Early Childhood Education from BGSU, Shelly has a decade of experience in child care. She enjoys baking specialty cakes and going outside with her daughters. Shelly enjoys implementing social-emotional skills into her curriculum and sets them up for success later in life.

StickneyCenter

BREANNA HANSEN

After attending Owens Community College to earn a Medical Assistant degree, Breanna enjoyed and gained experience in child care. She works in mixed-age infants and toddlers at our Stickney center and received her CDA in 2019. A Toledo native, spending time with her family and fiance are favorite pastimes. Dream vacation: a cruise to someplace warm and exotic.

JESSICA HORTON

Jessica has been with our head start classroom since February of 2021. Jessica has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in childcare since 2006. Jessica focuses her classroom around social emotional skills and learning about Conscious Discipline.

PAIGE VOLLMER

Paige is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Education and Human Development. She always knew from the start that she was meant to teach young children by making a positive impact on their lives and creating meaningful connections which each individual child. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places and being around her friends and family.

SHANICE LYONS

Shanice started with Toledo Day Nursery during the fall of 2020 and received her CDA in October of 2021. She is a mother of two children and she is originally from Maryland. In her free time, she loves to work on puzzles and reading books, but nothing beats spending quality time with her family. Her favorite part of working with children is their inquisitive minds and imagination.

TAYLOR CAMPBELL

Taylor started in our Preschool Headstart classroom in March of 2021. She currently has her infant and toddler CDA but is hoping to obtain her associate's degree in early childhood. Taylor's favorite thing to do outside of work is making memories with her son, family, or friends. She works with children because ever since she was young, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She enjoys building relationships with the children and seeing that what she is doing makes a difference.

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Administrative Staff

KAREN L. MCCOY, Ph.D.

Appointed President of our non-profit organization in 2014, Karen holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Ohio University. She has years of administrative experience and accomplishment in NAEYC- accredited early childhood education. Dr. McCoy’s much-appreciated leadership and dedication at Toledo Day Nursery continues to uphold our 141-year legacy of care and service to the children and families of Toledo, especially those in need.

JULIE BARRIENTES

A native of Toledo, Julie began working at Toledo Day Nursery in high school and has been with us for 29 years. She attended Davis College and helped us grow from manually typed ledger cards to modern-day digital files. She capably manages our office and organizational procedures. She and her husband Sam have three daughters. Leisure time interests include gardening, fitness exercising, and playing pool.

ERICKA DINKENS

With a BA in Business Administration & Marketing /Management from Lourdes College and years of experience, Ericka joined Toledo Day Nursery in 2012. She manages the unique bookkeeping needs of our non-profit organization and enjoys her occasional visits with the children and their teachers. In her leisure time, she loves to travel and make memories with her own two beautiful children who she says “are her world”.

JULIA MYERS

Julia has worked for Toledo Day Nursery since 2016. She started teaching at our Mosaic location and is now a Director for all three of our locations. After receiving her degree from Bowling Green State University in 2015 and is currently attending Antioch College to receive her certification in Reggio Emilia. She currently has been focusing on being a new mom to her son, Forrest, and implementing the curriculum into our three locations.