Tina is a Columbus native and graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. While attending Columbus State, Tina worked as a teacher with Head Start which provided the unique ability to apply new tools and techniques right away in the classroom. During that time, she also earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential with infants and toddlers. Tina said she is thankful to be a part of the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning because the school fosters growth in both students and teachers which is needed for a successful classroom.
Sarah Bradley, BS
Sara earned her BA in Psychology from Ohio State with a focus in child development. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in either developmental or school psychology. She is a volunteer for the Ohio 4-H program where she educates children about the care of horses.
Ambria Carpenter, BS
Ambria earned her BS in Psychology from the Ohio State University and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development from Tiffin University. Ambria also plans to pursue an additional Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Claudia Ellerbrock, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Claudia worked as an intern at the Schoenbaum Family Center before becoming a full-time assistant teacher. She is currently working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for infants/toddlers.
Amber Fridley, BA
Amber attended Columbus State Community College where she earned her AA in early childhood education. She has over ten years working in early childcare settings.
Caitlin Galvin, BA
Caitlin graduated from Ohio State with a BA with a concentration in international development, focusing on issues relating to women, children, and families. She has experience teaching infants and toddlers at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.
Jessica Glover, BA
Jessica graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She has been working with children of all ages since 2010 but has a passion for working with infants and toddlers. Jessica has experience in large early education settings and providing one on one interactions. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree with a discipline in Developmental Psychology.
Jessica Junk, BS
Jessica received her BS in Human Development from Ohio State and previously worked at the Schoenbaum Family Center from 2007 to 2009. She has experience working in several college affiliated settings including The Sophia Bremer Child Development Center in Washington State, Columbus State Child Development Center, as well as the Ohio State Childcare Program.
Emily Manahan, BA
Emily graduated with her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bluffton University and has five years experience working with young children including leading a summer program at the Mary Evans Child Development Center in Columbus.
Oliva Diaz Melgarejo, ATT
Oliva earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in 2009 at ISE, Asuncion, Paraguay. She worked three years as a kindergarten lead teacher in her country and this is her second year as a preschool teacher in the U.S. She has experience with ages birth to five as a support teacher and ages four and five as an associate teacher in a pre-kindergarten room. She is currently working towards her Bachelor Degree in ECE.
Maureen Moore, BA
Maureen has a BA Degree in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University with an emphasis in child development. Maureen has 12 year’s experience working in classes with children ages 2-6. Her future plans include earning a master’s degree in human development or psychology.
Jamie Nunamaker-Dukuray, BA
Jamie earned her BA at Capital University in Intervention Education and Early Childhood Education as well as an endorsement in Reading. Jamie has 10 years of experience working with children in various settings over a range of age-groups. In these experiences, her philosophy of education has been to build rapport with children and teach them to love learning. She is inspired to teach through a love for artistic expression and positive communication.
With more than 15 years of teaching experience, Michele first earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University along with a PreK-3rd Grade licensure in the State of Ohio from Ashland University. Working with children from infancy through age 8, Michele previously taught as a Lead Teacher for older toddlers, Early Head Start Lead Teacher/Home Visitor, PreK and Kindergarten Teacher, Title 1 Reading Teacher and as a substitute in the Olentangy Local School district. In her free time, Michele is also an artist, author/illustrator of children’s books for charity and enjoys volunteer work including serving on many elementary school committees, as a Cub Scout Den Leader, and fundraising. Most recently, Michele volunteered for Heartland Hospice, visiting Alzheimer patients in a memory care facility. What she most enjoys about working with young children is helping them explore their world, learn from that exploration, and make meaningful relationships with teachers and peers. Working with children is her true passion and she is thankful for the opportunity to work at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning.
Meredith Schilling, MS
Meredith earned a BS in Human Development and Family Science and a MS in Early Childhood Development and Education from Ohio State. Throughout her studies, she worked as a student teacher and substitute teacher in the preschool classroom at the Ohio State Lab School and in Ohio State’s Human Development and Family Science Department.
Alyson Schoener, BA
Alyson graduated from Ohio State with a BA in Art. As an undergraduate student, she worked at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning where she gained experience in infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. Alyson plans on pursing a master’s degree.
Vanessa Shrontz, MS, MSW
Vanessa earned her BA Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and her MS Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Vanessa has experience providing community and school-based early mental health and behavioral interventions with children who have developmental disabilities. She recently earned her Master of Social Work at Ohio State.
Whytnie Strain received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Ecology from The Ohio State University in 2010. She has experience working with youth in many roles including child care provider, tutor, educational aid, reading specialist, 1st and 2nd grade teacher, and adaptive behavior specialist.
Dilshad Tolliver, BS
Dilshad earned a BS Degree in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State with a specialization in early childhood education. She is interested in working with infants and toddlers early literacy as well as social and emotional development. Dilshad presents at local and national conferences on topics including creating home-like environments, and the benefits of mixed-age grouping.
Eshelle Yarborough, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Eshelle earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while working as an intern in the A. Sophie Rogers School infant/toddler classrooms. She has over 18 years experience in home care, and plans to continue her education.