Melissa Layman In her 10th year at Toledo Day Nursery, Melissa holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Owens Community College. Of course, her caring for infants begins with lots of holding, feeding and diaper changes. But, according to Melissa, as they grow and develop, she especially loves spending creative time with them doing messy art activities.
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 daughter Kennedy and son Keaton, plus the family dog Bubba, 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.
Robin Hackney Born and raised in Toledo, Robin is in her 28th year with Toledo Day Nursery. An experienced, toddler teacher, she has a CDA in Infant & Toddler Child Development. In 2004, she won the Tylenol & Terri Lynn Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Award. She and her husband Michael have three children and six grandchildren. Robin says she enjoys spending time with her family, and also reading, art and writing children’s short stories.
Danielle Reddick Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Danielle graduated from BGSU in 2015 with a BA in Human Development & Family Studies. Her first job was with After School All Stars, an non-profit where she taught a class of K-1 students. She joined Toledo Day Nursery in February, 2016 and began working with toddlers where she says she fell in love with the learning and working experiences of the age group.
Tekie Long In the field of early childhood education for more than 10 years, Tekie joined Toledo Day Nursey in August, 2015. She holds a CDA and two additional degrees. The mother of two, she enjoys teaching preschool children. Her favorite part of the job – being creative and any activities which help to reveal a child’s creative potential. Tekie says she is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.
Nikkole Sondys A graduate of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Nikkole has Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She joined Toledo Day Nursery in mid-2017 to teach in our preschool classroom. A recent newlywed, she reveals that one of her favorite leisure time activities is playing on a local softball team.
Lauren Davis With a degree in psychology and 15 years of experience in early childhood education, Lauren is passionate about her work at Toledo Day Nursery. She teaches in the mixed age infant/toddler classroom at Stickney. Currently pursuing an infant toddler CDA via a local YWCA program, Lauren says she is always seeking opportunities to grow as an early childhood educator.
Valerie Goldsmith Earning her Early Childhood Education degree at Owens Community College, Valerie then joined Toledo Day Nursery, working in the mixed age infant/toddler classroom at Stickney. Currently she teaches preschool and is part of a staff there that she says is like family. The most rewarding parts of her job? The excitement children show when they learn a new skill, and how loved they make her feel. Valerie has two of her own, Kiara, 17 and Ternek, 14.
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 is a “floater” which means working at where needed at Toledo Day Nursery. 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.
Grace Mulvihill After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in education, Grace began working at Toledo Day Nursery in the Stickney preschool classroom. She now teaches in the Early Head Start program. Grace says her favorite part of the job is getting random hugs from children throughout the day.
Tanitra Smith With a Bachelors Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University, Tanitra has been with Toledo Day Nursery for several years. She says she enjoys working with the children in the Head Start program at Stickney and putting smiles on their faces. Alway expanding her horizons, she is also working on a Masters Degree in social work.
Julia Smith After receiving her degree from Bowling Green State University in 2015, Julia began working as an early education teacher and soon joined Toledo Day Nursery. She says she loves working at the Mosiac Center because her amazing preschool students make it feel less like a job and more like home. She’s adds that she’s very lucky to get to learn every day along with the children.
Monica Cardenas With four years of experience in early childhood education, Monica is working on her associate degree. She brings the advantage of being a preschool bilingual teacher to the Mosiac Center which serves the Hispanic community. She loves the staff she works with and enjoys seeing her students every day. Leisure pursuits include time with friends and family and traveling. Monica says she wants to see all fifty states before she’s fifty!
Karen L. McCoy, PhD. Appointed President of our non-profit organization in 2014, Karen holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University, and 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.
Chelsea Davis Assistant Director at the Toledo Day Nursery Stickney Center, Chelsea, graduated from Ohio State University in 2012 with a BA in Human Development Family Science. She taught high school for a few years, began directing children’s ministries at her church and then discovered her calling. She says I absolutely love caring for and teaching children during their fundamental first years. My favorite thing is the exchange of blowing kisses from preschoolers as they walk down the hall past my office. I know we are greatly impacting these young lives.
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”.
Meryl Kornfeld With more than ten years working in early childhood education, Meryl joined Toledo Day Nursery as Assistant Director at the Mosaic Center when it opened in August 2016. She says it was a wonderful experience to see the new center come together, and credits her amazing staff and the fantastic families they serve – it is truly a joy to come to work. Continuing her education at Owens Community College. Meryl and her husband enjoy traveling and share the leisure time hobby of antiquing.