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.
Carly Hardman In the process of completing her degree locally at Owens Community College, Carly studied education at the University of Iowa. She recently Joined Toledo Day Nursery to teach in our toddler classroom. She has a son, Lucas, who attends here, and her interests outside of work include athletic pusuits like softball and volleyball.
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.
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”.