Learning Life and Job Skills in Preschol
Sarah Feist and Alisha Fletcher co-own and operate Child’s Play. Their expertise lies in the field of early childhood education and early childhood development. They are the only two Certified Handwriting Without Tears® handwriting specialists in Sussex County, Delaware.
Sarah Feist has a Masters's degree in early childhood studies from Walden University; and her Bachelors's degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Delaware. She is currently working on her Master's in Social Work. She is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University teaching Early Childhood Education classes. Sarah has over ten years of experience working with young children. Previously, she taught first grade in an inclusion setting for the Milford School District. Her roles at Child’s Play include; administration, staff development, curriculum planning, teaching, and assessment and instructional support using a Response to Intervention Model.
Alisha Fletcher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT) and treats young children at a nearby mental health practice, Delaware Psychological Services. She has been trained in using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), ADOS, and is certified to administer the STAT, a play-based Autism screening instrument. Alisha’s roles include administration, screenings and assessments, staff development, project-based learning, and providing kids with an all-natural outdoor classroom learning environment.
Roxanne Sordi has a Master’s degree in Special Education from West Chester University. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Elementary Education from Bucknell University. While at Bucknell she also completed all of the coursework required for Early Childhood certification. Roxanne’s previous work experience includes teaching preschool children with autism at The Sussex Consortium in Lewes and teaching in an inclusive preschool classroom on Martha’s Vineyard. Roxanne is the mother of 3 school-aged girls, including twins who attended Child’s Play by the Bay. Having a daughter with developmental delays, Roxanne is an advocate of early intervention and has experience locating services in this community.
Donna Long has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and experience teaching preschool in Maryland before moving to Delaware in 2006. She is currently taking classes at Wilmington University for Early Childhood Education. Donna is the mother of four daughters and 8 grandchildren. Donna takes care of enrollment, scheduling, and day-to-day operations. She has worked as a part-time childcare provider and manager at Child's Play for over thirteen years.
Dominique Otte has worked in childcare for 14 years in New Jersey after raising her three children. Once her children left the nest, she moved from New Jersey to Delaware with her husband and is Child's Play childcare enrichment classroom teacher. Dominique is passionate about teaching and enjoys sewing, cooking, and reading. Dominique finds inspiration every day through working with our older children. Her positive interaction, teaching skills, and energy make her an essential part of our team.
Jen Vernon was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach and has worked part-time at Child's Play since 2018. She works in the childcare classroom regularly and substitutes in the preschool classroom when needed. She has an English and Fine Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and is taking early childhood education classes online.
Christina Zimmerman has a bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University. She has always loved young children and was a nanny at a young age before teaching preschool. She taught preschool for 2 years before she stayed home to raise her 4 young children. She is excited to be back working with children here at Child's Play!
Jennifer Russo is from New York and has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She loves children and has worked as a childcare provider in Dutchess County, New York. She loves working with children, and her son joins us here at Child's Play.
Sloan Welsh is a full-time preschool teacher at Child’s Play by the Bay. She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington University and Delaware certification in teaching exceptional students. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Before Child’s Play, she was a 1st-grade teacher for six years in an all-inclusive classroom setting, teaching general and special education students. Sloan is trained in Learning Without Tears®, a program we use at Child’s Play. She lives in Lewes with her husband, Steve, and two sons, Mack and Rex. Her son Rex attends Child's Play.
Lea Imperial was born in the Philippines and raised in Bakersfield, California, where she graduated from high school and attended college. She is married and has 4 children. Her husband is retired from the military, and she spent 22 years in an active-duty family. Her educational background includes Early Childhood Development and 15 years of work experience in childcare. She has operated her own in-home childcare aboard Marine Corps bases and Camp Pendleton and Twenty-Nine Palms for 6 years.
Alexa Torres is a proud Delawarean and attended Caesar Rodney High School in Dover. She currently holds an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education and is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has recently obtained her training in Early Care and Education Certifications 1 and 2. Alexa
has always known she wanted to be a teacher, and she loves creating an environment where children feel encouraged, valued, and excited to learn. When she is not working or attending school, she loves spending time with her family and three labs Jax, Willow, and Delilah.