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 degree in early childhood studies from Walden University; and her Bachelors 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.
Erin Yost is a full-time preschool teacher at Child’s Play. Originally from Virginia, she graduated from Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Family and Consumer Science. After graduation, she worked for the Fairfax County Public School System and taught students with autism, NLD, LD, ADD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. After moving to Delaware she started a youth personal training group and developed her own children's fitness programs. Erin is trained in Hand Writing Without Tears ®.
Donna Long has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and experience teaching preschool in Maryland before moving to Delaware in 2006. She is the mother of four daughters and 5 grandchildren. Donna takes care of enrollment, scheduling, as well as day to day operations. She has been working at Child's Play for over eleven years as a part-time childcare provider and manager.
Jane Stringham taught first and second grades for over thirty years in her hometown in New Jersey. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Delaware, and an MA in Education from Rutgers University. She also holds a Supervisors Certificate and Learning Disabilities Consultant Certificate. Jane enjoys fostering a love of learning in young children. In her first year of "retirement," she could not imagine not working with young children. Jane spent time with her family in the Delaware Beach area each summer. She and her husband moved here from New Jersey.
Leslie Caruso comes to Child's Play with over fifteen years experience teaching in diverse environments using multiple curriculums. Leslie is a licensed Kindermusik instructor and has a Bachelors of the Arts from Wilmington University. Leslie teaches preschool part-time at Child's Play.