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.
Donna Long has an Associates's 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, as well as day to day operations. She has been working at Child's Play for over twelve years as a part-time childcare provider and manager.
Lucy Catts is from Culpepper, Virginia. She has lived in Virginia all her life until she moved to Delaware in 2019. She started here at Child’s Play in the fall of 2019. Lucy is currently a college student at Western Governor’s University majoring in special education. She has six and a half years of experience working with young children. For two of those years, she worked at a preschool in Virginia. Her long-term goal is to work with special needs children at preschool age. When not working, Lucy is busy studying and taking classes.
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 joining Child's Play in the childcare enrichment classroom. Dominique is passionate about teaching and enjoys sewing, cooking, and reading. She is excited to discover her new position and interacting with her studeints.
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. Prior to Child’s Play, she was a 1st-grade teacher for six years in an all-inclusive classroom setting, teaching both 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, two sons, Mack and Rex. Her son Rex, attends Child's Play.
Katie Youlios is originally from Wayne, New Jersey, and has been in Delaware for 10 years. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Communications Degree as well as an Athletic Coaching Minor.
At Salisbury, she played tennis during her four-year career there. She broke school records and was recently named to the ALL DECADE LIST for tennis.While attending Salisbury she took about two years of education courses and internships. After graduating from Salisbury, she decided to keep her tennis career going and taught children's tennis at the Sea Colony Tennis Beach Resort in Bethany Beach, DE. Her passion for teaching kids and adults kept growing and led her to Child's Play by the Bay.