2017/2018 TEACHERS

Our teachers are committed to sharing in the heart of this ministry to love and care for our children and their families. As our program grows, additional teachers may be hired or moved into different classrooms to accommodate changing needs. Parents will be kept up to date on all changes.

We recognize the importance of qualified teachers. All of our teachers will meet the following qualifications: a degree in education or minimum of two years related experience, a criminal background check, two references on file, and First Aid and CPR training.

Hadley Elkin

Assistant Director

Hadley is married with two children, 6 and 8 years old.  She is originally from Kentucky (Go Big Blue!), but has lived in Tennessee for 16 years and a proud resident of Nolensville since 2013.

Hadley has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology.  Prior to having children, Hadley worked ten years as a healthcare social worker.  She has loved working the last six years as a preschool teacher and assistant director at a Christian preschool in Franklin, TN.

Hadley is an active member of Franklin Christian Church and serves in the children’s ministry area.  She enjoys reading, eating out, traveling and watching movies.

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Yvette Ciampa

M-TH Kangaroos Teacher 

Yvette, her husband and four children moved to the Nolensville area from Michigan in 2015. In addition to homeschooling three of her children for most of their academic careers and teaching art classes at their co-ops, Yvette has served for over 20 years as a sunday school teacher – most recently in the Meerkat room at Southpointe. Yvette also taught Meerkats in PDO last year.  Yvette looks forward to meeting her new students and showing the love of the Lord to the little ones in her class.


Katie Darby

M/W Monkeys Teacher

Originally from South Florida, Katie has spent the last 15 years in Nashville with her husband, Jay, and is the mother of 3 busy children – a 10 year old son, 6 year old daughter & 4 year old son. Before having children Katie spent over 5 years in the local real estate industry. Katie has been a stay at home mom, as well as caring for other children, and also teaches at another parent’s day out program in Smyrna.

Katie is also a travel agent, and loves helping families plan amazing trips & making lifelong memories. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, baking, all things crafty, music, theater & boating. She is very excited to be teaching in the Monkey class again this year!

Jenny Deranzio

T/TH Bears Teacher

Jenny has a M.A. in Teaching and taught fourth grade for six years in Chesterfield, Virginia, before staying at home with her two boys (5 and 3). Originally from East Tennessee, Jenny was excited for the opportunity to move back to her home state in 2015, when her family moved to Nolensville. She is a volunteer with SPKIDS and part of Southpointe’s MOPS leadership team.

Jenny loves teaching and is excited to be working with the children in Southpointe’s PDO program for her second year. She is looking forward to all of the fun learning experiences she will share with her class and is thankful that her own child will also be a part of PDO!


Dawn Garcia

M/W Wallabies Teacher 

Dawn is from Texarkana, TX. She has been teaching and tutoring since 2003. Her passion is to teach children how to read so later in life they will read to learn.

After completing her Bachelors of General Studies with emphasis in Psychology from Texas A&M – Texarkana she returned to college to complete her early elementary certification from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

She has been married to her husband Jesse since 1997. They moved to middle TN in 2004. Dawn and Jesse have a cat named Sophie. She is their “feisty feline child”. Dawn is a social introvert and she loves walks in the park. She is looking forward to being part of the SPKIDS Parent’s Day Out Program!


Shelley Cheek

T/TH Monkey Teacher

A native of Nashville, Shelley received her masters in elementary education from MTSU and has worked at various schools in the area – including middle and elementary schools, and two years with a local preschool.  Shelley loves teaching younger children – specifically teaching them about the Lord. She and her husband have two children, ages 21 and 24.  They are returning to Middle Tennessee after spending the last few years in Mississippi for her husband’s work. Ms. Shelley is excited for the opportunity to work with the Monkey class this year!


Donna King

M/W Bears Teacher

Donna is a mother of four boys, ages 10, 15, 17 and 19. She has a BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies, and has been the founder and co-director of another local mother’s day out program since 2001. Donna has also been a Recreation Specialist at a Parks and Rec. in Texas, a 2 year old teacher, substitute teacher in Rutherford County Elementary schools, worked at after school programs, has been a cub scout den leader for 13 years, and teaches pre-school bible studies.

Donna loves the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and exploring new God made places. She believes that children should learn by doing…getting their hands dirty, splashing in puddles, climbing trees and exploring the natural wonders of this beautiful world. She is excited to teach the Bears class and have the opportunity to prepare them for Kindergarten.  This is Donna’s second year teaching at PDO.


Sarah Jane Kolb

M-TH Kangaroos Teacher

Sarah Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and a Bachelor or Music in Music Education from Belmont University.  She taught preschool and elementary music for seven years at Eagles Nest Academy in Franklin.

Sarah Jane has a 2 year old daughter who starts in the Monkeys class this year. Reflecting on how her daughter has blossomed so much over the past year through her PDO class, Sarah Jane says her desire this year is to instill a love of learning in other children. She is looking forward to joining the team this school year.

Sarah Jane is also a SPKIDS Sunday morning volunteer, and she enjoys singing, visiting with friends and spending time out with her family.


Monica Mercado



Kelly Pelot

T/TH Monkeys Teacher

Kelly is originally from Mobile, AL but lived in the Atlanta area for 10 years prior to moving to Tennessee in 2013. She and her husband Jody have two children, Gavin (4) and Cora (1). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling and a Masters Degree in Social Work. Kelly has enjoyed working with children in summer camps, in the church nursery, and in various capacities in the social work field. Kelly loves music, the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family. She looks forward to teaching our T/TH Monkeys class and sharing God’s love with them.


Faith Magras

Meerkat Teacher

Faith joined the PDO team this school year with two years of experience as a teacher at another local preschool. She has an evident love for the Lord and passion for teaching one and two year olds.  Faith and her husband have two dogs and love spending time outside with family and friends.  The oldest of 11 children, all adopted, Faith has a twin sister named Grace.


Beth Rose

M/W Wallabies Teacher

Beth is a mother of two, ages 15 and 17. She has a BS in Psychology from FAU. While living in Florida, Beth taught a 3yr old class for 2 years, led an elementary school chess club, was a girl scout leader and a cub scout den mother. Beth currently volunteers in the 2nd grade Sunday school classroom, is a member of the Southpointe women’s ministry team and facilitates the women’s bible study on Sunday mornings at 8.

Beth enjoys photographing animals and birds. She is also a self proclaimed foodie and keeps a gluten free kitchen.  Beth is looking forward to meeting her new class and starting her second year with PDO!

Beth Younginer

M/W Monkeys Teacher

Beth is a mother of two daughters, a senior at the University of Alabama and a Freshman at UT Knoxville. While still helping to care for her 91 year old mother in Toledo as she is able, she is wanting to pursue working with what makes her happiest-children, as she enters the “empty nest” phase of her life. She has degrees in Therapeutic Recreation and Health Education, which she has used in various portions of her career including 3 years with the March of Dimes. For two years, Beth provided in-home childcare, and most recently has been the child-care provider for a local Classical Conversations homeschool group.

Beth is an active member of Brentwood United Methodist Church and is on the launch team for their new church plant, The Village. Beth is excited for the opportunity to nurture and love her kids and to teach them about God’s love.