Our Staff

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Rachel Wade
Owner

Mrs. Wade has a B.S. and M.A. in elementary education. She taught first grade for five years before staying home with her children, Jackson and Claire. Mrs. Wade fell in love with CDS when her son, Jackson, started attending when he was two. Claire began attending CDS a few years later. Not long after that, Mrs. Wade joined our faculty as a pre-k teacher. After five years as a pre-k teacher, in 2022, Mrs. Wade became our director. Her passion for early childhood education and desire that those who enter our school feel loved and develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime inspires her to continue Country Day’s legacy on the Eastern Shore.

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Mrs. Leah has been our office manager for ten years. She fell in love with CDS when her children Emma, Cullen, and Jacob attended and has been bringing joy to our happy halls ever since. If you have called our office or toured our facility, chances are you have had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Leah.

Leah Thomas
Office Manager

Teachers

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Amy Boles

5 year old class ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Amy has been teaching at CDS for six years. She brings lots of joy and enthusiasm to her pre-k classroom. Mrs. Amy loves hands-on learning, exploration and inspiring a love of learning in her students.

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Janet Hankins

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Janet has a degree in Elementary Education and taught first and second grade before falling in love with preschool. She has been teaching preschool for ten years. Mrs. Janet’s room is full of fun, music, art, and learning!

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Ann Jones

2 year old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Ann has been teaching preschool for thirteen years. Her classroom is full of fun and hands-
on learning! She loves to watch her students grow in confidence and learn new skills!

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Kayla Poulos

2 & 3 year old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Kayla has been teaching preschool for three years. She loves hands-on learning through reading, art, music, and sensory play. Her goal is for her students to engage and enjoy their learning environment.

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Pam Corte

18 month old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Corte has been teaching at CDS for nineteen years. Mrs. Corte’s children both attended CDS and it became a very special place to their family. Mrs. Corte is committed to loving her littles and ensuring that their first school experience is full of fun and learning.

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Becky Harrell

2 year old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Becky graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Education and has been teaching at CDS for eighteen years. Mrs. Becky loves playing, creating, learning and exploring with her preschoolers.

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Shawn Eastman

4 & 5 year old class ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Eastman has been teaching

pre-k at CDS for fifteen years. She has a master's degree in Early Childhood

and Elementary Education. She

taught second grade for nine years before finding her “happy place” in pre-k. Mrs. Eastman was a 2022 Nappie Award finalist for “Best Preschool Teacher in Baldwin County."

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Allison Harvey

4 & 5 year old class ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Harvey has taught preschool at CDS for three years. She loves watching her students find the excitement and fun in learning new things every day!

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Candice McLaughlin
Erin Peden

4 & 5 year old class ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Candice loves preschoolers! She has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and strives to make each day full of fun and learning. Mrs. Candice was the 2019 Nappie Award winner for “Best Preschool Teacher in Mobile County".

Kindergarten ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Peden has a B.S. in Elementary Education and has taught in Virginia, Texas, and Mississippi. Kindergarten is her passion and her favorite thing to do is to teach her students how to read!

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Jennifer Steiger

4 year old class ~ 5 days a week

Mrs. Steiger has been teaching at CDS for two years. She loves to do crafts, sing, and dance. The focus in her classroom is learning through play and she hopes that her students come to CDS each day excited to learn and discover new things.

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Traci Watson

18 month old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

Mrs. Traci has been teaching our youngest learners at CDS for twenty years. She loves to watch her little ones learn and grow throughout the year and partnering with parents to ensure that their child’s first school experience is a positive one.

Alisha Atherton

Music teacher for the 3 day program

Amy Dowden

Music teacher for the 5 day program

Janna Williams

2 year old class ~ Tues. & Thurs.

3 year old class ~ Mon., Wed., Fri.

Mrs. Janna has been teaching preschool at CDS for two years. She loves to play, sing, and explore with her little learners. Mrs. Janna loves to bring her creativity to her classroom.