Faculty

Ms. Vanessa Kelly

Ms. Vanessa Kelly

Ms. Vanessa Kelly is the director / lead teacher.
Ms. Kelly takes over the position held by the late Jennifer Jones who passed away in 2014 and for whom the Center was recently named. Ms. Kelly attended St. Michael’s Catholic School and is a member of the parish. She is a cum laude graduate of Frostburg State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Her past positions include serving as director and lead teacher of Kids Korner Quality Childcare and Learning Center in Frostburg and teacher associate/lead teacher substitute for Allegany County HRDC’s Head Start program.

Mrs. Susan Raley is the assistant for our prekindergarten program. She has been with the St. Michael’s school community for 19 years.

Ms. Tammie DeLawder is the assistant for our pre-school program. She graduated from Beall High School and Allegany Community College with an AS degree in university studies minoring in adaptive recreation. She also attended Frostburg State University for another two years. She is active in the community volunteering at two local churches since 1997, helping with Sunday school and vacation bible school. She is an active member of the First English Baptist Church. Ms. DeLawder has worked at the Allegany County Board of Education for the last 6 years as an Instructional Aide at various schools, the last three years she was at Georges Creek Elementary School pre-k.

Mrs. Julie McKenzie is an assistant for our Afterschool Care program. She has been with the Jennifer Dunn Jones Early Childhood Center for 3 years.