Meet our Staff - DIEEC Professional Development Instructors
Danyel has worked in education for 16 years teaching children and adults. She also has been in leadership as the director of an international private school in Germany. Danyel is skilled at curriculum development and design having created a curriculum mapping system for kindergarten through eighth grades. Additionally, she wrote the Texas curriculum technology standards.
Danyel joined the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) in the spring of 2019. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Texas State and a Master's Degree in Education from Texas A&M University. She is a certified teacher in Texas and Delaware.
Marcie brings more than 11 years of experience as special education teacher and administrator and has taught children from three to twenty-one years old. She has been with DIEEC for more than a year.
Marcie has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education and a Master’s of Education.
Joy has almost 40 years of experience in early care and education in a variety of roles that include teaching, program director and education supervisor. She has also worked in Head Start and ECAP programs.
For the last 22 years Joy has focused on adult education. She has been with the Institute since its opening in 2010. In addition to her work as an instructor here, Joy teaches at the University of Delaware. Prior to that she taught at Delaware Technical Community College and Wilmington University.
Joy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and Master’s Degree from Wilmington University.
Christine brings close to 15 years of experience in the early child care and education field. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, Christine taught Pre-Kindergarten for six years in public schools and child care programs. She also has held the roles of curriculum coordinator and school-age Administrator. Christine has worked for DIEEC since the beginning of 2012. Her tenure includes a stint with Delaware Stars followed by assisting in research focused on measuring quality in early childhood programs, family child care programs, and the impact of toxic stress on development. In 2016, Christine completed her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware and then began working as a professional development coordinator.
Melissa joined DIEEC in the spring of 2019 as a professional development coordinator. Her responsibilities also include reviewing the early childhood credentials for the state. Prior to her DIEEC work, Melissa was a center director for 11 years after teaching in a Montessori school and early child care center. She has also taught courses for Delaware Technical Community College and Poly Tech high school.
Melissa graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a discipline in english. She has her director’s certification from Delaware Technical Community College and her administration certification from the McCormick Center.