Carefully Designed to Provide the Best Possible Educational Experience for Young Children.

Faculty & Staff

Our staff is composed of degreed teachers, committed to the maximum fulfillment of each child's potential. Keeping a low child-to-staff ratio enables our teachers to provide personal and individual attention to each child and family.


Marissa Connors, Director

Marissa Connors joined the Children's Garden Daycare and Learning Center as Director in October of 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from East Stroudsburg University, and Marissa's career accomplishments are from both the academic and managerial sectors of education. For more than ten years she provided intensive treatment focusing specifically on behavioral and autism therapy for children. Marissa specialized in ABA therapy for deaf children with disabilities. Most recently, she was a Program Specialist for a non-profit organization overseeing the care and treatment services of people with developmental disabilities across Delaware County. In her free time, Marissa is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephews. Marissa is excited to have the opportunity to prepare your children for success in school and for their futures!

Lauren Barnes, Assistant Director

Lauren Barnes has been a staff member of Children’s Garden for over 23 years! She received her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been devoted to teaching children since! Lauren started at Children’s Garden in 1993, where she began her career as a teacher in the infant and two year old rooms for seven years. She was then promoted to Assistant Director, she has established exceptional curriculum development, parental communication, and positive relationships with families and staff. Lauren loves Philly sports, and has a yellow lab named Utley! She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, whether it is on the beach or watching her son on the basketball court or lacrosse field! Lauren is committed to working with the teachers to ensure a safe and loving atmosphere for your children to learn and grow.



Lydia Bray, Toddler Teacher

Lydia has been a teacher at Children's Garden for a year and a half. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern University in 2016, and has been working with elementary and early childhood age children for over 7 years. Lydia loves the curiosity and energy of the students in her classroom, and feels that it is a joy to watch them make discoveries and develop throughout the year. Lydia is a huge basketball and football fan, and she also enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her two nephews.

Elma Ottinger, 2 Year Old Teacher

Elma has been a teacher at Children's Garden for 17 years. She started her career in the infant and toddler rooms, and has now been in the two year old room for 7 years. Elma has a passion for teaching children and loves watching them develop and grow throughout their years at Children's Garden. During her free time, Elma enjoys time with her family and summer days at the beach!

Sue Jahn, 2 Year Old Teacher

Sue has worked at Children's Garden for 15 years. She began her career in the infant and toddler classrooms, and now works with the children in the 2 year old room. Sue loves teaching, and takes pleasure in watching her students absorb information like a sponge! Sue enjoys reading and jigsaw puzzles, and loves going to the shore and spending time with her family.

Julie Ottinger, 3 Year Old Teacher

Julie has been a teacher at Children's Garden since 2001. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Widener University, and would like to achieve a Master's in Speech Therapy for children. She has been teaching the 3 and 4 year old students for 16 years, with her passion for children coming from watching them learn and grow through their experiences. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading and enjoying time with her family.

Camelia DiMarco, Pre-K Teacher

While it’s only been a few weeks since starting at Children’s Garden, Cami is beyond ecstatic to fill the role as the new Pre-K teacher! She achieved a Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in Women’s Studies with a minor in Psychology, and has over 10 years of childcare experience! Cami loves infusing the arts into her teaching, for she believes it encourages the children to be creative and use their imagination! In her free time, Cami loves to keep up with her hobbies; acting (film and theater) writing, and playing the piano and drums.

Caitlin Mitchell, Infant Teacher

Caitlin has been working at Children's Garden for 4 years teaching in the infant room, and is currently earning her degree in Early Childhood Education. Caitlin loves being around children and seeing them happy and laughing. She believes that learning should always be fun and enjoyable. In her spare time, she loves raising her two daughters, Emma and Erin, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.




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