Meet the Staff

Director Of Operations

Clarissa Paterson

Hello! My name is Clarissa and I have been working with children of all ages for over 18 years. I started at The Gem School as a teacher before I became Director. I taught in two classrooms here during my time as a teacher. Teaching and working with children is my passion and I would not have it any other way.  In my free time, I enjoy exploring new recipes, watching movies, and most of all spending time with my family. I look forward to working with all the children and families enrolled.


Alisha McCrae

Hello, my name is Ms. Alisha and I have my teacher certification through the state of Delaware. I have been working with children since about 2013 and I am currently in school to continue my education. I am very excited to have the chance to work with your children here at The Gem School. This career path has always been my passion and I enjoy it immensely. I'm very excited to watch the infants grow and learn. 


Norly Salazar

Hello, my name is Norly! I am originally from Colombia I have been the United States for 22 years. I have worked in Spanish and English early childhood for six years. I have three children and a dog. In my free time I love spending time with children and sewing. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your children.


Fiona Boyd

My job is my life. I study nursing and play softball at Cecil College. I have my assistant teacher certificate through the state of Delaware. When I am not in school I am at work with the kids here at The Gem School. I graduated High school in 2016 and plan to be a pediatric nurse after college. (:

Young Toddler

Ericka McCullough

Hello! My name is Ms. Ericka. I am a mother of three amazing children ages ranging from 3 to 13. I have been  married over 11 years. I am part of a very large family so naturally I have always enjoyed being around kids. I worked as a teacher's assistant for 10 years with the NYC Department of Education. I recently moved to Delaware to start on a new adventure. I am so excited to get to know and teach your children! 

Young Toddlers 

Jalaysia Carter 


Hello my name is Jalaysia I have when working in the early childhood for a little over a year. Working with children is my passion. I enjoy the feeling of being able to help children exceed in their learning abilities and being able to make learning experience fun. When I'm not caring for children I love spending time with my family and friends. My favorite thing to do is explore new foods and listen to music. 


Royzetta Fountain

Hello, my name is Ms. Royzetta! I have been working in Early Childhood for 20+ years. As a youth, I loved babies. I would care for various family members’ children, take them on walks, and babysit. During high school I worked for the Kent County Orthopedics School. I have worked with various ages and abilities and I thoroughly enjoy working with ones and twos!

I plan to teach through play. I have incorporated a lot of fun activities, songs, finger play and art into my lesson plans. We will continue to learn sign-language as well as work on mastering our fine motor and gross motor skills. We are going to have a great year and I look forward to watching your children learn and grow! Thank you for entrusting me to love and care for your children. Happy learning!


Kim Nichols

Hello, my name is Ms. Kim. My love for teaching began during my senior year of high school when I took an early childhood course. Once I graduated, I took my TECE 1 and 2 in order to become a certified early education teacher at Del-Tech Community College. I have been working with children for the past 10 years, from infancy to 12 years of age, and everywhere in between. I love to see the children in my care blossom and grow. I am so excited that my dream had finally come true and I am able to teach your children here at The Gem School.


Tiffany Vickers

My Name is Tiffany and I have been working in the early childhood for 5 years now. I am so excited to be working with your children! A little background information on me: I was born and raised in Wilmington, DE and attended college in Princeton, NJ at the Westminster Choir College for music education. In May, 2016 I graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. While working with any age group, I strive to always create meaningful experiences in the classroom and incorporate various teaching styles for all learners. I choose to work with young learners everyday because there are so many developmental milestones in a short period of time and the children are eager to explore them all!  In my spare time I enjoy reading books, playing with my dogs and chickens, or working on crafts. I am excited to join the Gem family and I look forward to continuously learn more about you and your families in the future. 


Kristen Alexander

Hi! My name is Kristen. I have my lead teacher certification through the state of Delaware and I have been teaching since 2007. I took a short break from teaching to stay home with my two children but I am super excited to be back to doing what I love. I am very thankful for this opportunity to join The Gem School and to inspire all my students.


Jomelyn Bell

Hello! My name is Ms. Jomelyn and I have been teaching at the Gem School since 2013. I am originally from the           Philippines and moved to the USA in 2008. I received my bachelors in elementary education and my masters in education administration from Bukidnom University in the Philippines. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my family. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your child's education!


Christi Saltzman

Hello! My name is Ms. Christi and I have been teaching at the Gem School  since 2007! I absolutely love working with children, especially my pre-school aged kiddos. My son, Sawyer was born in 2015, and he also attends The Gem School. I love that I can spend each day doing what I love with my son just a few doors down. I cannot wait to get to know each and every child and family in my classroom!


Amanda Kelman

Hello, my name is Ms. Amanda! I am a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College with an Associate Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Psychology. I completed my Delaware State Certification in 2019. I have experience working with children ages 3-14, from the past six summers. I am so excited to be here working at the Gem School, and I can't wait to meet you and your children!

Pre Kindergarten 

Judith Soria

My name is Ms. Judith; I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. I speak fluent Spanish and English, which I enjoy implementing into my daily classroom lessons. I am an extremely affectionate, ambitious, and outgoing person. I love children and have been working with them for over 17 years. I would choose this profession over any other because I enjoy teaching immensely.

Pre Kindergarten

Casey Mayhorn 

Hello,my name is Casey! I graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in the year of 2016 where I completed 3 years of Early Childcare education. Shortly after I graduated, I started working with children. I loved meeting and teaching all the children and watching them grow. I left childcare and went to cosmetology school. I graduated and realized that my passion was working with children. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children and watch them grow.


Kaylyn Schmohl

Hi everyone! My name is Kaylyn Schmohl, and I am so excited to become a part of the Gem School team! I am a mom to a wonderful little 4-year-old boy named Brady who is the sweetest little kid. I love to cook, bake, write, and scrapbook. I take hundreds of pictures a day, and I love to create photo books with all of my memories. I have my associate degree from the University of Delaware, and I am currently completing my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development through Ashford University. I will graduate in March 2020. I have a passion for teaching children and helping them learn and grow. I run my classroom with love, patience, and heart. The goal of my classroom is to make each day a new experience filled with adventure through learning. My classroom motto is be kind, be patient, be happy, and always be yourself. I look forward to teaching your children and watching them grow! 

 Before & Afterschool 

Caseem McNair 

Hello, my name is Caseem McNair. I am from North Philadelphia and moved to Smyrna Delaware in 2014, my sophomore year of high school. I graduated from Smyrna High in 2016 where I was offered the learning pathway in early childhood and ran track and field; I then went to Delaware Technical Community College where I continued studying in early childhood education and ran cross country for a year. I moved here to Dover, DE in 2017 to continue working around with children and earned my Early Childhood Lead Teacher certificate from the department of education; I am now going to school for my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I have over three years experience in child care setting, but I have over 10 plus years experience in caring for children. I am committed to teaching children and I enjoy working with young children with helping them grow and develop in their early learning. Early education is important to me and I plan to expand their knowledge and help each child emotional, social and personal growth and development. I absolutely appreciate you for giving me the opportunity and entrusting me with the care of your child here at The Gem School!

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