A program is only as exceptional as it’s staff. All of our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood education and continue to take classes to further develop their knowledge about young children. In addition, all staff members are fully certified in both First Aid and CPR. Because our center offers paid time off and continuing education classes, we have a dedicated group of professionals, committed to high quality early childhood education.

Chelsie Shurtleff Director

Chelsie has worked at the CDC for the past 7 years. She has worked in every classroom and became director of the facility in December of 2016. Chelsie has an Associate’s degree In Early Childhood Education from College of Southern Nevada. She currently attends UNLV and will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in August.


Margaret Bourgon Lead Teacher Elephant Room

Margaret has worked at the CDC for 17 years! She has a CDA (Child Development Asscoiates) and is attending College of Southern Nevada to complete her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree from UNLV as well. Margaret uses the Nevada Pre-K standards in all of her lesson planning to prepare our Elephants for Kindergarten!


Matika Berry Lead Teacher Giraffe Room

Matika, or Miss Tika as she is affectionately known, has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of early care and education. She has completed 130+ credits in Early Childhood Education coursework with plans to go back and finish her Bachelor’s degree.




Treasure Munhenga Asst Teacher Giraffe Room

Treasure started as a floater/sub and worked his way to Assistant Teacher. He is originally from Zimbabwe and has made his home in Henderson Nevada. Treasure’s passion is for the art of dance, and he enthusiastically shares his talent and gift with all the children here at the CDC.



Stevey Hyatt Teacher Monkey Room

Stevey has worked with both infants and toddlers in our program. She moved here from California with her daughter, Violet, who also attends our program, and was put in touch with us through her family. Stevey is currently completing coursework to obtain her CDA.



Chuda Findley-Teacher Lion Room- Chuda is a wonderful addition to the staff. Originally from Thailand, Chuda moved here 5 years ago and worked as a private nanny before deciding to transition to a center based program. She plans on continuing her education in both the English language and Early Childhood Education.

Margarita Carrera Lead Teacher Hippo Room

Margarita has been at the CDC for 8 years, she worked as the administrative assistant for 2 years before deciding she had a desire to be in the classroom. She has worked with ages from 1-3, with toddlers being her forte! She has two classes left to complete her CDA, and her attention to detail, nurturing spirit and creativity are among her many assets to our program!


Guadalupe (Scarlett) Herrera Teacher Monkey Room

Scarlett started as a floater and has been promoted to teacher in the baby room. Scarlett has a natural ability for working with young children, and has become well versed in the RIE philosophy. She has recently been awarded the TEACH Nevada grant and will be attending College of Southern Nevada to pursue her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.


Vanette Arnold- Teacher- Vanette comes to us from California and has been in Early Childcare and Education for about the last 5 years. She took some time off to be with her family and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has stepped in as the Teacher in our Lion Room and will complete her degree in the fall.

Katayoon (KT) Ghodsi- Floater/Closer- KT has been at the CDC for the past 8 years. She has worked in the infant and toddler classrooms. She lived much of her life in Iran and worked there as a doctor before coming to the U.S. KT is currently pursuing a degree in Healthcare Administration and Policy from UNLV.

Megan Alves Substitute

Megan has been working here at the CDC for the past 2 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s at UNLV in social work. She is a mentor and great resource to all of the teachers on staff.



Robyn (Annika) Weis Substitute Extraordinaire

Annika has worked at the CDC on and off for the last 8 years. She has worked in almost every classroom with her longest stint being the lead teacher in the infant room. Annika has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. On any given day, you can find Annika working anywhere from the classroom to the office or doing shopping for snack items and supplies!