University United Methodist Child Development Center Staff
Compassionate, Nurturing and Dedicated
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 Pediatric First Aid and CPR. Because our center offers paid time off, company paid health insurance, and continuing education classes, we have a dedicated group of professionals, committed to high quality early childhood education.
Originally from Boston, MA, Chelsie moved to Las Vegas in 2007. She joined the UUMCDC family in 2010 and discovered her passion for educating young children. She attended both CSN and UNLV to study early childhood education. Chelsie became the director of the child development center in December of 2016, and completed her Bachelor's degree in December of 2017. Chelsie is a mom to an eight year old daughter who has grown up in our Child Development Center. She believes the earliest years of a child's life and education are the most important and strives to provide a program of caring, nurturing and respect to all the children and families that the center serves.
Margaret Bourgon has worked at our CDC since March of 2000! She is a recipient of the TEACH Nevada Grant and is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. Margaret specializes in working with children who exhibit special needs and exceptionalities. She says she loves being here and working with like-minded people and the level of love and respect she feels with her co-workers. Her favorite thing about working with the Pre-K students is being able to see them use the strategies she has taught them, becoming a part of their families, and getting smiles and hugs from her students!
Infant - Toddler Specialist
Margarita Carrera has worked for our center since 2010. She is well versed in the RIE philosophy that permeates the center, especially our infant and toddler rooms. Margarita earned her CDA credential in December of 2018. Her favorite part about working at the CDC is the family atmosphere that is fostered here. Margarita says seeing children learn and grow, making a difference in the lives of children, and cultivating lasting bonds are her favorite things about working with children.
Karla Aguilar Hernandez
Infant Lead Teacher
Karla Aguilar Hernandez is originally from San Salvador, El Salvador where she received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She moved to Las Vegas two years ago and immediately found a place at UUMCDC. Karla has been married to her husband Michael for two years and enjoys reading and exploring new foods in her free time. She loves working with infants and believes in the RIE philosophy with all of her heart.
Lead One Year Old Teacher
Sherry D’Auriol has lived in Las Vegas for twelve years and is originally from New Brunswick, Canada. She taught kindergarten for five years before making the transition to Early Childhood Education. Sherry has a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in ECE. Working with toddlers is her niche and she loves to see children discover new things and foster their independence. Sherry started her journey at UUMCDC in May of 2018, she loves working here and says our center is her home away from home.
Two Year Old Assistant Teacher
Alyssa Shaw-Franklin was born in Las Vegas, lived in Utah and returned home at the age of eight. She is currently pursuing her Infant-Toddler Child Development Associates to make Early Childhood her chosen career. Alyssa brings a calming consistency and loves to see her teaching having an affect on the children in her care.
Three Year Old Teacher
Nicole Davis has lived in Nevada and worked for UUMCDC since 2018. While living in her home state of California she obtained a degree in fashion design and visual arts. She transitioned to a career in Early Childhood Education under the mentorship of Margaret Bourgon and has discovered a love for working with Pre-K students. She is married to her husband Tristan, and a mom to a bouncy, one-year old boy who also attends our program. Her hobbies include drawing, make-up artistry, and arts and crafts.
Sydney Brents Pawlak
Assistant One Year Old Teacher
Sydney Brents-Pawlak was born right here in Las Vegas and graduated from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a member of the dance team. Sydney has come full circle as she was once a student in our program and the experience had a profound effect on her love for young children. She is enrolled at UNLV in their nursing program, and says she enjoys watching children grow and revels in their imagination and innocence.
Assistant Pre-K Teacher
Cindy Villarreal is a Las Vegas native and is currently attending UNLV studying Early Childhood Education. She appreciates the opportunity to work one-on-one with teachers and students alike. Cindy is excited for the opportunity to grow as both an educator and a person. In her free time, she enjoys playing both the piano and the violin and would love to share that gift with her students.
One on One Teacher
Shelby Halasz was born and raised in Las Vegas and plans on pursuing a degree in early childhood education. She loves working with children and relishes their innocence, silliness, and helping them learn. In her free time, Shelby loves to experiment with make-up and read. Shelby favorite thing about working for our center is the accepting and diverse atmosphere. Her patient and gentle demeanor makes her well suited to work one on one with children in our program who have special needs.