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.

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Chelsie Shurtleff

Director

"I strive to inspire children to be kind, creative, and thoughtful individuals and to share my knowledge with children and the adults who care for them. Working for the Child Development Center is fulfilling and makes my heart happy everyday."


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

Pre-K Specialist
Assistant Director

"I enjoy forming lasting connections with children. Working with little ones in early childhood is key in forming their life-long love of learning. I like to collaborate with their families to help their children grow."


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!

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Sherry D'Auriol

Lead Two Year Old Teacher

"I love children and I want to help them feel safe, grow, and learn. I love getting hugs from them."


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.

Cindy Villarreal

Lead One Year Old Teacher

"I want to make a positive difference in the lives of children. Working with kids is a never-ending learning experience and  I love to see their smiles."


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.

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Darien Ross

Pre K Assistant

"I do this work because I love children. It is fulfilling to see them learn and grow."


My love for children comes from my  five younger brothers and sisters. Since 2011 I have coached peewee football, worked for after school programs and also inside the classroom. I love to see children challenge themselves and accomplish things they didn’t believe possible.

I love being able to be apart of their learning and development. I love working at the CDC because of the positive reinforcement philosophy that is in place. Our entire staff is loving and supportive as well as determined to make sure our students feel loved and protected.

Briana Chandler

Lead Infant Teacher

" I want children to feel confident by giving them the tools to be successful, so they can become their best individual selves. I want to give them what I needed as a child."

Briana was born and raised in Las Vegas, and is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with children and sees the youth as precious gems who are our future. Her goal is to give them as much guidance and care as possible to ensure their life-long love of learning.

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Jasmine Hollins

Center Wide Teacher's Aide

"I want to help children reach their full potential. Watching them discover who they are and what they can do brings me joy."


 Jasmine has just graduated high school, and is starting her college career in the fall at UNLV as an Early Childhood Education major. She discovered her passion for working with children while helping at home with her younger brother.  In her free time she enjoys acting on stage, reading and playing with her two cats.