Create and maintain a safe, caring classroom environment for all children and parents
Arrange and manage classroom learning environments to support all students’ active learning- learning by doing
To respect your role as a parent and work collaboratively with you in the care and development of your child.
Cultivate positive relationships with each child and parent in addition to nurturing the need for children to develop strong bonds with other children.
To provide dedicated, passionate and skilled educators in each classroom
Promote positive communication through listening attentively to any questions or concerns and responding in a timely manner.
For you to feel completely comfortable and reassured when you leave your child in our care.
For your child to develop a love of learning and a vivid imagination.
Meet our staff!
Ms. Melissa - Director of Adventure Park Academy
Melissa has been the Director of Adventure Park Academy for the past nine years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communication from Villa Julie College, now Stevenson University. Melissa began her professional teaching career in 1998 while attending college. She was employed by KinderCare Learning Center for 13 years and held multiple positions from teacher to Center Director. Melissa also leads Early Childhood Education Certification Classes as an approved MSDE State Trainer. Melissa has been married for 14 years. She and her husband, Ben, have two sons, Kaden, 13, and Ethan, 10. She lives in the New Market area and loves working so close to home! When Melissa isn’t at the Academy, she enjoys watching her boys play sports, going to the beach, and spending time with friends. Recently, she checked something off her bucket list by visiting Scotland, all thanks to her son who plays soccer for the State of Maryland.
Ms. Debbie - Pre-K Lead Teacher
Debbie is a veteran of Adventure Park Academy, working here for 10 years! She loves working with preschool aged children which is why she decided to start working in the profession 38 years ago, including the time she stayed home for 11 years to raise her own three children, now 24, 22, and 20. Her favorite part about working with this age is she never knows what is going to happen from day to day. She is always surprised at the cute and fun things the kids say. Debbie is usually the first one to introduce something new, and it’s always a “wow” moment for the children! When Debbie isn’t in the classroom, she enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with her family and friends, visiting wineries, reading, and going to the beach. Fun fact, when Debbie was four years old, she met Jimmy Hoffa; however, she doesn’t remember! :)
Miss Rachel - Pre-K Assistant Teacher & Group Leader
Rachel has been working here at the Academy since the summer of 2012. She has always had an interest in teaching, her mom and older sister are teachers as well, must be in the genes! She’s been around children for as long as she can remember. Rachel started watching children during church services when she was a young teen. She began working at Adventure Park Academy right after high school. Rachel loves when the children are able to recall something she taught them, causing her to have the indescribable feeling often called a “teacher moment” that makes teaching young children exciting and rewarding. Outside of the classroom, Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends and family, being outside, watching movies, and reading books. She also has six rescue cats at home.
Ms. Lauren - Preschool Lead Teacher
This is Lauren’s first year working at Adventure Park Academy. She loves teaching and seeing how much a student has grown since the start of the school year. Lauren has a BA in Early Childhood Education and holds a MD Teaching Certificate for Preschool-Grade 3. She grew up in New Jersey and taught second grade for three years at the elementary school she attended as a child. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Lauren moved out of state and lived in several different places before settling down in New Market. When she is not teaching, Lauren is spending time with her husband and daughter. They love to play outside, go for walks, watch movies, and take trips to new places. Her husband is a Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps. He recently finished his third deployment and returned home from Afghanistan in April 2019.
Miss Brianna - Preschool Assistant Teacher
Brianna has been working at Adventure Park Academy for three years. She first started working with children nine years ago when she began babysitting and then later took the child development class in high school. Brianna enjoys working with children because she gets to see them grow and their excitement about learning new things. In her free time when she is not working, Brianna likes to relax and go hiking. She also enjoys traveling, hanging out with family, and absolutely LOVES turtles! Keep an eye out, as you can often find her sporting her cowboy boots while teaching!
Miss Kaitlyn - Two’s Lead Teacher
Kaitlyn has been working at Adventure Park Academy since January 2019. She became a teacher in order to make a difference in children’s lives and to make learning fun. She graduated from Frederick Community College with an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for three years and has taught both Preschool and Pre-K. As a teacher, Kaitlyn enjoys building relationships with the kids and watching them learn and grow. When she isn’t in the classroom, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking, going to the beach, photography, and spending time with family and friends. Kaitlyn also has a Goldendoodle named Boomer; she loves to take Boomer on walks!
Miss Sabrina - School Age Lead Teacher & Two’s Assistant Teacher
Sabrina has been working at Adventure Park Academy since June 2018 when Summer Camp began. As a teacher, her goal is to ensure that every student understands their purpose in life and that they feel important. She’s worked with children since she was in the eighth grade. Sabrina has coached poms, field hockey, and softball. She also worked in a Kindergarten classroom at Walkersville Elementary School her Senior year of high school. Sabrina’s favorite part of teaching is knowing that she is leaving a long-lasting positive impact on children’s lives. When she isn’t in the classroom, Sabrina is either catching up on sleep, spending time with her family, and fishing. When Sabrina was a sophomore in high school, she was a linebacker for her high school football team!
Miss Danielle - School Age Assistant Teacher
Danielle has been working at the Academy since January 2019. She began working here because she loves to work with young children and working at Adventure Park Academy gives her experience for her future career in Psychology. Danielle began babysitting at fifteen years of age and completed an internship during her junior and senior years in high school at Walkersville Elementary School. She also has five siblings, so she has been around kids her whole life. Danielle’s favorite part of teaching is all of the different personalities of the kids. When she isn’t working, she is attending school herself at Frederick Community College. This Fall, she will begin school at Salisbury University on the USMH campus. Danielle enjoys going hiking with her dog and riding horses. A fun fact about Danielle is she was born in Iowa!
Miss Amanda - Before School Care & Assistant Teacher
Amanda has been working at Adventure Park for six years and in the Academy for five. She began working here to gain professional experience working with children. Amanda has been working with children since 2012 through volunteer work. She has an Associate’s degree in Human Services from Frederick Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Hood College, and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. Amanda’s favorite part about teaching is working in a fun environment where you never know what your day will hold. When she isn’t working, she likes to volunteer at church, watch Netflix, and try new restaurants with her boyfriend. A fun fact about Amanda is she is the only redhead in her family!
Miss Meghan - Assistant Teacher & Marketing Specialist
Meghan has been working at Adventure Park Academy since September 2018. Previously, she worked in the summer camp in 2014 and 2015 and would work in the classroom when she was home from college on break. Meghan began working at the Academy because she loves helping children learn and grow as individuals. She grew up with a number of younger cousins, she enjoyed playing with them and babysitting. Meghan enjoys watching the kids grow and the excitement they have when they accomplish a task. She graduated from Stevenson University in 2018 with a degree in Business Communication. When Meghan’s not in the classroom, she’s working to help market the Academy and all it has to offer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Orioles, and when it’s warmer, going to the beach! A favorite pastime is researching and planning where she will travel next!
Miss Julia - Assistant Teacher
Julia has been working at the Academy for one year. She was fortunate enough that the profession chose her! She has worked with children for almost five years which includes the years she has been raising her son. She is currently attending Frederick Community College for Hospitality Management. Julia loves knowing that she is a role model for the children, and can teach them new things. Outside of work, she enjoys going on fun and exciting outings with her son! Fun fact, by the time Julia was 8 years old, she had been to 21 states!