Melissa attended Cape Fear Community College for Early Childhood Education and worked in preschool for years prior to joining the team at CDS in 2014. Melissa loves teaching the two year old class and guiding families through their first year with us! Melissa and her husband have three amazing kids and enjoy traveling with them, as well as supporting them in their various sports and activities! 

Anna Hardy

Three Year Old and After School Teacher 

Ashley moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania in 2003. Ashley attended WCCC for Early Childhood Education and later received a certificate in Childcare Administration in North Carolina. Ashley taught preschool at Coastal Day School for seven years before putting down the stickers and playdough to give more attention to daily operations. Her heart remains in the classroom; however, she loves working alongside our amazing teachers, parents, and students. Ashley loves spending her free time traveling and exploring with her husband, three kiddos, and dog!

Ashley Danko


Jordan Danko

Four Year Old Teacher

Anna moved to Leland in 2012 and loves the small town feel! Anna has worked in preschool for the last ten years, joining the CDS team in 2016. In her free time, Anna enjoys baking, reading, and watching movies! She loves all things Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter, and Hamilton!! Anna also enjoys spending time with her students outside of school, babysitting them and watching soccer games and dance recitals! 

Veronnica Padala

After School and Summer Camp Director and Four Year Old Teacher

Caroline Dugas


Our AWESOME Staff!!

Jodi Caddell

Office Assistant

Maggie Sayers

Four Year Old Teacher

Michelle Runyan

Four Year Old Teacher

You could say that Jordan is CDS's oldest employee considering she's been around since day one and even helped paint and swing hammers in the beginning! Upon graduating from CFCC in 2015, Jordan came on staff as an office assistant and has loved learning all about the inside workings of CDS! Since then, she has taught in our four year old classes and two year old class.  She's excited to learn and grow in her position, and of course, she loves working with her mom, Miss Ashley :)

Kensey Hall

Three Year Old Teacher

Maggie joined our team at Coastal Day School in 2015, after her older two children attended preschool and Kindergarten here. Maggie has spent most of her years in our four year old program and absolutely loves the eagerness and fun they bring to the classroom! Maggie and her husband have called Wilmington home for the last 13 years and enjoy spending time at the beach with their four children! They also love spending time in the kitchen together, creating and experimenting with different flavors and ingredients!

Kayla Fryar

Two Year Old Teacher

Caroline is from Chapel Hill, NC, and graduated from UNC in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Public Relations. Raised in a family that placed a very strong emphasis on academia, she grew up surrounded by authors, musicians, scholars and artists-but what she loved most were the children she regularly babysat. Married to Michael, she has three wonderful children of her own and they are every bit as precocious as she was when she was young. In addition to assisting with the oversight of Coastal Day School, Caroline is a full-time real estate agent.

Caitlin Baer

Kindergarten Teacher

Liz Province

After School Teacher

Veronnica joined our team in 2013. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood from Penn State University. One of Veronnica's favorite experiences was teaching 2 and 3 year olds in the Dominican Republic for a year. Veronnica is happily married and mommy to a super cute little girl! Veronnica loves everything Wilmington has to offer and is excited to be a part of the CDS family!

Kensey has always had a heart for children! From swaddling six week olds, to helping elementary age with homework, Kensey has worked with all ages! Growing up she had many baby sitting jobs, volunteered in children's church, and taught swimming lessons. She discovered her love for teaching 13 years ago while assisting in her first pre-k class! Since then, she has graduated from CFCC, and found her way back to a classroom at CDS in 2021! Kensey enjoys traveling and spending time with her two sons, two pups, and husband!

Michelle moved to Leland from Michigan in May of 2020 and shortly after joined the CDS family! Michelle has taught and nurtured children from infants to preschoolers since graduating from Schoolcraft College in 2012 with a degree in Applied Science, specializing in Child Care and Development. Michelle enjoys walking, dining out, going to the movie and spending time with her family and friends! Michelle is very creative and loves making fun and interactive activities for her students!!

Kayla has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool for years prior to joining our team at Coastal in 2021. Kayla absolutely loves children, which is great since she has six of her own!! Kayla is a military wife and loves spending time with her husband of ten years! In their free time, they soak up as much family time as possible and love hanging out at the beach or pool! 

Christie Smith

Three Year Old and After School Teacher

Christie joined our team in 2022, bringing numerous child care certifications and 30 years of experience with her! She loves working with children and partnering with their families!! She is most proud of her amazing daughter that she got to spend 30 wonderful years with. In her free time, Christie loves spending time with her family and four-legged son! 

Jodi and her family moved to Leland in 2011 to plant Reach Community Church. Jodi attended ASU and loves putting her organizational skills to use in our office! Jodi has also assisted in various classrooms here at CDS since she joined our team in 2014 and loves when she gets to sub! In her free time, Jodi enjoys doing puzzles, playing games, and hanging out with her husband and three children! 

After graduating from Radford University in 2003 with a licensure in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, Caitlin taught First Step (a 4 year old program) for 4 years, followed by 1st grade for 7 years. Caitlin and her family moved from Hampton Roads, VA to Leland in August of 2014 and joined our team at CDS shortly after. In her spare time, Caitlin loves to read and go to the beach/pool with her husband and three boys. Caitlin was truly made to teach and shines the brightest when she's surrounded by her sweet Kindergarten students!

Melissa Wiltshire

Two Year Old Teacher