Ashley Danko


JoLeigh Lewis

Four Year Old Teacher

Caroline McMahon

Program Director

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, her husband, and two sons moved from Hampton Roads, VA to Leland in August of 2014. She stayed home that year and the family welcomed another baby boy! In her spare time, Caitlin loves to read and go to the beach/pool with her guys. After 2 years at home, Caitlin is excited to be back in a  classroom and is especially excited for the creativity and enthusiasm four year old students bring to school!

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!

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 been and assistant in our four year old class 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 :)

Ashley moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania in 2003. Her credentials include certificates in Early Childhood Education from both Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well as a certificate in Childcare Administration. 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. All things considered, her proudest accomplishments are her wonderful marriage and talented daughter.

Melissa Wiltshire

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.

Anna Hardy

Three Year Old Teacher 

Caroline joined our team in 2010 and is an absolute treasure. One of the things that we love most about her is that she is highly organized and loves to help keep our school meticulously clean! Raised in an Air Force family, she has lived all over the United States as well as in England. Her parents settled in the Philadelphia area while she attended the College of New Jersey, earning a degree in Elementary Education/Psychology. Caroline and her husband have three beautiful children.

Our AWESOME Staff!!

Caroline Dugas


Caitlin Baer

Four Year Old Teacher

Veronnica Padala

After School and Summer Camp Director and Four Year Old Teacher

Jordan Danko

Four Year Old Teacher