To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students, 
You are a HERO.  
 
We miss you. 5/2020

Terri Poloney

Director
 
Terri has been the Director at the Training Station since 1994. She attended both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Salisbury University with a focus in elementary education and child development.
 
Ms. Terri is an experienced classroom teacher who has, over the years, taught in each age group at The Training Station. Ms. Terri enjoys working closely with staff to construct a challenging, yet age appropriate curriculum that will start children on the path to a lifelong love of learning.
 
Along with her duties as a Director, Ms. Terri teaches our prekindergarten program. Being in the classroom is her first love. She finds that encouraging children to develop the skills, both socially and academically, that they will need for a future filled with successful learning is the most rewarding aspect of teaching. Ms. Terri believes that children learn best through hands on experiences and strives to fill each day with a variety of learning opportunities to challenge each child according to their developmental abilities.
 
Ms. Terri is an avid bird watcher and shares her love of birds throughout the year with her students. Many students become very adept at identifying the birds that visit our feeders outside of our classroom and are delighted to observe the seasonal activities of our native feathered friends.
 
Ms. Terri is married with 4 children, all of whom previously attended the Training Station. She is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild in the fall of 2020! She is a member of CrossWay Church and helps out with the family boardwalk business during the summer break from school.

Mary-Michele Davis

Teacher
 
Ms. Mary-Michele has been a member of the Training Station staff since 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Notre Dame College in Maryland. Ms. Mary-Michele has had experience teaching in each age group and is known for her creative artistic perspective, which she shares enthusiastically with each student.
 
Ms. Mary-Michele’s first desire is to see the children excited about their school experience. Her favorite part of each day is listening to the children talk about their play, their artwork, and their families. During the summer months Ms. Mary-Michele can be found teaching art lessons in her home studio, spending time on the beach with her extended family, or painting faces at Fish Tales.

Carolyn Hyde

Teacher
 
Ms. Carolyn teaches our morning and afternoon Preschool 3s classes and co-teaches two days a week in our Prekindergarten class. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Carson-Newman College and is a level 6 (highest level) credentialed early childhood teacher. Before coming to The Training Station in 2009, Ms. Carolyn taught 5 years in public kindergarten.
 
Ms. Carolyn values learning through play and discovery. She encourages creativity and independence. One of Ms. Carolyn’s favorite times of the day is story-time and she provides her students with lots of opportunities to read good books. Ms. Carolyn also loves to do science experiments and make fun cooking projects.
 
Ms. Carolyn is married and has one daughter. Her daughter attended the The Training Station throughout her preschool years. Ms. Carolyn loves planning and sharing fun travel experiences with her family.

Kelly Hearne

Teacher
 
Ms. Kelly has lived in the Ocean City area for 16 years. She attended Wor Wic and studied early childhood education. While in college she worked as a special education paraprofessional educator at Delmar elementary school. After being with Wicomico county board of education For 5 years she decided to start her own home daycare. She then became a licensed daycare teacher for the state of Maryland.
 
Ms. Kelly’s husband is an Ocean City Firefighter/medic and she is the mother of two beautiful little girls, both of whom attended the Training Station. Her family enjoys spending time together reading scriptures, going to the beach, movies, and playing with our puppy at the park!

Tara Winklbauer

Teacher
 
Ms. Tara teaches in our First Steps program and co-teaches our afternoon Preschool 3s class. She is originally from NJ and moved to Ocean City 20 years ago. She has a BS degree in Elementary Education from Lebanon Valley College. She taught 7 years in the public school system before taking some time off to stay home with her children. She has been at The Training Station since 2016.
 
Ms. Tara is a mother of three children. All three went through the 3’s program here at The Training Station. Outside of school Tara enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching sports…especially football and the Philadelphia Eagles!

Andrea Hench

Assistant Director and Extended Day Leader
 
Ms. Andrea has lived in the Ocean City area on and off for the last 16 years. She loves everything about the outdoors and especially the beach. She is an avid sports fanatic of all kinds.
 
Ms. Andrea comes from a large family with a number of nieces and nephews that she adores and loves to visit on the West Coast. Her love of children has always been prevalent in all her doings. She went to school at Utah Valley University and Towson University for Early Childhood Education. She is happy to get back to her love of teaching and to see the children flourish.
 
Ms. Andrea believes the love of reading starts at a very early age and is a key essential in the future success of a child. Her goal in the classroom is to make sure every child is having a fun time so that they don’t even realize they are learning.

Jamie Rhoads

Assistant Teacher & Marvelous Monday Teacher
 
Ms. Jamie is an assistant in our older 2s class and is the teacher for our marvelous Monday program. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in education and is dually certified in elementary and special education. She spent 12 years teaching elementary school before taking some time off to stay home with her own children.
 
While searching for a preschool for her daughters, Ms. Jamie came across the Training Station and was immediately impressed with both the engaging, hands-on curriculum and the caring guidance demonstrated by the teachers. She was happy to join the staff in 2015 and enjoys seeing the excitement on the little ones’ faces as they start each school day.
 
Ms. Jamie is on sabbatical for the 2020-2021 school year we hope to have her back in the classroom in September of 2021!

Noah Shaffer

Assistant Teacher
 

Mr. Noah is an assistant in Mrs. Kelly’s older First Steps class. Mr. Noah loves working with children and has spent time in each of our age groups as he is expanding his knowledge of early childhood education practices. Mr. Noah has completed his first year at WorWic Community College in pursuit of an associates degree in early childhood education.

Mr. Noah attended the Training Station as a child and his mother, Ms. Angela spent many years as a beloved teacher at our school as well.  

In his free time Mr. Noah enjoys surfing!