Kaley Dehm, Assistant Director (Avon)

Kaley graduated from Keene State College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She was originally going to school for Elementary Education, but while she was working part-time as a substitute teacher in an Early Childhood center, she fell in love with Early Childhood Education and discovered that she wanted to continue in the field of Early Education instead.

Once graduating from KSC, Kaley worked for a year in New Hampshire as the lead teacher for a two-year-old program while also taking Early Childhood classes at New Hampshire Technical College. She moved to Connecticut and joined Educational Playcare in 2011.

Kaley enjoys running; participating in 5k’s, mud runs and obstacle courses. She has also run in the Chicago Marathon and she hopes to complete other marathons in the future. When she’s not running, Kaley enjoys scrapbooking, and spending time with her family: her husband, Jason, their two sons and their dog, Penny.

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Dan Shopey, Assistant Director (Avon)

Dan began his career in the field of early childhood education 20 years ago when he began working at a childcare center. Dan has continued working with children though the last 20 years as an infant, toddler, pre-school, and after school teacher. He has also been a mentor and tutor, specializing in helping children with Autism, at risk youth, and children that are deaf or hard of hearing.

Over the years, Dan has earned his Head Teacher certification, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree. Along with recently starting his PhD. in Psychology with a focus on Child Development, Dan is also close to reaching the top level of certification though the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Education.

Outside of Early Education, Dan is also a cake artist and has been featured on CPTV, The HUB, and competed on Food Network. He also is a cake decorating instructor for people of all ages and skill levels. One of his favorite parts of being an instructor is teaching children how to air brush and work with fondant.

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