Meet Our Team

Everyone On Our Team is First Aid and CPR Certified


Margie Butts, M.Ed

Owner/Director

 Masters Degree in Education/Public Health, UNC Charlotte, previous faculty UNC Chapel Hill

Orton Gillingham Trained Dyslexia Tutor

Woodcock-Johnson  tester 

20 years exp. working with students from elementary age to medical school

Elizabeth Dinko

Assistant Director

BA Theatre Ed, Meredith College  Raleigh

Previously NCDPI Certified K-12 

10+ years classroom experience in public/private education

Meghann Williams

Co-Lead Teacher

Dancing Dolphins Pre-K

 BS Early Childhood

Certified PreK-6th

University Arkansas at Little Rock

12 Years Elementary Classroom Experience, National Board Certification in Early Childhood

Christine Kennedy Cathy Slany

Mother/

Daughter Team

Silly Sea Turtles 3/4 Yr Old

 Christine: Associate in Early Childhood, SUNY Cobleskill, NY, Directors Certificate, Wake Tech, Former Director and Asst Director WPA,  17 Yrs Field Experince

Cathy (Mimi): 20 Years as a Nanny, Retired  2013, Online Classes and Workshops

Katie Cook

Co-Lead Teacher

Sparkling Starfish 2/3 Yr Old

 Bachelors  in Communication UNC Wilmington, Currently UNCW student MA teaching,  Former Summer Camp Director, Pre-K Ballet, Kids Acting Coach Insight School of Acting. 10 Years Early Childhood Experience

Mary Walsh

Co-Lead Teacher

Giggling Guppies 

15 Mo/2.5 Yr Old

BA  Elementary Education

Old Dominion University

Formerly Substitute Public School System for 5 Years

Emily Bannerman

Co-Lead Teacher

Giggling Guppies

15 Mo/2.5 Yr Old

Dance Instructor

UNC of the Arts, Ballet and Modern Dance, Early Childhood Credential, Freelance Dancer, 6  Years Instructor Experience, Wilmington School of Ballet with Dancers of All Ages and Special Needs

Sarah McAlear

Floater

Music and Movement Instructor

Early Childhood Credential, 10 years experience, Instructor at Dance Arts Conservatory, Home Care Nurse

Cassidy Skinner

Substitute

Associates in Arts, Cape Fear Community College

Currently Junior at UNC Wilmington majoring in Biology