Meet Our Team

Chelsea Adams, Assistant Teacher
After graduating University of Missouri in Social Work with a minor in Psychology of May, 2016, Chelsea’s focus turned to Early Childhood Education.  Chelsea joined the CDC family as an assistant teacher.   She is planning on continuing her education to become a certified teacher in Early Childhood, as her passion is geared towards helping young learners reach their cognitive potential. 

Jason Bell, Custodian

Jason joined the First Baptist Church and Child Development Center team in 2017.  Jason is a devoted employee that takes care of things in just about every aspect of cleaning and maintenance.  Jason makes sure our days run smoothly.

Marilyn Canole, Lead Teacher
For more than three decades, Marilyn has made teaching her life’s work. Originally from Abilene, Kan., she joined the Child Development Center in 2008. Marilyn has associate’s degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She loves providing children with creative ways to explore and learn. Marilyn is our most senior teacher and is the lead teacher in our Bears classroom – the Kindergarten readiness room.  From mentoring student teachers, to creating stellar, research-based lessons, Marilyn has become an invaluable member of our team. 

Ginger Fletcher, Lead Teacher

As the spouse of an Air Force Veteran, Ginger has a diverse background!   A mother of four, Ginger and her family spent 13 years living overseas where she worked for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools as a paraprofessional in preschool, kindergarten, and special-education classes. Ginger join the Child Development Center in 2014 as an assistant teacher.  After several years of service, she now is the Lead teacher of our Trains classroom.  Working with our youngest of learners, Ginger brings a great amount of compassion and empathy to our team. 

Alexis Hardin, Classroom Aid
Entering her last semester at the University of Missouri, Alexis has recently joined the Child Development Center family. She is studying Health Sciences and minoring in Human Development of Family Sciences. With this background, she intends to help children learn and grow.

Katherine Hazelton, Classroom Aid
A St. Louis native, Kate joined the CDC team in 2017 at the start of her junior year at the University of Missouri. Kate is a journalism major, but has loved working with children ever since she started babysitting in middle school. As an aid,Kate does a little bit of everything.  From organizing to helping children learn and grow, Kate is a wonderful part of our team. 



Karlye Jeffries, Classroom Aid
Karlye Jeffries attends school at Moberly Area Community College and is majoring in English Education.  Karlye has years of experience working with children.  From babysitting, to working in First Baptist’s Nursery, to now working as an aid at the Child Development Center, Karlye’s warm smile has been a welcome delight!

Marie Moody, Classroom Aid
Marie Moody is a loving mother of 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  Marie is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  Marie brings a special flare to the program that helps children learn interpersonal communication skills as well as enables them to reach their academic potential.   


Collen Ostercamp, Music Teacher
Colleen brings the gift of music to our young learners’ lives every week.  Always a song in her heart, Colleen brings so much joy to the children at the Child Development Center. 

Michelle Pons, Lead Teacher
Michelle Pons has worked in childcare for about 27  years. She is currently our lead teacher in the Stars  Room, teaching children 3 and 4 years.  An avid lover of all living things, Michelle takes great pride in the classroom pets:  Lightning and Rocky.  Michelle’s extensive background in early childhood education brings top-notch pedagogical practices along with an innate ability to help children socialize.  

Chelsea Wells, Assistant Teacher
Chelsea is the assistant teacher in the train room. She has her Bachelor’s of Music Therapy from Drury University. Chelsea joined the staff at CDC for her love of children and her relationship with the FBC family. Chelsea takes great delight in working with the children everyday.  Her music and therapy background have greatly enhanced our program.

Jess Wolfe, Director

As Director of the Child Development Center and mother to four wonderful little ones, Jess’ life is centered around children. Her passion for early childhood education and leadership brought her to the First Baptist CDC family. From managing staff to serving lunch, Jess is involved in all aspects of the CDC. Jess comes to us with a background in vocal and instrumental music education, educational psychology, and early and elementary education.