The Team at Tadpole Academy

At Tadpole Academy, we hold our teachers to high standards and only employ teachers that we would trust caring for our own children. We require all of our educators to be certified through the Delaware Department of Education as a teacher or an assistant teacher and to be certified in CPR/First Aid and Administration of Medication. Lauren, one of the co-owners, has a strong medical background and recently became certified as a First Aid/CPR instructor through the American Red Cross.

Melissa Alexandre, Administrator

Melissa has over sixteen years of childcare experience, including previous management experience at a large, corporate childcare center. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Support Staff/Floaters

Want to learn more about employment with Tadpole Academy? 

We are always interested in hearing from highly-motivated, enthusiastic teachers who love children and have a passion for teaching! To be considered for an employment opportunity, please send your resume to employment@tadpoleacademy.org

Leapers 2 (2-3 years)

We see learning as a lifelong process, not only for our children but also for our teachers. As a management team, we support our teachers in achieving their professional goals to the best of our abilities. We require each of our teachers to participate in professional development trainings each year that are recognized by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) as being quality-assured. Our center is unique in that we hold quarterly in-service days where we work with our teachers closely on strengthening our team of professionals and address how to better meet the needs of our children and families.​​​​

Crystal and Lauren combine over 25 years of successful business management experience. Their experiences in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Medical, Legal and Staffing has equipped them with a well-rounded vision for Tadpole Academy. Their educational background includes University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Western International University, Kaplan University, Ashford University and University of Phoenix. They are committed to excellence in serving the children entrusted to their care and in building a supportive, positive relationship within the community.

Crystal Smith and Lauren Nelson, Owners

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Ms. Star, Lead Infant's Teacher









Ms. Shania,Infant Assistant Teacher












Ms. Vera, Infant/Toddler Center Manager/ Lead Toddler's Teacher


"I like the way babies try to move before they can even hold their bottles. They are learning all day, every day, and I love it. I love how children pick up on letters, numbers, colors, etc. It makes my heart happy."









​Ms. Tameika, Toddler/Preschool Center Manager/ Lead Two's Teacher

"My decision to work in early childhood has always been a dream and a passion of mine. The learning process starts at a young age so being able to see and watch how a child's mind develops over time is an amazing thing!

My favorite thing about working with the infants and toddlers is being able to see the smiles on their faces, teaching them certain skills (concept of grasping, motor skills, et cetera), and being able to be a part of their learning process.



Ms. Chantel, Assistant Two's Teacher

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Ms. Jessica,  Lead Preschool Teacher 

"What made me pick early childhood was being able to help the children that need a hug or a caring person to be with during the day. I like to help people, and to see a child happy because they like to come to school to learn and be around that person or people that make them feel loved or comfortable is a beautiful thing. I've taken care of children going from being an infant to graduating preschool and watching them grow and develop makes my heart happy."​



Ms. Donna, Assistant Preschool Teacher












​​Ms. Denisha


"I love children, and especially enjoy teaching infants. I love seeing how much the children grow and pick up on different things that you teach them."





Ms. Kayla









Ms. Lexi

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​​Ms. Diamond









​Ms. Erica, Administrative Assistant








Leapers 1 (1-2 years)

Leaders (3-5 years)


Tadpoles (6 weeks-1 year)