Meet Our Teachers & Staff

//Meet Our Teachers & Staff
Meet Our Teachers & Staff 2018-02-02T15:00:58+00:00
Michelle NighbertProgram Coordinator & Early Childhood Specialist
I have my bachelor’s in early childhood education and master’s in curriculum and instruction with a focus on early childhood. I am currently working on my second master’s in early childhood education with a focus on administration. I am also a very proud mother of three children, Brittany, Owen, and Beau. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with them and my husband Ron. I enjoy shopping, going out to dinner and in the summer time going camping.
Jessica KennedyAssistant Director
Ms. Jessica has her bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in math, reading, and early childhood. She also completed her master’s degree at Saginaw Valley with a degree in special education. Ms. Jessica was a GSRP lead teacher for six years and also mentored other GSRP teachers within Choice Schools for two years. In her free time, she is a huge Detroit Tigers fan and is a season ticket holder! Some of her favorite things include ice cream, MSU football, chocolate, and flip flops! If you are looking for her during the summer, check the ballpark! She also is a huge dog lover and enjoys being outside. She is so proud to be working at Second Home this year and for years to come!
Sabrina CobbClassroom 1 Associate
Bio coming soon!
Deb GiddeyClassroom 2 Lead
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Rochester College. I also graduated with a master’s degree in early childhood from Oakland University. I have worked in various early childhood centers such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and both public and private preschools over the past 20 years. I am married and have three kids. My favorite food is chicken parmesan pizza. I love to drink coffee and tea. I love my job and that I am able to make a difference in a child’s life each and every day.
Jenn PosterClassroom 2 Associate
My name is Jenn. I started at Second Home in 2015 as an associate teacher. I have my associates degree in early childhood, and I am currently going for my bachelor’s and will be done in May. My favorite colors are pink and teal. I have four cats; Milo, Riff, Belle, and Izzy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends!

Angela HowellClassroom 3 Lead
My name is Ms. Angela. I graduated from Baker College with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood Education. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to dinner, and watching movies.
Derbery KellyClassroom 3 Associate
Hi, my name is Derbery Kelly and I enjoy being part of the Second Home family. I have over 20 years of experience teaching in early childhood education. I love spending time with my grandkids, love to bake, love to travel, love playing cards, and I love shopping.
Ashley (Scott) MooreClassroom 4 Lead
I grew up in Shelby Township, MI and I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher my whole life! I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Fire Up Chips! I have been teaching early childhood education for more than 4 years and I absolutely love it! Pre-K is my favorite age group to teach. FUN FACTS: I have two cats at home. I have an older brother and sister. My favorite color is purple. Tacos are my favorite food. I can’t live without coffee! : ) I love to cook and try new recipes.
Amanda DiggsClassroom 4 Associate
Hello, my name is Amanda Diggs. I am an assistant teacher at SHCDC. I like working at Second Home because I have the opportunity to give back to my community where I live. The staff at SHCDC are family and we strive to uplift, encourage and hold each other accountable for being the best that we can be. I currently hold an associates degree in early childhood education, I am a mom of four daughters and a wife of 15 years married to my phenomenal husband.
Rochelle CowartClassroom 5 Lead
Hi, I’m Rochelle. I love to travel and have lived in Alaska and Texas. I have a son who attends a Montessori school and two cats at home. I enjoy reading, watching movies, finding new adventures, and board games. I also really love teaching and spend a lot of my free time making activities or working on my classroom in some way.
Danielle AllenClassroom 5 Associate
I’m Danielle. My passion in life is music so I enjoy going to concerts and finding new music. I like super heroes and animals, and have a dog who is my child. I also really enjoy cooking.
Tess VincentClassroom 6 Lead
I am an alumna of Central Michigan University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and learning with a minor in communication disorders.This is my second year as a lead teacher in GSRP. I recently moved from Grand Rapids, where I taught GSRP in another Choice School. I love the nature and bringing those experiences to the classroom. I am so excited to start my journey at Second Home!
Jacqueline StarkeyClassroom 6 Associate
Hello, My name is Jacqueline Starkey, I love The Lord, He is First in my life, I do all things with the strength that He gives me. I enjoy teaching, and as long as I could recall, I used to pretend like I was a teacher when I was small. I enjoy seeing children grow and learn. It’s good to get them at a young age and tell them the importance of education, and why they need to come to school. I enjoy seeing their faces when they write their first letter or shape. They are always so excited and happy, it warms my heart. I do what I do for the love and passion. Outside of work I love spending time with my children and serving the toddlers at church. I’ve been at Second Home for a short time, the staff is friendly, nice and helpful.
Denise DavenportClassroom 7 Lead
Hello, my name is Denise Davenport. I have been working in education for about years 20 and I love what I do. I’ve worked in daycares, Head Start, and I’m now working at a Montessori School. I have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I’ve worked for Second Home for several years and the previous two years of my employment were spent as an assistant teacher. Second Home has given me the opportunity to make advances in my career. In my spare time, I spend time with my family traveling. My grandchildren keep me occupied; we are consistently going on outings to places such as movies, parks, and vacations. I will continue to work with children so they can achieve the goals we have put in place while working on their levels of growth and development.
Nannett SimsClassroom 7 Associate
Bio coming soon!
Xeronna SmithClassroom 8 Lead
Hello my name is Xeronna Smith. I am delighted to be your child’s teacher this school year. I have 16 years of teaching experience. I attended Wayne State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology. I completed a master’s in criminal justice and returned to Wayne state and completed a post-bachelors program, having received my Michigan teaching certification in elementary education with a ZA endorsement in early childhood education. Although I have only one child, I have been a mother to many children for the past 20 years. I have been working with children my entire life. I love children. My hobbies include reading, singing and mentoring teenagers and young adults.
Talore SparksClassroom 8 Associate
Bio coming soon!