Meet Our Teachers & Staff

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Michelle NighbertProgram Director & School Nutrition Director
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.
Marissa RyderTeacher
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Elizabeth FetterTeacher
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Deb GiddeyTeacher
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 PosterTeacher
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!

Kim PomanteTeacher
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Rochelle CowardTeacher
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.
Denise DavenportTeacher
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.
Ashley (Moore) McWhirterTeacher
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 DiggsAssociate Teacher
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.
Chantique LangstonAssociate Teacher
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Francine WhitneyAssociate Teacher
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Ayana ArnoldAssociate Teacher
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Nicole MaynieAssociate Teacher
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Nettie JohnsonAssociate Teacher
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Derbery KellyAssociate Teacher
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.
Nannett SimsAssociate Teacher
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