Connie Richard, Founder
Connie is the founder and Early Childhood Administrator of Hartly Family Learning Center. With a degree from Wesley College in Paralegal Studies, she worked for 10 years in the legal field until the birth of her fourth child. This was when she found her true calling to educate young minds in early childhood. Connie returned to college for her Director Certification in Early Childhood and founded the former Hartly Early Learning Center. She found the need for quality care and education in the community to be so great that she expanded and renamed the center to its current location. Connie continues to further her own education and is currently working towards her National Director Certification.
Connie is a lifelong native of Hartly, where she resides with her husband, Michael, and their three pets. They have two daughters, Crystal and Caroline, two sons, Brian and Brandon, and 8 grandchildren and counting! She enjoys working, gardening, needlework, reading, restoring antique items, and spending time with her family and pets.
“I believe every single person is created by God for a unique purpose and that it is our responsibility to nurture every child we meet to provide the foundation needed to support their individual growth and development, discovering their unique talents and gifts, enabling them to eventually meet their full potential and find their own God given purpose as they mature and grow into adulthood. I love the ability of children to live in the moment and I truly enjoy spending my time with them and joining them where they are on any given day. Children will always make this world a better place!”
Jari Sadlowski, Lead Teacher – Four Year Old Room
Prior to coming to the center in 2002, Miss Jari ran a successful in-home child care center for 16 years. After continuing her education, she received her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Delaware Department of Education. She continues to further her teaching education each year.
Jari lives in Smyrna with her husband of over 30 years, Ed, and their grandson Gage. She has three sons and a growing number of wonderful grandchildren who keep them very busy. Miss Jari enjoys traveling and vacationing in Disney World. She is passionate about animals and has two cats, Salem and Tinkerbell, as well as a puppy.
“One of the most important goals I have each year working with my students to build trust, confidence, and good self-esteem in addition to giving them a great early educational experience. I look forward to working and having a lot of fun with your child this year!”
Olivia Kreer, Lead Teacher – Three Year Old Room
Olivia was born in Dover, Delaware. She grew up in the area and attended Hartly Elementary school through Dover High school, completing a pathway in early childhood and earning her assistant teacher certificate. Olivia began using her skills fresh out of high school at our center, and has worked with us in the past. She now takes classes at Wilmington University.
Olivia grew up with two siblings and has one dog named Bella. Her interesting hobbies include art, crocheting blankets, and cross stitching. Her favorite food is pizza.
“It’s fun working here, and it’s a great feeling when kids get what you’re teaching them. It’s fun seeing them grow up.”
Holly Comegys, Lead Teacher – Two Year Old Room
Holly joined our team in February of 2012. She began her career as an assistant teacher for the school-aged after-school program before working with the preschool program. Now she is one of the lead teachers in the toddler room. She received her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Delaware Department of Education. Currently, she is majoring in Early Childhood Education at Delaware Technical and Community College.
Holly lives at home with her mother while she continues her education. She enjoys spending time with her long term boyfriend, Bruce, and their many dogs. In her spare time she enjoys pursuing personal entrepreneurship and hunting. Her new favorite food is sushi.
“I love working with kids because I enjoy watching them laugh and grow. I have chosen this field because I love making a difference in the lives of children and families.”
Orelia Brown, Lead Teacher – One Year Old Room
Orelia moved to the United States a few years ago from the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts, located in the West Indies. While in St. Kitts, Miss Orelia worked for one of the best resorts on the island for over 30 years. Every afternoon after work, she would open her home up to local school children in the third through sixth grade. In addition to providing homework help, she also enjoyed playing outdoor games such as soccer, cricket, and basketball with the kids. Always happy to help, Orelia also tutored adults from her village in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Orelia completed her Training for Early Care and Education at Polytech. Her goal is to contribute to the overall success of the children by cultivating creative learning in each of the developmental areas.
“I will be the best that I can be. Why? I love being with children, they are our future. A solid foundation will spark a bright tomorrow.”
Renee Grob, Assistant Teacher – Floater
Lauren Scotton, Assistant Teacher – Three Year Old Room
Lauren was born right here in Dover, Delaware. She began working with children while in high school, and ever since then has loved her career. She has worked with children of all ages, and started on our team in February of 2017. Currently, she has completed college courses as an Early Childhood major and is working towards higher credentials. Staff and children alike love her sweet spirit and friendly personality.
Lauren and her boyfriend have been together for fours years, and they have an adorable two year old son and a baby girl. Their excitement keeps growing with the fact that they just recently moved into their own home. Her son has a dog named Tyson, and the pair are best friends. As a family, they love to go camping. Lauren’s favorite food is buffalo chicken pizza!
“I love watching the children grow and learn. Every day they are learning something new. I enjoy working at HFLC because it is such a positive environment. My son also attends HFLC, and he loves his teachers and friends.”
Jenn Boyer, Assistant Teacher – Two Year Old Room
Erica Klapp, Assistant Teacher – One Year Old Room
Erica joined our team in the summer of 2013. She has worked with all age groups, but now she is in our one’s class regularly. Watching the children learn and grow is why she loves teaching!
When not working, Miss Erica enjoys spending time with her family which includes her mother, father, two sisters, a nephew, and her two cats. She also likes listening to Luke Bryan, eating crabs and going to the beach or the fair.
“I enjoy working at Hartly Family Learning Center because it is a positive, family oriented environment.”
Samantha Faulkner, School Age Teacher and Kitchen Manager
Samantha, a Hartly native, began working with us in November of 2015. She has been a valuable staff member, working in many different classrooms and in a variety of settings. Samantha has worked in all classes, but now fills the position of kitchen manager, which is where she wants to be. She also runs our summer camp programs.
Samantha graduated from Dover High School and went on to pursue an education in childcare. She completed the necessary requirements for her Lead Teacher credentials and also holds a serve safe certification. Samantha prefers to work in the kitchen – often times, she will bake things with the school age children if she isn’t in the kitchen already. We love having her on our team!
Dawn Jackson, Curriculum Coordinator
Born in Queen Anne Maryland, Dawn joined the center in 2007. She has held a variety of positions including office assistant, kitchen manager, assistant teacher, and lead three year old teacher. She completed her Training in Early Care and Education at Polytech and also has her kitchen manager certification.
Dawn and her husband, Chris, have four children and two cats. Together, they enjoy biking, hiking, and camping with their children. She also loves going to concerts, reading and any type of seafood.
“I didn’t actually choose this job. It fell in my lap, and it was a perfect fit. I have been involved with children for 34 years. I love being around them – they are not judgemental and they can find joy in just about anything.”
Caroline Evans, Administrative Assistant
Caroline graduated from Polytech in 2016 and now takes classes at Delaware State University as an English Major. With plans to teach in secondary education in the future, she is also taking classes to attain teaching qualifications. She has been working with us since March of 2016 and served as a volunteer before that. Now, Caroline manages billing and payments for our families.
Caroline has been married to her high school sweetheart since July of 2017. Together they have one dog, Bailee, and one baby girl. Her favorite ways to spend time are reading and hanging out with friends and family, and she loves cheese steaks.
“I like knowing that everything we do here makes a difference for the children that enter our building. It’s exciting to be part of such a crucial point of development for the kids we see every day.”