Training Station Staff

Terri Poloney


Terri has been the Director at the Training Station since 1994. She attended both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Salisbury University with a focus in elementary education and child development.

Ms. Terri is an experienced classroom teacher who has, over the years, taught in each age group at The Training Station. Ms. Terri enjoys working closely with staff to construct a challenging, yet age appropriate curriculum that will start children on the path to a lifelong love of learning.

Along with her duties as a Director, Ms. Terri teaches our pre-kindergarten program. Being in the classroom is her first love. She finds that encouraging our children to develop the skills, both socially and academically, that they will need for a future filled with successful learning is the most rewarding aspect of teaching. Ms. Terri believes that children learn best through hands on experiences and strives to fill each day with a variety of learning opportunities to challenge each child according to their developmental abilities.

Ms. Terri is married with 4 children, all of whom previously attended the Training Station. She also regularly attends CrossWay Church and helps out with the family boardwalk business during the summer break from school.

Mary-Michele Davis


Ms. Mary-Michele has been a member of the Training Station staff since 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Notre Dame College in Maryland. Ms. Mary-Michele has had experience teaching in each age group and is known for her creative artistic perspective, which she shares enthusiastically with each student.

Ms. Mary-Michele’s first desire is to see the children excited about their school experience. Her favorite part of each day is listening to the children talk about their play, their artwork, and their families. During the summer months Ms. Mary-Michele can be found teaching art lessons in her home studio, spending time on the beach with her extended family, or painting faces at Fish Tales.

Sharon Wittmann

Assistant Director

Ms. Sharon is our Assistant Director and has spent many years as a classroom teacher. Ms. Sharon has been at the Training Station since 2002. She has a BA from Cedar Crest College and an M.ED from Ohio University. She has experience as both a director and teacher in a church based preschool.

Ms. Sharon's commitment and dedication to providing meaningful early childhood experiences has made her an invaluable asset to our program.

Ms. Sharon is married with three grown daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting the beach at Assateague.

Carolyn Hyde


Ms. Carolyn teaches our MWF morning 3's class. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Carson-Newman College and is licensed as a highly qualified teacher. Before coming to The Training Station in 2009, Ms. Carolyn taught 5 years in public kindergarten.

Ms. Carolyn values learning through play and discovery. She encourages creativity and independence. One of Ms. Carolyn’s favorite times of the day is story-time and she provides her students with lots of opportunities to read good books. Ms. Carolyn also loves to do science experiments and make fun cooking projects.

Ms. Carolyn is married and has one daughter. Her daughter went through all three years at The Training Station and now is in elementary school. Ms. Carolyn loves spending quality time with her family.

Kelly Hearne


Ms. Kelly has lived in the Ocean City area for 16 years. She attended Wor Wic and studied early childhood education. While in college she worked as a special education paraprofessional educator at Delmar elementary school. After being with Wicomico county board of education For 5 years she decided to start her own home daycare. She then became a licensed daycare teacher for the state of Maryland.

Ms. Kelly's husband is an Ocean City Firefighter/medic and she is the mother of two beautiful little girls, both of whom attended the Training Station. Her family enjoys spending time together reading scriptures, going to the beach, movies, and playing with our puppy at the park!

Angela Shaffer

Hello! My name is Angela and I teach the First Steps classes on

Tuesday/Thursday. I live in Berlin with my husband and 2 children. Both of my children came here to school and when they were in elementary school I decided it was my time to go "back to school". I've been working here at the Training Station since 2007. I started as an assistant but soon began teaching the little ones. I went to school in Pennsylvania and have an Associates Degree as a Medical Office Assistant. I have also taken classes to certify me as a preschool teacher here at the Training Station. I enjoy seeing the world thru the children's eyes! Everything to them is an adventure and I love being a part of that with them!

Tara Winklbauer


Ms. Tara teaches the Monday-Thursday afternoon 3’s class. She is originally from NJ and moved to Ocean City 20 years ago. She has a BS degree in Elementary Education from Lebanon Valley College. She taught 7 years in the public school system before taking some time off to stay home with her children. She has been at The Training Station since 2016.

Ms. Tara is a mother of three children. All three went through the 3’s program here at The Training Station. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching sports...especially football and the Philadelphia Eagles!

Andrea Hench

Assistant Teacher & Lunch Bunch Leader

Andrea has lived in the Ocean City area on and off for the last 13 years. She loves everything about the outdoors and especially the beach. She is an avid sports fanatic of all kinds.

Andrea comes from a large family with a number of nieces and nephews that she adores and loves to visit on the West Coast. Her love of children has always been prevalent in all her doings. She went to school at Utah Valley University and Towson University for Early Childhood Education. She is happy to get back to her love of teaching and to see the children flourish.

Andrea believes the love of reading starts at a very early age and is a key essential in the future success of a child. Her goal in the classroom is to make sure every child is having a fun time so that they don’t even realize they are learning.

Jamie Rhoads

Assistant Teacher & Marvelous Monday Teacher

Ms. Jamie is an assistant in our older 2s class and is the teacher for our marvelous Monday program. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in education and is dually certified in elementary and special education. She spent 12 years teaching elementary school before taking some time off to stay home with her own children. While searching for a preschool for her daughters, Ms. Jamie came across the Training Station and was immediately impressed with both the engaging, hands-on curriculum and the caring guidance demonstrated by the teachers. She was happy to join the staff in 2015 and enjoys seeing the excitement on the little ones’ faces as they start each school day.