Our Team

Our staff of educational leaders provides a safe, exciting, and nurturing environment for kids to learn in. 

Lauren Hess


Lauren has a passion for learning and teaching young children. She graduated from Shepherd University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2012. She then worked in the Washington County Public School System until 2016 when she took a leave of absence to stay home with her little boys. Now that her children are older and ready for school, Lauren is excited to start and grow JayDee’s Academy. JayDee’s holds a special place for Lauren, as this is where she met her husband. She is thrilled that she gets to pursue her dreams and goals in a place that she holds so dear to her heart! 

Tia Ross

Pre-K Teacher (Ages 4-5)

Tia has a superpower for working with 2 and 3 year olds. With lots of experience as a lead teacher, she has many skills to assist her students to learn, make friends, and have a fun time. She is such an asset to our program as she prepares these kiddos for the school setting. In her free time, she enjoys spending family time with her three children, dog Skye, cooking, singing, and writing poetry.



Kyrstin has always had a passion for helping children. She graduated from Shepherd University in 2021 with her Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She has worked with children for most of her life including being a nanny, babysitting, and working in daycares. 

More recently she worked with the Behavioral Support Unit in Washington County Public Schools learning new skills for de-escalation and behavioral techniques. In Kyrstin’s free time she enjoys playing with her two dogs and loves to read. She is excited to start this new journey with the JayDee’s Academy. 

Emilee Benson

Teacher (Age 2)

Emilee has always loved children- she believes they’re such a bright light in this world. She graduated from Blue Ridge CTC in May 2023 with her Associate’s degree in Elementary Education, and is working towards her Bachelors! She has several years of experience in childcare, whether it be babysitting, daycare, or nannying. 

She strives to create an inclusive, colorful, and inspiring learning environment for all of her students. She incorporates lots of music, art, and visual aids into lessons. In her free time, Emilee enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and cats, enjoying nature, making art, and going to concerts. 

Kylee Sine

Teacher (Age 2)

Kylee is an engaging and hands-on learning 2 year old teacher. She thrives to make the kids excited about their learning by incorporating lots of sensory, songs, and crafts into her teaching. She has truly found her calling and has begun her elementary education degree. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, and spending time at Disney.

Payton Hopkins

Teacher (Age 3)

Payton has worked with children of all ages for 2 years now. Her favorite part about working with kids is learning how their minds work, and helping them expand their knowledge. She is majoring in pre- med, and minoring in childhood studies. During her free time she enjoys to read and workout.



Robin Sine is an assistant teacher and cafe manager through the school year. She keeps our kitchen running smoothing through the school-year preparing all of our delicious meals, and even our special event snacks for the kiddos. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, Disney, and adventures with her family.

Katelyn Boffi

Assistant Teacher

Katelyn Boffi is an assistant teacher and a summer camp teacher. She is enrolled at Longwood University studying Elementary Education/ Special Education. Katelyn has a calming presence and shares that with the students that she works with. She enjoys being around kids as well as horses. She has volunteered for a therapeutic riding program in Fredericksburg, VA for many years. In her free time she enjoys being at the barn with her horses and has ridden horses for over 10+ years!