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

Assistant Director & Teacher (Ages 2-3)

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 Murphy

Teacher (Ages 2-3)

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. 

Kabrina Perkins

Teacher (Ages 4-5)

Kabrina has a passion for teaching and helping students discover the world around them. She is such a well-rounded educator with her Education Degree from Southern University. She has taught Kindergarten on the island of Palau for a year and was an ESOL Specialist in Chattanooga, TN. Ms. Kabrina is an asset to our 4-5 year old kiddos!

Devin Scappini

Assistant Teacher

Devin has always been drawn to children, as she shares the same inquisitive and honest nature as them. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. Upon graduation, Devin worked at The ARC of Washington County with special needs children. In more recent years, she has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with two girls while working part-time for JayDee’s. She is honored to transfer over to become a part of the JayDee’s Academy team and excited to witness the growth of all students.

Kylee Sine

Assistant Teacher

Kylee is an engaging assistant teacher that connects with children easily. She loves to make the children feel special and excited to learn. She has found her calling and is starting her degree in Early Education this spring. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, and spending time at Disney.