Since 2016, Columbia Children’s Center has been under the direction of Cortney Dasmann. Cortney began teaching at Columbia Children’s Center in 2010 and is thrilled to now serve as the center’s director. Prior to coming to Columbia Children’s Center, Cortney owned and operated her own home daycare for thirteen years. She has always had a true passion for working with children. Cortney is married and has four children.
Shirley Adelhelm has worked for CCC for over 25 years. She has left a couple times to pursue her love of Special Education but always finds her way back to our young ones at CCC. Shirley has been married to her husband Cliff for 35 years and has two grown sons.
Cynthia has lived in Santa Maria her whole life and she is the oldest of two children. Ever since she can remember, she has wanted to be a teacher. She loves working with kids and seeing them grow and develop. She has worked with children for about four years; 2 years babysitting and 2 years at a different children's centers.
Alesha has always loved being around children. She loves their infectious smiles and contagious laughs. She has had the privilege of working with children through babysitting, church daycare and in a previous preschool program.
Vanessa studied at Allan Hancock College for Early Childhood Studies. She was born and raised in Santa Maria, and has 2 children of her own. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Cayla is the lead teacher of the yellow group in the preschool classroom. She is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Studies degree in hopes of becoming a Kindergarten teacher. She has had the pleasure of working with children ages 1-12 years in elementary schools, before & after school programs, summer camp and preschool.
She believes that every child should have plenty of opportunities to explore and take their learning into their own hands. You can find her in the cozy corner reading a book with her students or teaching new songs and dances during circle time.
Liz was born and raised in Santa Maria. She is married and has three wonderful children and one grandson. She attended Allan Hancock College and has been working with children ages 0-13 for about 18 years. Liz feels that working with children is very rewarding. She especially enjoys seeing children master a new skill.
Lucy loves working with children and always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She has 3 college degrees; an AS in Early Childhood Studies, an AA in Transfer Studies, and aa AA in Liberal Arts. She is CPR and First Aid trained and certified. Lucy is bilingual in Spanish and knows some (ASL) American Sign Language. Lucy has over 15 years of experience in the education field. Columbia Children’s Center has had the pleasure of employing Lucy since 2015.