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.
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.
Maria has been working with children for 7 years. She has her ECS certificate and is pursuing her AA in Early Childhood Studies.
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.
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.
Tatiana was born and raised in Santa Maria. She is the oldest of three children and currently attends Allan Hancock College. She has always enjoyed the presence and joyful energy that kids bring to her. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Layni was born here in Santa Maria, spent her younger years of childhood being raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since found her way back to California. She has always had a passion for working with young children, feeling that childhood is an immensely important time in one’s life, and must be handled with intentionality and understanding. Forming strong bonds with each child is of the utmost importance to her. It enhances her understanding of each individual child’s strengths, needs, and interests- which heavily impacts her curriculum making and classroom environments. She studies at Allan Hancock College and currently has 27 Early Childhood Studies related units completed and is enrolled to take more courses towards her degree in ECS.
Samantha was born in Santa Maria and was raised in Casmalia,CA, she is the youngest of 3 children. Samantha has always loved working with children, her passion for working with kids began when she was 13 years old and became an auntie to a beautiful little girl. She attended Allan Hancock College and studied Early Childhood education. Aside from babysitting her niece, Samantha has worked at one other childcare facility. She also worked as an in-home childcare provider for families with children with special needs on the Vandenberg Airforce Base.
Brittney was born and raised in Santa Maria, CA. She’s the youngest of two children. She is currently attending Allan Hancock College majoring in Early Childhood Studies. She hopes to become a first grade teacher and help children in a positive way. She has always loved to be around children and has volunteered at CALM, in classrooms and has babysat since she was twelve years old.
Cayla 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.
Nicolle has been working with K-8 grade students since 2016. She has a passion for working with children and loves to watch them develop and grow. She is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Studies degree. She has always been dedicated in wanting to better the lives of her students, be the listening ear and helping hand they deserve.