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Ruth and German Moran

Ruth and German opened Carousel Cottage in 1993 and were actively involved in daily operations until 2010. They have since retired and sold Carousel Cottage to Jessica their oldest daughter.  They are off pursuing their passion, sailing on their boat Seaquinn!



Jessica Moran   Owner


Ronda Koory   Director

Jessica is Ruth and German's oldest daughter.  She moved back to Clarksville and became director of the center in 2006.  She then became the owner in 2010! She has a BSBA concentrating in Accounting from UT Knoxville, and in Dec. 2010 received a Masters in Education. Jessica and her husband Brian, have three children, Cole, Barrett and Anna.    Ronda Koory began working at Carousel Cottage in 2003. She is a life long resident of Clarksville.  Ronda has earned her Child Development Associate degree from Nashville State, and has a Technical Degree in Early Childhood, also from Nashville State.She graduated in Dec. 2011 with her Associates in Early Childhood. In 2013 Ronda received her Director Credentials. Ronda and her husband Jeff have two children, Ashley and Steven.

Maddi Mullins- Pre-K


Salia Oneslager   Pre-K

Maddi is 31 years old, and originally from Virginia. She has two children, a son named Caleb, and a daughter named Ella. Her hobbies include spending time with her children, and sports. GO Saints! Maddi loves the family oriented atmosphere of Carousel Cottage, teaching the children, and watching their minds grow.   

Salia was raised in Clarksville TN but is originally from Kansas. She has been working in child care for the past five years, and is currently working on her CDA. She would like to pursue a degree in Early Elementary Education. Salia has no children but is a proud owner of a cat named Minnie Mouse


Rochelle Beasley-Pre-School


Maria Rivera  Pre- School

Rochelle has been living in TN for the past five years, but is actually from the great state of Michigan.  Rochelle currently holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies. She is currently attending APSU for her Masters in Psychology. In her spare time she loves to read all types of books and enjoys traveling. Rochelle can't wait for time off to spend time with her family in the great state of Texas. She is the latest addition to the Carousel Cottage family, and you will see her in the Tree Top Monkeys Classroom.  

Ms Maria has returned to Carousel Cottage after being gone for many years.  Maria has traveled with her son and daughter who were in the Army. Maria has 3 children who are all grown and out on their own.  She is back with us doing our Spanish classes and teaching our young minds another language. 


TaLisa Clyde-Pre-School  


Jennifer Notter-Pre-School 

Talisa came to Carousel Cottage in 2017 as our new Frog Teacher. Talisa has no children at this time but she adores them and loves working with them. Talisa has two and half years experience working with children. She will be joining the TECTA group in 2018 and going to school at NSCC to get her CDA.  Talisa has a puppy named Oliver Consuela. Her hobbies are interior designing, and doing makeup.


Ms. Jennifer is 29 years old and is originally from St. Louis area but has lived in Clarksville for 6 years. Ms Jen has two children Kylan and Sofia. She has earned her associates in Early Education from APSU and is working towards her Bachelor in Education.


Sheila Conner  Two-Year Olds


Autumn Heyward  Two-Year Olds

Ms. Sheila is originally from Texas. She lives with her daughter Chardia and two dogs name Ziggy and Panzy. Sheila moved from Texas as a Certified Nursing Assistant and continued in her field in Tennessee. Later, a great friend helped her get into childcare. Sheila has received her CDA credentials from Nashville State Community College. Sheila is still working on her education in childcare.   

Autumn is originally from Clarksville and lives with her mother. She is currently going to college for her Bachelor's degree in teaching. Autumn enjoys children and working with them. She is a great addition to our two's room. Autumn loves dancing and music.


Jackie George  Toddlers


Lurlie Hines  Toddlers

Jackie hails from the great island of Jamaica!  She has lived with her husband and three boys in Clarksville for many years now.  She is the proud grandmother of three! Jackie has worked with the toddlers here at Carousel Cottage for so long we are afraid she is going to loose her identity and become one herself! If there were a provider you would want for your toddler, she is it. Jackie has recently earned her CDA!   Lurlie has been working for Carousel Cottage throughout the years in different rooms. She has decided to come back and work in our toddler room. Lurlie is enrolled in Nashville State Community College and is working on her CDA.She is a great addition to our toddler room. 

Twinetta Bayran-Infants

  Phenicia Clyde-Infants
 Twinetta came to Carousel Cottage in 2013 as our Infant Room Assistant Teacher, and is now our Lead Teacher. Twinetta came to Clarksville after serving in the U.S. Army for 11 years. She is currently enrolled at Nashville State Community College working on her CDA. She is married and has a seven year old son, and a new infant baby boy.    Quita SuSuT

Phenecia came to Carousel Cottage in 2017 as our new Infant Teacher. She is 24 years old and has been working in childcare for four years and mostly with infants. Phenecia is from Albany GA but has moved to Clarksville six years ago to be with her family who are here. She has a younger brother and sister. Phenecia loves to read and get lost in a good book. She is very excited to be working with Carousels infants and helping them learn and grow.

Theresa Williamson   Cook - --Nutritional Specialist    Jaime Herschell-School Age
Theresa is originally from Louisiana and after 25 years with her husband in the military they decided to retire in Clarksville. Theresa has four kids, Jamie, Justin, Ethan, Garrett and two grandkids, Jayde and Kolbi. Theresa has worked at Carousel since 2006 and is our nutritional specialist. She has recently earned her CDA!     Jaime has lived in Tennessee for 20 years. She began working at Carousel Cottage five years ago. She's married to an Army Veteran, and they have one daughter, Isabella. She enjoys working with children, and learns something new everyday! She has recently earned her CDA!   
 Sarah Smart School Age   Amanda Howton  School Age

Sarah Smart is from Xenia Ohio. She moved to Clarksville in 1991 to be near family.  Sarah has 4 children Rafael, David, Mikey and Destiny and a grandson named Jax. For pets Sarah has 2 fish named Vanilla Ice and Blue. Her favorite sports team is the Green Bay Packers. Sarah hobbies include teaching at church and cooking for friends and family and she loves going out to eat with friends. Sarah has been in childcare for 12 years and is a great addition to our school age building.


Amanda has lived in Clarksville for 20 years where she met her husband Ronnie. Amanda and Ronnie have two boys Kaden and Chad who keep Amanda busy during her home time. Amanda has been working in childcare for ten years and has been with Carousel in the school age building since 2010. Included in her family are their two dogs, Skruffy and Emmett and a cat named Alley

LaTisha Merriweather-School Age   Rochelle Loving - School Age

Tish has lived in Clarksville from 1971 to 1996 where she began being the neighborhood babysitter at 16. At the age of 21 Tish decided she wanted to make a difference in children's lives and started foster parenting.  She later moved to Texas where she worked for the American Red Cross. In 2011 Tish moved back home to Clarksville TN where she started working at Clarksville Montgomery County School System as a substitute teacher.  In the summer of 2015 Tish became a member of the Carousel Cottage School Age team.


Rochelle joined our school age program in June 2014. Rochelle has worked with children since she was 16. Rochelle received her CDA in 2004. Rochelle has one son, Kendall. Rochelle knew she wanted to work with kids since she used to entertain the neighborhood kids outside on the back porch playing school until it turned dark.

Wilma Diaz - Infant Room    Cheryl Yarbrough - Assistant Director

Wilma has been with Carousel for over 20 years. She was our two year old teacher for many years and has moved into our infant room. Wilma's love of children shows in the way she cares for the children and she loves snuggling with the babies.   Wilma has three children, five grandchildren and has a cat named Emma.


Cheryl Yarbrough joined the staff at Carousel Cottage CDC in February 2016 as Assistant Director, and has enjoyed getting to know everyone. Cheryl has been in the childcare industry for over twenty years and earned her CDA in 2009 from Nashville State. Cheryl feels that working with children is very rewarding work that is a continuous learning journey for both her and the children. Cheryl is married to David and has three children and three grandchildren.