Kids Cove Staff


  • Sarah Montoya - Kids Cove Director

    Hi!  My name is Sarah Montoya and I am a passionate early childhood educator with over 16 years of experience.  I have spent the last 6 years working as an integral part of a management team including as Director while raising four fun and lively children with my husband.  One of my highest goals in life is to build confidence in those around me with unwavering kindness while working with others to lay a foundation in each child's life, enabling them to grow into confident and well-rounded individuals.  My desire is to build a team that will work together effectively to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment.  Being here at Kids Cove has been a tremendous blessing for myself as well as my family.  We have a truly amazing team, one that I feel honored to be a part of.  Welcome to Kids Cove!

  • Dedra Gaydos - Assistant Director and Teacher


    My name is Dedra Gaydos and I am the Assistant Director at Kids Cove. I have been in child care for over 10 years and have a deep passion for helping children grow and succeed. I spent the first 7 years as a Pre-K teacher and then the last 3-4 years I have been an Assistant Director as well as a Curriculum Coordinator. I have two children who I enjoy spending my free time with. My children love to see all the deer in our yard and neighborhood. We are originally from Louisiana, but Texas is our home now. This is such a beautiful place to raise my children. I am so excited to be here and to be working with such a great team! The environment at Kids Cove is exceptional. I look forward to making many more memories here!

  • Robin Martelli - Pre-K Teacher for the Turtle Room

    I am Robin Martelli, or “Miss Robin”.  I have lived in Canyon Lake for 12 years.  I was a member and President of PTA for many years, as well as a Hawk Mom volunteer for youth at school, sports clubs, and my church, North Shore UMC.  I enjoy thrifting, sushi, and art activities.  My husband, Cory, sells Sonora insurance.  He is the voice of Hawk Friday Night Football.  He is also a member for Lots of Little Hawks.  My daughter, Sloan, is 25 years old.  She is kind, caring, and will be occasionally volunteering at Kids Cove.  My son, Chance, is a 17-year-old at CLHS.  He participates in many sports and is a good student.  I love being a part of the Kids Cove family and caring for your “Sea Turtle”!

  • Damious Bradshaw - Pre-K Teacher for the Turtle Room

    Hello, my name is Damious Bradshaw.  I believe that creativity and imagination are key factors to shaping futures and also improving social skills.  During my free time I enjoy learning and creating different illusions/magic tricks for both adults and children to spark that creative part of the human mind.  A little background about myself; I left five days after high-school to go serve my time as a United States Marine, as many of my family members have served in our military.  I have two sisters and am the middle child.  Growing up with all women, I learned very fast the meaning of respect and also how to be a very orderly and caring individual.  I have also spent about 7 years of experience working directly with children through daycare as well as volunteering at my church as a youth team leader.  Working with children and being able to provide a helping hand in their growth in knowledge while bringing smiles to their faces has always been a dream of mine.  I am more than excited to be here at Kids Cove.

  • Teresa Moreno - Preschool Teacher for the Seahorse Room

    Hello, my name is Teresa Moreno and I am a mother to 4 children.  I was a school bus driver for several years.  I then tried my hand at in home childcare, receiving most as newborns and then having to say goodbye once they started school.  I did this for 17 years.  I quickly learned that every single child is different, coming from all different backgrounds and learning at all different levels.  What a beautiful and fascinating discovery that was! 

    I am extremely excited to now get to be a part of Kids Cove and a part of your child’s life.  I strive to be the best I can be, and I thoroughly enjoy watching children grow and learn at their own pace, so much so, that I feel it is my life passion!  Little sweethearts, each and every one in their own individual way.

  • Michelle Paty - Preschool Teacher for the Seahorse Room

    Hello, my name is Michelle Paty and I am an early childhood educator at Kids Cove.  I am originally from New York State (I moved to Texas in 1994).  I have about 20 years of experience working with children including raising my own child with special needs (Type 1 Diabetes). 

    Children are such an amazing gift from God and I truly enjoy seeing all of their different personalities.  I feel there is great value in early childhood development and have made it my goal to provide the most help I can for each child I work with.  I am very proud of my little ones each and every day and I feel extremely blessed to be their teacher and to be given the opportunity to watch them grow.

  • Patti Johnson - Toddler Teacher for the Dolphin Room

    Hi, I am Miss Patti.  Being one of 30 cousins, I did a lot of babysitting growing up.  I also helped my mom with Sunday school and VBS at our church.  I have four children; two older step-sons, my son Luke who is an 9th grader this year and my daughter Alyssa who is a 5th grader this year.  I have worked in daycare with all ages, different church preschools, and church nurseries for several years.  My family and I are members of North Shore UMC and I have been their nursery care worker on Sundays for four years now.  I look at Kids Cove not just as a job, but a ministry!  I like to plan ahead and believe in consistency.  I love being little ones first teacher and helping them work on learning their colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.  I have been married to Chris Johnson for 16 years and we have lived in Canyon Lake for 13 years.  I have been a Girl Scout Troup Leader for 6 years.  When I am not taking care of precioius little ones or helping the scouts, I enjoy working in my yard.  My birthday is November 4th and my favorite color is teal. 

  • Rebecca Young - Toddler Teacher for the Dolphin Room

    Hey Y’all! My name is Rebeca Young, I just recently moved to Texas two years ago from New Orleans. I am in school at Texas State University for elementary education, I plan on teaching 2nd or 3rd grade!  I previously worked at a daycare for two years helping run the after-school program and also working in Pre-K.  Outside of work I love shopping, being outdoors, and of course being on the water. I am currently working here on Sundays as a nursery childcare provider during the church services.  I cannot wait to grow with North Shore and Kids Cove and get to know all of the kiddos!

  • Rhondy Barker - Infant Teacher for the Starfish Room

    I am Rhondy Barker.  I moved to the hill country in June from Midland.  I have worked in childcare for many years, including owning my own in-home daycare.  I have a bachelor's degree in early education and I am the proud mom of 2 grown children and grandma to 3 awesome grandchildren.  For fun I love listening to live music, golfing, and going to the river.  I am very excited to be a part of Kids Cove and caring for your children.

  • Vanessa Ramirez - Infant Teacher for the Starfish Room

    Hi, my name is Vanessa Ramirez.  I have lived in Canyon Lake for about nine years.  For as long as I can remember, I have always loved being around children and teaching them new things.  Before coming to Kids Cove, I worked at another daycare with infants and little ones between the ages of 2 to 3 years.  From the moment I walked in I knew this is where I wanted to be.  I love to spend time with my 7 year old sister in my spare time, taking her swimming as well as doing other fun activities with my family.

  • Michele McIntyre - Substitute Teacher

    Hi, my name is Michele McIntyre and I am so excited to be a part of the team here at Kids Cove.  I come with 3 years of recent experience in child care and I have worked with all age groups between 6 weeks of age to 12 years old.  I am also raising my oldest granddaughter who is 11 years old.  Naturally, all my free time outside of work involves her, as well as caring for my elderly parents.  We are members of Community Bible Church and I love to spend any free moments reading, painting, or sometimes just coloring with my granddaughter.  We love cooking together, lots of pool time, visiting the parks, zoo, and catching a good movie now and then.

  • Danny Ross - Substitute Teacher

    Hi! My name is Danny Ross and I bring joy, encouragement, exhortation and excitement in all settings. I spent 40 years helping others in their pursuits of success through various training and employee development roles. My heart is focused on quality, truth, engagement and celebrating the diverse gifts that we discover in our journey of life. As a father and grandfather, I choose to use generous listening so that I may hear and see clearly. I bring 45 years of experience in child and student ministry as a parent, teacher and mentor. I have served children from all ages. They have taught me in so many different ways as well. My wife and I began our 12th year serving impoverished and homeless men, women, and children in San Antonio. I so enjoy sharing life with all God’s people. The children are the most precious.

  • Kathy Jordan - Volunteer

    My name is Kathy Jordan.  I have a strong passion for early childhood education, especially early literacy.  I have spent 35 years teaching special education students, reading, and Kindergarten.  My postgraduate degree is in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.  It makes my day to watch the children as they learn and grow.  My husband Jon and I moved to Canyon Lake from the Washington D.C. metro area in 2017.  We have a dog named Bluebelle, who is the "apple of our eyes."  We belong to North Shore United Methodist Church.  I feel so honored to have the privilege of volunteering at Kids Cove.

  • Sloan Martelli - Afternoon Volunteer

    Hi!  I am Sloan Martelli and I am an afternoon volunteer at Kids Cove!

    I am 25 years old and a graduate of Canyon Lake High School as well as Life Bridges in New Braunfels.  On Tuesdays, I work in New Braunfels as a hostess at Herbert’s Taco Hut.  I have worked there for 4 years.  On weekdays I hang out with my friends at Close to Home, a fun place for kids with special needs.  My brother, Chance, is 17 years old and goes to Canyon Lake High School.  My dad’s name is Cory.  We love to spend time in the evening catching up about our days.  My mom is loving and kind and works at Kids Cove.

    I love cooking, dancing, and taking care of my weenie-dog Gertrude.  I enjoy playing with Kids and helping the teachers with anything they need!