Staff Profiles

Meet our Staff

Jessica Keppley, Director & Teacher profile pic

Caterpillar’s Class (3-4 yr olds)

Jessica has been a part of the team of educators at Hilltop for over 13 years and has worked across many facets of the early education field for 17+.  Jessica cherishes her time as a classroom teacher, creating exciting new challenges for students, providing a nurturing environment and watching the students grow with each day.  As Director, her continued hands-on work in the classroom allows her unique insight to ensure that the overall program maintains the integrity and devotion to providing the highest levels of care.  She has an Associates of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from UMBC.  Jessica has also earned and maintained the credential from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Jessica lives in Sykesville with her husband, 2 children, and their dog, Bailey.

“I am excited to be a part of such a nurturing and positive environment as Hilltop and look forward to welcoming your child and family to our center.”

Marissa Bishop,    Assistant Director      photo 1 (2)

Marissa brings wonderful enthusiasm and energy to her classroom and students.  Marissa specializes in developing activities and lesson plans to build Kindergarten Readiness skills and ensures that children are met with challenges designed specifically for their needs. Marissa has earned her Associates Degree in Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University.   Marissa has earned and continues to maintain her credential from the Maryland State Department of Education.  She has completed 30 hours of training from the Center of Social and Emotional Foundations of Learning to better incorporate intentional teaching of social and emotional skills.

Hilltop is a wonderful school to be a part of and I am looking forward to getting to know your child and family!”

Lori Shifflett, Teacher     

Caterpillar’s Class (3-4 yr olds)

Lori has been part of the team at Hilltop for over 13 years.  She has worked in the education field for 20 years with children from pre-school to school age.  Lori brings energy and an excitement to the classroom.  She is especially skilled in working with children that may be a little shy as they enter school for the first time.  She is Senior Staff Qualified, Group Leader Qualified and is credentialed through the Maryland State Department of Education.  She continues to take annual training courses in early childhood development. Lori lives in Ellicott City with her 15 year-old daughter.

“I am looking forward to meeting you and your child!”

 Cortney Cabrera,  Lead Teacher IMG_7021

Bumblebee’s Class (4-5 yr olds)

Cortney is originally from Central Texas. She has worked in the education field for more than 6 years. Cortney worked as a preschool English teacher in Sasebo, Japan while she and her husband were stationed there with the Navy.  Cortney enjoys getting to know each child and their family.  She quickly discovers activities and interests of the children to help with transitions and create an exciting learning environment!  She is credentialed through the Maryland State Department of Education.  She is currently pursuing her Child Development Association (CDA) credential, a nationally recognized credential. 
Cortney has her Bachelors of Arts in history and political science from Abilene Christian University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

Sara Wilson, Assistant Teacher  

Sara brings with her a background as a mother, a nanny and a volunteer with pre-school and youth within her church.  She enjoys working with the children one on one and in small groups to get to know them and engage in meaningful activities.  Sara has continued her professional development through Howard Community College and is on track to complete her Senior Staff certification and Maryland State Department of Education credential.


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