Early Childhood Education Conference

Early Childhood Education Conference

Conference Committee

PATRICIA CARRUTH, is the Assistant Director at Blessed Lambs Preschool in Charles County, MD.  She has worked at the school for 11 years with the last three in the Assistant Director role.  Patricia earned a Master's Degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland and enjoys taking college classes from time to time.  She is married with three sons who are in college and high school.

CAROLYN CARTER, is the Director of Good Shepherd Education Center at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Waldorf, MD.  She has over 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field. Carolyn has served as a Past Co-President of the MD AEYC She has served on the Early Childhood Conference Committee for the past 8 years.  She is married with three grown children and three very special grandchildren.

JOHNNA PARKER, is the Director of Calvary Center School in Annapolis, MD.   She has worked at the school for the past 14 years, first as kindergarten teacher, then fours teacher and for the past 4 years as director.  Johnna earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Towson University and MA Degree in Education from Loyola College.  This is her first year on the Conference Committee.  Johnna and her husband have 2 college aged children.

JULIE ROBBINS, is the Director of Blessed Lambs Preschool, La Plata United Methodist Church in Charles County, MD.  She earned a BS in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Maryland. She has 20 years of experience as a Director.  She has served on the Conference Committee for the past 8 years.  She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.

DAMITA ROBINSON, has been serving on the Conference Committee since 2013.  She is the Director at Emmanuel United Methodist Preschool in Laurel (Howard County), Maryland.  This has allowed her the opportunity to pursue her passion for providing an exception first-school experience for young children.  Damita attended Notre Dame of Maryland University earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She attended Loyola University Maryland to pursue her graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction. Her career in education has taken her on a wonderful journey since 2000 from preschool to fifth grade (and most of the grades in between) and now Preschool Director.  She is married with two wonderful boys.  Her free time is spent reading and chauffeuring and she still loves to cut and paste. 

LEAH DENECHAUD TIPTON, BA in History, MAT in Secondary Education, is the Director of St. Matthew’s Early Education Center, St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Bowie.  After 12 years as a middle school English teacher, Leah became active at the EEC as a parent, a board member and eventually the director.  Now a convert to the world of early education, Leah has been the EEC director for 8 years and on the conference planning committee for 4 years.  Leah resides in Bowie with her husband and two children.

KRISTEN WALSH, has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine.  She has been the Director of the Rodgers Forge UMC Children's Center in Towson for 22 years.  This will be the 4th UMC Conference she has helped plan.