​Lisa Rufo - Director

My name is Lisa Rufo. I have worked at Monkton since February of 1992. Prior to becoming director at MCDC, I was a lead teacher for twenty-one years.  I earned my Associates of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Villa Julie College.  I am credentialed at level 5 in the MSDE Excels program.  I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, Jeff and our energetic border collie, Sheldon. My spare time is spent with family, and friends, especially delighting in the time spent with my grandson!   I enjoy hiking, eating out and photography. "It takes a BIG heart to shape a LITTLE mind". 

Jessica Ayers, Teacher, 4/5s 

My name is Jessica Ayers and I am currently the Distance Learning Teacher at MCDC. I grew up in Monkton and am a 2002 Hereford High School graduate. I currently live in Harford County with my husband, two kids - Riley and Natalie, and our dog - Penny. I am a 2012 graduate of Towson University and hold a bachelor's degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education. For five years, I taught for Harford County Public Schools in first, fourth and fifth grades. After the birth of my second child, I left the classroom to stay home with my daughter. I didn't stay out of the classroom for long! I started as an aide in early 2019 and became a lead teacher in the Young 4’s class last year.  I hold my 90-hour Core of Knowledge Early Child Care Certificate and am credentialed at level three in the MSDE Excels Program. I am thrilled to be back in “the Zone” and a part of the MCDC family!


Barbara Bemis - Teacher, 4/5s

I have a long history with MCDC. My daughter enrolled when the school first opened and my son attended as well. Eventually I became a substitute, an aide, and have been a lead teacher since 2013. I am also webmaster and social media coordinator. I  hold an AA degree in Data Processing from CCBC, and my 90 Hour Core of Knowledge Early Child Care Certificate.  I am also credentialed at  level 4 in the MSDE Excels program.   From my home, I can see the Monkton church steeple across the valley.  I love the sense of community and family that connects us all at Monkton school. I enjoy exploring and camping with my husband Scott, genealogy, and spending time with my grandchildren.  We think we are the teachers but I learn something every day from my wonderful students!


My name is Rachel Carter and I’m a 4’s teacher here at Monkton Country Day Care. I was born and raised in the Hereford Zone and now live just over the Pennsylvania line in Glen Rock with my husband, Eric. We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. This will be my 7th year at Monkton. I have my 90 hours Core of Knowledge Early Child Care Certification and am currently credentialed at MSDE Excels level 4. I love my job and all the wonderful children I teach! I look forward to watching them grow every year!

Rachel Carter - Teacher, 3s



Danielle Troxel - Teacher, Young 2s

 My name is Danielle Troxel. I started working at Monkton Country Daycare in 2000. I am a Hereford High School graduate and I hold my 90 Hours Core of Knowledge Early Child Care Certificate. I am currently credentialed at level 1 Administrator of the MSDE Excels program and I am continuing my education in the Administration Level Credentialing. I have held multiple positions at Monkton school over the years and am currently the 3s teacher. I love being able to give back to the community where I grew up.

 Teacher, 2/3s