Creative Arts Director, Co-Owner, Homeschool Director
Alexis was raised all over Virginia, but considers the battlefields at Yorktown her home. She graduated with a B.S. in Fine Art & Graphic Design from Radford University in 2005.
Her passion for art began in high school. She loved helping design and paint the school backdrops for the spring musical. She was voted most artistic her senior year, won several awards for her work, and a scholarship to Radford University.
While at Radford, Alexis focused on fine arts including portraiture and oil painting. After graduation she spent several years working as a graphic designer and photographer.
Alexis Currently lives in Berlin where she homeschools her two children Ivy & Charlie with her husband Mike. In her spare time she is a fine artist who enjoys pouring resin on EVERYTHING. Alexis Believes that Books and Art are to Children as Sunshine is to Flowers. She helped create Little Dreamers Wellness Center hoping to give children & families healthy emotional outlets through the Creative Arts.
You can follow her many creative endeavors at www.alexissouthward.com
Certified Yoga Instructor, Co-Owner
Berkleigh Diaz is Berlin’s only Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Berkleigh grew up in Ocean City, graduating from Stephen Decatur in 2005. Continuing her education at Salisbury University, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In her mid-twenties she became interested in yoga when a dear friend, Chrissy, and owner of Zenna Wellness Yoga Studio suggested she attend one of her classes as she was struggling with the overwhelming anxiety & stresses of life.
After realizing the positive, therapeutic, dare I say life changing, benefits a yoga practice was having on her (as an adult), she knew she wanted to share it with her children. After difficulty finding a children’s yoga class suitable for pre-k & elementary age children that met on a regular basis, she decided she would take the leap into teaching.
In February 2016 she became a Certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher. Kidding Around Yoga is registered and accredited through Yoga Alliance. She uses the KAY system as a basis for all her classes, which incorporates, cardiovascular conditioning, fun and original music, plus all of the traditional benefits of Yoga; meditation, breathing techniques, peace, and deep relaxation. As a Kidding Around Yoga Teacher she specializes in Pre-K – 17 Years. She is currently in the process of completing all training for her 200 RYT, which gives her the ability to teach adults, however, her passion lies with children.
She fully believes that we have been given the power as a parent, teacher, friend, and community, to encourage our youth to live a healthy, peaceful, lifestyle which recognizes that all beings are created equally. That this life can be as beautiful as we make it! A simple yet effective mantra Berkleigh uses with her students is “Peace Begins With Me”. It is her belief that now more than ever, we need to create a generation of peaceful children. Berkleigh believes that all children regardless of gender, age, or ability can benefit from yoga. She is looking forward to continuing her career as a children’s yoga teacher and is beyond excited to be a part of Little Dreamers Wellness Center!
Courtney Glosser has a degree from Salisbury University in Education and Music. She has been teaching music since 2004. In the past, she taught Kindergarten music at The Salisbury School until she became a mother in 2006. For the past five years she has been teaching Kindermusik, a music program geared towards the little ones. She has brought together all of her experience and knowledge and created her own Music and Movement class that fosters the growth of your little musicians.
Music & Movement
Susan is a proud Eastern Shore native who spent her childhood on Chincoteague and graduated from Wi Hi in Salisbury. She has almost 20 years of experience in private lesson instruction and early childhood music education. Prior to founding Boone's Tunes of Delmarva in 2010, she was already well-respected in the Salisbury area for her work at Camp Odyssey, The Salisbury School (where she currently teaches a Middle School Music class), and Wicomico Day School, as well as for her private lesson program. Susan holds a BA in Music from Goucher College in Towson, MD, where many of her music instructors were affiliated with The Peabody Conservatory. She did Masters work at The Boston Conservatory, and further continued her vocal studies with William Beall at the Maryland Institute of Voice. Susan is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and has attained certification with the American College of Musicians, an honor based upon student performance in the annual Piano Guild Auditions. Her vocal and piano students have received First Class Honors with Distinction at Royal Conservatory of Music assessments (with 11 programs to date receiving first place in the state of MD) and have been known to win top prizes at a variety of Christian student competitions. Many Boone's Tunes students have been cast in community theatre performances, including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, The Addams Family, and The Wizard of Oz. Several graduates of Boone's Tunes have gone on to pursue careers in music (see home page).
Susan is licensed and certified with Musikgarten, an organization internationally recognized for their excellent curriculum and high-quality teacher training in the field of Early Childhood Music Education, and she was a recipient of Musikgarten's Exemplary Award in both 2014 & 2015. She is actively involved in the music ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Salisbury and serves as children's choir director. Susan enjoys appearing on the stage whenever possible, and her two favorite roles so far are Madame Wardrobe in Community Players of Salisbury's Beauty and the Beast (2016) and the lead character of Debra in Power Production Ministries' The First Martyr (2013). She also performs with the Salisbury Chamber Singers. Susan is thrilled to help Delmarva's children and adults discover the love of music, an enjoyable and fulfilling gift that lasts a lifetime!
Susan Boone Upton
Piano & Vocal Instructor
Jen Backof moved to Ocean City from Westminster, MD almost five years ago. Since then she has become an active member of the community by helping organizations such as the Worcester County Humane Society, Scouts BSA, and Diakonia execute their missions. She has served as a dog walker, planned successful paint nights, bake sales, a spaghetti dinner, and Cub Scout bazaars. She worked with one of the WCHS board members to create a curriculum and teach middle school students about animal rescue and responsible animal
ownership, called Helping Paws.
Before moving to Ocean City, Jen worked for Carroll County Public Schools as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. After becoming a mom, she took a break went back to work as an Instructional Assistant with Carroll County Public Schools until she moved to Ocean City, MD,
in 2015. Once settled in, Jen worked for Coastal Early Learning Center as an assistant, and has been teaching homeschool and service learning classes at the Red Doors Community Center since 2018.
Giving back to the community and making the world a better place is something very important to Jen and she is excited to bring Project O.C.E.A.N. to Little Dreamer’s Wellness Center where we will combine her love of working with kids, nonprofits, and bettering our
community to assist nonprofits in their goals.
Little Dreamers Instructor
Activities Coordinator & Youth Yoga Instructor
Liz began her journey into the world of yoga several years ago. Afflicted with nearly crippling afflictions, Liz went looking for ways to not only strengthen her body, but her heart and mind, too. She took to the practice quickly and regained the mobility she’d lost in a matter of days, as well as the tools to focus her mind and find peace in stressful and uncertain times. Hitting the mat to master her technique daily, she quickly saw its benefits and became instantly hooked on this new, yet old, way of life. After a few years of training, Liz knew she wanted to pass her knowledge and experience on to her daughter and other young yogis to start the next generation off on the benefits of this mindful exercise. She teaches children ages 2-12 yoga through games, songs, and imagination. Liz moved to the Eastern Shore from New Jersey with her family in 2016. When Liz is not hard at work at Little Dreamers as the Pre-K/K Yoga Instructor and Activities Coordinator, she enjoys making things from scratch; whether it be a nutritious meal for her family and friends, or shelves and wall hangings from reclaimed items and driftwood.
Creative Writing & Literacy
Brittney was raised on the Eastern Shore and spent most of her childhood in Fruitland, Maryland. She moved to Florida at ten, but quickly moved back to Maryland after turning eighteen. She received her associate's degree from Wor-Wic Community College. In 2010, she received her Bachelor's in Creative Writing with a minor in history from Salisbury University. In 2013, she received her Master's in library science from University of Maryland College Park. During her time in academia Brittney made Dean's list, was published in several Univeristy publications, and was inducted into the Literary Honor Society.
During this time, Brittney also started a family, which shaped her career into what has become today. Through raising two children, teaching children ages Pre-K through High School, and teaching adults Brittney has developed a very eclectic teaching style that helps to bring literacy education alive and accessible for all learners.
Brittney also recently started Lemonade Bookstand, whose mission is to provide literacy resources and bibliotherapeutic supplies to local children with disabilities. She has two books published available on Amazon.com, works as a freelance writer, and has a parenting/education blog with mental health emphasis called justbemom.com.
Colleen Sullivan grew up in the South Hills of Pennsylvania, where she started taking dance & art classes at the age of 5. She practiced ballet, tap, jazz etc into her late teens at Miss Beverly’s School of Dance in Bethel Park, PA, Janet Hayes & Co Dance Studio in Upper St. Clair, PA, & at Ruby Daugherty and Sherry’s School of Dance in South Park, PA. She then taught an Intro to Ballet class to 3-4yr olds. Later attending the University of Pittsburgh from 2000-2002, she studied Psychology and Art, putting her dancing on hold, but thoroughly enjoyed exploring the human mind & the halls of the Carnegie Museum of Art. She then travelled all over the US, with her husband who was serving in the US Navy.
After becoming a mother, Colleen’s anxiety became overwhelming & childbirth left her in a great deal of back pain. While in physical therapy, she realized many of the exercises they recommended were similar to yoga poses/flows, which got her to practice yoga more regularly at home. Her first class was a Mommy & Me class in 2012 at the Red Doors Community Center in Ocean City, MD, taught by Carol Jenkins-Pike. Later, she took classes taught by Chelsea Brown on the docks of Island Resort in Chincoteague Island, VA. After taking summer classes again with Carol JP at Worcester Co Rec Center, she learned Carol also taught at Soul Yoga Studio in Salisbury, MD, and soon signed up for their 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training. She feels honored to be taught by so many amazing teachers at Soul Yoga Studio, especially owner Eva Whipple. Her hope is to share the gifts of yoga and provide children and adults with the tools to be mindful and healthy, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Colleen received her 200 RYT in October 2018 at Soul Yoga Studio. She also received 20 Hr Kids Yoga Training from Radient Child Yoga in April 2019 at Lotus Yoga Studio at The Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury, MD. Both certifications are recognized by Yoga Alliance. Since receiving these certifications, she has taught after school yoga at Pocomoke Elementary School and Yoga & Mindfulness for Wicomico Co Elementary Summer Academy. Colleen is currently a yoga teacher at Soul Yoga Studio and the Lower Shore YMCA. She truly looks forward to practicing yoga with the yogis at Little Dreamers!