Christ Episcopal Church Day School (CECDS) is governed by a Board of Advisors, consisting of seven church members. The Board recommends to the Vestry of Christ Church Parish, Kent Island the hiring of the Director, the annual tuition fees, and the annual school budget.

CECDS personnel include its director, teachers, teaching assistants, administrative assistant, and priest.


The CECDS Director has a seat and voice on the Board, but no vote. The Director must hold a college degree and have recent early childhood experience. The Director oversees the hiring of all school staff.

Lisa Oesterling

Lisa has been the Director at CECDS since 2000. She served one year as the Interim Director/teacher in the 1999-2000 school year and prior to that was a teacher at CECDS since 1991. She has a Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and did post graduate study in Special Education at Cleveland State University and Early Childhood Education from Trinity College. She has three sons who all graduated from CECDS. Her hobbies include being a grandmother, traveling, reading, fitness and spending time with family and friends.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Currently, CECDS has four teachers, four teaching assistants, a music specialist/assistant, and  an administrative assistant. Teachers sign contracts for employment from August to May, based on enrollment at the school. Requirements for teachers include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or 120 semester hours of college credit and knowledge of children’s development and growth. Assistants are required to be able to determine cognitive, social, and physical needs of children and be knowledgeable of growth and development of children. When substitutes are needed, they are selected from a pre-approved list.

Janet Reale

Janet developed her love of working with teachers and children as an assistant in a Montessori nursery school and continued her career as an elementary special education instructional aid for 23 years. After retiring 12 years ago she relocated to Kent Island from New York. Janet has two daughters and a son. Her 3 grandchildren are CECDS graduates and she worked here as a substitute in the past. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and cooking. Her favorite things are the beach and spending time with her family

Jamee Belleau

Jamee became a teacher assistant with CECDS in 2021 after sending her twin girls to kindergarten. She proudly stayed home to raise them and co-lead a homeschool pod during their Pre-K year. Prior to that she was a customer service associate and loan processor with MidAtlantic Farm Credit and was involved with the Chesapeake Moms Club for many years including serving as President. She obtained her Associates degree in Human Services from Delaware Technical &Community College in 2003 where she was also a member of the softball team. She was raised in Sussex County Delaware and has resided on Kent Island with her husband Jason, since 2014. They also have two teenage children and a dog. Her love for the community, all things outdoors, swimming, planning events in her community association, and hosting holiday parties makes her a fun asset to our team.


Becky Cournow

Becky graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in History.  After living in several cities in Virginia and North Carolina and enjoying a career in the business world, Becky and her family landed in Kent Island 21 years ago.  Not long after moving to Maryland, Becky came to CECDS where she worked for 10 years as a Nursery and Preschool Teacher.  In 2012, Becky left CECDS for a full time teaching position at Anne Arundel Community College – Child Development Center where she taught 3-year olds for 8 years.  The pandemic provided Becky with the happy opportunity to return to CECDS where her heart has always belonged.  Originally from Richmond, VA and married to her high school sweetheart, Becky and her husband enjoy traveling now that their 2 sons are grown.  Other interests include spending time with family, friends and Milo (Golden Retriever), home renovations, reading, gardening and planning that next trip!

Sandi Sparks

Sandi has been teaching at CECDS for 26 years. She was born and raised in Annapolis. Sandi graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1979 with a degree in Social Work and Sociology and did post graduate study in Early Childhood Education at Trinity College. Her two children graduated from CECDS in 1994 and 1996.  She enjoys reading, walking on the Cross Island trail, boot camp at Island Athletic Club, and spending time with her family. She has lived “on this side” of the bridge since 1987 and officially calls herself a local. She considers living and working on the island to be a blessing.

Beth Judy

Beth has been a music specialist at CECDS for over 35 years. She accompanies the children on the piano in their music classes as well as for their special programs and leads chapel three times a month. Beth studied music at Greenbrier College in Lewisburg, West Virginia and Shenandoah Music Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Debbie Marinucci

Debbie fell in love with this little preschool back in 1992 when her son Russ attended, then Tony and last Jenna. In 1999, Debbie came on staff as a teaching assistant. She attended AACC with the hopes of becoming a nurse but instead graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business. She does use her business degree working part time in her husband’s construction company. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, biking and going on new adventures. Her favorite hobby is spending time with her family and especially her grandsons. 

Keri Cato

Keri came to CECDS after teaching Kindergarten through 2nd grade at Chesapeake Academy, now Severn Lower School in Arnold. Keri graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont with a degree in elementary education and social science and continues to take courses to support her Maryland state teacher certification. Keri was president of the PTO during the time her son attended CECDS.  Keri has been a substitute teacher, a Nursery teacher and a Pre-K teacher at CECDS. She enjoys being active with her son, playing golf, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Mary Jo Glacken

Mary Jo has a BA degree from the University of Maryland in early childhood development and child care management. She has directed Child Care Centers and trained students at Montgomery College in the child care curriculum and best practices in a child care setting. She has taught Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Archdiocese of Washington for over 30 years. Mary Jo moved to Kent Island 6 years ago with her husband to live next door to his family home of 40+ years. She has taught through the pandemic both virtually and in the the classroom. Mary Jo is excited to be working in a local Christian Nursery program. She has 2 grown daughters and 2 adorable grandchildren.

Lou Anne Hudson

Lou Anne came to CECDS after teaching at Chesapeake College Child Development Center for 15 years. She has an extensive background in early Childhood Development. Lou Anne owned and operated an in-home childcare service for 12 years. She has a certificate in Child Care I and II, was Maryland Credentialed Level 4, and was NAFCC accredited in 2002. She was the treasurer and legislative director for the QAC Childcare Association, worked for the QAC Judy Center Partnership and volunteered as a senior mentor for the Chesapeake Childcare Resource and Referral Center. Lou Anne and her family enjoy offshore fishing in the summer. She was born and raised on Kent Island.

Administrative Assistant

Martha Morotti

Martha began at CECDS in 1996 as the first treasurer of the PTO and as a substitute teacher. She quickly became an assistant teacher to Sandi Sparks and then moved on to her own classroom as a lead teacher. She left CECDS in January 2004 when her third son was born. She returned in 2007 as a 3-day Nursery teacher. In the Fall of 2009, Martha became the Administrative Assistant /bookkeeper.  Martha graduated from Washington College with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and did post graduate study in Early Childhood Education at Trinity College. She and her husband own Joe’s Seafood in Severna Park. All three of her sons graduated from CECDS. She enjoys gardening, reading, going to the beach, teaching Sunday school, spending time with family, and watching her sons perform in band and theater.


Father Mark Delcuze came to serve Christ Church Parish in August of 2013. He leads the monthly Family Chapel services, serves ex officio on the CECDS Board, and helps with staff development and support. Ordained for thirty-five years, he is most proud of his wife, adult daughters, son-in-law and grandsons.