Our Staff  

We are committed to the safety, happiness, education, and the well-being of your child. We provide a nurturing, safe, educational, and creative world. Our teachers and staff are passionate about forming a strong partnership with you to ensure the best experiences for your child. We will provide daily communication with families to understand each child's specific needs. We Provide low teacher – to – student ratios which allows the teachers to focus on the individual learning needs of every child in our care.


Having Qualified & Trained Teachers, Coastal Kids Academy of SC, devotes many resources for training to all of their teachers. Each teacher has at least 15 hours of educational training hours each year and are CPR and First Aid certified.


Partnering with Families-
Coastal Kids Academy of SC teachers and staff want to form a strong partnership with you to ensure the best possible experience for your child. Our teachers provide daily communication with families and seek to understand your unique needs.


Kristen Buccilli- Owner/Director

Kristen has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Minor Degree in English from Coastal Carolina University. Kristen grew up with a family full of teachers interesting her in becoming one herself.  After graduating from Coastal, she took a 4K teaching position at a local daycare.  She then was presented an opportunity to open her own daycare, Coastal Kids Academy of SC.  

Kayla Reitz- Assistant Director

Kayla has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Horry Georgetown Technical College.  She became a 4K teacher, which pursued her interest in becoming an Assistant Director.  Kayla has been in childcare for 7 years and an Assistant Director for 6 years. 


Maria Catino- 



Christine Williams-

Christine has her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Early Childhood Education from Coastal Carolina University.  She has been working with young children for over 10 years; she has done everything from babysitting, to substitute teaching for Horry County Schools, to becoming an Infant and One Year Old teacher for us at CKA.  Seeing each child's face light up when they learn something new is what she loves about her job.  Knowing that she is helping children learn and grow and making an impact on their growth and development is what is most rewarding to her.  Her goal in education is to make sure each child is loved and feels safe. 

Moesha Priester- 


Brianna Throckmorton- 

Sandra Mclemore-



Candice Radford- 

Yohanna Wolf-

Rebecca Rohan-




Jill Garn- 

Jill has been working with children in childcare since 1998.  Jill has an associates degree from Our Lady of Directory Secretarial School.  She moved to South Carolina in 2018 and has been an amazing asset to our school family. Ms. Jill brings so many fun and educational crafts, games, science & cooking experiments into her classroom.  She enjoys watching each child in her class grow as an individual and a student!

Patricia Harper-