Organizational Chart for PIL

Norma W. Honeycutt, M.Ed., Executive Director

Norma W. Honeycutt is an expert, international award-winning Early Childhood trainer and consultant. She is the Executive Director of Partners In Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center and a state-wide  advocate in Early Care, Education, and Intervention.

She is certified to provide Special Instruction for Infants and Toddlers, and holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Child and Family Development from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and a Masters Degree in Birth through Kindergarten.  For more than three decades Norma has used her skills to support  children and their families. She is a highly regarded and popular trainer and speaker.  She is passionate about quality in Early Childhood, making sure that children receive the best possible care and education to help them reach their full potential. She has worked within the education, health and social services sectors, performing a wide range of roles such as teacher, director, education consultant, and child care commissioner.

Norma has been married for thirty-five years and is the mother of five grown-up children, which is why she is able to speak from the heart to parents and all those who care for or educate children. Email Norma at


Deborah Howell, M.Ed., Director of Partners In Learning at Catawba

Deborah has worked in the field of Early Care and Education since 1991 and has been a member of the Partners In Learning family since 2005. During her career Deborah has shared her expertise in the field on the local, state and national levels. She has served in many capacities including teacher, director, higher education instructor, trainer and mentor. She is dedicated to ensuring all children have a meaningful preschool experience with well-educated and nurturing teachers. Her education includes an AAS degree from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors Degree from UNCG in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Birth-Kindergarten and a Masters Degree in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development. She also holds a NC Birth-Kindergarten teaching license. Additionally, she is certified to provide developmental therapy for infants and toddlers. Deborah resides in Rowan County with her husband Brian and has three children, Andrew, Grace and Jordan.


Emilie Scharf, Director of Partners In Learning at Novant Health 

I have been employed with Partners In Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center since February of 2014.  I graduated from Catawba College in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education Birth-Kindergarten.  As a 2015-2016 graduate of Leadership Rowan, I enjoy working with children and families to better the community.

I have been married to my husband Brian for over 20 years and reside in Rowan County with my daughter and dog Kato.  My son also lives in Rowan County and is expecting his first child in January 2017, making me a very young GiGi!

I am passionate about supporting Partners In Learning’s mission of providing children and families with the highest quality learning environment that stimulates optimal grown and development.  I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve our community at this most important level.


Jennifer Misenheimer, Assistant Director at Novant

Jennifer Misenheimer. I am from Salisbury and now live in Albemarle, NC. I am married to my wonderful husband Jamie for 12 years. We have two teenage daughters, Brooklinn and Morgan and teenage son, Camden. As a family, we love to spend time at football games, cross country meets and concerts. We also have a fur baby named “Maggie”. I love to read and create things in my free time.  I have 20 years of experience in early childhood. I have been employed with Partners in Learning for over 12 of those years. In my years at Partners, I have served all ages from Birth to 4 years old’s. I find my passion in learning from children because they are so eager to seek information in all they do.  I will graduate with my Bachelors in Birth through Kindergarten in 2019 at Catawba College. I am happy to serve Partners in Learning as the Assistant Director at Novant.


Aleshya Spruill, Assistant Director at Catawba

Greetings! I began my early childhood career in 2006 when I was a senior in High school. I always knew that I wanted to work closely with children and was waiting for the right chance to do so. Partners In Learning granted me that opportunity and I am ever so grateful for it! 

I am married with 3 beautiful and amazing children. My family is the reason why I put my heart into everything that I do. After starting at PIL at 18 years old, I decided to    apply myself more by going to college to receive my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2011, I graduated from RCCC. Again, I wanted more for myself, so I  applied to Catawba College. Life happened and I took some time off from school to spend with my children. In May 2020, I will graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in          Birth-Kindergarten Education. This has been a longtime goal and I am so excited to finally reap the benefits.

While working at PIL I have fulfilled several jobs from afternoon staff, flexible teacher, assistant teacher, lead teacher, afternoon supervisor, school-age coordinator and                                                now, Assistant Director! I am extremely proud of my accomplishments!

My philosophy on life is to simply have fun, make memories and form bonds. Without this, you have a regular day that lacks zeal.  I thrive off of positivity and great work                                                 ethics. I strive to be a better me daily. I have so many little ones looking up to me no matter where I am. I have contributed 13 years to PIL and I am excited to contribute                                                 more! Thank you for the AMAZING opportunity to help be a part of your child’s daily routine.

Cassie Karriker, Early Intervention Director

My name is Cassie Karriker, I have worked at Partners in Learning for six years! I have worked in the toddler classroom as the lead teacher, and the afternoon mentor for staff. As a lead teacher, I learned that my passion is working with children with special needs, and making sure the classroom was inclusive for children with all abilities, and making sure that children are receiving the support that they need to be successful. I have had a great passion for early intervention and making sure that we are catching any delays quickly. I am so excited to have my dream job, as the inclusion director, and ready to help support the teachers, parents, and therapist in any way that I can.


Heather Fidler, Program Director at Catawba

I have 3 daughters who keep me on my toes.   They are my pride and joys, and the reason for my grey hairs. We enjoy playing outside, exploring nature, and traveling home to Pennsylvania and New York to see our family. Growing up, my father was a Chief in the United States NAVY so we lived all over the country.  I was very lucky to get to have so many adventures at such a young age. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education and History from Elmira College in Elmira, NY.  I have been blessed to be able to serve children of all ages: 5 years experience teaching High School in the private  sector and over a decade’s experience working with preschool age children. With all of my experience, I have found that children need to be children.  They need to play, get dirty, laugh and be silly, run in the rain, and jump in puddles.


Dan Henderson, Finance Director

Dan holds a BS degree in mathematics from Appalachian State University and a MS degree in Education from N.C. A & T State University.  He has an extensive background in both Education and Business.  In addition to working with high school students, he has experience working in the insurance industry, as a corporate business analyst, and as the operation manager of residential development company. Dan is married and has two adult children and one grandchild.


Tonya Jenkins Correll, M. Ed., Family Support Specialist 

tonyaI am a Rowan County native and currently live in the West Rowan area with my husband Randall, our daughter, and two sons.  I am excited about the opportunity to empower children and their families to reach their fullest potential by accessing resources within themselves, their own homes and their communities through the position of Family Support Specialist.

Over my twenty years serving families and children in the community, I have had the privilege of wearing many hats.   The foundations of my career was spent as a classroom teacher and later a social worker in the field of abuse and neglect.  Currently, I serve as a professor in the Education Department at Catawba College and provide special instruction as an Infant and Toddler Specialist with Partners In Learning.  I hold a Master of Education Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education  and a North Carolina Birth through Kindergarten Teaching License.  My undergraduate includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Development and a minor in Criminal Justice.

My motto is a quote from Arthur Williams, Jr., “All you can do is all you can do but all you can do is enough!”  Partners In Learning is a leader in the early childhood education arena especially in their efforts to build bridges between supportive resources and the families and community they serve.  I am thrilled to be part of a team putting advocacy for children and families as a priority and making such a positive difference in so many lives!


Amy Vestal, Development Director & Community Inclusion Specialist

Unknown-1Amy received her B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University. She also has completed courses in behavior analysis through Florida Institute of Technology. In her career history she has served as an interim director of development, directed summer programs and community service programs for single mothers of children with Autism. Amy has worked in the field of early intervention for over a decade with a special concentration for children with autism. Through her experience she has worked in public and private not for profit school settings, as well as provided in home aid to families. She utilizes evidence based practices within her instruction. She also believes tailoring a program that best suits the family’s needs and desires, is what allows for the family to successfully achieve their goals. Amy focuses on providing parent education and sharing resources so parents can be their child’s best advocate and teacher.  She is passionate about doing whatever is necessary to ensure that these resources are available.

Katie Miller, Family Support Specialist

Hi, I’m Katie Miller! I joined the Partners In Learning family in August 2009 as a part-time afternoon teacher. I have also worked as a flexible teacher, summer camp teacher, and community inclusion assistant. After graduating from Catawba College with my Psychology degree in 2012, I started working as an Early Intervention Developmental Therapist through PIL doing CBRS with infants and toddlers in both homes and child care centers in Rowan County and the surrounding area. I also have experience working with a local Courthouse drop-in Child Care Center, which provided me with a wealth of knowledge and experience after working with children who have gone through various levels of trauma. My current position at PIL includes providing CBRS, Triple P, and working alongside Cassie Karriker providing Early Intervention services. In my spare time, I love going on adventures with my husband, Jason, and my son, Reed! I also love thrifting and crafting!
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