I was born and raised in China Grove, where I still live today and am engaged to be married. I have been employed at Partners In Learning for the last 10 years. From 2010 through 2012 I was an Americorps volunteer and my work site was Partner in Learning. I am currently attending the Art Institute of Charlotte where I will graduate with an associate in culinary arts in the spring of 2014. I enjoy working with your children and would like to thank you for trusting me with the care of your most valuable possessions.
Dianne Neubacher, Cook @ Catawba
Audrey Atkinson, Cook @ Novant
I have lived in Salisbury since 2009 with my four children. I have three boys and one girl. I graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in May of 2013 with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have always enjoyed working with children and spent nearly ten years in Florida working in childcare. I believe that every child should feel that they could succeed at whatever they choose. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my children.
Teaching Staff @ Catawba
I have been in early care and education for 22 years and have been with Partners in Learning since March of 2000. I love my job because it is very rewarding. I thank God every day for the chance to touch the lives of the children.
My name is Pam Ingram I have been employed with Partners In Learning since 2007. I graduated from North Rowan High School in 1986. I am a graduate from Rowan Cabarrus Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and degree in Marketing and Retailing. While being employed at Partners In Learning I obtained my Early Childhood Credentials. I am currently taking classes at RCCC in Early Childhood. I love children and all they stand for. I feel that anyone who has a child is blessed! (WHEN YOU HAVE A CHILD IN YOUR LIFE YOU LIVE, LOVE, AND LAUGH!)
My name is Caleb Kimball. I am a 2015 South Rowan graduate whom graduated with honors. In the fall I plan to attend Rowan Cabarrus Community College for my freshman year and then want to transfer to UNC Charlotte. From September of 2014 until July of 2015, I was employed at Subway. In ten years I see myself working in the medical field and possibly supporting a family. I have important morals and have a good work ethic.
My name is Casey Gullett and I am from Rockwell, North Carolina. Family is very important to me as well as my pets. My hobbies include playing sports and shopping. My favorite color is pink. My favorite foods are chicken tenders and chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. I am currently a junior at Western Carolina University, majoring in Elementary Education. I have known since a very young age that teaching was the career I wanted to pursue. Once I graduate I would like to teach kindergarten or first grade. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I am excited to be a part of the Partners In Learning Family.
Jennifer Misenheimer (Coach) – Lead Teacher
I live in Albemarle with my wonderful husband Jamie and our three beautiful children. I have 10 years of experience working at Partners In Learning and was excited to come back in 2015. I am returning to Partners in Learning because my heart and soul is here.
I currently have my associates degree in early childhood and will be attending classes to receive my bachelor’s in the fall. In the past 17 years of being in the child care field I have worked with all ages of children.
My favorite thing about working with children has to be the fact that they teach me about play. Children learn through play and as adults we seem to forget that part. I love the smiles that they bring everyday to my life.
I have been a resident of Rowan county for the last fifteen years. I graduated from South Rowan high school in 2006. I am enjoying my position at Partners in Learning as a general purpose handyman. I love solving problems. Children find me funny and approachable, and my Asperger’s helps me relate to children who are also on the spectrum. When I’m not at work, I am usually home spending time with my dogs.
My name is Angel Thomas I just graduated from Salisbury High 2016. I love children and work in the nursery at my church Tabernacle Baptist, I hope to go to RCCC and continue my education in Child Development, I also hope to finish cosmetology at RCCC and one day have a salon, if that’s where the Lord leads me. I just started working for Partners In Learning but I already love it I love to see the smiles on the children’s faces. Some of my other likes and interests are being involved at my church with the youth and drawing and spending time with my boyfriend of 2 years.
My name is Stephanie Leith. I am originally from Illinois and have been a resident of Rowan County for around ten years now. I have two daughters, Taylor and Danielle. Currently I am finishing up my Associates in Early Childhood Education at RCCC and plan to continue on to get my Bachelors. I have always loved working with kids and have always known I wanted to make it my career. I am very happy to be a part of Partners in Learning!
My name is Kimberly Tafoya and I have been with Partners in Learning since April 2016. I am thirty years old and have three beautiful children who attend Partners In Learning. I have four year old twins Hunter and Jacob and a two year old, Mac. My kids and I live in China Grove, NC with our family dogs, Chucky and Butters and our cat, Gracie. I graduated in June 2005 from North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, NC. I am currently enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College fulltime. I plan on receiving my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Eventually I want to work directly with children that have special needs.
I was born in Minnesota and grew up on the family farm. I was married in 1991 to my husband John. We have 2 children, Morgan and Dillon. Morgan is a social worker in Winston-Salem, NC and has completed her Social Work Degree at Appalachian State University in the mountains of Boone, NC! Morgan has also blessed us with one grandchild, Eli Henry, who was born in February of 2016. Dillon is now living and working in Florida as a lawn pest control technician. We lived in North Carolina for 10 years prior to moving to Florida, where we spent 3 years before returning to NC in December of 2016. My husband works for Hendrick Motorsports, so we are avid Nascar fans! We love to spend time at the beach or hiking in the mountains. We watch a lot of baseball and Nascar races. We are active members at our church and volunteer regularly. Faith, family, and friends are very important to me.
I earned my AAS in Early Childhood Education from Central Piedmont Community College in December of 2009. In 2009, I also completed my Synodical Certification from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. I have experienced almost every setting possible in Early Childhood Education. I have experience as a Home Visitor with the Head Start Program in MN. I operated my own in home Family Child Care. I have been a classroom teacher, assistant director, and director as well. Most of my experience is working with preschool age children in a ministry setting. I love watching children experience their world and learning from hands on experiences!
My name is Brianne Snider and I’m currently enrolled as a senior at East Rowan High School. I’m attending Gardner-Webb University in the fall of 2017 to pursue my dream career as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. I’ve had the opportunity to be a volunteer within the past four summers of my high school career at the child development center. I received my CNA in December of 2016, along with my certification for CPR. I’ve been an active volunteer of the American Red Cross Organization for the past two years allowing me to get more involved with our community. I am currently the founder and president of the Red Cross Club at my school, which allows high school students to obtain a membership as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, to participate through various projects within the community to make a positive impact on the world. I’m also secretary of Sigma Phi Gamma club, along with memberships of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, Junior Civitan, SADD, Crosby Scholars and Relay for Life. I make it priority in my life to be a part of activities and organizations that provide tremendous impacts on making a difference. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to contribute as a member of the child development center’s staff.
Teaching Staff @ Novant
My name is Sara Lentz, I live in China Grove. I am a 2015 Carson graduate and am currently at Rowan Cabarrus Community College through an Associate’s degree and hope to pursue Cosmetology. I am very athletic and enjoy playing sports. My favorite color is orange. I am very passionate about everything I do and enjoy caring for others. I am so excited to become part of the Partners In Learning family!
Leah Ruth Thompson – Peacocks Assistant Teacher – B.A. English
After high school, I attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. During my time at Catawba, I was a part of Catawba College’s theatre club, where I worked on many of Catawba’s theatre productions. I completed my degree at Catawba in December 2014, and on May 16, 2015, I received my diploma. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, with minor in Theatre. I also run my own small photography business, Leah Ruth Photography, where I have had the privilege of helping many people make memories that last a lifetime. Now, I am an employee at Partners in Learning. I look at this job as the opportunity of a lifetime. With my passion for children, I am thrilled to take this next step in my life. I am excited to not only work with children and help them learn and grow, but I am also looking forward to growing and learning how to be a better child care provider myself. I am blessed to have this opportunity and I am very thankful to be given this job. I hope to one day continue my education. I plan to go back to school and get my license to teach so that I can one day be a teacher. I know my time at Partners in Learning will help me achieve my goals and I look forward to the days ahead.
Lindsey Richardson – Flexible Teacher
I am new to the partners in learning family. I love working with children they bring joy and happiness to my life. I am a mother of a 6 year old daughter and a 10 year old fur baby named lady. I am also engaged to my wonderful fiancé with whom I have been with for 5 years. My family and I love being outside. We love going fishing or riding dirt bikes and 4 wheelers. We love sports watching and playing. I am in school to get my bachelor’s in early childhood psychology. This is what I want and love to do. My passion is children. I am looking forward to growing with my partners in learning family.
Amber Brown – Baby Birds/Lead Teacher – Bachelors in Birth-Kindergarten
I am a mother of two boys, Michael who was born in 2009 and Joshua who was born in 2011. I have been married since 2006 to Jason, who has recently medically retired from the Army after 9 ½ years. We also have a dog named Gracie and a cat named Peso. I have been working in the childcare field since 2010 when I opened my own daycare out of my house while in the military. I worked with the school age children while at Fort Polk, LA for almost 2 years. In Jan 2013, I decided to go back to school for a degree in Early Childhood Development and working towards completing my AAS in Early Childhood Development. I hope to continue then towards my Bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Teaching the following year.
Michelle Dickinson – Baby Birds/Assistant Teacher
My name is Amber Michelle Dickinson, I go by Michelle. I was raised in China Grove, North Carolina. As an adult, I moved around a bit and have lived in Wilmington and Winston Salem, but now I am back in China Grove. I received my associate of arts at Cape Fear Community College and transferred to University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I’m a junior in the social work program with a minor for human development and families. Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I also enjoy the outdoors and taking my cocker spaniel to parks, the beach, and lakes.
Robin Walker – Bears/Lead Teacher – Bachelors in Birth-Kindergarten
I have been married for 27 years and am the mother to three grown children. I have 3 grandchildren, and my daughter has twins on the way. My two sons are Army strong, and we are a very proud military family.
I decided some years ago that my love for children needed a place to grow; so, I decided to teach preschool and wanted to educate myself to be a qualified and high quality level teacher. So, I went to school and graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in May 2013 with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and continued at Catawba College to obtain my Bachelors Degree in Birth through Kindergarten and graduated in May of 2015.
I have a passion and love for teaching children, and I am looking forward to working with the amazing staff and families here at Partners in Learning.
Tina Hoffman – Bears/Assistant Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
I grew up in Clinton, Maryland. I graduated from Surrattsville High School in 1990. I have lived in Salisbury for 23 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to Florida where my parents are currently living.
I received and Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from RCCC in 2009. I have been in childcare for 10 years and enjoy working with young children. I have also earned my Admin Credentials in Early Childcare
I believe that children learn through play. I love to watch football in the fall and winter months. My favorite colors are purple and green. I love to be with my family and friends. I am very outgoing.
Hayley Carter – Busy Bees/Assistant Teacher
I am 22 years old and grew up in the small town of Davie County, and I have lived in WInston Salem for four years before moving to Salisbury in October 2015. I interned in high school at a daycare and a first grade classroom and have babysat children since I was young. I quickly learned I have a strong love for children and knew I wanted to work with them in a career. Due to several personal reasons, I dropped out of high school in my senior year and obtained my GED in May of 2016. I am planning to go to school at Rowan Cabarrus Community College for Early Childhood Education and start working on my career. Family is everything to me, and in the next ten years, I hope to be settled down with a job I enjoy doing and possibly married with children. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work for Partners in Learning, and I thank God every day for giving me this wonderful job.
Mashuanda Vaughters – Frogs/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
I was born in Brooklyn, NY. I have been married for the past 4 1/2 years to H. Matthew Vaughters Jr. who is the Senior Pastor at New Resurrection Life Christian Center. To our union we share 4 children: Tomorrow 25, Damieka 23, EJ. 20, and Jairus 20 mths. We also have three granddaughters.
I started working with child care back in 1998 in my apartment. My love for working with children started years before in church when I was always asked to sit with them during services. Ironically on September 11, 2001, I had a job interview with the Police Athletic League (PAL) in New York to start working as an Administrative Assistant. Not long after starting this job, I started going to school at night at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. I went from Admin to Assistant Teacher.
On September 6, 2006, I moved from New York to Winston Salem, NC. After about four years in Winston, I moved to Mocksville, where I currently reside. In August 2011, I went back to school at Davidson County Community College. I graduated in 2014 with my Associates in Applied Science. In September 2014, I started night classes at Catawba College. I currently have 4 classes left to get my BA.
I spend my spare time assisting my husband with running our church. We also run a fellowship that has 4 other churches we are responsible for. When we are not on the road, we have a singing groups called 5th Generation that we enjoy singing in. God first, then family, Church, and Friends that is how we enjoy life.
April Pearman – Frogs/Assistant Teacher – Associates in Applied Science/Early Education
I have worked with children birth through age 12 since 2001, providing me with a lot of classroom experience! Although I faced some obstacles with being a wife, mother and working full time, I obtained my Associates in Applied Science degree in Early Education at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in May 2016!
My long term goal is to go back to school to obtain my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I am so happy to become part of the Partners In Learning Family!
Kay Hunter – Turtles/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
My name is Kay Hunter. I have been married for thirty-one years to my husband John. We have a daughter, Holly. She gave us three grand dogs, Mona, JoJo and Rome. We have fun taking our sixty-nine Ford Torino to car shows on the weekends, camping at the beach and mountains, and biking. Our favorite locations to camp and bike are Tybee Island, Georgia and White Top, Virginia.
I started my career in Early Childhood at China Grove Elementary as a teacher’s assistant for thirteen years. The last eight years I have been a Day Care Director for my church in Kannapolis. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rowan Cabarrus Community College. I also have many qualified certifications! I enjoy working with “my children” and seeing them learn something new each day. I look forward to working with my new family at Partners in Learning at Novant.
Jennifer Lemly – Flexible Teacher
Krissy Weeks – Peacocks/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 13 years and a teacher here for 3 years. I look forward to my new opportunity with Partners in Learning. I am in my second to last semester of college at RCCC. i will be graduation with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood in the spring of 2017. I am certified in CPR, First Aid, Its SIDS, and Playground Safety. I adore teaching and have really found my niche in the Pre K Classroom. I love instilling the knowledge and confidence that four and five year old need to go on and be productive learners in kindergarten.
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have been married to my husband for 16 years, and we have two smart, creative, busy boys. My son’s names are Sawyer and Hayden, and they are 9 and 13. Sawyer loves to read, build with lego’s, and practice karate. Hayden loves reading, Japanese animation, and has several oversea pen pals. My family keeps me busy. We love exploring the outdoors, museums, nature centers, and zoos in our free time.
Krishna Whitner – Owls/Assistant Teacher
My name is Krishna Whitner also known to some as Krissy. I am a proud mother of two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. I was born in New York and raised for the most part in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have lived in Salisbury, NC since 1998. I attended Rowan Cabarrus community college for 1 ½ years where I studied and received my credentials and other certifications in the Early-childhood teacher associate program. I choose this field of work because I have a passion to positively change the lives of children and their families as much as I am able. Whether, it’s through education, mentoring and modeling, advising, assisting, self-awareness and any other positive ways. From the age twelve until now I have always actively participated in the lives of children by babysitting, youth mentoring programs, community youth events, raising my own, to even becoming a neighborhood mom.
I am now an active staff member of the Partners and Learning family. I look forward to us building, bonding and growing together; creating positive experiences and memories for us all.
Minnie Jackson – Owls/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
As a little girl growing up in a small bedroom apartment in Concord, NC., I would play teacher with my brothers, not knowing that one day this would become my passion and a reality. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and thirteen years’ experience in child care. The Lord has allowed my heart to be touched and accepted by so many precious children in my life. In so many ways, I feel as if my childhood dream has become reality. I have two daughters, two sons and two grandsons who I love with all of me. They mean the world to me, and it’s because of them that I strive to be the best I can be.
Emily Hough – Busy Bees/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
I graduated in May of 2016 with my Associate in Early Childhood. It took me a while but I finished and I am very proud of myself. I love to work with children.
I love to do puzzle books, dance, and spend time with my family. I’ve been married for 8 years to my wonderful husband Robert Hough. I am a caregiver to my mother, sister, and niece. I was a special Olympic basketball coach for 3 years and loved it. I learned a lot working with adults with special needs meeting new people in different towns.
Hello my name is Tiffany Eddinger. I graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2016 with a BA in Human Services with a concentration in child development. During my time at Pfeiffer I knew I wanted to work with kids, especially ones who had disabilities. Over the past year I have been a teacher, working with toddlers. During my time with toddlers, I fell in love with the age group. I’m excited about starting my journey with PIL as a Community Based Rehabilitation Specialist and a flex teacher.