Nutrition

Tim Honeycutt, Chef

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 @ Novant

I have worked at PIL since 1999 and enjoy cooking for the children. I hope to be at PIL until my retirement. I enjoy camping and shopping. I live each day for my family. They are my life!

Teaching Staff @ Catawba

Pam Ingram – Assistant Teacher – Associates Degree

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!)

Candy Andruzzi – Assistant Teacher

My name is Candy Andruzzi. I have 2 beautiful boys that are my world and a wonderful husband that is very supportive. I graduated from South Rowan High School in ’98. My senior year, I took child care 1 and interned at a daycare and elementary school, where I fell in love with working with children. After high school, I went a different route, and started working with the elderly in retirement centers, where I become a medication aide. I have always had a passion for taking care of people. Now, I get the opportunity to help children grow and learn. In the near future, I plan to go back to school and get my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and possibly go further.

Brittany Douglas – Flexible Assistant

My name is Brittany Marie Douglas. My mom was a single parent of five, and we had a great time barreling through the growing pains together. I was always able to help my mom with my brothers and sister. I wouldn’t change a thing. It helped me grow into the loving mom and caretaker I am today. Having a family is one of the best gifts I could ever be given. My son, Aiden, is one of the best things that ever happened to me. He taught me how to love and how to live life to the fullest. He is my inspiration. I want to teach him how beautiful our world can be, by teaching him the importance of self-worth. I live for him and love being the best example of everything I can for him. That is why I love being an early child educator.

I have been in the process of furthering my education and will have my Associates Degree the summer 2018. This has opened up new doors that enable me to work in the field that I always wanted to. Being with children and helping them grow and learn is one of the most gratifying jobs in the world, and I am blessed to be part of it.

Erika Garmon – Lead Teacher

My name is Erika Garmon. I have two rambunctious boys, Redick and Cameron. I have over ten years of experience working in the early childhood care field, many of those are working with infants and young toddlers. I am finishing my degree in Early Childhood Education at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and plan to continue on to Catawba for my Bachelors. I have my NC Credentials as well as many trainings and courses to help me better serve the children. I began my journey with PIL as an intern with school and quickly came to enjoy my time here. I came to realize the opportunities that I could have at Partners in Learning and I began my employment in 2014. It is a passion of mine to work with children, and I find it most rewarding with infants and young toddlers especially. I enjoy working with the infants, watching them grow and achieve their millstones brings joys to my heart. I believe in providing a safe and enjoyable environment for the children to flourish and develop. I am so happy to be working with the infants and with your baby. Thank you for putting your trust in us to care for your precious baby.

Joanne Stewart

Growing up in Michigan, Oregon, and Alaska, I developed a love for animals, nature, and playing outdoors. I met my adventure-loving husband in Alaska, and we raised two wonderful boys who are now grown. We live in a log cabin in the woods with our four dogs. Gardening and being outdoors are passions of mine, along with anything to do with children and animals.   As the Outdoor Environmental Specialist, at both the Catawba and Novant sites, I want our students to actively participate in gardening, composting, and recycling, so that they are aware of their place in the earth’s life cycle. My goal is for them to understand where food comes from, and to make age appropriate contributions to bringing that food from our gardens here, to their plates in the classrooms. In addition, I want to encourage lots of outdoor time for exploration and discovery. Play is how young children learn!

McKenzie Caster – Assistant Teacher

I live at home with my Mom and Dad. I have an older sister who recently got married, and they have three dogs. I have lived in the Salisbury area my entire life and love the small town aspect that I have grown up in. I enjoy watching movies and listening to music. Growing up, I have always been around children, from working in my church nursery to babysitting my cousins as I got older. I have worked with two year olds all the way to fifth graders. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Bible, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am open to doing more education in the Early Childhood field. I love children and love to see their enthusiasm about the simple things in life. Whether it be an exciting activity or learning how to make a tower of blocks stand still. I believe the best way for children to learn is just to play and be children. Never underestimate the idea of children learning through play. They are children and need to be children. Let them laugh and learn.

Tina Hoffman – Pre-K Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood

I have been married for 22 years. I have one daughter who is 17 years old and a senior at West Rowan High School. She and my husband, Jeff Hoffman, are the greatest gifts in my life. 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.

Robin Walker – Pre-K Teacher – Bachelor’s Degree in Birth thru 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.

Krissy Weeks – Lead Teacher – Associates Degree in Early Childhood

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.

Emily Hough –  LeadTeacher – Associates in Early Childhood

I’ve been in child care since I was 18. I have a son name Robert Chambers, who is 29 years old. Robert has special needs and he works at the Rowan Vocational Opportunities. 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.

Lauren Powell – Flex Assistant

My name is Lauren Powell, and I’ve enjoyed working at Partners in Learning since May 2017.  Although I never initially set out to work with children specifically, I have since found that I love teaching kids and in turn being taught by them. Working with children has definitely been a positive experience for me and helped me to become a more well-rounded person.  My interests outside of my work include music, spending time with my friends and family, and reading. I am an ABSOLUTE animal lover; while I love my two dogs and two cats, I constantly “aww” over every animal I come across. I look forward to continuing my studies in Early Childhood Education or School Age Education.

Lindsey Cox – Assistant Teacher

My name is Lindsey Cox, I’ve lived in the Salisbury area my entire life. I graduated from East Rowan High School. I love to travel, and go on new adventures. I am attending Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to get my associates in school-age education I started working at PIL September 2018. When I was little I always knew that I wanted to work with children. When working with children there is always learning involved including them teaching you. I love watching each child’s face feel with joy each time they learn some new. I believe that a child learns best when they are able to be a child.

Tiffany Eddinger – Lead Teacher – Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development

I live in Salisbury with my husband Joshua and I have a fur baby who is a pit bull name Sadie. No kids of my own yet, just waiting on God’s timing. I grew up in a little town called Midland, which is right outside of Concord. I was raised by a single mother who taught me that it is important to take care of yourself and help those around you. I have an older sister named Candace and two nephews. I graduated high school in 2010 and went on for a few years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Then in 2013 I started at Pfeiffer University with hopes of becoming a school counselor. I graduated from Pfeiffer in 2016 with a BA in Human Services and a concentration in Child Development. Since being at PIL I have loved it. PIL is a place that has supported me and treated me like family. I started my PIL journey as an assistant teacher and now a lead teacher.  I have the honor of working beside some of the most amazing women and teaching some awesome children in the toddler II classroom (Mighty Ducks).  I believe that children learn best by exploring the world. Every child deserves a quality education and a teacher who will stand beside them to guide them whenever needed. In the future, I hope do CBRS for PIL. Maybe I will even go back to school to get a Master’s Degree.

Tonia Smith – Lead Teacher – B.A. in Early Childhood Development

Hi,  my name is Tonia Smith.  I have had the privilege to be married 25 years to an amazing man, David.  We have two boys ages 23 and 21.  I am currently taking classes at Catawba College and will graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten.  It has been an amazing journey working at Partners in Learning.  Since October 15, I have become a part of a wonderful family.  I have had the opportunity to work with and along side of some of the best staff. I have taught children mostly 2-4 year olds off and on for about 25 years.  Young children are a passion of mine.  I love to watch them excel in all of the learning domains and become independent learners.

Teaching Staff @ Novant

Leah Ruth Thompson – Baby Birds 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.

 

Brooklinn Snyder – Flexible Teacher

My name is Brooklinn Snyder and I am a graduate from West Stanly High School. I am 19 years old and I live in
Albemarle, North Carolina. I am from Salisbury North Carolina. I was in my schools drama club known as “West
Stanly Players” where we put on two shows through the school year. All through my years at West Stanly, my dream was to go
to school for theatre, acting of course, so that I could make it onto Broadway. I realized during my senior
project that working with kids was something I was really passionate about as well. I attend Stanly Community to further my career and
education in Early Childhood Education. I love Partners in
Learning; it’s like my second home. I grew up at the Catawba site, so it’s only fair to continue my growth at the Novant site!

April Pearman – Pre-K Teacher – Associates in Applied Science/Early Education

My Name is April Pearman. I was born and raised in Rowan County. I have been married for 12 years. My husband and I have 4 children ages 18, 11, 9, and 8. 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!

Tiffany Hardin – Lead Teacher – Associate’s in Early Childhood

My name is Tiffany Hardin. I have three daughters and a husband. We have recently moved from Charlotte to Salisbury. I love spending time with my family as we enjoy traveling to near and far places, shopping, movies, going out to eat, etc. We are adjusting to Salisbury and cannot wait to get to meet many new faces. I am a personable and have never met a stranger! My husband and I are both in the education field. I have many years of experience working with children ranging from birth through middle school. I Graduated from South Piedmont Community College in 2005 with my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I am currently attending the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. I am majoring in Birth Through Kindergarten with a concentration in Special Needs and a minor in Sociology. I love teaching children and watching them grow into their own little person. I believe that children need to enjoy their early years of life and learn as much as possible through play and life experiences. I am a big advocate for “Changing The World One Child At A Time.” I am truly looking forward to meeting you all and developing a partnership.

Kay Hunter – 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.

Delisha Rankin – Flexible Teacher

My name is Delisha Rankin and I am a proud mother of soon to be two. I live in Salisbury, North Carolina. I’m currently enrolled at Davidson County Community College to receive my Associates in Early Childhood Education as of May 2018. The role of the teacher is to assist children in developing the skills to be successful in life; these skills include social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. I feel that teachers encourage students to strive in doing their best. A teacher possesses many roles as an educator. The primary responsibility as an educator is to prepare developmentally appropriate lesson plans, to communicate with parents, and to assist children in obtaining developing appropriate goals. I believe that each child is unique in their own way. I feel as an educator, a child can reach their fullest potential in an environment that is safe and conducive of learning and that this can assist in paving the way for children to successfully meet their own needs. I feel as an educator I can assist children by using these skills in the everyday classroom environment by guiding them in a positive learning direction. When a child is ensured a positive learning pathway that child can obtain success and growth for themselves.

Amber Wilkey – Lead Teacher

My name is Amber Wilkey and I am from Lexington, NC.  I am the mother of a one year old son who definitely keeps me on my toes.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  Having cookouts and gatherings is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I am a 2005 graduate from East Rowan High School.  I attended Rowan Cabarrus Community College to earn my Early Childhood Credentials, but am hoping to return to college and work towards earning my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood.I have 2 years of experience interning at Morgan Elementary and Granite Quarry Elementary schools.  I also have 10 years of experience working in a child development setting. I love interacting with young children and watching them grow.I cannot wait to meet the families here at Partners In Learning.

Meliya Harris –  Pre-K Teacher – B.A. in early childhood education

My name is Meliya and I’m so glad to be working at Partners In Learning. I graduated from Catawba College with my bachelors degree in birth through kindergarten education. I love to read and crochet in my spare time. Spending time with my loved ones is also something I enjoy doing. I love being able to see children get excited about learning, and I get excited to learn with them! Seeing children learn and discover new and exciting subjects and guiding them to better understanding a concept is something I greatly enjoy. I love watching children become thrilled about learning and life!

Brittany Walker – Flexible Teacher

My name is Brittany Rene’e Walker and I am 18 yrs old. I live in Salisbury NC and I graduated from North Rowan High school. I am the oldest of 5 siblings, I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. When I was younger I helped raise my younger siblings and I have always loved them and other children I have come to meet. Since I was little I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse so that I can help people and children feel better and put smiles on their faces. I will be going to school at RCCC to be a RN and fulfill my dream. I have a big heart, a clear and direct mind on seeing that every child has a smile on their face. I am also an artist and very creative. I’m very fun loving and enthusiastic with children.

Mary Short – Flexible Teacher

My name is Mary Short I live in China Grove with my husband Dion who I have been married to for 28 years. My daughter Kelly is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. I have two fur babies Gabby and Tiki. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family,shopping,and and loving on my fur babies. I have worked in childcare for the past 30 years and of that 18 years has been with Partners In Learning. I currently have my child care credentials 1 and 2. I plan to go back to school in the summer to finish my associates degree in early child development. I love working with young children and being such an important part of their early years. It is nothing short of amazing watching them grow,learn, and achieve goals. And most of all the unconditional love.

Robin Wood Dougherty – Lead Teacher – B.A. in Child and Family Studies

I have recently moved to the Salisbury area from sunny Florida. I grew up in the mountains of Tennessee. I have wanted to be a teacher since Kindergarten. I graduated from Berea College, in Berea, KY, in 1995, with a BA in Child and Family Studies. I have a perfectly blended family with a husband, four daughters, one son, two beautiful granddaughters, and an RV full of dogs and snakes. I am blessed to be a part of the lives we serve. I believe children learn through play and consistency. During my career, I have been fortunate to teach, direct, learn, and develop young teachers and professionals in the field. I hope to begin taking courses this fall to earn my Masters in Early Education, so that I can teach at the collegiate level.

Christina Crawford – Flexible Assistant

I am Christina Crawford, I am not married and have no children of my own. I have been dating my boyfriend since I graduated from high school. I have a dog named Cletus and he is my fur baby. I have lived in Salisbury my whole life, it is my home. It is also where almost all of my family lives. I enjoy spending my time petting my dog, reading, running, and watching Netflix marathons. I graduated from Gray Stone Day School in 2013 and I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Rowan Cabarrus Community college. Once I graduate from there I plan on transferring to Catawba college for my bachelor’s degree. I have always loved children, watching them grow, learn, develop, and play. I knew that I wanted to be involved in education of young children from a very young age. Children learn through play and I believe that it is my role as their teacher to foster and encourage that in every way that I can. I am looking forward to and am very excited about joining the staff and Partners in Learning.

 

Celine Jones 

My Name is Celine and I’m a mom to a sweet little boy. In my free time I love to be with him, my husband and our familiesor with our horses. I graduated from East Rowan  High School in 2014 but have been around kids my whole life. Ever since having my son, I have gotten a much higher expectation for early education. I believe all children deserve a wonderful start just like they ensure here at Partners In Learning. I hope to continue my education in Early Childhood Education so I can help to better tthe children we care for.