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
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!
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!)
Brittany Douglas – Assistant Teacher
I was born in Queens, New York City. I lived there with my mom and siblings until I was 9 years old. Then my mom moved us to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1999. I lived in South Florida for about 14 years. 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.
I met the love of my life in Florida and we had a beautiful baby boy in 2012. Shortly after he was born we moved to our cozy little home in Salisbury, North Carolina. 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. I have been in the process of furthering my education and it feels great. It 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.
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.
I am from New Jersey and moved to Salisbury North Carolina for college. I am attending Stanly Community College for my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In New Jersey I attended a vocational school in which my classroom was in a daycare center on the campus. I love to work with kids, it has always been my passion. I have four years of experience working with children. I am a loving, caring, and responsible person. I have four brothers and no sisters. I’m the only girl in my family. I hope one day to own my own childcare center.
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!
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. I moved here to Salisbury, North Carolina in August of 2014 and I’ve loved it ever since. I am attending Rowan Cabarrus Community College and am considering a career in the health care field. My friends and family tell me that, I am consistently seen to be a person with high moral values and attributes best described using adjectives such as, friendly, helpful, considerate, and understanding. I do believe I portray what they see me as, and I tend to have others best interests at heart. I would describe myself best as an overall positive person, who will take the time to create a positive outcome regardless of the situation at hand. My beliefs are strongly rooted in my ideals that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated as such. I look forward to using these attributes and serving the families and children at Partner 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!
Teaching Staff @ Novant
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.
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!
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.
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
Michelle Dickinson – Baby Birds/Assistant Teacher
Mary Short – Flexible Teacher
Emilie Scharf – Director – Bachelors in Birth-Kindergarten
Norma Honeycutt – Executive Director – M.A. Education
Robin Walker – Bears/Lead Teacher – Bachelors in Birth-Kindergarten
Tina Hoffman – Bears/Assistant Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
Hayley Carter – Busy Bees/Assistant Teacher
Mashuanda Vaughters – Frogs/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
April Pearman – Frogs/Assistant Teacher – Associates in Applied Science/Early Education
Kay Hunter – Turtles/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
Jennifer Lemly – Flexible Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
Shaina Vail – Assistant Director – B.A. Sociology
Krissy Weeks – Peacocks/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
Krishna Whitner – Owls/Assistant Teacher
Minnie Jackson – Owls/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood
Emily Hough – Busy Bees/Lead Teacher – Associates in Early Childhood