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 @ Catawba
live each day for my family. They are my life!
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
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 – Flexible Assistant
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.
Leslie Brown – Flexible Assistant – Associate’s degree
My name is Leslie Brown. I am originally from Ohio, and I have lived in Salisbury, North Carolina, for 16 years. I am a mommy to two amazing children, Meliya is a teacher and Justin is an amateur photographer in California. I have my Associate’s in Art, Associate’s General Education and Associate’s in Science. I never imagined at 42 I would discover I have a natural talent in a laboratory, my passions are parasites, microbes, and caring for others. I hope to encourage children to enjoy science to show there is more to the science world than being a doctor. Who knows maybe your child will create a new wrinkle free lightweight fabric the doesn’t shrink or fade.
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 – Outdoor Environmental Specialist (Catawba and Novant locations)
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!
Tiffany Dorn – Lead Teacher
I have more than 16 years of experience working with infants and young toddlers. I am currently enrolled at UNCG to earn my Bachelors in early care and education. I previously received my Associates degree from Stanly Community College as well as my Administration Credentials. I believe that children’s growth is developmental and I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes their social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development. I also believe, at young ages, children learn through play. When given the opportunities to play and explore, children flourish. They learn to make choices, achieve strength, and gain a sense of independence. They learn to become who they were born to be.
My name is Aleshya Spruill and I am excited to be back at PIL. I am married with 3 beautiful and amazing children. My family is the reason why I put my heart into everything that I do. In 2006, I started working at PIL when I was 18. I decided to apply for a position after I completed my High School community service hours and an Internship in the previous years. While working here, I was given the amazing opportunity to further my education and make my dream job a reality. In 2011, I graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College with a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have aspirations of completing my Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba in the near future. My philosophy on life is to simply have fun, make memories and form bonds. Without this, you have 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. Thank you for the AMAZING opportunity to help be a part of your child’s daily routine.
McKenzie Caster – Flexible Assistant
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.
My name is Salina Arriola, a city girl that’s adapted to the southern lifestyle. New York raised, Carolina Living, and world traveling. My husband Anthony and I, are two young individuals who live by Faith, Love, and fun. I have attended Winston Salem State University and studied 3 years of Therapeutic Recreation; however, persons with disabilities and children are my passion. The Inclusive atmosphere at PIL is what captured me. I look forward to finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Birth to Kindergarten Education.
“We are a box of crayons each of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete.” Although I’ve worn many hats and worked with various age groups, nothing tops the growth, joy, and love I feel working in the classroom. I am very grateful to be a part of the PIL family. I also looking forward to shaping minds, making memories, and not only teaching. But learning from the little hearts that continue to shape mine.
Tina Hoffman – 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.
I am Ila Moore. I graduated from North Hills Christian School and RCCC. I didn’t know where God was leading me, so I am back at RCCC as a full time student. I love working with children, they are fun and cute too! I love music of just about any kind. I love hanging with my friends when they come down for a break from college. I love dogs and any other fluffy furry animals. I have one younger sister, and I have two dogs and two that are my grandpa’s, but I treat as my own.
Robin Walker – 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 – Associates Degree 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.
Jennifer Lemly – Lead Teacher – Associates Degree in Early Childhood
Emily Hough – Teacher – 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.
Laura Hilla – NC-PreK Assistant – Associate’s Degree in ECE
My husband Curt and I were married in 2003, and shortly after our son Matthew was born. Curt and Matthew both keep me busy, but I would not want to have it any other way. Matthew plays in the percussion section of his band and aspires to serve in the United States Air Force upon completion of college.
I am native to North Carolina and was the first Charles girl to be born into my family in 51 years! Since then there have only been 3 other Charles girls born amongst the 7 boys. The Charles family name will continue for a long time to come. In 2000, I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Durham Technical Community College, and in 2017, I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Stanly Community College. I am currently enrolled at Western Carolina University in the Birth to Kindergarten program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020 for my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
I have had the privilege of working with young children since 2008 and consider this career my calling. While most of my experience comes with the Preschool and Pre-K age groups, I have worked with all ages from Infants to After School Care. Children are gifts that we have the privilege to teach, and the best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book!
Amanda Bost – Flex Assistant
My name is Mandy Bost. I am married with no children (so far). Although I grew up in Salisbury, I live in Kannapolis. I attend Grace City Church in China Grove where I serve as Pre-K Sunday School teacher and an Awana assistant. My husband and I are family oriented and enjoy spending time with both of our families. I have my Early Childhood Credentials, and I am currently enrolled at Stanly Community College where I plan to attain my Associates Degree. I have been in Early Childcare for 5+ years, working with infants and toddlers. My philosophy on early childhood education is linked to Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It is my belief that our goal in child care and education is that every child is taken care of and we provide the tools to make sure that every child has every opportunity to succeed.
Lindsey Green – Flexible Assistant
My name is Lindsey Green. I just got married to my wonderful husband on June 9th 2018. I have a daughter, Destiny, and a fur baby named Rocky. We live in Salisbury. I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Chicago. I am currently in school to get my associates degree in early childhood education. My family and I enjoy being outdoors. We love fishing, camping, riding dirt bikes, cooking out, and taking cruises. I love children and want to work with them as long as I can. I also love what I do and working with my Partner’s family.
Hello my name is Alexis Tyson. I am from Laurinburg, NC. Before working in child care, I worked at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, for four years, as a Housekeeping and Laundry Mentor. I have been caring for children since 2008, as a nanny. I enjoy children and the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child, and it is my goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.
I have been with Partners In Learning since May 2017, this is the first job that I truly enjoy and feel part of a work family. I am a full time student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College pursuing an Associate of Arts degree, then transferring to UNC Charlotte for my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. My dream is to one day work for the Carolina Panthers. This job allows me to make a difference in the lives of our future while attempting to make my dream job come true. I consider myself truly blessed for the life I have.
I am newly married and together we have 3 busy boys. We enjoy hiking, traveling to visit family and friends in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, and also just relaxing at home. I am a North Carolina native and grew up mostly in Cabarrus County where I graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 2001. After graduating, I worked in retail for several years until the birth of my first son. Shortly after his birth, I was given the opportunity to work as a secretary at my church’s daycare center, and it was there that I fell in love with working with little ones and their families. It wasn’t long before I asked to be trained as a teacher and made an easy transition into the classroom. Since then, I have been blessed to work with children of nearly every age, but I found that my gifting was with infants and young toddlers. From the very beginning our little ones are filled with new curiosity about their world and they delight in the tiniest of discoveries. That is one of the many aspects of working with young children that inspires me to learn more, so I can offer more to my students and my own children. I am currently just shy of completing my Associate’s Degree, which I plan to finish this fall. Upon completion, I will be transferring to obtain a degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies. With my experience I have found that children need to be treated as individuals, they will reach milestones at their own time and do not need to be pushed, but rather gently guided and encouraged. I am excited to be part of the PIL team, and I am looking forward to getting to know the children and families.
Lindsey Cox – Flexible Assistant
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.
I graduated from Carson High School in 2018. I will attend Rowan Cabarrus Community College in the spring of 2019 to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Partners in Learning is my first opportunity to work with children. I have been around younger children in my family throughout my life but have never gained the experience needed for educating young children. I feel as if Partners in Learning will be a great opportunity for me, and I look forward to working with the children and their families.
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.
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.
I am married to a wonderful man named David and have 2 grown children and a granddaughter and she is my pride and joy. I love spending everyday with her and watching her grow. She is funny, loving and keeps me young at heart. I enjoy traveling, movies, reading, and will forever be a beach girl. Family is very important to me and so making memories is the one thing I try to do. I graduated from Horry Georgetown Tech in Myrtle Beach SC in Early Childhood Education. I am blessed to be working at Partners In Learning. The staff is wonderful. Working with children brings me joy and I love just watching them be kids by playing, laughing, getting dirty and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they realize something that they have learned. Thank you for the opportunity to love your child and to teach them to have courage and be kind.
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.
Michelle Dickinson – Flexible 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.
My name is Brooklinn Snyder and I just recently graduated from West Stanly High School. I am 17 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 plan to attend Stanly Community to further my career and education in Early childcare. I love Partners in Learning; it’s like my second home.
Christian Adames – Flexible Teacher
Hello! My name is Christian Adames and I have lived in Rowan County my whole life. From a young age I have worked with children. I grew up raising my younger sister, Haley. At 11, I attended Cornerstone Church where, up until the age of 16 I was an assistant teacher in the child care classrooms during church services. I now go to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and I have a two year old son, Jace. I graduated from Salisbury High school in 2017. I am currently attending Catawba College to receive my BSN degree in 2021. Jace started attending PIL in August of 2017. Ever since he started he has learned so much. I knew when I enrolled Jace at PIL that this was the place I wanted to be. Jace’s father and I are together and what we strive to become is for him! My goal is to make a difference in each child’s life by ensuring every child feels loved, important, and confident. I have always had a love for children so being able to be a child care teacher gives me great pride. I am honored to be a part of the PIL family!
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.
April Pearman – Bears/Lead 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!
Tiffany Hardin, 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 – Busy Bees/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.
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.
Jennifer Misenheimer – Peacocks NC PreK Assistant
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.
Amber Wilkey – Frogs/Assistant
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 – Peacocks NC Prek Lead Teacher
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!
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. Who 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 – Bachelor’s Degree
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 – Turtles/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.
Delisha Rankin – Frogs/Assistant
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.
Brianne Snider – Flexible Teacher
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.