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
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!)
Dustin Stewart – Flexible Assistant
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.
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.
Beverly Bourn – Flexible Assistant – Associates Degree
Hi! My name’s Beverly Bourn, and I have lived in China Grove my entire life. I enjoy traveling, crafting, spending time with my fiancé, and playing with children. I have 2 sisters and a fur baby, Lyla. I graduated from Carson High School and I have an Associates in Arts degree from RCCC. I have worked with children for a number of years, from nursery in church when I was younger, to babysitting on the weekends while I was in school, to being an in-home nanny to two little boys. I have a special place in my heart for children and enjoy watching them grow and learn new things. I am so glad that I get to be a part of their development at this important stage in their life and I love what I do!
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.
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.
I am a southern girl, born and raised, in NC. I am very family oriented. I’ve had the opportunity to work with children since 2014, and I absolutely love it! In my spare time I enjoy hiking, exercising, going on adventures, and last, but not least, spending time with my family. I am really looking forward to getting to know all the children of PIL, and I am beyond grateful to be a part of the PIL family.
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.
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.
Angel Thomas – Flexible Assistant
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.
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!
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
My name is Cordell Atkinson, and I have lived in Rowan County since 2009. I am a 2014 graduate of East Rowan High School. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy working with my hands and spending time outdoors. I enjoy training my pigeons to fly and return home.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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!
Tina Hoffman – Frogs/Lead 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.
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!
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.
Emily Hough – Turtles/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.
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.
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. I grew up at the Catawba site, so it’s only fair to continue my growth at the Novant site!
Tiffany Eddinger – Owls/Assistant
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.
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.
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.