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WENDY PARTIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Wendy has a BS in Special Education from ECU, a Birth-Kindergarten add-on licensure and is beginning a Masters program in Educational Leadership Policy and Advocacy in Early Childhood from UNCW - starting Fall 2015. Wendy has been in the education field for 21 years, 15 of which have been spent working in the early childhood field! Wendy first joined the WPCC as a parent in 2009 and then as a staff member in 2010. Her favorite apart about WPCC is the small family feel! The staff all work together and know all the students; they are open-minded, diverse, educated and most importantly are at WPCC because they believe in our mission. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children watching movies and going to the beach! She also enjoys reading, sudoku, yoga, eating out and shopping! ``Believe`` is Wendy's favorite word! Her glass is always half-full or overflowing, and she is a true Cary-ite!

NICOLE BUTTERS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Nicole has worked with children and their families for 9 years and earned a degree in Special Education: General Curriculum and a Birth-Kindergarten add-on licensure from UNCG. She taught in the Wake County System as a Resource Teacher for kindergarten and first grade students before joining the White Plains staff in August 2010. She was a Lead Teacher for the Bear classroom for two years before transitioning to administration. ``My favorite part about WPCC is the family feel. The fact that everyone knows not only each child, but their parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. It allows for a truly cohesive approach towards ensuring our students develop to their greatest potential.`` In her free time she enjoys being by the water, spending time with family and friends, shopping, running and watching Duke Basketball!

MADISON LEWIS

COMMUNICATIONS ADMIN

Madison graduated from Appalachian State with a BS in Social Work. She began at WPCC teaching in the Pandas class in January 2013 and has since transitioned into administration. Madison loves building relationships with the families and staff of WPCC. Madison enjoys catching the fun, silly and sweet moments around the center and charing them with you through social media. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading , spending time with her family and UK basketball, GO WILDCATS!

KELLIE HAIGHT

FINANCE ADMIN

Kellie in a San Diego native who moved to Raleigh 6 years ago. Kellie has over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, mostly in finance and administration, and she joined the WPCC team in January 2015. Kelly's favorite aspect about working at WPCC, is ``seeing how passionate the teachers and staff are about the children and our mission and hearing stories about how far kids have progressed while attending WPCC.`` When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and our their new dog, Dylan; working out, especially spin classes. Kellie also loves to cook for family and friends. ``Go Chargers!``

< style="color:#868585;" class=" subtitle ">PANDAS CLASS

AGE: 1-2 YEARS OLD

TANIKA BOWSER

PANDAS LEAD TEACHER

Tanika joined the WPCC staff in January 2013 after graduation from NC Central with a BA in Psychology. Tanika said, ``At WPCC, I enjoy all the hugs, smiles and laughter the children bring to my life daily!`` In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, going shopping, watching movies and hanging out with friends! Her favorite quote is, ``Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world`` -Nelson Mandela

ELENA RIVERA

PANDAS CO-TEACHER

Elena joined the WPCC staff in June 2014 and has over 18 years experience working in the early childhood field. She has both Infant and Toddler/ Preschool certifications and she attended the Urban College of Boston and Cambridge College. ``At WPCC, I enjoy the family atmosphere, the inclusiveness that WPCC offers the children and the families, to see the children's smiles and the love they express to us when they feel safe and loved - I definitely love what I do!`` Away from WPCC, Elena enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and listening to music.

Yadelis Escarfullery

PANDAS CO-TEACHER

Biography and photo coming soon!

< style="color:#868585;" class=" subtitle ">GIRAFFES CLASS

AGE: 2-3 YEARS OLD

JAMIE LISSAUER

GIRRAFES LEAD TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

HILARY COVIL

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

< style="color:#868585;" class=" subtitle ">TURTLES CLASS

AGE: 2-3 YEARS OLD

TURTLES LEAD TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

MARIA PANIAGUA

FLOATER

Maria has earned the NC Child Care Credentials 1 & 2 and Early Educator Certification. She began her experience in child care by interning while in school and started working with the WPCC family in April 2005. Maria shared ``My passion is to teach young children. The highlight of my day at WPCC is watching a child eyes light up when they learn/try something new. WPCC also allows family to express their cultural traditions. Being from the Hispanic background this is very important to me. It allows me to interpret for some our our dual language learners.`` In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and they enjoys doing various arts and crafts together as well as outdoor adventures. Maria's favorite quote is ``Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive, who is your than you. -Dr. Seuss

Anna Lee Warasila

TURTLES CO-TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

< style="color:#868585;" class=" subtitle ">BEARS CLASS

AGE: 3-4 YEARS OLD

JANITTA DAVIS

BEARS LEAD TEACHER

Janitta joined the WPCC staff in March of 2011. She has worked as the lead teacher to both the Turtles class and now the Bears class. Janitta has an Associate's degree in Human Services and a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education with a NC Birth-Kindergarten teaching licensure. Janitta said, ``There are many reason as to why I enjoy working at WPCC. I believe true growth as a person can happen only by challenging yourself with situations that are unfamiliar to you. Throwing yourself into a job in which you can encounter people of different social economic status', ethnicities, religions and with different philosophies, learning styles, and backgrounds can only cause you to grow as a person, and WPCC provides that environment.`` Janitta spends her free time surrounded by family and friends, traveling, shopping and watching my favorite movies.

TASIA MCDONALD-RUDD

BEARS CO-TEACHER

Tasia had been at WPCC since June 2005. She attended Wake Tech. and obtained the Early Childhood Education Certificate and her Credentials 1 & 2. Tasia's favorite aspect of WPCC, ``is meeting and becoming a part of many different families``. Away from WPCC, Tasia enjoys babysitting and has kept up with many of our past and current families, watching the children grow. In her free time, Tasia enjoys thrifting, cleaning and working out.

HALEY SCHMIDT

CO-TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

< style="color:#868585;" class=" subtitle ">CHIPMUNKS CLASS

AGE: 4-5 YEARS OLD

Leslie Harris

CHIPMUNKS LEAD TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

AMANDA BOYKIN

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

Amanda has earned her Early Childhood Certificate and has over 11 years experience working with children. She joined White Plains Children’s Center in February 2004 and says she loves WPCC because, ``I love being able to go to work and not be judged. I can be silly, goofy, loving, and caring because they love me the way I am. We think we are teaching the children, but they are actually teaching us.`` Her primary interests are her two young sons, but in her free time she enjoys anything dealing with arts and crafts or cheering on her Louisville Cardinals. Mrs. Amanda shared that her favorite kid quote is ``Mrs. Amanda, would you be my at school mommy? But not if I'm sick, I need my real mommy then, but other than that will you?``

MARY BETH YOUNG

TURTLES CO-TEACHER

Mary Beth joined the WPCC in June 2015. Mary Beth graduated with a BA in Music from Campbell University. Mary Beth has worked with children for several years including working with the children's music program at Edenton UMC, leading preschool music classes and nannying. Mary Beth shared that she enjoys WPCC ``because we actually get to spend time playing with the kids, allowing us to build relationships that are stronger than simply being their teachers``. In her free time Mary Beth enjoys music, sewing, and crafts.

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Jodi Jeffries

FLOATER

Bio coming soon!