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ADMINISTRATION

NICOLE BUTTERS

EXECUTIVE 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!

JANITTA DAVIS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Bio to come!

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!``

PANDAS CLASS

AGE: 1 YEAR OLDS

KELSEY WALKER

PANDAS CO-TEACHER

Kelsey joined the WPCC team in November 2017 having worked with toddlers in a previous childcare. When she first joined the WPCC team she worked in our Chipmunk classroom, but is know loving on the littlest ones in the Pandas class. Kelsey is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and she graduated from Wake Tech with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys reading, playing with her two cats and doing yoga outside!

CHEYENNE SIMMONS

PANDAS CO-TEACHER

Cheyenne joined the WPCC staff in September 2017. Cheyenne is the second oldest of nine children ranging in age from 2 years old to 26 years old and she originally hails from Bristol, Rhode Island. Cheyenne worked with Angels on Horseback, assisting children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities have horsemanship opportunities. In Cheyenne's free time, she enjoys baking, cooking and spending time outdoors!

GIRAFFES CLASS

AGE: 2 YEAR OLDS

YADELIS ESCARFULLERY

GIRAFFES LEAD TEACHER

Yadelis began her career at White Plains back in 2015 when she began volunteering in the Pandas class. Over the next three years, Yadelis transitioned to subbing, then a Pandas co-teacher, then to the Pandas lead teacher and now to the Giraffes lead teacher. She moved here from Puerto-Rico and she is bilingual in Spanish. She has a bachelors degree in Psychology and her NC Early Childhood Credentials, and she developed her passion for working with individuals with special needs when nannying for a little one who had special needs. Recently, Yadelis has gone back to school to pursue her Special Education teaching licensure. In her free time, Yadelis enjoys reading and dancing. You pronounce her name saying the ``Y`` like a ``J`` sound!

MICHELLE MINTZ

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

CECE TALARO

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

PICTURE AND BIO COMING SOON!

TURTLES CLASS

AGE: 3 YEAR OLDS

SARA JOHNSON

TURTLES LEAD TEACHER

Sara joined the WPCC staff in July 2017, but she previously worked at White Plains Children's Center back in 2012. Sara has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelors degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education. She has many years of working in Early Childhood including as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Washington County Smart Start, working in the UNCG education lab child care settings, 11 years experience in NC Pre-K inclusive classrooms, most recently at the demonstration Pre-K at Project Enlightenment and serving children Birth-Three as a developmental therapist. In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking and she has hiked all the Appalachian Trail in NC and most of the Mountains to Sea Trail. She also has a fat cat named Britches and a silly wiggly dog named Gal!

AMANDA BOYKIN

TURTLES CO-TEACHER

Amanda has earned her Early Childhood Certificate and has over 13 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 and daughter, 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.

BEARS CLASS

AGE: 4 YEAR OLDS

QUI DOWNING

BEARS LEAD TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

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.

MADDIE CALVIN

BEARS CO-TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

CHIPMUNKS CLASS

AGE: 4-5 YEARS OLD

TANIKA ADEBIYI

CHIPMUNKS LEAD TEACHER

Tanika joined the WPCC staff in January 2013 after graduating from NC Central with a BA in Psychology. Tanika is currently in school pursuing her Birth-Kindergarten teaching licensure and will be done in December 2019! 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

ROBIN STOESSEL

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

PICTURE & BIO COMING SOON

JALICIA BARRETT

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

PICTURE & BIO COMING SOON!

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

JODI JEFFRIES

FLOATER

Bio coming soon!

BRIANNA LINGLE

FLOATER

Bri joined the WPCC team in Spring 2018 and she has worked with young children in a variety of childcare settings. Bri is a Cary native and graduated from UNC-Wilmington with her degree in Exercise Science. In her free time Bri enjoys working out and visiting family in New York and Florida. Fun fact - Everyone thinks Bri's younger sister is older than her!

JAMIE LISSAUER

FLOATER

Jamie joined the WPCC staff in July of 2017. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and she is currently pursing her Birth-Kindergarten license through UNC-Greensboro. Jamie taught in NC Public Schools for two years, before transitioning to early childhood for the last 2 years. Jamie has two cats that she adopted, she loves spending time with her three year old niece and she has a passion for LuLaRoe, especially the leggings! Jamie said, ``I knew I was going to be a teacher when I was 5. I love working with children and always have!``

VERONICA LASSITER

FOOD SPECIALIST

Bio coming soon!

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

LAUREN STALTE

SPEECH THERAPIST

Lauren is a Speech Pathologist who has been servicing kids in early intervention and in preschool for over 10 years. She has worked with students at WPCC since 2016. She is originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and she graduated from Bloomsburg University with her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time she loves spending time at the beach with her husband and 8 year old son. She is also the owner and Lead SLP of Little Bean Speech and in the early morning hours, you will find her at Jazzercise!

ALYSON GOEDERS

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Bio coming soon!

LESLEY PETEE

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Bio coming soon!