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ADMINISTRATION

NICOLE BUTTERS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nicole has worked with children and their families for 13 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

Janitta rejoined WPCC in 2018 as part of the administration team, but previously worked at WPCC from 2011-2017 as the lead teacher of the Pandas and Bears classrooms over the years. Janitta has an A.D. in Human Service and a B.S. in Early Childhood with a Birth-Kindergarten Licensure. She has many years of working with our youngest learners! Janitta worked with ages 3-5 in Pitt County, before leaving Pitt County and relocating to Wake County. Janitta also served on the Preschool Assessment/Itinerant Team for Durham Public Schools. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development is a true honor and task that Janitta accepts daily. She strives to create a community of learners that nurtures each child's growth in a positive, fun environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, relatives, and friends. Janitta also enjoys music, shopping, cooking, watching sports, and going on vacation with her family. Janitta shared she is looking forward to working together with each child and their family as partners in each child’s growth and development!

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

HALEY SCHMIDT

CO-LEAD PANDAS TEACHER

Haley joined the WPCC staff originally from 2016-2017. Haley then left to pursue getting her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. Recently Haley graduated and chose to return to WPCC in December of 2019 as the co-lead of our Pandas classroom. Haley also has a B.A. in Psychology from Mars Hill University. Away from work Haley enjoys playing and coaching soccer, spending time with her husband and dog Dani. She enjoys being outside and being active, crocheting blankets or scarves, and spending time with her family. Haley shared, ``I enjoy working with children, watching them grow over time, and seeing all the fun that kids have together creatively coming up with different play schemes.``

JODI JEFFRIES

CO-LEAD PANDAS TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

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!

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!

CHEYENNE SIMMONS

GIRAFFES 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!

BRIANNA LINGLE

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

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!

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?``

BEARS CLASS

AGE: 4 YEAR OLDS

QUI DOWNING

BEARS LEAD TEACHER

Bio coming soon!

MCKENZIE LONGNECKER

BEARS CO-TEACHER

McKenzie joined the WPCC staff in February 2020. McKenzie is from Wilmington, NC and prior to joining the WPCC staff McKenzie worked at a CAP-C provider for children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. McKenzie is pursuing a degree in Social Work. A few fun facts: McKenzie loves to play softball, she has two siblings and they all three were born in the month of June, and her favorite place to visit is the mountains!

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 then furthered her education by pursuing her Birth-Kindergarten teaching licensure and graduated 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 VAUTERS

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

Robin joined the WPCC staff in the summer of 2019. Robin is originally from Bronx, NY and she graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Behavioral Science. Robin shared that she enjoys empowering young minds. Before working for WPCC, she was a substitute teacher for many years and enjoyed working with children on all different levels of the learning continuum. Away from work, Robin enjoys exploring nature trails and parks, swimming, and playing tennis.

JALICIA BARRETT

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

Jalicia joined the WPCC staff in the summer of 2019. Jalicia graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor's in Social Work and then continued on and graduated from Walden University with her Master's in Social Work. Jalicia is originally from Conway, NC. Three fun facts about Jalicia are: that is a very loving and happy person, she loves her job at WPCC and she is very family-oriented, including her two adorable little boys.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

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!