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ADMINISTRATION

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!``

PANDAS CLASS

AGE: 1 YEAR OLDS

YADELIS ESCARFULLERY

PANDAS LEAD TEACHER

Yadelis began her career at White Plains back in 2015 when she began volunteering in the Pandas class. Over the last three years, Yadelis has transitioned to subbing, then a Pandas co-teacher and now the Pandas 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. In her free time, Yadelis enjoys reading and dancing. You pronounce her name saying the ``Y`` like a ``J`` sound!

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.

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

JAMIE LISSAUER

GIRRAFES LEAD TEACHER

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!``

SHERI COPELAND

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

Bio & Picture coming soon!

REGAN DUNLAP

GIRAFFES CO-TEACHER

Bio & Picture 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?``

RACHEL KISEROW

TURTLES CO-TEACHER

Rachel joined the White Plains Children's Center staff in August 2017. She is an NC State grad with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Rachel developed a love for working with children while she interned at Frankie Lemmon Developmental Center helping with daily activities. She also interned at Pediatric Therapy Associates, working alongside a speech therapist helping to create materials. While attending NCSU, she spent a semester working with an educational psychologist researching early childhood literacy and helping to implement the program in an after school program. Rachel is a Cary native and has lived here all her life, aside from a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen. When she is not at work, you can probably find her at an NC State football game, the mountains, or the beach. She loves travelling and being outdoors.

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 & Picture coming soon!

CHIPMUNKS CLASS

AGE: 4-5 YEARS OLD

TANIKA BOWSER

CHIPMUNKS 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

KELSEY WALKER

CHIPMUNKS CO-TEACHER

Bio & Picture Coming Soon!

MARY BETH YOUNG

CHIPMUNKS 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.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

JODI JEFFRIES

FLOATER

Bio coming soon!

BRIANNA LINGLE

FLOATER

Bio & Pic coming soon!

VERONICA LASSITER

FOOD SPECIALIST

Bio coming soon!

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

LAUREN STALTE

SPEECH THERAPIST

Bio coming soon!

ALYSON GOEDERS

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Bio coming soon!

LESLEY PETEE

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Bio coming soon!