The Chapel Hill Day Care Center's staff are highly qualified child caregivers.
All of our staff members are highly qualified professionals.
At least 75% of our Primary Teachers have an Associate or Bachelor degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a similar field. The other Primary Teachers have a minimum of 12 credit hours in Early Childhood and are encouraged and supported in continuing their education.
Our full-time Floating Teachers have at least an introductory course in Early Childhood Education and are encouraged to pursue additional coursework.
Prior to employment, each staff member was carefully evaluated to ensure a good match with our program philosophy. This process included an in-depth interview with the administrators, reference checks, observation of the applicant interacting with children in a classroom, input from staff about those interactions, and a criminal background check through the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.
CHDCC Primary Teachers
Krista, who joined the CHDCC team in 2006, has earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Family Intervention. In her classroom she likes to create activities that encourage children to explore and find creative ways to engage in the activity. She enjoys cooking projects, music, dance, and reading to the children. Krista says that the most satisfying things about teaching is watching children grow and change, seeing their faces when they learn something new, and hearing their laughter. In her personal life, she likes to read, watch tv, hang out with friends, and go to the movies.
Latiel has her Early Childhood Credentials and has been teaching young children at CHDCC since 2007. She became an early childhood educator because she believes there is nothing more rewarding than watching a child grow, and that to go from first steps to figuring out how to solve problems both for themselves and others is what life is all about. She also believes that as an adult, it is easy to forget what it is like to be a child. However, when she can be as silly as a three-year-old, remember to laugh and make fun of herself, learning is not only fun but memorable. Latiel enjoys travel and spending time with her children.
Nicole has her Early Childhood Credentials and 20 years of experience in early childhood. Almost half of those years have been at CHDCC! She describes herself as creative, organized, and cheerful and it shows in her daily interactions with the children. The most satisfying thing about teaching for Nicole is getting to know all the kids at CHDCC. She likes to be able to interact with the children while supporting their play, exploration, and learning. She asks open-ended questions throughout their play and says it is satisfying to hear, during their discussions, what they are able to recount about the things they have learned a day, a week, and even a month ago. “The things they say will surprise you every time.”
Shannon has been in child care for 20 years. She has a BS in Child Development and Family Relations from NCCU...Go Eagles! She says that children are so eager to learn even at an early age and feels that he very best part of working with young children is that every day in different! Shannon enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Porche has worked in the child care field for 14 years. She holds several Early Childhood Education certificates including ECE Credentials, Administration I & II, Infant /Toddlers & Two's, and Special Needs. She describes herself as loving and caring and states that the best thing about teaching young children is seeing "my little friends smile. It makes me smile too!" Porche enjoys traveling and shopping!
Sonia has worked in the child development field for more than 20 years and has a BS in Child Development and Family Relations. She says that the best part about teaching is watching the children learn and grow. She describes herself as cordial, sociable and happy spirited! Sonia enjoys watching movies, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Maria has earned an Early Childhood Diploma and a Child Development Associate from Wake Tech Community College. She will graduate in December 2018 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys learning and hopes to continue her studies through the Bachelor’s level or higher. Maria has over 12 years of teaching experience in North Carolina Early Education Spanish Immersion settings. When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with her family, studying, or creating art pieces with her sewing.
Jackie is from Durham, NC and graduated from North Carolina Central University with a BS in Behavioral and Social Science concentrating in Education. While at NCSU she spent a great deal of time participating in internships, volunteering, mentoring, public speaking, and participating in campus activities. She also gained experience over those 4 years in three different child care centers. Jackie enjoys working with children because she loves their creativity and watching their young minds at work. She has two very spoiled Chihuahuas, Lola and Jaidah, who run the house. She is very family oriented, and has a huge family. She loves to cook, read, play card and board games, try to fix thing on her own (which she says she is terrible at), go to Karaoke with friends and family, shop, listen to music, and watch movies.
Marilyn is originally from Honduras and moved to the United States to fulfill all her goals. She is studying at Wake Tech Community College where she has obtained her Early Childhood Credentials and plans to pursue her Associates Degree in Early Childhood in the Fall. Marilyn has worked with children since she did her volunteer service at school, and she says it was an incredible experience. She also volunteered at a public school in California as an Assistant Teacher. Marilyn enjoys that children learn through new experiences and likes to help them with their problems in a dynamic way. She considers herself a very cheerful and patient person. She also likes to learn new things, spend time with her brother, and enjoys reading.
Ting-An, who goes by the nickname of Ting-Ting, is originally from Taiwan and earned a BA in Early Childhood and Family Education from the National Taipei University of Education. She spent a year as an exchange student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and worked for two years in a Reggio Emilia-inspired kindergarten in Singapore. She says that she really enjoyed embracing a diverse working environment with students and teachers from various cultural backgrounds. Additionally, she says that she loves creative activities and problem solving with kids and that nothing is more fun to her than seeing the children grow in their curiosity and discover the beauty of the world with them. Ting-An enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and sports.
Rosemary was a nanny for six years and then decided to get her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. She will graduate soon! She says she enjoys introducing children to various forms of art and encouraging them to connect with and learn about the natural world. She also loves animals, plants, gardening, doing crafts, and reading.
Sue has a BS in Art Education and, since the early '80s, has worked in a variety of settings with children from infancy through high school. Through observation, Sue seeks to discover what piques a child’s interests and then guides the child to explore and discover new insights. Learning through the child’s perspective influences Sue to view things differently and to learn more about the topics that interest the children. She says that she loves how each day brings joy, laughter, and the lightbulb moments when the children understand something they didn’t before! She feels it is a special honor to be able to impact and influence young children. Sue took a number of years off from teaching to homeschool her four children. Both daughters are in the early childhood field and both sons have served in our military. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren and her Yorkie. She enjoys traveling and meeting people from various cultures, as well as, drawing, painting, and gardening.
Shantae joined the CHDCC team with a Bachelors in Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University and two years experience working with young children. She’s excited to be part of the team and looks forward to continuing to grow as an early childhood teacher. She enjoys being a stepping stone in children’s learning processes and says that the children inspire her to be the best teacher she can be. Her goal is to help each child grow and develop and prepare them for their next steps. Shantae describes herself as a team player who is highly motivated. She enjoys spending her free time serving in her church and singing in the choir.
Tracy has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and 17 years of experience in the field. She says she enjoys children’s energy and watching them learn. In her downtime, Tracy she likes to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys traveling.
CHDCC Floating Teachers
Nahija has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood in addition to the Bachelors Degree she earned while living in Bangladesh. She has been a part of the CHDCC team since 1999. She became an early childhood teacher because she likes children and enjoys spending time with them. She describes herself as cheerful, honest and loyal. Nahija makes learning fun by singing, dancing, and incorporating new, age appropriate activities and materials into the classroom frequently. In her almost 20 years at CDHCC, she has found that the most satisfying part of teaching is seeing the children grow and learn. She enjoys gardening at home.
Jolmar's first child care experience was as a volunteer at CHDCC in the mid-1990’s, followed by teaching here for several years. She was welcomed back to our team in 2014. Jolmar has her Early Childhood Credential and more than 20 years experience. When asked what she likes about working with children, she replied, “Everything…their laughter, energy, curiosity, hugs in the morning and kisses at night.” In her spare time, Jolmar enjoys painting, drawing and spending time with family.
Ruth is currently attending Alamance Community College to get her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always enjoyed working with children and has provided care in their homes for children of all ages for many years. She says she's very excited to be at Chapel Hill Day Care and helping the children learn and flourish. Ruth enjoys playing with her dogs, swimming, and spending time outdoors.
Aminta has a Bachelors Degree in Education with more than 20 years‘ of experience in the early childhood field. While growing up in El Salvador, she always wanted to be a teacher and has a passion for working with younger children. She likes working in early childhood because she feels she can help children develop as individuals and gain life-long skills During her free time, Aminta likes to spend time with her family, dogs, attend church and go to the lake.