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 required to pursue at least 12 additional credit hours.
CHDCC Afternoon Assistants have completed an introductory course in Early Childhood Education, and many continue to take courses.
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: Infant/Toddler
Has been working at CHDCC since: March 2007
Grace has 13 years of experience working with kids, including as a kindergarten assistant teacher in Mexico. She is currently working on her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Children are Grace's passion and she loves watching them grow, learn, and become independent. Grace is fun, active, and creative, and likes to make learning fun by singing, dancing and playing.
Has been working at CHDCC since: August 2010
Carima's passion has always been to teach young children. The highlights of her days at work are when she sees a child’s eyes light up when they learn or accomplished something new. She enjoys watching and guiding them as they explore the world around them. The activities that they are engaged in bring so much excitement to their faces. She believes early childhood teachers give children a positive experience to remember and expose them to things that they may not be exposed to at home. She knows that at CHDCC, a kid can be a kid!
Has worked at CHDCC since: November 2013
Ebony is working toward an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for eight years and has enjoyed every day of it. She describes herself as a mom, creative and active. The most satisfying part of teaching, in her opinion, is knowing that she positively influences the lives of the future generation.
Has worked at CHDCC since: August 2014
Keona has been working in child care since 2002, when she was still in high school. She loves seeing the children's different personalities and watching them grow. She gained experience by helping her mom raise foster children. She fell in love with the idea of teaching children because at this age their minds are so impressionable and she can teach and foster so much learning. When she realized how much she could help and teach young children she knew that is what she wanted to do. She describes herself as fun, silly and creative. She makes learning fun by singing songs and incorporating music and entertainment.
Has worked at CHDCC since: December 2014
Susannah, who has been teaching her whole adult life, first worked at CHDCC from 1995-1997 and returned in December of 2014. She finds that her students both challenge and inspire her and she respects each child as a unique individual with the ability to succeed in whatever he/she desires. As an early childhood educator, she enjoys getting to sing, dance, read books, do art, build with blocks, play games, pretend, and go outside every day. There is nothing she finds more rewarding than being a part of a child’s life, to share their experiences and watch them learn, grow, and develop. She feels that seeing the world through their eyes makes teaching each day an exciting, fun adventure.
Has been working at CHDCC since: March 2016
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!
Has been working at CHDCC since: August 2016
Maria has been in child care for two years now and says that the best thing about teaching children is to look at their faces when they learn something new. As a teacher, it makes her feel good about herself and she enjoy teaching young children new things. She is currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood and, after achieving this degree, Maria plans to begin work on her Bachelor's.
Has been working at CHDCC since: December 2016
Latasha has been in the field of child care for over 20 years working five of those years as an administrator of a center and is currently working on her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Latasha describes herself as patient and caring. She finds teaching satisfying especially when she gets to watch children learn and grow.
Has been working at CHDCC since: January 2017
Miriam describes herself as compassionate, receptive and organized. This is her first experience working in early childhood. Miriam came into early childhood when she realized her true talent and passions lie with young children and their families. She began working at CHDCC as an afternoon assistant, and after taking several early childhood classes she became a primary teacher. She makes learning fun by singing songs, getting messy and trying new things. She believes the most satisfying thing about teaching is seeing what the kids create when given the chance to use their imagination.
chdcc primary teachers: Preschool
Has been working at CHDCC since: November 1999
Nahija 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 more than 18 years at CDHCC, she has found that the most satisfying part of teaching is seeing the children grow and learn.
Has been working at CHDCC since: November 2006
Krista likes to create activities that let the children explore and find new ways to engage in the activity. She enjoys cooking projects, music, dance and, of course, reading.To her, the most satisfying thing about teaching is watching the children grow and change. She likes to see their faces when they learn something new and to hear their laughter.
Has been working at CHDCC since: January 2007
Latiel 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. But 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.
Has been working at CHDCC since: October 2010
Nicole 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 the ability to be able to interact with 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.”
Has been working at CHDCC since: September 2013
Brittney loves conversing with young children, their honesty and imagination, seeing the world through their eyes and helping them learn and discover new things.She describes herself as dedicated, organized and patient.
Has been working at CHDCC since: August 2016
Sonia has worked in the child development field for 20 years and has a BS in Child Development and Family Relations. She says that the best part about teaching is seeing the development of her students' progress. She describes herself as cordial, sociable and happy spirited!
Has been working at CHDCC since: August of 2017
Courtney has worked in child care for the last four years and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She became an early childhood educator because she loves children and knows how important the early years are for a child’s development. She believes it is important for children to have positive experiences and knows she can help foster that in a child’s early years. Courtney makes learning fun by making it natural. She creates activities that children are interested in with the hope it will keep their interest and they will want to learn more. Courtney describes herself as energetic, creative and silly.
CHDCC Floating Teachers
Has been working at CHDCC since: January 2005
Gloria describes herself as caring, creative, and patient and feels that her patience that is what makes her an asset in the classrooms. Gloria says the most satisfying aspect of teaching is to see the difference she makes in the lives of the children she teaches. Gloria makes learning fun by focusing on the children's interests and incorporating those interests into everyday activities and games.
Has been working at CHDCC since: March 2016
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 he best thing about teaching young children is seeing "my little friends smile. It makes me smile too!"
CHDCC afternoon assistants
Has been working at CHDCC since: October 2014
Jolmar's first child care experience was as a volunteer at CHDCC, after which she taught for several years. She states that she ventured out because of a wanderlust and thirst for adventure and went to work at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. She stayed there for 17 years before returning to CHDCC, the place of her first child care experiences,.
Has been working at CHDCC since: November 2017
Mindy has cared for children for many years as a babysitter for multiple families, a volunteer in the infant and toddler rooms at her church and as an afternoon assistant in a community school in Asheville. Mindy describes herself as nurturing, optimistic and introverted. She makes learning fun by singing, “no, matter what it is, if you sing it, it’s fun!” She loves creating a loving bond with the children in her care and seeing all their happy faces. In her off-time Mindy teaches yoga and hopes to begin offering free classes to women at the rape crisis and prevention center.