Meet Our Staff
The Cherished Children teaching team consists of educated and experienced early childhood professionals that are here to serve both you and your children.
Miss Carol has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 30 years. She was a teacher for over 22 years before she became director and owner. Miss Carol has a passion for education and a true love for every child that enters the doors of Cherished Children. She has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and has dedicated her life to the growth and education of children and families. She has created a center that is child-focused and family-friendly.
In her spare time Miss Carol likes taking her grandkids on adventures, reading, gardening and being involved with her church.
Tippy Tot Teacher
Miss Nancy has been at Cherished Children for 8 years and earned her CDA while working full time. She gives 100% of herself everyday. She is flexible, hardworking and helpful. She loves her job because it allows her to experience her own children's lives while being a part of other children's lives. She is loved by her Tippy Tots, the parents and her co-workers. She is a wonderful addition to the Cherished Children family.
Miss MeDong (or MiMi as the kids say) has been at Cherished Children for nearly 25 years. She has a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and has taken various Early Childhood classes over the years. Miss MeDong feels that children are her inspiration. She is wonderful at creating new and interesting ways to introduce new concepts to the children in fun and interesting ways. She keeps her toddlers busy and involved. She enjoys singing and dancing with the children and feels she will always be young because the children keep her so active. We hope that that is true, because we need Miss MeDong to be around for many, many more years!
When asked why she worked with children Miss MeDong gave us this quote:
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3)
Miss Erika has been in Early Childhood for over 13 years and at Cherished Children for 10 years. She is CDA certified, loves being a role model to the children and seeing them learn new things everyday. Miss Erika is patient and loving. We appreciate her easy going personality and her beautiful smile. We are happy to have her as part of the Cherished Children teaching team.
Miss Gaby has been at Cherished Children for over 12 years. She is creative, friendly and has a great attitude. She loves teaching the children new things and creating different experiences for them. She is a talented bi-lingual teacher and loves teaching Spanish words to the kids. She is wonderful at interacting with the children and creating strong bonds with the parents and the children. We are happy to have her as part of the Cherished Children family!
Mr. Jeff has been with Cherished Children for 18 years. He has a Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood as well as a B.S. in Geography. He has a great love for math and science and incorporates that into his daily lesson plans. Mr. Jeff enjoys hearing children's perspectives and has a wonderful ability to create lasting and positive relationships with children. He considers the children and staff at Cherished Children his extended family. He is married (see Miss Robin) with 3 children and a member of Mensa.
Miss Debbie E.
Miss Debbie has been with Cherished Children for nearly 25 years. She is an amazing teacher that comes in everyday ready for a new adventure. She is the kind of teacher that is able to develop good, strong relationships with the kids in her class because she is a good listener and really makes the children feel valued. She loves being able to get kids ready for kindergarten and watching her Explorers gain confidence and understanding as they progress through her class. We are so blessed to have Miss Debbie as a part of our staff.
Camper Teacher/Van Driver
Miss Alanda has been at Cherished Children for over 10 years. She is CDA certified. She loves working with children because it keeps her young. She brings patience, flexibilty and a sense of humor to work with her each day - and working with a classroom full of school age children means she uses them each day too. The children love Miss Alanda's big heart and fun projects.
Miss Alanda enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Miss Asiya has been in Early Childhood for 25 years, 10 of those being at Cherished Children. She has a Master's Degree in Special Education. Miss Asiya loves reading books, singing songs, doing art, and interacting with the children. She has a passion for helping kids develop language skills. She loves teaching infants sign language and watching them imitate her. She is a loving and affectionate teacher.
Miss Nighat is a preschool assistant teacher. She has been with Cherished Children for 16 years and worked with children in her home country, Pakistan, for 7 years before coming to the United States. She loves seeing the children learn and the hugs that they give her each day. We enjoy seeing Miss Nighats warm, beautiful smile lights up Cherished Children each time she works.
Miss Robin has been with Cherished Children for 18 years. She spent the first 7 years of her Cherished Children career in the Infant/Toddler/Twos Rooms. Nowadays she can usually be found at the front desk - making schedules, paying bills, doing payroll, etc. She misses being with the kids full time but tries to enjoy the few fleeting moments that she gets with them through out the day. She loves and appreciates all the staff, parents and children at the center and wants to do all she can to ensure Cherished Children is around to serve the community far into the future.