The faculty and staff of Central Baptist Preschool are committed Christians called by God to teach, train and minister to the whole child: spirit, soul, and body.  We believe our teachers are important role models and have a tremendous impact on the lives of our children.  They will teach and evaluate, plan and prepare, relate and counsel, pray and care.

Our staff looks forward to serving the needs of your child.  Please pray for them and give them your respect and encouragement.

Administrative Staff

Evette Orcutt, Interim Director

Emily Jones, Assistant Director

Hi Everyone!

It is such an honor to be here at CBC Preschool. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in May of 2013 and began working here at Central in September of that same year. I began as a substitute/floater and moved to a position as co-teacher in the Dragonflies class. I then moved to the front office where I served as the preschool’s Administrative Assistant for two years. I was ecstatic when, earlier this year, I was granted the opportunity to become the Assistant Director. I cherish every day that I get to see your sweet little ones grow, explore, and learn about God’s love for each of them! I will soon graduate from Liberty University Online with my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and will go on to specialize in Play Therapy. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for CBC Preschool in the coming years. I adore building relationships with each of our fantastic preschool families, and look forward to meeting new families soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me here at the center with any needs that may arise. Be Blessed!

Nikki Thorne, Administrative Assistant

Hey, I’m Nikki! I am originally from just outside of Greenville, NC. I moved to Wendell in 2014 and I have worked here at CBC Preschool since then. Initially, I worked as an afternoon assistant for the Fireflies class, then the Crickets. In my second year here, I began working as a full time co-teacher, and in May of 2017 was asked to step in as Administrative Assistant. I have served in various ministries of my church for many years and love being able to see the Lord working in the lives of young children. I intend to go back to school in the Fall for early childhood education. I am so excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with each of your children every day, and I count it such a joy to be able to watch them explore the world around them while learning about Jesus’ love for them!

Laurel Heffner, Education Specialist

My name is Laurel Heffner.  I am pleased to have been with Central Baptist Church Preschool since its opening.  I served as Assistant Teacher in the Infant Room, and as Lead Teacher in both the Bumblebees and Fireflies rooms before becoming the Education Specialist in August 2015.I hold an Associate in Applied Science in Secretarial Science from The University of Akron and the State of North Carolina Early Childhood Credential. Working with children has always been rewarding to me even as a teenager working with immigrant children and being a nanny during college.  For the past sixteen years I have served in preschool and children’s ministry in various capacities such as Bible Study leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Preschool Director, and Vacation Bible School teacher.  I have also homeschooled for ten years. My husband and I have three children.  Our oldest child is working as a chemist, our middle child is a mutual fund research analyst, and our youngest enters high school in 2017.  Our house of worship and service is The Passage Church in Wendell.  If I were to name a life verse it would be Colossians 4:2.  “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” I like to read, attend our children’s events, and spend time with my family.

Lisa Jones, Church Ministry Liaison

Hi everyone! My name is Lisa Jones, and I currently serve as the Ministry Liaison for Central Baptist Church/ CBC Preschool. As the founding director of CBCP, this place has always held a very special place in my heart. I have often said that I know the Lord has His hand in what we do here at CBC Preschool. It has been amazing to see this center grow over the past seven years. Watching your little ones grow in their walks with Jesus is such a rewarding experience. Although I resigned as director a few years ago, my heart was always with CBC Preschool and I never went far! I continued to be very involved with the preschool ministry, as well as other ministries within the church.  I was so thrilled when I was afforded the opportunity to return officially to CBC Preschool earlier this year. My job is to help connect our preschool families to the church and help them get plugged in. If you have any questions about Central Baptist Church, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Caterpillars Class

Bernice Brantley, Co-Teacher

Hi!  My name is Bernice Brantley and I am 59 years old.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Rickey, for 41 years.  We have one daughter, Lindsey.  She is married and has two daughters, Caroline and Ainsley. My husband and I are members of Union Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon.  I have been working in childcare for about 16 years and have been with infants and toddlers for most of those years.  My philosophy for rearing children is to give them love, guidance, and boundaries.  If we let God be our guide and our strength, our children will learn by example and grow up to be strong, wonderful people.

Jennifer Wood, Co-Teacher

Hello!  My name is Jennifer Wood.  I live in Middlesex, where my husband, Stacy, and our two teens, Ceilia and Tre, attend Calvary Faith Center. I began at Central Baptist Preschool in February 2017.  Although my past employment has been in the medical field, I have child development experience through service in my church.  I believe children are God’s little presents–there is so much to learn by watching His Creation grow, and being a part of this is truly a blessing!  I feel blessed that I can have fun with children and be able to praise God at the same time.  AWESOME!!  I look forward to helping raise God’s little treasures with you!

Butterflies Class

 Morgan Mize, Floater/Substitute

Hey, I am Morgan Mize. I am so honored to be apart of a center whose main goal is to provide Christian education. I began my journey at CBC preschool as a volunteer in 2013. The next year I began to work as an afternoon assistant and substitute. Since then I have held several different positions (primarily in birth to twos) throughout the preschool. Currently, I am a student at Barton. I am pursuing a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. Working with children has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Children have such unique minds and perspectives. It brings me so much joy to watch them grow intellectually and spiritually everyday. Thank you so much for trusting me with your precious babies everyday!

Bumblebees Class

Amanda Hunter, Floater/Substitute

Hi! My name is Amanda Hunter. I’m 2o years old and have worked with children for most of my life. I have always helped in the nursery at church, and helped with Vacation Bible School when I was too old to attend. I really enjoy working with kids, and I especially love the children here at CBC Preschool! I was formerly in school to be a paramedic, but I feel as though God has called me to become a teacher! I will be going back to school soon for early childhood education. I’m excited to see what God does in the children’s lives and I am so glad that I get to be a part of it!


Meganne McKenzie, Co-Teacher

My name is Meganne McKenzie. I am 26 years old. I worked here at CBCP from 2014-2016 and am so excited to be home again! I love being in the Bumblebee class. My main goal is to create a safe & loving atmosphere in our class for the children. I want to make sure fun is involved in their learning as well!


Crickets Class

Christi Ferrell, Co-Teacher

My name is Christi Ferrell. I have three grown daughters and one teenage daughter. I also have four grandchildren! I am passionate about children. Before teaching at Central, I had an in-home daycare for over seven years. I always say you can learn a lot from children and you can never go wrong when you invest in the life of a child. I feel so blessed that I can come to work each day and teach these children. It is especially wonderful to be able to teach them in a Christian environment. Each of these children are such a gift and I am honored that I can be a part of their lives.

April Washak, Afternoon Assistant

Hi, my name is April Washak. I’ve been working at Central since February of 2016. My husband and I currently attend Hilltop Church, where we minister through our college Sunday school class and children’s ministries. I am currently a full time student at Southeastern FWB college studying elementary education. I have committed my life to serving my Savior, wherever He may lead us. I’m happy to be able to watch your children grow and learn each day at preschool. My goal is to love them and point them closer to Jesus!

Grasshoppers Class

Abigail Fuentes, Co-Teacher

Hello!  I am blessed to be part of the staff at Central Baptist Preschool.  I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Child Life from East Carolina University.  My husband and I have a beautiful baby girl named Melody whom we welcomed into the world in September 2015. Children’s early years are critical to their development, and having a Christ-centered foundation is the beginning to a successful future.  My passion for working with children began when I took a child development class in high school.  I have had various internship, practicum and volunteer opportunities in child care, early intervention and hospital settings where I have gained valuable experience in working with children.  I was raised in a Christian home and at the age of thirteen, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior with all my heart.  God is just amazing!  I love serving the Lord and enjoy working with children.  Here at Central Baptist Preschool I am able to do both!  I hope to be a blessing in children’s lives and to be able to make a difference

Jennifer Kelley, Co-Teacher

I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and am definitely a Packers fan!  What can I say–it’s in my roots! After experiencing my fair share of the cold, I began to wonder what it would be like to move South.  When I was 20 years old, someone involved in biblical research witnessed to me.  I learned more about the life of Jesus and His purpose, then was saved.  An opportunity to move to West Texas showed up, and after seven years there, I moved to North Carolina to raise my children and be close to family. My interest in child development began when I was raising my three children.  I attempted to encourage their unique talents and gifts while teaching them responsibility and independence.  When my youngest child started preschool, I volunteered in her classroom and found my niche.  Even after obtaining an Associate Degree in accounting, I chose to go back to teaching children. I have an accumulation of more than 12 years of working with preschool-aged children. My philosophy is to help children grow in all areas of development, utilizing the five senses through games, music, stories, art, sharing, and playing.  I also believe it is important to help children develop their language skills, independence, and problem solving skills.  The classroom setting is a perfect place to help their social and emotional development as well. It is also imperative that our children learn to put their trust and thanks in the Lord.  This is achieved in part by saying the blessing before meals and teaching biblical truths.  These lessons help us to discuss practical ways to recognize and learn about God. My favorite thing about working with children is seeing their personalities emerge.  I especially like to see them overcome a challenge by practically applying something they have learned.  I want the children to be proud of their accomplishments and learn to share successfully with one another. I love being in the Grasshopper classroom and can’t wait to get to know your children more every day!

Cheyenne Bowling, Afternoon Assistant

Hello!  I am blessed to be a part of the CBC Preschool staff as an Afternoon Assistant! Central Baptist Church holds a special place in my heart, as I was “born and raised” here!  I accepted sweet Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 7 years old!  I currently attend Knightdale High School and will graduate in 2018!  I’m so glad I get to be a part of these beautiful little lives!


Firefly Class

Aretha Mickle, Floater/Substitute My name is Aretha Mickle.  I am married and have two daughters and a son.  I moved here from Maryland several years ago.  I enjoy being involved in my local Assembly’s children’s ministry on a monthly basis.  I have over a decade’s worth of experience working with children ages birth to twelve years old.  I started working at Central Baptist Preschool in August of 2016.  I enjoy gardening, sewing, reading, and arts and crafts.  I believe children are unique and beautiful in their own way, and are truly a gift from God!



Gina Pearce, Co-Teacher

My name is Gina Pearce, and I have been a part of CBC Preschool since April 2016.  I have been teaching preschool since I graduated from Meredith College in 2001.  I have a BA in Psychology, and I love using my background to learn about others and engage with them.  I also love shaping young minds! I have been married since 2002 to my high school sweetheart, Jeffrey.  We have a son named Joshua and a daughter, Madison. I am an active member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Youngsville.  I enjoy serving the Lord and teaching others about Him.  I look forward to teaching and loving each child that comes to the Fireflies class!

Haley Harper, Afternoon Assistant

Hello my name is Haley Harper and I love being the Afternoon Assistant for the Fireflies! The children in this preschool hold a very special place in my heart.  I have been working at CBC Preschool since January of 2016.  I am currently a full time student at Southeastern FWB College, studying Elementary Education with a focus on music.  I grew up on the the other side of Raleigh in Fuquay-Varina.  I currently attend Hilltop FWB Church in Fuquay-Varina.  I was saved in the third grade in the Christian school I was attending.  The Lord has saved my life and the least I can do is give Him my best!  I plan to serve and honor the Lord every day, for the rest of                                             my life!

Dragonflies Class

Sheila Dobbin, Co-Teacher

I am a single, Christian mother of two grown sons who have blessed me with five grandchildren.  I was a foster parent for five years.  I earned my NC Early Childhood Credentials while furthering my education in early childhood at Johnston Community College.  I was the owner and operator of an in-home daycare for three years. I am excited to have your child in our classroom this year.  I am looking forward to the many educational, fun, and rewarding experiences that we will encounter and strive towards together.  I am also looking forward to working with you throughout this year.  A new school year is an exciting time for children, teachers, and parents.  It means making new friends, taking part in new activities, learning new skills, and trying new things.  I would like to welcome you and your family to an exciting year.

Sherry Woodruff, Co-Teacher

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”  Matthew 19:14  I began at Central Baptist Church Preschool in January 2012 in the three-year-old classroom.  Ms. Sheila and I became co-teachers in August 2012.  We are an awesome team and LOVE what we do!  For fifteen years I worked in higher education as Program Officer with the NC Teaching Fellows Program, and I feel very strongly about early education. I am a Christian woman and attend Calvary Faith Center in Wendell.  My husband and I married in 1976, and we have two grown children and five beautiful grandchildren. I am excited for us to work together as a team in your child’s learning and growing experience here at Central Baptist Church Preschool.  With the love of our Lord, I promise to teach, care for, and love your child as my own.


Turtles Class

Trudy Catchings, Co-Teacher

Hi! I am a retired elementary teacher with over 30 years of experience.  I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from Almeda University.  After retiring in November 2016, I began seeking God’s direction in what He would have me to do.  I know it was God that directed me to Central Baptist Preschool.  I love teaching children, especially teaching them God’s principles and Bible verses.  I hope they will hide these verses in their hearts and apply them to their lives. I am excited to work with you and help you in teaching your child.  I feel it is an honor and privilege that you have entrusted me with your most prized possession—your child.

Laura Perry, Co-Teacher

I graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have worked with children for many years in many facets.  I have taught preschool, Kindergarten, piano lessons, and I have tutored.  I have also worked in Children’s Church, Sunday School, and Children’s Choir at my church.  I love the  little ones and their curiosity to learn about everything!  Christian Education is so important in the formative years.  I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Kittens Class

 Kathy Snyder, Co-Teacher

My name is Kathleen Snyder and I am the K4 Co-Teacher.  I am honored that you have chosen to entrust your precious little one to our care here at Central Baptist Preschool.As the mother of two, I completely understand the many emotions you may be experiencing, whether your little one has been under our care for some time or you are sending your little one off to school for the first time.  I recall how I felt when the time came to send my children off to school…and now again I am experiencing a season of separation as my daughter, Meghan, is settled into college life and my son, Ryan, has finished college and begun the next phase of his life’s journey. The Lord has given me a tender heart for preschool-age children and I know my position here is a “Divine” appointment.  I began working with preschool-age children in 1998; and through the years, have not only been in the classroom, but have also been active in many aspects of children’s and adult ministries.  My husband, Mark, and I live in Wendell and are members of Hephzibah Baptist Church. I am committed to loving, instructing, encouraging and guiding your child while he or she is in my care.  Our time will not only be spent learning to recognize our ABC’s but also recognizing the need to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior…Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving me the privilege of spending time with your child and I look forward to becoming acquainted with you and seeing what the Lord will accomplish in our lives this year.  You may contact me here at the preschool with any questions or concerns between the hours of 7-3 each day…please don’t hesitate.

Hannah Williams, Co-Teacher

Hello!  I’m Hannah Williams!  As I was just recently married in April 2017, many of you may know me as Hannah Peoples. I knew in 2012 that I wanted to be a teacher, and was happy when the Lord led me to begin working at CBC Preschool in 2013 as an Afternoon Assistant, and later as a Substitute.  I have worked primarily in the threes and fours, but have gained experience in nearly every classroom.  I am thrilled to now be a full time co-teacher in the Kittens class!  I’ve loved watching these kiddos grow, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for them!

School Age Teachers

Greg Mason, School Age Group Leader/Physical Education Teacher

Hi, My name is Mr. Greg! I currently teach the Physical Education classes for Central Baptist Church Preschool. I attended Campbell University, where I played baseball and majored in Physical Education. Through the years, my beginnings were in personal training, working in classrooms, law enforcement, and now I’m back to working with children! My hope is to help them to develop a healthy and active lifestyle. My hobbies are coaching basketball and baseball. I also enjoy being with my wife Staci and my three boys, Camden (10), Evan (8), and Chandler (3), who currently attends CBC Preschool. I thank God daily for the opportunity I get to interact with the children and parents I see!

Support Staff

Grace Arbutina, Floater/Substitute

My name is Grace Arbutina and I am 18 years old.  I am attending Meredith College and will work at CBC Preschool on breaks and vacations.  I have been a member at Central Baptist Church for several years now and I love serving in the nursery on Sundays.  I began working at the Preschool in September 2016, and am so blessed to be able to work with your children and watch them grow!


Donna Barnes, Floater/Substitute

My name is Donna Barnes, and I reside in Zebulon.  I have three children and one granddaughter.  My granddaughter will be 13 this year and is growing up way too fast!  I attend Central Baptist Church, where I have been a member for approximately two years.  Joining was the best thing I ever did!  The love and fellowship I have experienced there is amazing!  The same applies to the Preschool environment, where I have served since November 2016.  There is a lot of love and respect between the teachers and the children and I admire that.  Working at Central Baptist Preschool is a privilege, but most of all it is a pleasure.  The Lord blesses me every day with the opportunity to love these children!

Madison Carte, Floater/Substitute

Hi! I’m Maddy Carte! I was born and raised in West Virginia (let’s go Mountaineers!). I moved to Wendell in 2016. I was raised in an avid Christian family and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was eight years old. I currently attend Corinth Holders High School. I am so very blessed to be able to work this amazing job and see the smiling faces of CBC Preschool every day!


Teresa Creech, Cook

Hi!  My name is Teresa Creech.  Central Baptist Church holds a special place in my heart.  As a young girl I started attending church here, in my teenage years I became a member, and now I actively serve with my husband and son. My role here at CBC Preschool is that of many.  You will see me serving in administration,  in the classrooms, and in food service.  I have had the opportunity to spend time in every classroom getting to know all the children.  What a blessing to love these children and to be loved by them!

Tiffany Lambert, Cook

Hi! My name is Tiffany Lambert. I have been a part of CBCP since July 2017. I attend church here at CBC where I serve in the Children’s Ministry and I am active in the community. I have three children and am married to my amazing husband. I am so blessed to call CBCP home and am excited to watch all of these sweet babies grow to know Jesus!


Kayla Mallard, Floater/Substitute

Hi!  My name is Kayla Mallard.  I have a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC-G, and I started my Master’s degree in August at NC State!  Through my education, I’ve had the opportunity to gain experience working with children through an internship at an elementary school, a job at the YMCA, and here at Central.  I have lived in Zebulon all of my life and have always attended Zebulon Baptist Church, where I grew up helping out in the nursery.  This experience is what led me to be interested in working at Central, as I enjoyed being able to work with children in a church setting. I know this is an important time in your child’s development, and I am excited to work with them and you in making sure they grow in the best way possible!


Paulette Strickland, Floater/Substitute

My name is Paulette Strickland, and I have lived in the Wendell area all of my life.  I have an older brother and a younger sister.  I was married to my wonderful husband, Joe, for 43 years before he passed away in 2013.  I have one son and one daughter.  I have been blessed with three granddaughters and two grandsons ages five to twenty-one.  I enjoy yard work, decorating and flower arranging.  I am very blessed to work at the preschool and to be able to care for these children who are so special to me!

Lauren Walston, Floater/Substitute

My name is Lauren Walston. I’m 20 years old and I’ve lived in Wendell since the age of 5. I have an older brother who is 22. I love exercising, learning, babysitting, doing crafts, and spending time with my family. I study Exercise Physiology at ECU and plan to attend graduate school for Physical Therapy. I’m a member of Central Baptist Church, where I have attended for 15 years. I accepted Jesus Christ in to my heart and life at the age of 8. As a member of CBC< I have gone on a mission trip, helped with Worship Care Nursery, and Vacation Bible School. I have also volunteered in the community with Adopt-A-Highway, Change This World Food Packaging, Operation Christmas Child, and Worship Chair Set Up. I have also been a Day Camp leader for children. This ministry has truly been a blessing to me and helped me in my walk with the Lord. I have been blessed by serving at CBC Preschool in many ways. I have loved working with the children and giving love and care to them. The children have taught me so much and given me so much love! They bring me joy and hold a special place in my heart. I am so excited that God has given me this opportunity!



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