Staff

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

Emily Jones, 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, in 2017, I was granted the opportunity to become the Assistant Director. In October of 2018, I became the 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 recently graduated from Liberty University 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!

Caterpillars Class

Laurel Heffner, Lead Teacher

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.

Tiffany Lambert, Assistant Teacher

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!

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Butterflies Class

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My name is Lauren Walston and I’ve lived in Wendell for most of my life. I love exercising, learning, babysitting children, doing crafts, and spending time with my family. I studied Exercise Physiology at ECU. I’m a member of Central Baptist Church. I accepted Jesus into my heart and life at the age of 8. As a member of CBC, I have gone on a mission trop, helped with Worship Care Nursery and Vacation Bible School, and have been a Camp Leader for children. I’ve also volunteered in the community with Adopt-A-Highway, Change This World Food Packaging, Operation Christmas Child, and Worship Chair Set Up. These ministries have 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 so 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’m so excited that God has given me this opportunity!

Allison Page, Afternoon Assistant

I’m currently a sophomore at Southeastern FWB College studying Elementary Education with a minor in English. I’ve grown up in a Christian home and was saved at the age of 13. I attend Tabernacle Baptist Church where I teach children’s church, work in the nursery, and sing in the choir and ensemble. Fun facts: I love the Carolina Panthers and Tarheels. I could eat Chick-fil-A every day. I also really love my sleep! I am so excited to be working here and believe this is where the Lord would have me to be!

 Bumblebees Class

Rebecca Browning, Lead Teacher

My name is Rebecca Browning I am beyond blessed to be able to work here at Central with your little ones! I am married to the love of my life and we have three children ranging in ages from 3-13. I find that working in this field is not just a job, but a calling that God has on my life. I have been in children’s ministry/childcare for eighteen years now. I pray that I can be a blessing to your family and I am always here if you need anything.

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Paula Strickland, Co-Teacher

Hi! My name is Paula and I am thrilled to be a member of the CBC Weekday Preschool team! Many years ago I worked with one year-olds at a licensed child care center and I loved it! Since then, I have explored other career opportunities, but I have worked in the Preschool Class for years as a Worship Care Team member on Sunday mornings. I joined the weekday team just over a year ago and I have LOVED being back in the field of early childhood! Thank you for allowing me to become part of your family. I look forward to this opportunity to serve!

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Nate’ Long, Afternoon Assistant

Hi! My name is Nate’ Long. I am excited to be a part of the Butterfly class and a Center that provides a Christian education! I started here at CBCP back in February as a floater, and then moved into an Assistant Teacher position in the Bumblebee room with Mrs. Rebecca. I have about 4 years experience working with all age groups! Currently, I am a student at Liberty University, where I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Christian Counseling. I enjoy working with all age groups and seeing them grow into responsible citizens of the world! It brings me such joy to be one small part of their journey. Thank you so much for allowing me this privilege. I am so thankful to be your child’s teacher this year!

Crickets Class

Brianna Battle, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Brianna Battle, and this will be my first year with the Cricket class! I have over 5 years of childcare experience, and I hold an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education. I appreciate and understand the importance of Early Childhood Education and I consider it a blessing to help children develop the skills needed to live a healthy and successful life.

Biak Tial, Assistant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

Barbara Hair, Afternoon Assistant

Hello! My name is Barbara Hair, I started here at Central Baptist Preschool in August of 2018. I am studying Elementary Education with proficiency in music at Southeastern FWB College. As an afternoon assistant, I consider myself to be extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful staff here at Central. I am thankful to work with a preschool that cares so much for not only the practical education of these precious young ones but also for the spiritual education of their hearts and minds! 

Grasshoppers Class 

Lawanda Stevenson, Lead Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

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Haley Alford, Afternoon Assistant

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Firefly Class

Aretha Mickle, Co-Teacher

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!

Amanda Richardson, Afternoon Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!!

Dragonflies 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

Barbie Jones, Co-Teacher

Hi, I’m Mrs. Barbie! I have an Associates Degree in Business Administration. I have learned, though, that sometimes God’s perfect plan steers us in a different direction than what we have planned! I have been working with children in various capacities for over 25 years. I have taught Sunday School, lead Bible School classes, and homeschooled all three of my children. We were also heavily involved in various cooperative education activities as a homeschool family. I have worked here at CBC Preschool at various times over the past five years. When people ask me “how do you spend your time with a room FULL of littles?” My response is simple– What a tremendous privilege that God has given me the opportunity to plant seeds for HIM! What other job allows you to instill Christ into the hearts of children, lets you love on and be loved from these precious gifts from God, and encourages you play everyday while at work?! I’m looking forward to spending this school year with you and your little ones!

Margo Lilley, Afternoon Assistant

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Turtles Class

Trudy Catchings, Lead 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.

Maria Hernandez, Assistant Teacher

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Kittens Class

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!

Haley Harper, Co-Teacher

Hi! My name is Haley Harper and I grew up in Fuquay-Varina, NC. I went to Southeastern Free Will Baptist College and studied Elementary Education. This is my fourth year teaching at Central. I previously taught in the firefly classroom and was in charge of the School Age Program. I love teaching little minds and having fun in the classroom. I am so excited to get this year started and learn more about YOU!

Sarah Walls, Afternoon Assistant

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Tigers Class

Kathy Snyder, Lead 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.

Autumn Faucette, Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Autumn! I’m 20 years old and am originally from Kitrell, NC. I moved to Wendell in 2013. I am in a relationship with my best friend of 8 years, Sean. I graduated from East Wake High School in 2017. During school and after graduation, I had no idea what my plans were. Going through a lot of trials growing up, God made it clear what He wanted me to do. God has blessed me with the amazing gift of being able to love, care for, and teach! Everyone has a story or a testimony. Being a teacher at CBC is a part of mine! I started as a teacher in the Kitten classroom in the middle of the 2018-2019 school year. I am super excited to teach in the Tigers this upcoming year! Thank you for allowing me to share Jesus’ love with your children and to help them grow!

Madison Powell, Afternoon Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Support Staff

Jessica Bass, Substitute

Bernice Brantley, Assistant Cook/Safety Coordinator

Hi!  My name is Bernice Brantley.  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.


Cheyenne Bowling, Floater/Substitute

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!

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!

Christi Ferrell, Substitute

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.

Meganne Bolin

My name is Meganne Bolin. I am 27 years old. I worked here at CBCP from 2014-2016 and am so excited to be home again! 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!

Jenny Stooksbury, Floater/Substitute

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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!

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