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!

Lisa Jones, Assistant Director

Hi everyone! My name is Lisa Jones, I am honored to serve as the Assistant Director of 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 eight 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 as Assistant Director. My greatest desire is to glorify the Lord here at Central Baptist Church Preschool through loving those He loves and building strong foundations in the lives of those He sends our way!

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.

Maria Hernandez, Assistant Teacher

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Erin Harris, Afternoon Assistant

Bio Coming Soon

Butterflies Class

 Morgan Mize, Co-Teacher

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!

Paula Walston, Co-Teacher

Hi! My name is Paula Walston, and I am one of the newest members of the CBC Weekday Preschool team! I have worked in the Butterflies classroom for years as a Worship Care team member on Sunday mornings. Many years ago I worked with this age group at a licensed childcare center and I loved it! I have been working with my husband in his business and raising my own children for the last 20+ years. It is the perfect time to get back into the field of child care. Thank you for allowing me to become a part of your family. I look forward to this opportunity to serve!

Bumblebees Class

Rebecca Browning, Lead Teacher

Virginia Johnson, Assistant Teacher

My name is Virginia Johnson. I am so happy and thankful to be apart of the Central Baptist Preschool ministry. I married the love of my life and moved to the Wendell area around the beginning of 2018. God is everything to me and I can’t express how excited I am about having the opportunity to serve Him, especially through the lives of young children. Children bring so much joy to life. I am so blessed to be able to work with your children every day. My life verse is Proverbs 3: 5&6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. “

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.

Tiffany Lambert, Co-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!

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 

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!

Barbie Jones, Co-Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

Ellen Liles, Afternoon Assistant

My name is Ellen Liles. I was born in Wendell and grew up only a few miles from Central Baptist Church. I had the privilege of attending church there and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. God gave me a love for His precious children and I started co-teaching Sunday School classes. Last month, God opened the door for me to become an Afternoon Assistant here at CBC Preschool! I am married to my loving husband David, and we have one son. I want to share with your children that Jesus is the best friend they will ever have in life and He will always be with them. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of their lives!

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!

Chassity Sexton, 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

Meganne McKenzie

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 Dragonfly Classroom. 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!

B.J. Alford, Afternoon Assistant

My name is BJ Alford and I am 17 years old. I go to Knightdale High School. I have been a member at Central my whole life and my whole family goes to Church here. I love doing worship care on Sundays. I enjoy watching these young people learn, build character, and develop life skills. Thank you for letting me be a part of their education!

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!

Devan Sexton, Afternoon Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Support Staff









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!

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!


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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