Amira Smith

    Teacher Assistant

      Candace Scott

      Teacher Assistant, Infant & Toddler

      Candace received a BA degree in Child and Family Intervention from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She obtained Level 3 Administration and earned an Autism Paraprofessional Certificate from Forsyth Technical Community College. Candace says that working with children has always been her passion, and she later developed a high interest in working with children with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

        Diane Adams

        Teacher Assistant

        Diane Adams has  worked with children ages birth – five years old for the last 34 years. She loves working with younger children and watching them grow and learn. Diane attended Forsyth Tech where she obtained her certificate in Early Childhood Education. While she is not in the classroom, Diane enjoys  spending time with her two adult children and grand daughter.

          Diane Lippiello   

          Physical Therapist

          Diane Lippiello has been a physical therapist for 40 years and has served children for 35 years. Diane graduated from Russell Sage College / Albany Medical College in Troy, New York. She is certified in neuro-developmental pediatric therapy (NDT).

          Ericka Bailey


          Ericka received a BA degree in Birth through Kindergarten Education with a minor in Business from Winston Salem State University. She has a passion for working with toddlers and infants and has worked with them for a decade. She loves spending time with her two kids.

              Jessica McCrorey

              Teacher Assistant

              Jessica received a BA degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education from Winston Salem State University. She enjoys working with children especially when she is able to see their progress. She has worked with children for over seven and a half years. Jessica loves spending  her time outside of the classroom doing Zumba and being with family and friends.

                JoAnn Yates

                Horticultural Therapist

                JoAnn Yates directs the Horticultural Therapy Program at The Children’s Center. Since creating this position in 2009 JoAnn has designed both an outdoor learning space and developed a classroom curriculum designed to stimulate sensory, motor and cognitive skills for students of all abilities from age 18 months to age eleven. JoAnn has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from Appalachian State University. She completed the Horticultural Therapy training requirement from the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver and is registered with the American Horticultural Therapy Association. JoAnn also has an Associate of Arts degree in Horticulture from Forsyth Technical Community College and is a Certified Healing Touch practitioner. She considers serving the children at The Children’s Center is privilege.

                Kim Mullane

                Occupational Therapist

                Kim Mullane has been an Occupational Therapist since graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990.  Kim’s experience has all been in pediatrics.  She thoroughly enjoys working with the Infant and Toddler program at The Children’s Center.

                Lou Whitaker Creef

                Teacher Assistant, Infant & Toddler

                Lou Creef graduated from East Carolina University. She obtained her teaching license (K-6) at Salem College and is now in their Masters of Education Program.  Lou taught typical children for over 10 years until she began working at The Children’s Center. Her goal is to be a lead teacher for children with special needs.

                  Margaret Borders

                  Teacher Assistant

                  Margaret graduated from Forsyth Tech with a Degree in Early Childhood Education. She obtained her Autism Paraprofessional Certificate from Forsyth Tech. Margaret did her student teaching here at the Children’s Center where she discovered that her passion is working with special needs children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and Zumba.

                      Olivia Owens


                      Olivia graduated from Winston Salem State University in 2016 with a BA in birth-kindergarten education. She has been teaching at The Children’s Center for a year. Olivia enjoys teaching her students and learning from them. She is currently pursing her masters degree in education.

                        Santana Revels


                        Santana received a BA in Education (Birth Through Kindergarten) from Winston Salem State University. She obtained her Autism Paraprofessional Certificate from Forsyth Technical Community College. Her passion for working with children started in a childcare facility. Santana has been an early education teacher teaching for over five years. In her free time Santana enjoys coaching basketball and spending time with family.

                            Sharonda Oates

                            Teacher Assistant

                            Sharonda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Birth to Kindergarten Early Intervention with a minor in Special Education from Winston Salem State University. While studying in school she began working with adults with special needs before transitioning to serve children with special needs. Sharonda has always had a passion for children, and after working with adults with special needs she knew she would enjoy working with children as well. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

                              Shawn Martin

                              Operations Manager / Technology Support, The CFEC

                              Shawn Martin has an extensive background in the field of early childhood education. She holds an A.A.S. (Early Childhood Education with Administrative Credential) from Forsyth Technical Community College and a B.A. (Teaching, Schools and Society with Advocacy Concentration) from Salem College. She comes to the CFEC with more than thirty years of experience working with children with and without special needs. Shawn has served as a board member for both Smart Start of Forsyth County and Work Family Resource Center. She continually seeks out opportunities to advocate for all children and families.

                              Tolisha Dent

                              Teacher Assistant, Infant & Toddler

                              Tolisha Dent is from Raeford, North Carolina. She is a Winston-Salem State University graduate with a BS in Rehabilitation Studies. Tolisha has been working at The Children’s Center since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, organizing, and spending time with family.

                                William Poe

                                Teacher Assistant

                                William Poe is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He received a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare from Winston-Salem State University in 2009. He is dedicated to working with children and been in early childhood education for almost 2 years. He has been a Pre-K teacher, Group Leader working with school age children, and a teacher assistant with the Forsyth County School System. He enjoys music and singing. He is an Assistant Choir Director and a Chairman of the Anniversary Committee at his church.