Adams, Diane

    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.

      Bailey, Ericka


      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.

          Borders, Margaret

          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.

            Creef, Lou Whitaker

            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.

            Dent, Tolisha

            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.

            Lippiello, Diane    

            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).

            Martin, Shawn

            Director, Infant & Toddler Program

            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.

              McCrorey, Jessica

              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.

                Mullane, Kim

                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.

                  Oates, Sharonda

                  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.

                      Owens, Olivia


                      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.

                          Poe, William

                          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.

                            Revels, Santana


                            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.

                              Scott, Candace

                              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.

                                Smith, Amira

                                Teacher Assistant

                                  Yates, JoAnn

                                  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.