The Children's Center - 2315 Coliseum Drive

Alma Gaither

Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

Amy Clements Elliott

Speech/Language Pathologist

Amy Elliott is originally from Georgia where she completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Valdosta State University in communication science disorders.  Amy has worked in a variety of medical and educational settings with people birth through geriatrics.  She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, their two children and a very furry dog.

    Angela Bates

    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

    Becky Howe

    Occupational Therapist

    Becky Zeller

    School Nurse

    Betty Green

    Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

      Cheryl Taylor


        Chris Sladky

        Teacher, EC Preschool

        Chris Sladky began working as a teacher at The Children’s Center in 2001.  She has taught in a 4 year old preschool class since she joined our team. Chris says it is a rewarding experience to work with our children and families every day.

        Della Oberst

        Physical Therapist

        Della Oberst has worked with children for 29 years after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. Della is certified in Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT).

        Emilie Marcaurelle

        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

          Jane Ahles

          Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

          Jennifer Nelson

          Teacher, Kindergarten

          Jennifer Pegram

          Teacher, EC Preschool

          Jennifer Pegram started teaching a three year old preschool class at The Children’s Center in 1997.  Jennifer is still teaching a three year old class and says she loves every day spent with our amazing children.

          Jenny Greene

          Occupational Therapist

          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.

            Joanne Thompson

            Teacher Assistant

              Justin Harrison

              Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

              Justin Harrison has worked for WSFCS since October 2007. Justin has experience working with the infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age populations. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UNC-Charlotte in 2003.  Justin worked in juvenile law in Sarasota, Florida for several years before falling in love with special education.  He enjoys playing all types of sports, and his passions are basketball and soccer.

              Karen Warren

              Curriculum Coordinator

              Karen Warren is the Curriculum Coordinator at The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Elementary Education in 1998.  She added on Birth through Kindergarten teacher licensure at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001. In 2007, Karen received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem College. She joined The Special Children’s School family in 1999.  Karen is married and has 2 daughters.

              Katherine Campbell

              EC Case Manager

              Katherine Campbell has called The Children’s Center her home since 2002. She has both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Salem College. She is also Nationally Board Certified in Special Education.

              Kathy Fuerst

              Physical Therapist    

              Kathy Fuerst graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill PT program in 1996 earning a master’s degree. She has worked in pediatrics in home health, outpatient, and school settings. She has received her certification as a therapeutic riding instructor and hippotherapy provider. Kathy has been serving students in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County school system since 2005.

              Kenny McKeown

              Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

              Kristi S. Stanley

              Physical Therapist Assistant

              Kristi Stanley has 20 years of experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She works with children at both schools from age 2 years through 5th grade. Kristi’s job responsibilities include carrying out the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist, as well as monitoring the equipment that the children use and scheduling the equipment vendors to come and service equipment. Kristi also orders new PT equipment as needed.

              Laura Lefler

              Teacher, EC Functional Primary

              Lee Neugent

              Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

                Leslie Feaster

                Cafeteria Manager

                Lisa Horwath

                Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten

                Lisa Horwath has been an employee of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools since 2002. She worked in both middle and elementary schools before joining The Children’s Center in 2012 as a Teacher Assistant.

                Lou Ann Spell

                Data Manager

                Lou Ann Spell has been a data manager with the school system for 19 years. She took her mother’s place at Kimberly Park when she retired in 1995 and moved to The Children’s Center in 1999. Prior to working for the school system, Lou Ann was employed by The WS Journal, Kirby Architecture and RJ Reynolds Consumer Relations/Marketing. Her passions are children, animals and the arts. In her spare time, Lou Ann enjoys pet sitting.

                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.

                Maria Lucente

                Speech Therapist

                Maria Lucente came to The Children’s Center in 2011 and has 31 years of experience working with pediatric speech and language disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in speech language pathology, and Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has spent the majority of her professional career working with children that have special needs. She lives in High Point and has two grown children of her own.

                  Maria Razo

                  Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

                  Martha Jim Farrow

                  Teacher, EC Preschool

                  Martha Farrow has taught at The Children’s Center since August 1991. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Martha also has her Birth-Kindergarten certification.

                  Melanie Bearror

                  Occupational Therapist

                  Pat Jenkins


                  Samantha Manring


                  Samantha Manring was named principal of The Children’s Center in July 2016. Before joining The Children’s Center family, Samantha served as the assistant principal of Cash Elementary School. She has extensive experience in the exceptional children’s division, having served as an exceptional children’s teacher, process specialist and case manager. Samantha earned a bachelor of arts in special education from High Point University and a master’s degree in special education from Appalachian State University.

                    Sandy Rhodes

                    Adaptive PE Teacher

                    Sarah Shutt


                    Sarah Shutt is not only a former student of The Children’s Center, but she worked as a volunteer with us prior to beginning her tenure as our receptionist. Most days, Sarah can be found at the front desk greeting parents and visitors or interacting with our children, who love the time they spend with her while waiting for their buses to arrive.  Sarah’s experience of being a student at The Children’s Center enables her to have a unique relationship with both our children and our parents.

                    Shannon F. Johnson

                    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                    Shannon Johnson is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies.  Before joining The Children’s Center family, Shannon was a substitute teacher and Lead Teacher at the preschool where her four children attended.

                    Shelley Curry

                    School Nurse

                    Sherry Stancliff

                    Occupational Therapist

                    Sherry Stancliff, OTR/L obtained her degree from Towson University and has 29 years of experience, including 12 years in the school system. Prior to coming to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Sherry worked as a staff Occupational Therapist at Forsyth Hospital for 17 years.

                    Shetaria Shuff

                    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                    Stephanie Perez

                    Teacher, EC Functional Primary

                    Tamara Levi

                    Teacher, EC Preschool

                    Tamara Levi has been an early childhood educator since 2002. She started her career as a Teacher Assistant.  Tamara’s passion for educating children and parents grew, which resulted in her returning to school to get her Birth-Kindergarten teaching license.  Tamara loves working with children and their families and her goal is to help students reach their fullest potential and lead happy, fulfilled lives.

                    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.

                    Tonya Keith

                    Teacher, EC Functional Primary

                    Vivian Smith

                    Physical Therapist

                    Wanda Fuller

                    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                    Wanda Fuller joined The Children’s Center family in 2000. Before coming to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Wanda worked with adults with special needs.

                    Will Hanes

                    Custodial Assistant

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