The Children's Center - 2315 Coliseum Drive

    Ahles, Jane

    Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

      Bates, Angela

      Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

      Bearror, Melanie

      Occupational Therapist

      Campbell, Katherine

      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.

      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.

      Curry, Shelley

      School Nurse

      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.

      Elliott, Amy Clements

      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.

      Farrow, Martha Jim

      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.

        Feaster, Leslie

        Cafeteria Manager

        Fuerst, Kathy

        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.

        Fuller, Wanda

        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.

        Gaither, Alma

        Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

        Green, Betty

        Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

        Greene, Jenny

        Occupational Therapist

        Hanes, Will

        Custodial Assistant

        Harrison, Justin

        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.

        Horwath, Lisa

        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.

        Howe, Becky

        Occupational Therapist

        Jenkins, Pat


        Pat Jenkins has been part of the Children’s Center family for more than 12 years, after coming to us from West Forsyth High School. Ms. Pat is a people person! Her smile can light up a room, and she is always willing to lend a helping hand. Ms. Pat enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys cooking and travelling.

        Johnson, Shannon F.

        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.

        Keith, Tonya

        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

        Lefler, Laura

        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

        Levi, Tamara

        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.

        Lucente, Maria

        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.

        Manring, Samantha


        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.

        Marcaurelle, Emilie

        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

        McKeown, Kenny

        Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

        Nelson, Jennifer

        Teacher, Kindergarten

        Neugent, Lee

        Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

        Oberst, Della

        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).

        Pegram, Jennifer

        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.

        Perez, Stephanie

        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

          Razo, Maria

          Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

            Rhodes, Sandy

            Adaptive PE Teacher

            Shuff, Shetaria

            Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

            Shutt, Sarah

            Administrative Assistant

            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.

            Sladky, Chris

            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.

            Smith, Vivian

            Physical Therapist

            Spell, Lou Ann

            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.

            Stancliff, Sherry

            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.

            Stanley, Kristi S.

            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.

              Taylor, Cheryl


              Cheryl has been an early educator for more than 27 years. She worked at First Baptist Church Children’s Center for 21 years as a Pre-K teacher and then as Program Coordinator/Assistant Director. Cheryl earned an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education from Forsyth Technical Community College, and she majored in Birth-Kindergarten Education at Winston-Salem State University.

                  Thompson, Joanne

                  Teacher Assistant

                  Joanne has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 33 years. She is the proud mother of two adult children (Jonita and BJ) and grandmother of two (Amyah and Jeremiah). Joanne joined The Children’s Center family in January, 2018.

                    Warren, Karen

                    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.

                    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.

                    Zeller, Becky

                    School Nurse

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