The Children's Center - 2315 Coliseum Drive

    Ahles, Jane

    Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

    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.

    Curry, Shelley

    School Nurse

    Dent, Tolisha

    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

    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.

    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

      Hamm, Jennifer

      School Nurse

      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

      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.

      Marcaurelle, Emilie

      Teacher, 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

        Revels, Santana

        Teacher, EC Preschool

        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.

            Rhodes, Sandy

            Adaptive PE Teacher

              Rose, Jessica

              Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

              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.

                Sigmon, Catherine

                Cafe Manager

                  Simpson, Ed

                  Finance Manager

                  Ed Simpson is the CFEC’s Finance Manager. He was previously the CFO for Home Federal Savings Bank, the Controller for Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union and a Staff Accountant for Nassif and Whitley CPAs. From 1994 to 2017, he was a manager in the Financial Group for BB&T Corporation in Winston-Salem. As a volunteer, Ed is currently President of Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc. and a member of the Budget and Investment Committees for The USTA of North Carolina. He is originally from Hickory, North Carolina and relocated to Winston-Salem in 1994. Ed received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Clemson University and is registered as a North Carolina Certified Public Accountant.

                  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.

                  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 a privilege.

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