Our Team

 

 

Amanda May

Amanda May is an experienced teacher of early childhood education. She has a a Master’s degree in early childhood education from Capella University, a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Catawba College, and an Associate’s degree in early childhood education from Davidson County Community College. She has found in her variety of experiences that her true passion is working with children under five. She has been married for 18 years, and have two children: a 18 year old daughter and 14 year old son. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, going to Christian, rock, and country concerts, and traveling.

Amy Vestal

Amy received her B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University. She also has completed courses in behavior analysis through Florida Institute of Technology. Amy has worked in the field of early intervention for 9 years and with children with autism for 11 years. Through her experience she has worked in public and private school settings, as well as provided in home aid to families. She utilizes evidence based practices within her instruction. She also believes tailoring a program that best suits the family’s needs and desires is what allows for the family to successfully achieve their goals. Amy focuses on providing parent education and sharing resources so the parents can be their child’s best advocate and teacher.

Ann Young

Ann graduated from Appalachian State University where she received her B.S degree in Special Education Cross- Categorical K- 12.  She received her Master’s in Language and Literacy from Salem College as well as her Elementary certification. She is also a National Board Certified teacher.  She has taught in the Davidson County School System for 30 years.  She taught in a variety of Special Needs settings as well as kindergarten, first, and third grades.  Ann has two sons and two grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with as well as other family members.  She looks forward to working with young children and their families.

Cassandra Frasier

Cassandra received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2011 and her Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008 from Kaplan University. She has her Infant Toddler Family certification and has worked with children for the past 4 years. Cassandra has 6 children of her own, ranging in ages from 3 – 23 years, and has resided in NC with her husband for the past 10 years. She loves reading, making crafts, and spending time with her family!

Cherie Vaughn-Eads

Cherie Vaughn-Eads received her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction, and Doctorate Degree in Child, Youth & Health Services.  She has obtained National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, and completed the School Administration Program at Western Carolina.  Cherie has been an educator for 24 years, teaching in Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida (with the last seven years being in Davidson County).  She is passionate about parent involvement and loves working with children and families.  She is fully aware that in order for children to be successful, they must have a strong foundation and she is eager to support families in any capacity necessary to achieve this. Cherie is married to Jason and together they have five children (a soon to be daughter-in-law), and grandson.  When not working, Cherie enjoys going to the beach, hanging out at the lake and spending time with her family.

Dana Anderson

Dana has a BA in Liberal Arts and her Infant Toddler Family Certification. Dana has a great knowledge capacity of working with families and children who have special needs. She has several years’ experience working with children who have different types of diagnosis from the most severe to the most minimal. Dana is able to provide techniques of intervention strategies to children and families. She works well with children within their everyday routines and environments to provide services based on the child and family strengths. Dana builds infant and toddler play skills through communication and hands on intervention strategies. Her major motivator is seeing the success of children towards meeting their developmental milestones within their daily settings.

Emma Rettew

Emma Rettew graduated this spring receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), with a concentration in child, youth, and family development. Emma has experience working with children of varying ages and with differing levels of developmental abilities from working in an inclusive child care center the past few years. She also has experience assisting pediatric therapists in outpatient rehabilitative settings, and has completed an internship in the field of early intervention. Emma believes in understanding the strengths of every child as an individual, and in the importance of working with them in their most natural environment. She enjoys hobbies such as reading and exercising, and hopes to one day get a master’s degree in order to further assist young children and their families meet their goals.

Jennifer Carroll Hinesley

Jennifer graduated from Appalachian state university with a degree in Health Education in 1994′. She Went back to UNC-G in 1998 and received birth – kindergarten teaching certification. She worked for 2 years for Smart start in the Parents as Teachers Program. She then took a few years off when her first and then second child was born. She entered back in the workforce in 2006 providing CBRS (Specialized Instruction) and has a great love for the position. Jennifer has a unique perspective working with children and families. Her Nephew was born with a rare genetic disorder. Her sister and family have been through many of the hardships, heartaches, and incredible joys and blessings of having a child with severe disabilities. She works in the field of early childhood, in hopes of helping families cope with difficult diagnosis. She works hard to teach parents that all children are capable of playing and learning, even if not in traditional ways. She enjoys teaching parents ways to help their child learn through play and helping to give them the confidence they need to empower themselves and their children.

 

Marjorie Atkins

Marge grew up in New York. She and her husband have called North Carolina since the late 1990’s. She earned her Bachelor’s in Birth through Kindergarten, a Master’s in Education and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Early Childhood.  She has worked in early childhood for over thirty years.  Marge’s focus has always been to create a team with families to ensure all children reach their highest potential. She has been awarded her Infant Toddler Family Services Certification.

Nicole Gallimore

Nicole has her teaching certification in b-k education and Infant Toddler Family Services Certification. She has 20 years of experience working with children who have special needs in different capacities. She has a great deal of knowledge of a variety of techniques to provide intervention strategies to children and families. She has worked with children who have different types of diagnosis from most minimal to the most severe diagnosis. She is a strength based CBRS (specialized instructor). She strives to empower families to look and build on their child’s strengths while meeting outcomes and goals they have designed for themselves and their family.

Robin Mikles

Robin Mikles is a Davidson county native, with a BS degree in Education from Appalachian State University. She holds Master’s degrees from NC A&T State University in Intermediate Education and Counselor Education. With over 35 years of experience in Davidson County Schools, first as a classroom teacher (15 years) and as an elementary school counselor (20 years), she enjoys working with students of all learning abilities, and their families. She is a new volunteer at Forsyth Medical Center, helping out on the Nursery floor. She likes antiques, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.  Now an “empty nester” Robin is the proud mother of her son, Hunter a recent graduate of Point Park University who is now pursuing his career as a professional dancer.

Sara Tierney

Sara graduated from UNCG with a Birth thru Kindergarten Teaching License in 2010. Sara has worked in various child-care settings with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  She worked as a substitute and summer teacher for 2 years with toddlers and preschoolers at ABC of NC, a school for children with Autism, in Winston-Salem. At ABC, she helped children achieve their IEP goals through developmental play. She also served as a preschool teacher assistant with Guilford County Schools, and special education teacher with Alamance Burlington School system. As a special education teacher, she worked with kindergartners and first graders to help them succeed on grade level. Sara left the public school system to focus on working 1 on 1 with younger children with developmental needs. She is a big proponent of play based intervention services to help young children learn and grow. She looks forward to working with your children in helping them achieve their developmental milestones.

Sarah Morris

Sarah attended Pfeiffer University and earned her degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in Davidson County School System for 30 years with children who are typically developing and children with special needs. Sarah has served as mentor for new teachers. Sarah has a daughter who attends UNC-Wilmington  and is an active member of Central United Methodist Church. Sarah enjoys working as a CBRS (Specialized Instructor) and finds the rewards of helping and assisting children and their families extremely rewarding.

Sarah Windgerter

Sarah holds a Masters in Education with a Birth to Kindergarten teaching license. Originally from New Jersey, she has been in the state for over a decade now, all the while working with children in a variety of roles and approaches. Most recently she worked with the North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project (NCRLAP) in the role of Assessor, rating child care centers who are licensed through the state. This provided her with a wealth of experience in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a child’s environment as it relates to their development. Having worked doing CBRS (special instruction) several years ago, she eagerly returns to this role after finding that she missed working one on one with families. Her other important roles are mother to her spunky toddler, Evelyn, and wife to her awesome husband, Mark.

Sheila Ayers

Sheila received her undergraduate degree in Education from University of South Florida and her graduate degree in Birth-Kindergarten from UNC-Greensboro. She has a NC teaching license in multiple areas including B-K and Elementary Education K-6. Sheila is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has worked with children and their families for 33 years in the public schools of NC, VA, and FL. Sheila is dedicated to helping young children reach their maximum potential across the continuum of their developmental domains. Educating families to become informed advocates for their children is a priority for her. Sheila is a seasoned professional and a willing team member ready to work with families, caregivers, specialized and community services. She finds great joy using her experience to help young child bloom.

Shanee Howell

Shanee possesses both her Bachelors degree and her Masters degree in Social Work, each specializing in work with individuals, families, and groups. She is a Certified Autism Specialist as well as an Infant Toddler Family Specialist and seeks to build consensus and achieve positive results for every family with whom she interacts.  Shanee enjoys working with children and their families utilizing a strengths based approach and various methods of play therapy.  Shanee has extensive experience in the IDD field and has provided services in a variety of home, community, and classroom settings.

Stacy Ferguson

Stacy graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Reading Education with a Classroom/Clinical concentration.  Stacy is a certified Reading Specialist and certified in CPR.  She worked as a classroom teacher in Davidson County for eight years. Stacy has always enjoyed working one on one with children.  She recognizes the importance of meeting each child’s individual needs in the least restrictive environment.  Stacy enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband Javen.

Taylor Smith

Taylor graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a degree in Child Development.  She has worked at Gateway Education Center, which has given her a wonderful opportunity and background to work w/ children and families. Taylor has loved children from the time she was able to decide where she wanted her professional life to lead and knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity. She is so excited to meet each family and really hopes to make an impact in each child’s life. She is most excited about the goals that will be reached and developmental progress that will be made! Taylor is very thankful for this opportunity and looks forward to her time working with BEEM. Exciting News for Taylor she will be getting married in the fall and living in Winston Salem area.