Our Staff

HLC teachers are committed to a long-term career in early childhood. That is why they are treated as professionals and with respect for their craft. They are taken on annual retreats for team building and earn performance-based bonuses yearly. All have updated first aid and CPR training; and more than half of the teachers have college degrees and have been with our program for at least three years. So rest assured, if your child is one of the 36 children in our facility, they could not be in better hands!

What makes HLC teachers better?

    • Most have been with HLC for three or more years
    • Over half have earned at least an associate’s degree in early childhood. Most have a four year degree coupled with early childhood training and/or coursework.
    • Everyone has the opportunity to earn annual performance-based bonuses because of the quality care they provide.
    • Since 2014, HLC has had two teachers honored as finalists for the prestigious Mary Y. Bridgers Early Childhood Teacher Award, an honor that recognizes excellent early childhood educators in Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
    • A strong administrative team with more than 6 decades of combined earlier childhood experience to guide, coach and support staff. 
 

 Administration

 

Mrs. Lynette

Owner  

    Education / Certifications:

    • BA Degree in Journalism and History – University of North Carolina
    • MA Degree in Early Childhood Education – University of North Carolina
    • Birth to Kindergarten License

Childcare Experience: Since 2003

Favorite activity: Planting herbs and flowers for children to watch be grown and harvested for the classroom.

Bio: Lynette is co-owner with her husband Donnell Mitchell. She is a former freelance writer and full-time journalist for major news organizations. A grateful Christian, Lynette is a breast cancer survivor and the mother of three wonderful sons. When she is not at Harvest — or thinking about Harvest – Lynette loves to read – mysteries, Christian-based self-help books and inspiring biographies and autobiographies. Her goal is to pen her own book.

Mrs. Ginger

Director

    Education / Certifications:

    •  AAS Early Childhood Degree
    • Early Childhood Education Credential
    • Early Educator Certification (EEC)
    • SIDS certified

Childcare Experience: Since 1998

Favorite activity: Arts and crafts

Bio: My name is Mrs. Ginger and I’ve worked at Harvest since 2006. I started out as a waddler teacher and then about a year later I moved to the preschool class. I am now the Director, overseeing a staff of 9 to 10 and assisting in all classrooms. During my nearly two decades in early childhood education, I have worked with all ages but preschoolers are my favorite. I love the opportunity I have at Harvest to utilized all of my talents throughout the center. I help our teachers provide more individualized care and attention. I earned my associate’s degree in early childhood at Vance-Granville Community College in 2012 and I am currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro working on my bachelor’s degree in early childhood.
On a more personal note, I am a married mother of three. I have two daughters and a son. All three of my children have attended Harvest. My oldest is in high school and my youngest is still a student at Harvest. We live in Stem. It is about 40 minutes north of Durham (no one has ever heard of it). I have lived there my whole life except for a few brief years. I enjoy reading, playing computer games, going to the drive-in and spending time with my family.

Mrs. Ashley

Assistant Director

    Education / Certifications:

    • BS Degree in Early Childhood Administration – Purdue University Global
    • Lead Teacher Qualified
    • SIDS certified

Childcare Experience: since 2011

Favorite activity: Artwork with the babies

Bio: I am Ashley Martinez and I have been at HLC since 2011. I am the lead teacher in the infant room and obtained my bachelor’s degree in early childhood administration at Purdue University Global in
2019. I love doing artwork with the babies and seeing what creative works of art we can create together. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my husband, two daughters and young son. I also enjoy photography, bike riding, and I hold a deputy black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Ms. Lashaunda

Assistant Director

    Education / Certifications:

    • Lead Teacher Qualified
    • SIDS certified
    • Completed 35 plus credit hours towards AA in early childhood

Childcare Experience: Since 2000

Favorite activity: STEM projects and art

Bio: I am LaShaunda “Dani” Rogers and I have been at HLC since 2013. I am a master teacher and am currently working towards my degree in early childhood administration. I am originally from Oxford, NC and now live in Elon with my truck driver/owner-operator husband, my beautiful and smart daughter, and my smart and athletic son. I have been apart of the HLC family since 2013 and I love to teach. I love seeing children take what they have learned and apply it to their everyday lives. In my spare time, I love to travel, cook and decorate.

 Infants

 

Mrs. Ashley

Lead Infant Room Teacher

    Education / Certifications:

    • BS Degree in Early Childhood Administration – Purdue University Global
    • Lead Teacher Qualified
    • SIDS certified

Childcare Experience: since 2011

Favorite activity: Artwork with the babies

Bio: I am Ashley Martinez and I have been at HLC since 2011. I am the lead teacher in the infant room and obtained my bachelor’s degree in early childhood administration at Purdue University Global in
2019. I love doing artwork with the babies and seeing what creative works of art we can create together. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my husband, two daughters and young son. I also enjoy photography, bike riding, and I hold a deputy black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

 Waddlers

 

Ms. Sarah

Lead Waddler Teacher

    Bio: Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a resident of Chapel Hill and a 2015 graduate of UNC-Greensboro. While studying English at UNCG, I worked for two years as an assistant teacher at the College Hill Child Care Co-Op. It was there that I grew to love working with toddlers.

    Ms. Chazzidy

    Waddler Teacher

      Education / Certifications:  

      • NC Early Childhood Teaching Credentials
      • SIDS certified

    Bio: Hi, my name is Chazzidy Gomez. I am originally from New York and I attended N.C. A&T University. I began my early childhood career at HLC in 2015. I love working with children and watching them learn, grow and change. I love that I am setting the foundation for their education for the rest of their lives. It is such an amazing and rewarding responsibility.
    In the classroom, I enjoy combining my love for working with children with my passion for art. My favorite activity is arts and crafts and making different sensory bins. I live in Hillsborough with my two daughters and in my spare time, I love to paint, take pictures and be creative.

     Two's and Three's

     

    Ms. Alex

    Lead Two’s and Three’s Teacher

      Education / Certifications:  

      • BA Education, specializing in human development and family studies
      • CPR/First Aid
      • SIDS certified

    Bio: Hi, My name is Alex and I am a born and bred Tar Heel. I graduated from
    UNC with a degree in education, specializing in human development and
    family studies. I have a super big family and during my free time I love
    to hang out with them. I also play volley ball, read, travel and love to
    try new experiences. I am also a history nerd and love trivia. In my 2/3
    classroom, I enjoy the interaction I have with my students during our
    circle time.

     Preschool

     

    Ms. Lashaunda

    Lead Preschool Teacher

      Education / Certifications:

      • Lead Teacher Qualified
      • SIDS certified
      • Completed 35 plus credit hours towards AA in early childhood

    Childcare Experience: Since 2000

    Favorite activity: STEM projects and art

    Bio: I am LaShaunda “Dani” Rogers and I have been at HLC since 2013. I am a master teacher and am currently working towards my degree in early childhood administration. I am originally from Oxford, NC and now live in Elon with my truck driver/owner-operator husband, my beautiful and smart daughter, and my smart and athletic son. I have been apart of the HLC family since 2013 and I love to teach. I love seeing children take what they have learned and apply it to their everyday lives. In my spare time, I love to travel, cook and decorate.

    Ms. Niseyda

    Preschool Teacher

      Education / Certifications:

      • CPR Certified
      • First Aid Certified

    Bio: Hi my name is Niseyda and I am a Native of North Carolina. I was born in Winston-Salem and now live in Chapel Hill with my husband Luis Reyes and our dachshund Bruno. I have been in early childhood education for a year and have a goal of owning and operating my own childcare facility. I enjoy working with two-year olds and my favorite activities are reading and dancing with them. In my spare time, I like decorating. I am also fluent in Spanish and lived in Mexico for five years.