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.
 

 Administration

 

Mrs. Lynette

Owner / Director

    Education / Certifications:

    • BA Degree in Journalism and History – University of North Carolina
    • Currently working towards an MA Degree in early childhood education- University of North Carolina

Childcare Experience: Since 2003

Favorite activity: Homemade tornado in a soda bottle

Bio: Lynette is the owner and director, managing a staff of qualified and caring teachers. A former freelance writer and full-time journalist for major news organizations, Lynette holds a B.A. in Journalism and History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also has 18 hours of early childhood coursework from N.C. Central University. When she is not at Harvest or thinking about Harvest, Lynette enjoys watching mysteries on UNC-TV and reading mystery novels.

Mrs. Ginger

Assistant 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 currently the assistant director, overseeing a staff of 10 and assisting in all classrooms. During my 16 years in early childhood, I have worked with all ages and 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 associates degree in early childhood at Vance-Granville Community College in 2012.

On a more personal note, I am a mother of two. I have a nine year old little girl and a three year old little boy who is in the preschool class here at Harvest. We live in Stem. It’s 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

Administrative Assistant 

    Education / Certifications:

    • 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 have worked in
the infant room for four years. I am currently working towards my
bachelors degree in early childhood administration at Kaplan University.

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
and two daughters. I also enjoy photography, bike riding, and I hold a
deputy black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

 Infants

 

Mrs. Ashley

Lead Infant Room Teacher

    Education / Certifications:

    • 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 have worked in
the infant room for four years. I am currently working towards my
bachelors degree in early childhood administration at Kaplan University.

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
and two daughters. I also enjoy photography, bike riding, and I hold a
deputy black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

 Waddlers

 

Ms. Sarah 154

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. Chatora ess14732579981491

Waddler Teacher

Bio: Hi, my name is Chatora. I am originally from Chapel Hill, but I now live in Mebane along with my two daughters. I have worked with infants and toddlers for more than two years and have a diploma in medical assisting. I plan to further my early childhood education through studies at local community colleges.

 Two's and Three's

 

Ms. Chazzidy

Lead Two’s and Three’s Teacher

    Education / Certifications:  

    • NC Early Childhood Teaching Credentials
    • Completing BA Degree Early Childhood Education

     

Bio: 

Hi,

My name is Chazzidy Gomez. I am the lead teacher for the two’s and three’s class and currently completing my bachelors in early childhood education. I love working with young children and hope to continue doing that for a long time. Someday in the future I hope to own my own daycare. I am a very creative person, so I enjoy doing activities like music and art with the children. Additionally, I have loved reading ever since I was very young, so story time is also one of my favorite times of the day.

 Preschool

 

Ms. Lashaunda

Lead Preschool Teacher

Childcare Experience:

Bio: Hi, I am Ms. Lashaunda. I have more than a decade of early childhood experience, with my first love being to work with preschoolers.  I am a lead teacher qualified with plans to pursue my degree in Early Childhood Administration. I live in Elon with my husband and two children.