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.
 

 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.

Mrs. Tashina

Infant Room Teacher

    Education / Certifications:

    • BA Degree in Pyschology and minor in geography – Concord University
    • Lead Teacher Qualified
    • SIDS certified
    • Enrolled at UNC Greensboro working on her Master’s in Early Childhood
      Administration

Bio: Hello My Name is Tashina Foust. I am originally from Romney, WV.
My family consists of my husband Nathan and my daughters Anaya and Briella. My educational background consists of A BA from Concord University.
I have been a part of the HLC Family since January 2nd, 2017. In my spare time I love to read mostly novels and short stories to my girls. I also love to write novels. I have written and completed 3. I also like to write or come up with short stories for kids, my favorite is Sleepy Cub. I am a fan of outdoor activities such as hiking, and believe it or not running 5 k’s (well walking brusquely.) I love, love, love to dance especially with my babies and hubby. But more than all of that I love family time, and just hanging out together.
My favorite activity to do with my classroom is dancing. I love to dance with my babies. We turn on some fast or fun music and just take turns moving. I love some of the movements they come up with.
I chose childcare because I have only ever wanted to help people, to make a difference to even one person. That’s why I chose psychology, however I never felt truly called to it. Instead after having my daughter I found a love for helping young people learn and grow through the youth ministry at our church. To see the light in their eyes as they learn something new is such an enriching feeling.  That’s why I chose to go into education. I wanted to help children grow in the best way I could.

 Waddlers

 

Ms. Rolanda

Lead Waddler Teacher

    Education / Certifications:

    • BS Degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences with a minor in Public health Education
    • SIDS certified

Bio: I am Rolanda Holloway and I am from Pollocksville, NC. I began my early childhood career at Harvest Learning Center in 2017. I’ve always worked with waddlers and they are my favorite group. I particularly enjoy transitioning older infants into my classroom where I specialize in nurturing and cuddling. One of my favorite activities is free-play with my students. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, reading and sleeping.

Ms. Sarah

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.

 Two's and Three's

 

Ms. Chazzidy

Lead Two’s and Three’s 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.

 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.  Mia

Preschool Teacher

    Education / Certifications:

    • Lead Teacher Qualified
    • SIDS certified
    • Enrolled at Durham Technical Community College pursing an AA in early childhood education

Bio: Hello, my name is Mia De La Cruz. I am originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts. My family consists of my fiancé, Tykai and our puppy Appa.
I have been a part of the HLC Family since March 2017. In my spare time I love to paint, play video games with my fiancé, and go on walks with my puppy. My favorite activity to do in my classroom is STEM! I love introducing my students to their numbers and letters. It gives me such  joy to watch them start to understand how counting works along with other STEM related tasks. I chose childcare because I love seeing each child develop, from babies to preschoolers. It’s a beautiful thing to watch them grow.