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Our Staff

We are committed to creating a wonderful learning environment where children can flourish. Our staff participate in professional development and hands-on training to ensure that children are receiving the most appropriate and up to date educational experiences. 


Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

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Owner/ Director

Stella Gales

Ms. Stella Gales has been the administrator for 30 years. She has a Masters in Secondary Education with an endorsement in Human Sciences. She enjoys educating and preparing children for the future. 

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    Pre-K 4 Lead Teacher

    Darylmekia Anderson

    Ms. Darylmekia Anderson is in her first year at the center. She is our Early Childhood Collaborative teacher with the Jefferson County School system.

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      Pre-K 3 Lead Teacher

      Gloria Anderson

      Ms. Gloria Anderson has over 20 years of experience working children. She has an Associate degree in Early Childhood.

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        Dixter Deon Banks

        Mr. Deon Banks has worked at the center over 10 years keeping our environment safe and healthy. He can be depended on to help in any way he can.

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          After-school Teacher

          Yevette Buck

          Ms. Yevette Buck has been with the center since the summer of 2023.  She has many years of working with youth at her church. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program at Copiah Lincoln Community College.

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            Infant Co-teacher 

            Nichole Coleman

            Ms. Nichole Coleman has worked for many years with children at AJFC Head Start.

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              Toddler Co-teacher

              Niesha Coleman

              Ms. Niesha Coleman has two years of experience, works diligently with the children and assists where needed. 

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                Billie Glass

                Ms. Billie Glass has worked at the center for over 15 years.  She is dependable, reliable, and a great asset in assisting in anything done at the center.

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                  Infant Lead Teacher

                  Timmyra McDonald

                  Ms. Timmyra McDonald has over three years of experience caring for infants in Tennessee.

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                    Toddler Lead Teacher

                    Cleometra Sampson

                    Ms. Cleometra Sampson has two years of experience but came in with a sincere desire to learn and excel. She is currently enrolled in Hinds Community College majoring in Early Childhood.

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                      Pre-K 3 Co-teacher

                      Nicole Trunell

                      Ms. Nicole Trunell has less than two years of experience but comes with a willingness to learn developmental appropriate teaching strategies.

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                        After-school Co-teacher

                        Lakota Walton

                        Ms. Lakota Walton, who also serves a substitute in all rooms, has less than two months of experience at the center but has been a valuable asset helping children complete homework.

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