Nikki graduated from UNCC with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first and second grade before starting a family. That’s when she decided to start working part time so she could spend more time at home with her children. She and her husband have two sons – one at UNCC and one at the Community School of Davidson. She has enjoyed working with and teaching children for the past twenty plus years! This will be Nikki’s 5th year at Meadowlake.
Phyllis has over 16 years of teaching experience. She has attended numerous educational workshops over the years. She loves working with children! She has three daughters and three grandchildren. She has been an assistant teacher at Meadowlake Preschool since it opened in 2001!
Terra is very excited to be a new teacher for the 3’s class at Meadowlake Preschool this upcoming school year! She’s been working with children of various ages for over 17 years in multiple settings. Terra graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She has masters level credits with a concentration in reading. She worked in education for 7 years before staying home with her children Jaxon (8), Lucas (6), and Kylie (4). Terra believes learning should be fun and hands-on, and she incorporates many strategies into her teaching to reach all learners. She is trained in Responsive Classroom and utilizes this approach in her class to help students develop positive social skills and interactions with others. Terra enjoys reading, taking walks, swimming, and spending time with her family. She and her husband Ian celebrate 15 years of marriage this summer. Terra can’t wait to meet her new students and their families this fall!
Rebekah, originally from Winston-Salem, attended Gardner-Webb University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education and a Masters of Divinity degree. She now lives in Charlotte with her husband, Greg, and two daughters Laney and Lexi. She left her work in youth and children’s ministries to become a stay at home mother to her daughters for eight years. She recently returned to teaching and has discovered a new love for teaching preschool-aged children in particular. She is very excited and honored to now be a part of the Meadowlake Preschool family!
Nicole graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BS in Elementary Education and MS in Literacy. She was a first grade teacher for five years until she decided to stay at home to be with her growing family. Nicole opened up her home to another growing family where she cared for their children for the past five years and is now eager to get back into the classroom environment. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys craft projects, volunteering and spending time with her husband and two children. Her son will be attending Meadowlake in the 3’s class this fall!
Stacy is from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Huntersville for the past 14 years. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a BS in Business Management and a BA in Economics. She became a stay-at-home mom when she and her husband had their first child. Her daughter is 12 and her twin boys are 10, and they attend Lincoln Charter School. After staying home to raise her kids, she decided to become a preschool teacher, and taught at the Lake Norman YMCA in the 2’s class for 4 years before coming to Meadowlake last year. She is looking forward to seeing her former students again and meeting her new students and parents this year!
Allie is very excited to return to Meadowlake Preschool for her second year! After attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, she has enjoyed more than ten years of teaching preschool, theater, music, and dance. Allie is trained in multiple education styles, including Montessori and Reggio Emilia. As a lead teacher in varied settings, including cooperative, nature-based schools and day schools, Allie has developed a well-rounded teaching approach that focuses on the whole child. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, performing, and spending time with her husband, Marshall, and her two fabulous children, Julie (12) and Oliver (6).
Julie taught elementary school and mentored new teachers for 9 years before staying home once her son was born. She and her husband Ben are both Tar Heels, and they had two children attend Meadowlake Preschool. She joined the Meadowlake family as the director of the preschool in 2016 and just loves working with such amazing people – staff, parents and adorable students – every day. A colleague of hers once said, “Julie sets high expectations, has a calm and effective demeanor when handling challenges, and a passion for children becoming all they can be!”