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 4th year at Meadowlake.
Phyllis has over 15 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!
Gabrielle is so excited to be the new teacher for the Monday/Wednesday 2’s program! Gabrielle was previously a 2’s and 3’s teacher at the the Lake Norman YMCA, and she loved every minute of it. More recently, she has been a nanny for a 2 year old little girl. She is also a mom of three teenagers, twin girls (15) and a son (14). They are a very active family who enjoy being outside and being on the move! When she’s not on a lacrosse field watching her kids play sports, she enjoys cycling and running. Gabrielle looks forward to meeting all the new families and getting to know the new 2’s!
Stacy is from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Huntersville for the past 13 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 11 and her twin boys are 9, and they attend Lincoln Charter School. After staying home to raise her kids, she decided to become a preschool teacher, and has taught at the Lake Norman YMCA in the 2’s class for the past 4 years. She is looking forward to meeting all of her new students and parents!
Allie is very excited to join the team at Meadowlake Preschool this 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 (11) and Oliver (5).
Lesley graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She is certified in general and special education. She is also trained and experienced in the Lindamood Bell learning process. Lesley offers private tutoring when she is not at Meadowlake. She has two children – Julia is 14 and Jude is 11. They attend Langtree Charter Academy. This will be Lesley’s 6th year at Meadowlake.
Donna grew up on Long Island, New York. She has lived in Huntersville for 21 years. She taught special education for 31 years – 11 in New York, and 20 in Charlotte. She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in General and Special Education. She also has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Long Island University. Donna has her National Board Certification from North Carolina. When she’s not at Meadowlake, Donna loves to watch movies, listen to music, dance, and relax with friends. This will be Donna’s 2nd year at Meadowlake Preschool.
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!”