Twos Lead Teacher – Ms. Nikki McGee
Twos Assistant Teacher – Ms. Phyllis Bagwell

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.  She has enjoyed working with and teaching children for the past twenty plus years!  This will be Nikki’s 8th year at Meadowlake.

Phyllis has lived in North Carolina her entire life.  She was an assistant manager for Southern Bell for 31 years prior to teaching.  She has been with Meadowlake Preschool as an assistant teacher since 2001.  Phyllis has two daughters, Traci and Nikki.  She loves to read, spend time with her family, and work with preschoolers.

Threes Lead Teacher – Ms. Nikki Lynch

Nikki Lynch is back at Meadowlake Preschool- this year as the Lead 3’s Teacher.  She is originally from Michigan and has been in NC for 14 years. She lives in Concord with her husband Kevin, her son Jake (almost 16) and her daughter Makenzie (12).  She also has 2 dogs Mia and Molly.  Nikki has a degree in Psychology and her background is in early intervention for children with disabilities and developmental delays. She worked as a play therapist until her daughter was born and then stayed home for a few years before working at her daughter’s preschool.  Nikki’s hobbies are exercising, being outside, spending time at the lake, and all things home and classroom decor/DIY.  She is super excited to be back at Meadowlake and looks forward to getting to know all of her students and their families this school year!

Preschool Director – Ms. Terra Dean

Terra is very excited to be returning to Meadowlake as the Preschool Director.  She has been working with children of various ages for over 20 years in multiple settings.  Terra graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  She also has masters level credits with a concentration in reading.  Terra worked in education at the elementary level for several years before staying home with her children.  She had the privilege of teaching at Meadowlake before becoming the director.  Terra believes in developing the whole child- spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually- and that learning should be fun and hands-on, utilizing various strategies to reach all learners.  Her desire is for every family that steps through the door to feel welcome and for every child to love coming to preschool everyday!  Terra enjoys reading, taking walks, biking, dancing, boating, swimming, and spending time with her family- Ian (husband of 18 years), Jaxon (11), Lucas (9), Kylie (7), and dog Maisy.

Threes Assistant Teacher – Ms. Stacy Kontos

Stacy is from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Huntersville for the past 17 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 14 and her twin boys are 12, 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 in 2017.  She is looking forward to seeing her former students and meeting her new students this school year!

PreK Lead Teacher – Ms. Virginia Berrett
Virginia is so excited to be teaching at Meadowlake Preschool again this school year!  Her degree is in secondary education but she has gotten to work with young children for the last 20 years…everything from nannying, to teaching abroad, to teaching students in China online, to teaching Sunday school at her church, to teaching at the preschool level.  She has lived in Huntersville for the last 6 years with her husband, three boys (ages 12, 10, 7) and her baby girl (golden doodle) Millie.  She loves reading in her spare time, as well as, mountain biking, and triathlons.  She finds a lot of happiness working with preschoolers and she cannot wait to watch her students learn and grow throughout the school year!

PreK Assistant Teacher – Ms. Jen Perez
Jennifer is originally from Pennsylvania and has been in North Carolina for 11 years. She lives in Huntersville with her husband and their three children, ages 12,14, and 17. Jennifer has a degree in Communications and enjoyed volunteering in her own children’s classrooms before deciding to become a preschool teacher.  Jennifer loves all animals, especially dogs. She also loves spending time with her family, yoga, and traveling. She is excited to be back at Meadowlake Preschool and can’t wait to get to know her new students this school year!