Twos Lead Teacher – Ms. Nikki

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 7th year at Meadowlake.

Threes Lead Teacher – Ms. Rachel

This is Rachel’s first year at Meadowlake and she is very excited to be the lead 3’s teacher!  She has been working with children of various ages for over 12 years in multiple settings.  Rachel graduated from East Tennessee state University with a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in counseling. She worked as a counselor for 4 years before finding her passion for teaching! She taught Pre-K at Primrose for the past 4 years.  Rachel is married to her husband, Tom, and they have a daughter, Vivian, who is 3. Rachel is looking forward to meeting her new students and getting to know them and their families!

Preschool Director – Mrs. Terra Dean

Terra is very excited to be returning to Meadowlake Preschool this upcoming school year as the new 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 has masters level credits with a concentration in reading.  She worked in education at the elementary level for several years before staying home with her children Jaxon (10), Lucas (8), and Kylie (6).  She has had the privilege of teaching in the Three year old class at Meadowlake for the past two years.  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, boating, swimming, and spending time with her family and new puppy.  She and her husband Ian celebrated 17 years of marriage this summer.  Terra can’t wait to see all the students, their families, and staff back at school this fall!

Threes Assistant Teacher – Ms. Stacy

Stacy is from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Huntersville for the past 16 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 13 and her twin boys are 11, 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 three years ago.  She is looking forward to seeing her former students again this year!

PreK Lead Teacher – Ms. Virginia
Virginia is so excited to be teaching at Meadowlake Preschool!  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 substitute teaching at the preschool level.  She has lived in Huntersville for the last 5 years with her husband, three boys (ages 11, 9, 6) 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
Jennifer is originally from Pennsylvania and has been in North Carolina for 10 years. She lives in Huntersville with her husband and their three children, ages 10,13, and 15. Jennifer has a degree in Communications and has been a stay at home mom for the last several years. She enjoys volunteering in her children’s classrooms and being room mom. Jennifer loves all animals, especially dogs. She also loves spending time with her family, yoga, and traveling. She is excited to be joining the Meadowlake Preschool Family and can’t wait to get to know everyone!