Learn The Caring Faces Of Our Child Care Staff
Starlette Wimberly, or as we know her, “Mrs. Star,” is currently the Site Director here at Children’s Leadership Academy. Born and raised in Augusta, GA. she moved to Marietta in 2001 and is the proud mother of 3 amazing children. Starting her career working with children over 20 years ago, she holds both a Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Director’s Training Certificate from the State of Georgia. She believes that becoming the director at Children’s Leadership Academy was one of the greatest opportunities of her life, and she is excited to be in a place where she can change the lives of so many.
As part of a team of professionals at CLA, Mrs. Star looks forward to making this an amazing “home away from home” for your child or children. We have excellent teachers that will make that possible, and she is thrilled to see this school grow with laughter and learning.
There is always be an open door policy at Mrs. Star’s office. If you are ever in need of any questions to be answered, comments to be made and or just to see a smiling face feel free to stop in and say Hello. We look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Teaching children has been Monè’s passion for over 15 years. She has experience working with with children of all ages ranging from 3 weeks to 19 years old, and has known since she was 6 years old that she wanted to be a teacher. Graduating from Gordon College and Columbus State University, she has received her AA, BS, and MPA, and is currently pursuing her Ed.S in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 education. By working in childcare for 5 years, teaching Infants to Pre-K and grades Kindergarten through 7th, she has quickly learned how much she enjoys teaching students and getting to know them. Kids love her hands-on approach to education as well as the real life events she uses in her curriculum as examples for others to learn.
Sandra M Casas
Sandra M Casas was born in Las Vegas Nevada and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico. She has been married for twenty one years, and is mom to three wonderful children. While raising her children, she realized her passion for kids and worked to earn her certificate in elementary education. She became a Kindergarten teacher in Mexico, where she worked for seven years until making the decision to move back to the United State. Her passion for working with children still remains and her excitement and experience lends to the overall atmosphere at the Children’s Leadership Academy.
Sheri Peel was born in St. Porte, Florida, but moved Georgia when she was only 13. A wife and mother, Sheri earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked as an infant teacher/ floater in multiple childcare setting for years now. Passionate about what she does, she couldn’t be happier caring for the children at Children’s Leadership Academy.
Maria Colon is from the beautiful country of Columbia, where she worked for 6 years in a daycare doing what she loves most–working with children. Living there for most of her youth, she made the decision to come to the United States nearly 30 years ago, and has had the privilege of being a mother of a wonderful son. She feels that the ability to work with children is a great gift that God has given her. Maria currently holds a Child Development Associate’s Degree, and works to provide children with the necessary care and education to be successful learners.
Kerry-Ann Williams is the Lead Toddler Teacher here at Children’s Leadership Academy. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Paine College in Augusta, GA, she is currently attending classes for her Associate’s Degree in Child Development.
One of four children, Kerry-Ann grew up with two sisters and one brother in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Georgia in 1999. She loves working with children, and finds that their inquisitive attitudes and loads of energy make them a joy to be around.
Her philosophy for working with children is to teach them the fundamentals of learning through strong foundations while making this education exciting.
Kristina Howell is originally from New York where she was raised with her sibling. Graduating from Etowah High School in 2014, she is currently working on her Early Childhood Education degree and is the after school teacher here at Children’s Leadership Academy. Her experience begins when she was just 14, when she start working with kids and where she discovered my love for children. Her greatest joy is seeing how she can help young people develop their love of learning and their confidence. Dedicated to creating an atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, safe, and adaptive to each child`s individual needs, she is looking forward to spending this year with your children!
Shannon Freunschtwas born and raised in the Cherokee County area. Other than a brief time her husband was stationed in Florida she has always lived in the North Georgia area. Shannon has worked in childcare for over ten years, with students from age 3 to middle school age. Shannon has a Child Development Associate degree in Early Childhood. She loves to see the spark ignited when a student grasp a concept. Shannon has been happily married for 22 years and is the proud mother of a 21 year old son, who is attending college to become a Middle School teacher. Shannon’s philosophy is “Every child is a learner, you just have to find the key to open them up to learn”.
My name is Michelle Taffe. I am the pre-kindergarten teacher here at Children’s Leadership Academy. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in music. After teaching 2nd and 3rd graders for 7 years, my husband and I decided it would be best for me to take some time off to be a stay-at-home mom and teacher to our now 4 year old and 1 year old. I enjoyed my time at home, and now I am eager to take what I’ve learned and return to the classroom.
In my spare time, I enjoy singing at churches and other venues. I also enjoy writing music and plan to make a children’s cd soon. My family and I enjoy playing at the park and at the beach. Some of my favorite children’s books are Love You Forever, Nine O’Clock Lullaby, and The Runaway Bunny.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!
Marlene Regine Delva
Teaching has been in my blood from childhood. As a young girl I used to help taking care of the children in my boarding school. I was born and lived in Haiti most of my life. After graduating from a renowned school of secretariat and administration, I returned and started teaching at my former elementary school: Salesian Catholic Mission where I spent 30 years and plus teaching. I followed my family, my husband of 38 years and my three Children to Georgia 10 years ago. My first job in the USA was in a children day care. I later obtained my Childhood Development Associate from Penn Foster Career School. For five years, I have operated my own family daycare. Children are my passion and I will, as long as I can, care for them and guide them.