Lella Carl Hamiter – Executive Director
Lella graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Elementary Education. Lella states that she is one of the lucky people who truly loves her job! She enjoys seeing the children learn the skills they need to be successful in school, as well as hearing feedback from their parents about how great they are doing once they start "big" school.
Allene Neighbors– Director of Development
Allene has a background and degree in marketing and journalism. Allene works closely with the Advisory, Executive and Junior boards to increase public awareness and maintain, strengthen and build donor relations. In addition, she works to design opportunities to enlighten and engage potential donors on the new and exciting achievements of PreSchool Partners.
Chappell Anderson – Teacher, Four Year Olds
Chappell attended the University of Alabama for three years and then graduated from UAB with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Chappell has taught preschool for over 20 years. She explains that she is so excited to be a part of a program that is so beneficial to the students, parents and the community.
Teri Benson – Assistant Teacher, Four Year Olds
Teri Benson graduated from Carver High School and attended Miles College. Teri likes the learning environment at PreSchool Partners and loves working with the four year old children and their parents.
Iola Blair – Assistant Teacher, Four Year Olds
Iola graduated from Carver High School and attended Samford University. She has worked with children for over 30 years. She also works with the youth at her church. Iola likes working at PreSchool Partners because of the caring environment and the structured curriculum.
Diane Curry – Assistant Teacher, Four Year Olds
Diane has a Child Development Associate Degree from Lawson State and has been in early childhood education for over 20 years. Diane enjoys teaching children and seeing how their eyes light up when they achieve their goals. Diane believes that children are the most precious gifts in the world and it's a blessing to have the opportunity to teach them.
Kelly Fisher – Teacher, Three Year Olds
Kelly has a degree in Education from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. She enjoys teaching at PreSchool Partners because she knows that she is preparing these children for the future and helping to equip their parents to become better parents in the process.
Sally Goings – Teacher, Four Year Olds
Sally graduated from Hollins College with a degree in Art History and an Early Childhood Education Certification. She later received her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Samford University. Sally is excited about being a part of the PreSchool Partners family.
Loretta Keller – Teacher, Four Year Olds
Loretta has a degree from the University of Alabama in Communications. Loretta explains that she loves her job and that the best part is watching the progress of the children – they are amazing!
Herman May - Sexton
Herman graduated form Hayes High School and then served in the US Army and is a Vietnam Veteran. He was a letter carrier for 31 years before retiring and coming to work for PreSchool Partners. Herman loves seeing the progress the children make during their time at school.
Beth Neal - Teacher, Three Year Olds
Beth graduated from Clemson University and earned a teaching degree in early childhood education. Beth says she loves PreSchool Partners because of the parental involvement and she feels like we are truly making a difference! It makes her happy to come to work.
Rhea Pelekis – Teacher, Three Year Olds
Rhea has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education from UAB. Along with her husband and three children, it is her family's joy and passion to serve throughout the community. Rhea enjoys working at the preschool level where she can help lay a foundation for school readiness and foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Dorothy Turner – Assistant Teacher, Three Year Olds
Dorothy received a degree in Sociology from Miles College and has worked with children for over 22 years. She also worked with parents when she was with Childcare Resources. Dorothy likes PreSchool Partners because it provides the children with all the tools and experiences necessary to promote learning now, and in the future.
Ellen Webster – Teacher, Three Year Olds
Ellen graduated with a marketing degree from the University of Alabama. Ellen states that it is the most rewarding job she has ever held and that she receives so much more than she gives!!!
Pam Winston - Assistant Teacher, Three Year Olds
Pam graduated from West End High School and attends Lawson State Community College, working towards her Child Development Associate degree. She chose Early Childhood Development because she loves working with children. Pam loves every facet of PreSchool Partners.