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Leadership and Staff


As a early education program with a long and successful history, we know that the quality we provide depends on the educators working in our program.

We provide regular on-going professional development training for our faculty, with a strong emphasis on teacher collaboration. Opportunities include participation in weekly planning meetings and monthly faculty meetings, attending conferences and in-services, and working individually with consultants in the classrooms. All of our teachers meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards, which require a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), A.A., or B.A. in Early Childhood Education. All faculty members also have extensive background checks, and receive CPR and First Aid Certifications, as well as Fire Safety training.

As a partner in educational work-study programs with Kennesaw State University and other nearby universities and colleges, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and student teachers often join us.

Our teachers:

  • Provide nurturing, respectful, encouraging relationships with each child.
  • Create an exciting, inviting, aesthetically-pleasing environment with an emphasis on natural materials.
  • Observe children closely, document learning, and use these observations as a basis for planning.
  • Facilitate children’s social and emotional development through a focus on communication and empathy.

Michelle Carter

Executive Director

Stacey McCalmon

Program Coordinator

Dawn Character

Business Manager

Amanda Lewis

Team Leader

Carol Terrell

Lead Teacher

Kashundra Horton

Team Leader

Jonathan Griffin

Lead Teacher

Jessica Jones

Lead Teacher

Keisha Pearson

Lead Teacher

Timecca Herring

Luchon Momundu

Team Leader

Cemantha Ross

Lead Teacher

Jasmine Lemons

Lead Teacher

Alexis Johnson

Lead Teacher

Ida Summerhill

Lead Teacher

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors ensure DHCDC is focused on our mission of service. The board is comprised of professionals in the community with a commitment to early education and their community. We are lucky to have educators, accountants, attorneys, and others helping to guide our program toward ongoing success.

Joe Ward

Board Chairman

Allen Burke

Leslie Munson

Admin and Policy Committee

Jocelyn Alter

Policy and Administration Chair

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