Our Staff

Dr. Mariah Weber

Executive Director


I am a two-time graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in English for speakers of other languages. I studied at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to obtain a PhD in early childhood education. I am extremely pleased to once again be a part of the Auburn family! My passion lies in supporting educators to provide authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for students as well as allying with families to ensure home and school partnership. I aim to provide equitable education for all students and ensure that all learners are cherished and supported within their classroom environments.

Vickie Wiley

Assistant Director


I have been a part of Harris Early Learning Center since it opened in 1995. I began my career at HELC as a classroom teacher and transitioned to be apart of the administration team as human resources liaison and personnel manager. I also am a former Auburn Lady Tiger basketball player and Olympic Bronze medalist, but my most cherished accomplishment are my son Austin and newly arrived grandson Aiden.

Lesa Harris

Fiscal Manager


I am a native Alabamian, having lived in New Mexico for three years at White Sands Missile Range. I attended Birmingham-Southern College. I am married and a mother of five (2 birth, 3 by marriage). I am a Mimi and a survivor. I joined the HELC family in 2003 after fifteen years in the Hoover School System as an Administrative Assistant. In 2007, I moved into the position of Fiscal Manager at HELC.

Shadreeka Reynolds

Enrollment & Human Resource Specialist


I am married and a mother of two. I was born in Sumter, South Carolina but I have been in Alabama since I was a toddler. I graduated from Minor High School in 2005. I started working with children in 2008 and decided to further my education in 2016. I received my Associates Degree in Child Development in August 2021, but I will officially graduate in May 2022. I also was apart of the English Honor Society and Sigma Kappa Delta. I had the opportunity to intern at HELC during the Summer of 2021, which was an awesome experience, and therefore I am so excited and grateful to have this opportunity to be a part of the HELC family.

Kimberly Robinson

Administrative Assistant


I am a married mother of one son. I graduated from Brooklane Academy and chose to extend my education at the University of Montevallo, where I studied Early Childhood Education. I have been a dedicated childcare professional for over 20 years. My hobbies include reading, crafts, and DIY projects. I am exceptionally grateful for this opportunity to join the HELC family.

Letuetia Lavendar


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