Our Staff

Dr. Mariah Weber

Director of Teacher Training and Outreach


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.

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Diana Blackwell

Director of Childrens Programs


I have always enjoyed working with young children, but it wasn't until I attended Auburn University that I developed a passion for Child Development and Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Through my education and experience, I learned how children grow and develop. Furthermore, my experience at the Auburn University Early Learning Center taught me research based practices in facilitating young children's growth and development through positive guidance and redirection techniques.

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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.

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Vickey Wiley

Human Resources Liaison/ Personnel Manager


I am originally from Hartselle, Alabama and lived many years in Auburn before relocating to Birmingham to accept a teaching position at Harris Early Learning Center in 1995. I am a former Auburn Lady Tiger basketball player and Olympic Bronze medalist but my biggest accomplishment is my son, Austin. In 2004, I moved into my current position as Administrative Assistant/Personnel Manager.




Shadreeka Reynolds

Administrative Assistant


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 graduating in May 2022. I also was apart of the English Honor Society, 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.



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