Our Teachers



Ann Kathryn Miller

In 2020, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama. I love being in the classroom engaging and encouraging children as they learn, create, and grow into their unique self. I joined HELC in August of 2021.

Belinda Bragg

I am a graduate of Booker T. Washington Business College. I have an Infant and Toddler CDA. I have been working in childcare since 1986 and have worked with children of all ages.

Carla Williams

Hannah Martin

Hello, my name is Hannah Martin! I am a 23-year-old middle child of 7 siblings and a proud dog mom. I have lived in Birmingham my entire life and have been a full-time nanny for the past 2 years. My biggest passion is childcare and early childhood education and I aspire to one day open my own learning center! When not looking after children, I can be found at City Walk Skatepark or the library.

Lessie Shelton





Chimeria Strong

Donna Williams

I have been employed with Harris Early Learning Center since 1995. I have a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a double minor in Psychology from Auburn University. Teaching young children is extremely rewarding. I absolutely love seeing and being a part of all the many changes that take place in the early years. I treasure the relationships I form with each and every child and their parents over the years! I truly enjoy what I do each and every day! 

Lisa Miller

I am originally from Pasadena, CA. I graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama in 2000. I have been working at Harris Early Learning Center as a teacher since 2003.

Robin Turner

I graduated from Lawson State Community College with an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development. I also graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development Studies/Family & Child Studies. I have been teaching in the classroom since 2016. I have been employed at Harris since August 2021. I really enjoyed teaching children the knowledge that they need to know and love to see them grow. I really looking forward to continuing my teaching journey here at Harris.

Vikita Waddy



Ashley Mitchell

I am a 2005 graduate of Judson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I have worked with children since 2007 and enjoy being part of their learning journey. I joined Harris in May 2022 and look forward to continuing my education as a teacher.

Diane Rich

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Auburn University I have been at HELC since 2019. I enjoy teaching and being apart of seeing a change in children's lives as well as watching the joy and excitment as children grow and develop through learning experiences.

Indigo Nash

Lesia Rodgers

I have an Associate’s degree in Child Development Education. I previously worked in the Jefferson County and Birmingham Public School Systems. My dream is to continue my profession in Early Childhood Education, which I truly love.




Alicia Ezell

I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development. I did my internship at Harris with 3 year olds. I have worked in childcare since 2005. I began working at Harris in 2018. I believe when given the opportunity and environment, along with encouragement, children can grown and change in amazing ways.


Kelesha Stewart

I have a bachelors degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with conecentrations in Child Development from Jacksonville State University. I have been working with children since 2012. I decided to become a teacher because I love to see how the kids grow and develop. It is a joy to be apart in making a change in kids lives.

Lacy Stuart

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2006. I have been employed with HELC since 2008. I enjoy teaching because I love being able to watch the joy and excitement children show for new learning experiences.

Madison Newton

I am from Warrior, AL. I am currently attending Wallace State Community College and will receive my Associates Degree in Child Development in May 2023.  I plan to further my education after this degree. I have worked at an accredited Head Start program for the last three years, as an assistant teacher. I am in a family of educators and look forward to continuing our teaching legacy. I am so excited to start working at HELC!

Michelle Tartt

I have been at HELC for 17 years. I love working with children. My extended Harris Family makes the journey worthwhile. I am the proud mother of my beautiful daughter, Clarrisa.

Ruthia Cullen

Sarah Kelsey

I have worked at HELC/Auburn for 16 years. I have taught Pre-K in Rooms 107 and 108. I taught in Room 111 for 2 years while I was working on my Bachelors. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of Alabama, Roll Tide!! I retired from teaching in the classroom in 2017. I came back as a part-time sub. I started back full-time in 2020. I love what I do as a teacher. I love listening, interacting, nurturing, coaching, and watching children grow. I look forward to this coming school year!

Shadai Jolly



Emma Jones

 I am a native of Wetumpka, AL. I graduated from Auburn University in May 2022 with a major in Communication and minor in Nonprofit Studies. I am currently pursuing my second bachelor’s degree through Auburn in Childhood Development. My husband, Wade, is in medical school at UAB, which brought us to Birmingham after my graduation. We live here with our golden doodle, Lolli, and our cat, Maizey! Children have always been the heartbeat of my personal mission. I am a strong believer that EVERY child deserves the opportunity to be loved, grow, and succeed in every aspect. I am so incredibly excited and thankful to become apart of the HELC family! 


Lucinda Hauer

I grew up in Auburn and graduated from Auburn University in 1984. I have been a part of the Harris Early Learning Center family since 1995.

Melissa Taylor

I am a UAB graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. I am a certified teacher with the State of Alabama. I have been employed at Harris Early Learning Center since November 1995. My current teaching position is a Pre-K teacher in Room 108.



Brianna Godbolt

Emily Mefford

Henrietta Thompson

I have been working with children since 1969 when my own child began to go to school. I have a CDA and continue my education with classes at Childcare Resources. I have been with Harris since 1997.

Kali Calloway

Hello my name is Kali Calloway. I am a 2022 high school graduate. I have always had a passion for children and a passion for fashion design, in addition to a fascination with psychology and seeing how the mind works. I am just a big kid at heart. I still enjoy doing things I used to as a child, such as going to the McWane Center, going to Homewood Park, attending classic and muscle car shows, and watching cartoons such as Teletubbies or SpongeBob. I love watching anime, historical, and paranormal shows in my free time. I am super excited to start my new journey at Harris Early Learning Center!

Monica Patton

I have been in the childcare field since 1992 and I have been employed at Harris Early Learning Center since 1997. I have an Associate's degree in Child Development; have attended the University of Alabama; and plan to continue my educational goals.

Victor Jones



Dorothy Ogletree

Hannah Daffin

My name is Hannah Daffin and I am a native of Mobile, Alabama. I recently graduated from Samford University in the spring of 2023, with a bachelor's in Human Development and Family Science. I have worked with children for over 5 years, and this is my second year here at Harris. I am looking forward to another exciting school year of learning and growing!

Lanette Martin

Natasha Garrett

I have been teaching preschool since 2003 and I have been working at Harris since 2009. I have an Abbreviated Certificate in Child Development, Associate’s Degree in Early Education and Administration. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.