Meet our Staff
The caring and professional staff of the JCC Child Development Center work together to offer your child the very best in early childhood educational programming. They possess the wisdom experience brings combined with professional expertise and a knowledge of the latest developments and research in the early childhood field.
Our staff ensures that your child's opportunity for growth is enhanced through interesting, thought provoking and developmentally appropriate activities.
You are always welcome to come by and visit us and meet our staff:
Amy M. Smith
Amy is the site director and laboratory school coordinator for the JCC Child Development Center. She is a recent graduate of Walden University with a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field. Her academic journey has led her to achieve undergraduate degrees from both the University of Mount Olive and Wake Technical Community College.
With over 14 years of experience working directly with young children and aspiring educators, Amy has had the opportunity to combine her passion of the field with making a real difference in the lives of the children and community she serves. Her accomplishments include achieving national accreditation status (NAEYC) for the JCC Child Development Center, collaborating with local universities through grants and enterprises, maintaining healthy initiatives for the facility through the national Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and attaining the prestige of becoming a NC demonstration site the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) which is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children.
Vianey Chavez is a recent graduate from Johnston Community College with an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and is enrolled at the University of Mount Olive working on her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. Vianey is the Lead Teacher in the "Busy Bee" classroom in the Child Development Center for children ages 3-4 years old. Her education philosophy involves "Nature" as playing a very important part in a child's ongoing development. She believes that children engage in more creative forms of play, play more cooperatively, and improve cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills through nature exploration.
Heather Forster, Lead Teacher; 2-year old classroom
Heather Forster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Meredith College and is a recent graduate of Walden University with a Master's degree in child development / adult education. She is married with a recent baby and enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing at the beach.
Katlyn Thompson graduated from Meredith College with a B.S. in Child Development. While at Meredith, she was a member of the Meredith College Advocates for Young Children group. Katlyn is thrilled to start her teaching career at Johnston Community College Child Development Center. Katlyn loves the small school environment that JCC Child Development Center provides. She enjoys investing in children's educations and creating close relationships with families. During her spare time, she likes to go fishing, spend time with family and friends, and go to the beach. Katlyn has aspirations of pursuing her B-K licensure within the next few years.
Alicia Grace graduated from Johnston Community College with an Associate's degree in Early Childhood
Education. Alicia is the Teacher Assistant in the "Grasshopper" / toddler room in
the Child Development Center. She is enrolled at the University Of Mount Olive working
on her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education.
Kierstee Robinson is a recent graduate from Johnston Community College with an Associate's degree in Early Childhood. Kierstee is the Assistant Teacher in the "Preschool" classroom in the Child Development Center for children ages 4-5 years old. Her educational philosophy incorporates "nurturing all children" as a core foundation for their social / emotional growth and development. She believes that young children who engage in positive social interactions with peer and trusted adults will have greater success in all areas of their future development. In her spare time, Kierstee can be found with her loving husband and son.