Meet the CDC Staff
Katlyn Peedin is the JCC Child Development Center Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Meredith College. Katlyn completed her B-K licensure through Lateral Entry program while teaching the preschool here at JCC for 3 years.
Katlyn has a true passion for advocating and teaching social-emotional development. She believes that the development of social-emotional competence during the early childhood years is such an important foundation for children’s later success. When children feel good about themselves; are able to develop positive relationships with others; and know how to identify, express, and manage their emotions, they are more likely to be ready to learn and succeed. Katlyn reached fidelity on the TPOT assessment in 2016. Her classroom was a NC demonstration site for the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). Katlyn is dedicated on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children. She enjoys investing in children’s educations and creating close relationships with families.
Heather Forster is the Child Development Center Assistant Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Meredith College as well as a Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching Adults in the field from Walden University. Heather has worked in various teaching roles in the early childhood field and enjoys sharing her passion for early childhood education with fellow teachers as well as mentoring the students in our JCC Early Childhood Education program.
Her main focus in the classroom is to promote all developmental skills through play and each child's interests. She believes having a more "naturalistic" environment helps to promote active learning in young children as well as expand their knowledge and curiosity about the world around them. During her spare time she enjoys being with her husband and daughter, especially when they are able to work/play outdoors.
Alicia Grace is the Lead Teacher in the “Fireflies” (young toddlers) classroom. She is graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor's of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She is also a graduate of the AAS in Early Childhood Education program at Johnston Community College. Alicia has been with the CDC as a practicum student, substitute teacher, assistant teacher, and now a lead teacher with our littlest ones.
Lindsey Pollock is the Teacher Assistant in the “Dragonflies”/NC Pre-K classroom at Johnston Community College’s Child Development Center. She is a recent graduate of Johnston Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans to attend a four year university to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in the Spring.
Lindsey has been an early childhood educator for two years working with every age group in the preschool setting. She believes that it is truly the most rewarding work that she has done. She is currently a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Her philosophy is that every child has the opportunity to succeed. With families, communities, and educators working together and adapting to fit the children’s needs, every child can learn in the best environment.
Katherine Mitchell graduated from Johnston Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood education in May of 2018. She is the Teacher Assistant in the Grasshoppers classroom where she enjoys working with the two and three year old children. Katherine hopes to continue her education and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mount Olive. Her educational philosophy incorporates guiding the children in a natural learning environment in ways of becoming responsible, respectful, and knowledgeable individuals that will be able to transition smoothly into their community.
During her free time, Kat enjoys nature walks, canoeing, fishing, and spending time with family/friends.
Lashai Lightbourne is the Lead Teacher in the “Busy Bee” Classroom. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She plans to enroll at the University of North Carolina Greensboro to earn her Bachelors degree in Early Care and Education. She has been in the field for 2 ½ years and finds it extremely rewarding to be a part of a child’s growth and development. Her teaching philosophy is that everyone in the classroom contributes as a student, teacher, and thinker.
During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys watching her son become independent and curious about his “little” world.
Miranda McCarver is the Teacher Assistant in the "Busy Bee" Classroom. She graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor's of Arts in English in 2015 and will receive certificates in Infant/Toddler Care and Early Childhood Preschool from Johnston Community College in May 2019. She joined the field in Fall 2018 and finds it a rewarding and an exciting privilege to be part of the development and educational foundation of a child. Her educational philosophy is that children succeed and learn by exploring the world around them through play while also participating in the classroom as a student, explorer, scholar, teacher, and the creator of their future.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her fur babies (Charly and Ava). She also enjoys reading, writing, sewing, and gardening.
Roberta Carlson is the Lead Teacher in the “Grasshopper” classroom. She holds an AAS in Early Childhood Education from Johnston Community College. She is a passionate advocate and educator of young children with over ten years of experience. She is the mother of two teenage sons. She believes supporting children's social-emotional development provides a solid foundation for all of their future growth and development.
Natasha Williams is the Lead Teacher in the “NC Pre-K/Dragonflies” classroom. She is a 2012 graduate of North Carolina Central University where she studied Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. She is a current student at NCCU working towards her Birth through Kindergarten license. She has over 7 years of experience working in early childhood field and with children age ranging from 12 months to 11 years old. Her teaching philosophy is that all children are unique. And in order to develop to their fullest potential they must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.