Meet the Child Development Center Staff

Tonia Padrick
Department Chair of Education Programs/Administrator of Child Development Center

Mrs. Tonia graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BS in Education of Young Children and received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Phoenix University in 2016. She has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood field, working with children 6 weeks to school age. She is passionate about her work here as the Department Chair of the Education programs. Mrs. Tonia is a proud Administrator of the JCC Child Development Center Lab School, a NC 5-star, NAEYC Accredited early learning center that provides high-quality care for young children and serves as model for best practice to other educators in the field.

Alicia GraceAlicia Grace
Lead Teacher, Child Development Center

Alicia 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.  

photo of Lashai LightbourneLashai Lightbourne
Lead Teacher, Child Development Center

Lashai is the  Lead Teacher in the Preschool Classroom. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She is completing her Bachelors degree in Early Care and Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro to earn her Birth-kindergarten teacher licensure . She has been in the field for 6 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.

Photo of Roberta CarlsonRoberta Carlson
Lead Teacher, Child Development Center

Roberta 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.

Photo of Natasha WilliamsNatasha Williams
Lead NC PreK Teacher, Child Development Center

Natasha is the Lead Teacher in the NC Pre-K 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.

Kathryn Sanders
Teacher Assistant, Child Development Center

Ms. Kathryn is a recent graduate of Johnston Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue her education is the field. She has over 15 years of experience with different age children as an early childhood educator. She enjoys being a part of each child’s growth and development that are in her care, and feels that it is the most rewarding job I could ever have. 

Child Development Center Director

Coming July 1, 2021