Meet Our Teachers

Infant Teachers

My name is Jenny Waits and I love working at GLC! I grew up in Bryant, AR and graduated from Bryant High School in 2012. I then moved to Conway, attended UCA and graduated in April 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. I absolutely love working with children and especially have a heart for infants. I love getting to watch and help little ones reach milestones and important goals. I am so thankful for God providing this opportunity for me to take care of and love on the sweet babies at GLC.

My name is Jennifer Lawrence. I received my Bachelor’s degree from UCA. I worked in the corporate world for several years, then settled down with my husband and had a beautiful baby boy. A stay at home mother since his birth, we were ready for some socialization and Pierce wanted some playmates! We are so blessed to be a part of such an amazing center! I love all the babies in my class, this is not a job, it’s a blessing in our day!

Infant 2 Teachers

Hello! My name is Whitney Kilgore, I am the Older Infant classroom teacher here at Grace Learning Center. I grew up in Mountain Home where I received my Associate of Arts in Teaching and have lived in Central Arkansas for just over two years. I have worked in childcare for five years and have loved every second of being able to invest in the lives of children! My hobbies include spending time with the ones that I love, camping, and being on
the lake! I love being a part of Grace Learning Center and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.

Hi! My name is Vanessa Maher. I am from Little Rock but I have lived in Conway for the past 4 years. I am currently finishing up my last year at UCA studying Early Childhood Education. After graduation I plan on getting a masters degree in education and starting my career as a teacher! I have several years of experience working in childcare and I have loved every minute of it! I also love spending time with my family, friends, and playing with my two precious dogs. I am excited to be working at GLC and I can’t wait to get to know your little ones!

Toddler Teachers

Hey parents! I’m Maddie McDonald; the Toddler teacher here at GLC. I run our coffee bar here at Grace UMC and work with our children’s ministries whenever I can. Teaching toddlers and preschoolers is my dream job, and I am so blessed to be able to teach here at Grace! I’ve always believed that childcare is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. Nothing makes me happier than spending my days getting to know your babies and learning with them. I try my hardest to go through every day with my class doing everything I can to take care of your prized possessions to the very best of my abilities. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your babies lives!

K2 Teachers

Hi! My name is Terri Bryant. I begin working at GLC in February 2016. I relocated here from Mountain Home to help take care of my grandson while my daughter finishes up her business degree at UCA. I have 10 years experience in childcare. I am a very dedicated teacher and take it very seriously. Even though state only requires 15 training hours a year, last year I received 90 hours. A child learns the most in the 0-3 age span, so these younger years effects the rest of their life.

My name is Taylor Huckaby! I am a nursing major at the University of Central Arkansas. My dream is to one day be a pediatric nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I love children and making a difference in their lives!! I love working at GLC, the children and their parents are like family of my own!

K3 Teachers

Hi! My name is Lauren Keech. I graduated from College of the Ozarks with a degree in elementary education with an early childhood concentration. I am from Heber Springs, AR, lived in Broken Arrow, OK for five years, and have been in Conway for the last two years. While living in Broken Arrow, I worked for two years as a preschool assistant and three years as a second grade teacher. I worked at Pediatrics Plus here in Conway for a year before coming to GLC last September. My husband and I moved to Conway, so he could pursue an education in Physical Therapy at UCA. We have one daughter, Avery, who is here at GLC.

My name is Chelsea Harrell. I was born February 23, 1993 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but raised in Dumas, AR. I moved to Conway, AR my senior year in high school. I graduated high school in 2011. I have really grown to love Conway. I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to eat and just having good fun with my friends. I have a 2 year old son name Jordan. He is the joy of my life and brings out the best in me. I have been working here at GLC since of May 2015. I’m so glad to be a part of GLC!

Pre-K Teachers

Hi! My name is Lindsey. I am recently married and graduated with an Early Childhood degree from UCA in 2015. I am a member of Grace UMC and have worked for GLC since 2015. I dearly love the children I get to teach!

Story Time Teacher

My name is Rae Lyn Sperry, I am a wife & mother of one daughter. My degree is in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have worked with children in many different capacities from homeschooling to librarian/storytelling to Sunday School teacher. I love bringing a variety of stories, poems and songs to the children of GLC. Besides making several of my own story time props, my hobbies are sewing, jewelry making and taking care of my dogs and cats.