Meet Our Grace Family

Infant One Teachers

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Hi! My name is Malinda Dixon. I live in Conway and have two daughters, Carla and Miranda. I have 30+ years of experience in childcare! I look forward to taking care of your precious little ones!

 

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Hi! My name is Spencer Hughes and I am the afternoon teacher in the infant 1 room. I am from El Dorado, Arkansas and I am Cross’s older sister! I am in my last year of a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Technology, with a minor in Biology and plan to go to physician assistant school. My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, and cooking. This is my first year in childcare and I am so excited to be apart of GLC and love your babies.

Infant Two Teachers

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Hey everyone! I’m Briana Myers and I was born and raised in Fort Smith, AR. I am 24 years old and have been married for almost five years. Together my husband and I have a 4-year-old and a 1 year old of our own. I also have 6 siblings! A fun fact about me is, I’m part Canadian! My passion is helping those around me, and I love kids more than life, so this is a great place to be to work on that passion! I love learning about your kiddos during the time I have with them and I can’t wait for all the growth, adventure, many firsts, laughter and tears that come with growing babies. I’m excited, so let’s get started!

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Hey there! My name is Cross Hughes and I am the afternoon teacher in the infant two room. I grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas and I am currently pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. This is my second year in childcare and I absolutely love it. My hobbies include spending time with my friends and family and watching the office on Netflix. I love being a part of the GLC family and I love being able to love on your little ones everyday.

Toddler Teachers

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Hello, My name is Jennifer Spencer and I am the full-time teacher for the toddler room. I have been married to David, my high school sweetheart for 23 years. Together we have four kids, Bella 10, Micah 12, Gabriel 18, and Noah who is 21. I have worked in childcare for 6+ years and am truly looking forward to getting to know and spending time with your kids every day.

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Hi my name is Hannah! I’m the aftercare teacher for the toddler room! I’m from Cord, AR; a little small town in NEA. I currently live here in Conway as I am pursuing my bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts at UCA. I am a senior this year. I am active on campus and serving as the secretary in Sigma Phi Lambda, the Christian sorority on campus. I have loved getting to work at GLC, I love getting to spend my afternoons with these sweet kiddos! I look forward to coming to work everyday to see their sweet smiley faces!

Two’s Teachers

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Hi! My name is Miss. Rylin Cacciatore and Im from Norman, Oklahoma! I have one dog named Fenty and she is a Shih tzu! My favorite foods are Sushi and pizza. My favorite thing to do in my free time is hangout with my friends or watch netflix. I am very involved with UCA’s Chi Alpha so I spend a lot of time doing that as well. My #1 goal is to love on your child and to help them grow each day!! I am super excited about all the fun things we are going to be doing this year!

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Hello! My name is Lauren Ballard and I am the afternoon teacher for this classroom! I go to UCA and I’m studying to be a speech pathologist! I am from Fort Smith and it’s my first year living here! Back home I have my parents and my little sister and also my precious corgis, Winston and Willow! In my free time I like to hang out with friends, exercise, and travel! I am so happy to be working here and can’t wait to see how this year goes

Two’s II Teachers

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth Watkins. I am the full-time teacher for the Two-Year old classroom. I am from Perryville, AR. I graduated from UCA in May of 2019; my major was elementary education (k-6). I have been a counselor at Christian camps for kids the last few summers. I love children a lot and I love getting to be a source of love and encouragement in their lives. A fun fact about me is that I spent a month in Africa in June of 2019; I had the opportunity to love on orphaned and neglected children and teach them about the love of God. I’m looking forward to loving on your sweet kiddos that are in my class!

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Hi, my name is Aliah Fulton. I am one of the afternoon teachers for GLC. I am from Jacksonville, Arkansas and I go to school at UCA. I am majoring in Elementary Education (K-6) and hopefully one day I will get my doctorates degree. I love children and I had a lot of inspirations in my life to show me that teaching education is very important. One interesting fact about me is that I have a fraternal twin sister. I have been a part of the GLC family for a while now and seeing your children’s faces is one of the reasons why I love my job.

Transitions Teachers

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Hi! My name is Jessie. I have been in childcare for 6 years and I absolutely love it. I have an awesome two year old son who is my little best friend. I love fishing and anything that has to do with being outdoors. I live off Mexican food, sonic drinks, and Jesus!

 

Pre-K 3 Teachers

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Hi! My name is Miranda Dixon and I am the K3 teacher! I live in Conway and graduated from Greenbrier High School in 2004. I have two associate degrees and 13 years of experience in childcare! I am a member of 2nd Baptist Church, where I sing in the choir and participate in various local missions. I am excited to help your child grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically! GOD BLESS!

Pre-K 1 Teachers

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Hello, my name is Kathie. I was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin and lived there until November of 1992 when we relocated to Arkansas for my husbands position at work. I went to school at Waukesha County Technical College for Early Childhood Education and graduated with my diploma. I have been married to my husband Mike for 36 years. We have 7 children and 7 grandchildren. I love working at GLC with your children and I am excited to teach them and watch them grow throughout the year.

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Hi! My name is Cortney Banning and I am the afternoon teacher for PK-4! I am an Elementary Education Major at UCA and I am from Fort Smith, Arkansas. I can’t wait to teach your kids and I am so excited for all the fun activities we get to do! My favorite part about working with children is seeing their face lift up when they learn something new!

Pre-K 2 Teachers

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My name is Brittany Middleton I was born and raised in North Little rock, Ar. I have been working in childcare for almost 7 years and I absolutely love it! I’m married and have a beautiful 6 year old little girl named Wendy. I went to school at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for Social Work and finished 3 years.  Also I attended Pulaski Tech for Early Childhood for 3 years . I’m so glad that God blessed me to work at Grace!

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Hi, my name is Bentley Novak and I am the aftercare for the 4 year old classroom. I am from The Woodlands, Texas (outside of Houston), and I am currently studying at The University of Central Arkansas in elementary education. I have grown up around children from babysitting, to being a full nanny, and working at a daycare in high school. I love watching a child’s reaction when they master a task or their imagination as they play. I enjoy being outside and activities such as hiking, working out and staying in with my friends and family. I love GLC and your kids so much!

Teachers

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Hello, My name is Jordan Burrow. I’m the lead teacher here at GLC. I grew up in St. Francisville, Il and moved to Arkansas in 2005. My husband, Stephen, and I have 2 boys, Brayden and Hunter. I love spending time with my husband and boys, cooking out and watching 80’s movies. I am a member of Grace UMC and am so excited to be a part of GLC!

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Hello, my name is Emily Hubbard. I was born and raised in Mountain Home Arkansas and currently a Senior at the University of Central Arkansas, studying Elementary Education. In my free time I LOVE to go to concerts and spend time with my friends and family. I am so blessed to be a part of the GLC family and I look forward to spending each day with your kiddos!

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My name is Heather Hawkins and I work with the aftercare at grace! I am 20 years old and a junior at the University of Central Arkansas! I am majoring in middle level education with an emphasis of math and language arts! I love working with kids and I am excited to start teaching the generations of our future!

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Hi! I’m Ms. Rae Lyn (Sperry). I’m the story time lady and substitute. I’ve lived in Conway about 30 years and am married to my husband, Jonathan. We have one daughter, Elizabeth. I’m a former storyteller/ assistant library manager for the Central Arkansas Library System and also have a degree in Early Childhood Ed. I’m a Sunday school teacher and a former homeschool mom. I love teaching, storytelling, and taking care of our dog, cats, and birds!

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My name is Michelle, I am originally from Chicago, I moved to Arkansas in 2008 with my family. I started as a teacher in the Grace United Methodist KDO program in 2011. I became the cook for the GLC program in 2015. I have been married for 22 years and have three teenage children of my own.