Meet Our Grace Family

Infant One Teachers

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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 am currently a second year graduate student in the MAT program at UCA. 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.

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Hello, my name is Carlin Arp and I am the aftercare teacher for the infant room! I am originally from Mountain Home Arkansas and I moved to Conway after living in Denver Colorado for a little over a year. I am the second oldest of six children and I love being a big sister! When I’m not taking care of your beautiful babies I am either hanging out with my friends, babysitting, or in class at UCA! I am so thankful to be a part of the GLC family and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

Infant Two Teachers

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Hi! My name is Lauren McCauley, I’m 21 years old and a permanent resident of Benton, AR but residing here in Conway while attending UCA. I am the second oldest out of 5 siblings (my baby sister is pictured above), a Vice President of my sorority, in multiple honor societies, and joyously living! I’m pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in Criminology, along with a Bachelors of Business Administration; I’m in pursuit of my Juris Doctorate and will begin the search for Law Schools this fall. I love being outdoors, getting involved on campus, hanging out with my life group and Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters, and staying up to date on all the latest Netflix series! I am so very excited to get to love on your sweet babies and foster growth, learning, and love, alongside you all and Miss Claire. This season of life that I am in is a wild one, but so rewarding and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me!

Infant III Teachers

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Hello, My name is Jordan Burrow. I’m the morning teacher in the Infant 3 room. 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!

 

Toddler Teachers

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Hello! My name is Whitney Kilgore, I am the Toddler teacher here at GLC and have happily been a part of the Grace family since March of 2015. I am originally from Mountain Home where I received my Associate of Arts in Teaching.  I have several years of experience working in childcare and have loved every second of being able to invest in the lives of infants and children of all ages! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, camping with my husband and our sweet puppy, and being on the lake! I love being a part of Grace Learning Center and I can’t wait to love on your sweet babies and see what this year has in store!

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Hello, everyone! My name is Jenny Matthews, and I am Mrs. Whitney’s aftercare. I am currently a Junior at UCA studying elementary education. I am originally from Mountain Home, where I enjoy cuddling my bassett, Huckleberry and spending time with my family. In my free time from school, I like to read, binge watch various Netflix series, and hang out with my friends. I am so very very blessed to be able to work at Grace Learning Center, and I look forward everyday to loving on your little nuggets!

Two’s Teachers

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Hi there! My name is Palmer Walker. I am the two’s teacher here at GLC. I am from Marion AR, and came to Conway to pursue my Bachelors degree! I have been in childcare for 6 years and I know that teaching is my passion! I graduated from UCA in December 2017, and I felt like God placed me here not too long after. I enjoy shopping, Netflix, walks with my dog, and being with my family. I am so excited for this journey here at Grace, and loving on your little ones everyday!

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Hello, my name is Tori Crites and I am the 2-year-old after care teacher! I grew up in Sherwood, Arkansas and am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Education grades 4-8. I have been in childcare for two years and I have loved watching and helping children grow. My hobbies include spending time with my family, shopping, and occasionally going to the gym! I love being a part of the GLC family and I am so thankful to be a part of your children’s lives!

Transitions 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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Hi! My name is Cortney Banning and I am the transitions afternoon teacher! I grew up in Fort Smith Arkansas and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have been in child care since the age of 14 and I nannied for many years. I love to see the spark in the kids eyes when they learn something new. I love to dance and go to the movies. I love my job and can’t wait to share the love with all my kiddos!

Pre-K 3 Teachers

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Hi! My name is Sophia Scoggin, and I am 21 years old. I graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I am state certified to teach K – 6. I’ve wanted to be a teacher before I even started preschool. My love of learning, exploring, and creativity drives my passion for teaching. I believe every child, regardless of age, can be taught anything. Their minds are like sponges, and I want to fill them up with knowledge! When you walk into my classroom, you will see playing, creating, singing, and learning. I’m so excited for my first year of teaching! I can’t wait to have a fun packed year with everyone!

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Hi i’m Brittanie Stricklin and I am the 3 year old after care teacher! I am from Sherwood, AR and I have been working in childcare for 2 years. I am attending school at UCA and plan on getting a nursing degree so I can be a pediatric nurse. Working with children is one of my favorite things to do because it is the most rewarding and where I feel I make the most impact. I am so grateful that I get the chance to be a part of GLC and that I will get to play a part in helping your children grow!!

Pre-K 3 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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Hello!! I’m Tamara Melton and I am the afternoon care in the three-year-old classroom. I am from Ozark, Arkansas. I am currently a student at the University of Central Arkansas studying Elementary Education. My goal is to one day be a first or second grade teacher and later on get my masters to become a principal. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with my niece and nephews! I love children with all my heart and I promise to care for yours as if they were my own!

Pre-K 4 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!

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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 of 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 4 year old son name Jordan, and I am expecting twins in December! 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!

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Hello, my name is Emily Hubbard. I was born and raised in Mountain Home Arkansas and I am currently a Junior at the University of Central Arkansas, studying Elementary Education. In my free time I really enjoy attending music concerts and spending the day with my family and two dogs! I am so blessed to be a part of the GLC family and I am so excited to spend each day with your kiddos!

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Hello! My name is Jodie Lucas! I am from Newport, Arkansas but I’m currently studying Elementary Education K-6 at UCA. I have been working with children for 3 years and have enjoyed every day of it. Outside of school and work, I love to go shopping, spend time with my family of 10, and travel to different countries to do mission work. I love working for GLC and loving on your precious kids!

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My name is Terri Bryant. Been at Grace since 02/16. My daughter graduated UCA last year. I help her with Cole, now in Kindergarten! I have over 10 years experience. I take my job quite seriously, taking more than State required hours per year. I believe social/emotional skills are more important at this age- academics will follow when properly prepared. But we do learn too! Stop in for a Visit Anytime!

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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.

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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.

 

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