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Ms. Jasmine, Director

I was born and raised in Washington, NC which is better known as “Little Washington”. I hold a Bachelor’s in Science in Child Development from Meredith College. I have been working in the field of early childhood education for over 10 years. I am very family oriented and enjoy spending time with my family any chance I can get.  I enjoy traveling in my spare time.  I believe that all children are unique in their own ways. My goal is to provide children with a fun, positive, engaging and safe learning environment that will allow them to foster all their abilities and skills. I am extremely excited about joining the Holly Springs Academy family and serving as Center Director.


Ms. Joann, Assistant Director

I have been working in early childhood for almost 20 years. I moved to North Carolina in 2004 and
have been blessed with two beautiful children, Madilynn (10 yrs.) and Micah (9 yrs.). In my spare time, I
like to decorate and plan events. As a family, we enjoy camping and spending time with friends.
I love what I do. The highlight of my day is seeing the joy children get when they accomplish a task
whether it is taking their first steps, sorting shapes, knowing their colors, or writing their name. I believe
that every child should be given the opportunity to succeed in a safe and healthy environment. I believe
that every child needs to be treated with respect and given many opportunities to succeed. I also
believe that it is my job to help support and encourage the teachers to be the best they can be, to be
positive role models, and to teach with respect and encouragement.
I understand the importance of building strong relationships. It is my goal to get to know each teacher,
child, parent, and family. I believe that we are partners in your child’s educational journey and I am
honored to be part of the family!


Ms. Helen, Lead Teacher (Chick Peas classroom) Ones

I am originally from Ethiopia and have lived in the U.S. for a little over three years. I am currently an assistant teacher in the younger three’s classroom. I have Early Childhood Education Credentials from VA and NC, and have completed a wide variety of early childhood workshops. I have worked with young children for quite some time. I have a wonderful husband and an amazing daughter. I love spending time in the outdoors and spending quality time with my family. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!


Ms. Destiny, Assistant Teacher (Chick Peas classroom) Ones

I have my Early Childhood Credential and plan to soon begin taking online courses for a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in early education for over six years in roles such as a floater, cook, closer and infant classroom teacher. I am thrilled to be a part of the Holly Springs Academy team!

Ms. Janie, Lead Teacher (Sweet Peas classroom)  Young 2s

I have completed my Associate’s Certificate and I take every opportunity to learn more about child development and best practices for young children. I have worked with young children for over eighteen years including working with elementary aged children. I am married and have two amazing daughters and four beautiful grandchildren! I am a native of Apex and in my spare time, I love to play volleyball, bowl and any other activity that I can do with my family.

Ms. Pamela, Lead Teacher (PeaPods classroom) Older Twos/Young Threes

I have over ten years experience working with children.  I have an AAS degree in Business and I have almost completed an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education including a Level II Administrator certification.  I spend my spare time with my boyfriend and my family.  I also love going to the beach and the movies. I am an animal lover...especially dogs and cats!


Ms. Kricket, Assistant Teacher (PeaPods classroom) Older Twos/Young Threes

I have three girls: Abby, Ashlynn, & Kiera.  I currently have my early childhood credentials and I am pursuing my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have more than eight years of experience in early childhood education.  In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach with my girls (daughters), country concerts, fishing, and four wheeling. 

Ms. Anne , Lead Teacher (Carrot Tops classroom) Older Threes/Young Fours

I am the lead teacher in the older three’s classroom. I have an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education and over twenty years’ experience in childcare ages birth through twelve year olds. For the last eight years, I have worked with pre-school children exclusively. I am very excited to work in the Carrot Tops classroom with you and your child to make their day filled with fun, friendship and learning!


Ms. Oshima, Assistant Teacher (Carrot Tops classroom) Older Threes/Young Fours

I am an assistant teacher in the Carrot Tops classroom. I have been working with kids for over 7 years. I love being creative and interacting with children. I have a daughter and my favorite color is purple! I love math, shopping, cleaning and cooking. I work out when I can. I am also very friendly, neat and responsible.

Ms. Tate, Lead Teacher (Sweet Potatoes classroom) Fours/Fives Pre-K combination

I hold an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and I have worked in the Pre-K setting for the last three years. I am excited to be working in the Sweet Potatoes classroom and I look forward to all our explorations together.  I have a toddler and enjoy spending time with him and my husband.


Ms. Sharee , Lead Teacher (Peppers classroom) Pre-K

I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and over 10 years experience working with young children in a childcare setting.  I love preparing our children for kindergarten and watching them grow and learn while they are in my class. I grew up in the Fuquay-Varina area and love living here with my husband and two children.


Ms. Sydney, Afternoon Floater

I am part of the afternoon staff here at HSA. I live in Holly Springs with my parents, my brother and sister. I am enrolled at Wake Tech. I love to walk in nature and spend time with my family.  This is my first experience working with young children and I am really enjoying it.


Ms. Rachael, Classroom Floater

I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working with children for three years.  I love engaging the children in fun learning acitivities every day.  I live in Holly Springs.