New Beginnings makes it a top priority to hire and retain staff members who not only enjoy children, but who also have experience and education in working with them. New staff members are required to provide information for a criminal background check and a check with the Central Registry of Child Protection.
We strive to provide a positive work environment that encourages people to remain with our program. We are aware that staff turnover is a major concern in child care, and we will do whatever possible to minimize change for your child. As part of our effort to retain quality staff, the center provides time for staff training and development on a regular basis. Training and time together allows us to build a sense of community among our staff and work toward enhancing their skills with children.
Research shows that ongoing training for teachers is one of the most critical factors in providing a quality early childhood program. Whenever possible, New Beginnings provides access to scholarships, financial incentives, flexible schedules and other rewards for employees that wish to further their education and enhance their skills.
Mary Ann Mullins, Executive Director
Mary Ann has been with New Beginnings since 2011 and is an indispensable part of our administrative team. She loves working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives and of children and their families. When she’s not working, Mary Ann enjoys spending time with her fur babies and grandbabies.
Pamela Shearer, Child Care Director
Pamela has been part of our administrative team since 2010. She has a CDA and loves to interact with the children and hear their stories. When she gets a chance to help in a classroom, her favorite activity is art. Outside of work, Pamela loves taking walks, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Autumn Shearer, Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Baker, Lead Teacher, 3-Year Old Class
Michele Callahan, Lead Teacher, 1-Year-Old Class; 18-24 months
Michele has been a valuable member of our team since 2004 and has Associate in Arts and Child Development Associate degrees. Her long experience working with kids has taught her that you have to be flexible and think on your feet, moving on to something new if an activity isn’t working. Her favorite time of the school day is Circle Time, watching and listening to the children converse as everyone says “Good Morning” to each other. Michele says, “I love the look of wonderment on the kids’ faces when they accomplish something for the first time, which happens all the time at this age.” When she is not at work, Michele is a book and movie buff, enjoys cooking, and is currently researching her family tree.
Mackenzie Collins, Lead Teacher, Nursery
Misty Everage, Floating Teacher
Shaelynn Hayes, Nursery Assistant
Autumn Messer, 1-Year-Old Class Assistant
Michelle Mullins, Lead Teacher, School Age Class
Grace Napier, Lead Teacher, 4-Year-Old Class
Cheyenne Pratt, Lead Teacher, 2-Year-Old Class
Tori Robinson, Lead Teacher, School Age Class
Iris Seals, Preschool Assistant
Dora Whitman, Kitchen
Dora has been an indispensable part of our team since 1995. She has a Child Development Associate degree and working with preschoolers her life’s passion. She loves getting hugs from children each morning and thinks of all the students as if they were her own kids. Dora’s favorite activity is teaching the children colors and how to work a puzzle. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.