Meet the Growing Together Preschool Staff

Administration

Cerise Bouchard, BA, DC, CLC : Executive Director

Cerise Bouchard, BA, DC, CLC

Executive Director

I began working at GTP as a part time assistant while I was a student at Transylvania University. After I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology I continued to work at GTP as an Infant and Toddler teacher. After the birth of my first son, I left GTP to start my own business supporting breastfeeding mothers. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor and president of the Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky.   In 2013 I closed Mother Nurture and returned to GTP as the Executive Director.   My passion for breastfeeding support has grown into a broader interest in public health support, which is reflected in our policies and practices here at GTP. I love being an advocate for early childhood education and health and am passionate about GTP’s mission and strengths.

Cerise@GrowingTogetherPreschool.org

Denise Menshouse, BS : Education & Outreach Coordinator

Denise Menshouse, BS

Education & Outreach Coordinator

I have worked in the field of Early Childhood for the past 24 years and have dedicated my life to providing services to children birth to five and their families. Some of my experiences over the years have consisted of being a lead teacher in a classroom, an Associate Director in a child care setting, a Supervisor, as well as an Early Head Start Coordinator, and a Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator. I am a certified trainer in the Program for Infant Toddler Care areas of social-emotional growth and socialization and group care. I can usually be found in one of the classrooms or in my office which is located adjacent to one of the infant classrooms.

Denise@GrowingTogetherPreschool.org

Emily Estill : Business Manager

Emily Estill

Business Manager

Emily can answer your questions about your invoice and payments.

Emily@GrowingTogetherPreschool.org

Jenny Dotson, CDA : Staffing and Scheduling Coordinator

Jenny Dotson, CDA

Staffing and Scheduling Coordinator

I first started working at Growing Together Preschool in august of 2003. I worked with infants for 3 years and then took a teaching position in the toddler room. I have been with this age group for eight years. During my time at GTP, I completed my CDA and my Director’s Credential. Outside of GTP I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I’m also active with our church. I love working with children and can’t wait to get to know you and your family.

Kelly Crisci, BA : Admissions Coordinator

Kelly Crisci, BA

Admissions Coordinator

I was a Social Work major at the University of Kentucky when I was introduced to GTP by a fellow student in the fall of 1982. Together we completed one of the required practicum assignments which led to part-time, and eventually full-time employment. During the next four years, I gained classroom experience with toddlers and four year old children. In 1986 I was offered the position as Office Manager, where I remain to this day! I’ve enjoyed working for a non-profit organization and am very proud to have helped pioneer one of the first integrated preschool programs in Kentucky.

Kelly can schedule your tour and answer your questions about your child’s enrollment, classroom placement and the wait list for each age group.

Kelly@GrowingTogetherPreschool.org

Therapists

Sharon Agin, MA, CCC : Speech Language Pathologist

Sharon Agin, MA, CCC

Speech Language Pathologist

Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio and an M.A. degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been a speech pathologist in the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky and has worked with Horn and Associates for over 10 years. Sharon has attended many continuing education courses and her interests lie with pediatric feeding, language, and speech sound disorders including apraxia. She has experience with clinic, home, and school-based therapies.

Julie Kennedy, PT : Physical Therapist

Julie Kennedy, PT

Physical Therapist

Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 1990. She has been working as a physical therapist at Horn and Associates since 1996. Julie has extensive experience in pediatrics, specializing in working with children who are medically fragile. Julie has participated in extensive regional and national continuing education courses including kinesiotaping, NDT approaches, and Masgutova Neuorsensorimotor Reflex Integration. Julie has presented regionally and at the local level on integrating motoric developmental skills into functional activities. She also has a passion for working with adaptive equipment and earned a specialty certification as an Adaptive Technology Practitioner.

Kristy Stamper, OTR/L : Occupational Therapist

Kristy Stamper, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kristy graduated in 1998 from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has practiced in intensive care, cardiac rehab, home health, school, and clinic settings. Kristy primarily works with pediatrics and persons with acquired brain injuries. Her interests are in neurology and pediatrics. She has had extensive training in sensory integration and neuromotor recovery and treatment. Kristy has certifications in Interactive Metronome, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and Therapeutic Listening. She has had several trainings in visual perceptual-motor treatment, feeding aversions, and the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration method. Kristy has presented numerous courses on normal developmental processes and implications for intervention at the state and local levels.

Teaching Staff

Tracy Carson, CDA : Preschool Teacher Assistant

Tracy Carson, CDA

Preschool Teacher Assistant

I recently joined the mommy club! My daughter’s name is De’Angela. I have been with GTP since October 2014. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, daughter and her sister. I am a big UK baseball fan as my brother is the center fielder for the team.

Rachel Denny, BS, CDA : Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Rachel Denny, BS, CDA

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

After four years at a desk job, I am returning to what I love most – child care! For two years during college I worked at a child care center with every age group from infant to school age. I have a B.S. from the University of Kentucky in Community Communications and Leadership Development. I am currently working on my Masters in teaching with an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education emphasis and simultaneously completed my CDA during my first semester of graduate school.

Caroline McEachern, BA, CDA : Toddler Teacher

Caroline McEachern, BA, CDA

Toddler Teacher

I grew up in North Carolina as the child of two teachers.  In 2014, I graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in Theatre for Youth and a minor in Women’s Studies.  Realizing that I most enjoyed working with the youngest of people, I decided to pursue a career in early childhood education. I earned my CDA in 2016.  Theatre is still a hobby but I most enjoy dramatic play in the classroom.  

Samantha Harvey, BA, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Samantha Harvey, BA, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Georgetown College and am currently working on my CDA.  I love teaching children and watching them learn.  They are all so special and I look forward to helping your child grow and learn.  I been at GTP since 2014 and have worked in early childhood education since 2005.  

 

Alisa Reed, BS : Preschool Teacher Assistant

Alisa Reed, BS

Preschool Teacher Assistant

I got my start in childhood education early in life when I started volunteering in the nursery at church. I taught Sunday school and worked as an after school teacher for school aged children. I went on to study education at Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University. Graduating in 2011 with a BS in Special education, I have continued to pursue my passion for working with children with and without special needs. I am married and have a one year old son. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, reading, and playing outside.

Abby Reed, BA : Toddler Teacher

Abby Reed, BA

Toddler Teacher

I began working at GTP in September of 2015 as a part-time floater. In May of 2016 I graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric & Communication and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. I am now working on my CDA and will hopefully begin my Master’s degree soon! In my free time I enjoy reading, writing short stories and volunteering with the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. I also have a cat named Rosencrantz.

Courtney Macintosh, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Courtney Macintosh, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I have worked with children for four years. I also have been a coach for the Special Olympics. I have my Preschool CDA and currently working on finishing my Infant/Toddler CDA. I am currently going to school for my degree in Christian Ministries at Liberty University while being a full-time mom. My goals are to finish school and work towards my director’s credentials. I love helping children discover who they are and what they are passionate about in a safe and loving environment. I love working at GTP because my son can grow and learn in a safe environment.

Hailey Westmoreland : Infant Teacher Assistant

Hailey Westmoreland

Infant Teacher Assistant

I’ve only worked at Growing Together for a short time, but I’ve loved this experience and getting to know all of our babies! I’m currently enrolled in Morehead working on my CDA to further my education to be the best teacher I can be!

Ladareus Macintosh : Teacher Assistant - Floater

Ladareus Macintosh

Teacher Assistant – Floater

The kids call me Mr. D and I am currently a Teacher’s Assistant for Growing Together Preschool in the Infant classroom. I am also currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice through Liberty University. My goals are to get my CDA in Preschool and becoming a lead teacher in the Preschool classroom. I have worked with children since 2009 and have worked in a childcare since 2012. I love seeing children grow and learn on a daily basis! I also love that Growing Together gives my own son an opportunity to play in a fun and stimulating environment every day. Most of all I love working at GTP because it is a family/team environment.

Miranda Jarvis, BA : Infant Teacher Assistant

Miranda Jarvis, BA

Infant Teacher Assistant

I graduated from Transylvania University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in English education. Since starting at Growing Together in March, I have started working toward my CDA credential. I hope to begin my master’s in education in 2017.
I’m originally from Vanceburg, KY. I’ve been in Lexington for about five years. In my free time, I like to watch horror movies and read everything from young adult lit to Stephen King. Last but not least, I have a sweet cat named Sicily.

Kristy Lykins-Woodard, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Kristy Lykins-Woodard, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I have been with Growing Together Preschool since 2015, but have been in Early Childhood Education since 2010, when I started working for Head Start.  In these six years, I have taught preschool ages three and four and pre-kindergarden ages four and five.  I have a business management degree, a CDA in Presschool as well as in Infant/Toddler.  I am also certified to work as a paraeducator in the public school system.  I am happily married to my husband Mitch.  We have five children ranging in ages from 19 to 6 and from a college freshman to our twins who are in first grade.  I genuinely enjoy teaching.  I love helping young minds reach their potential in all areas.  I look forward to meeting you and working together while your child is in my classroom!!

 

Amy Gilmore, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Amy Gilmore, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I am mother to one very rambunctious two-year old boy. I earned an associate degree in business in 2013, but I took a nanny position when my son was born the following year. The position allowed me to keep him with me throughout the day. When I decided it was time to re-enter the workforce, I knew that I really wanted to pursue my passion and work with young children. I accepted the job working with toddlers as a teacher assistant at GTP in 2015 and earned my Infant/Toddler CDA shortly after. I love watching the children in my class grow and learn new exciting things. I look forward to working with you and your family.

Kelsey Lootens : Infant Teacher Assistant

Kelsey Lootens

Infant Teacher Assistant

I graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC with a degree in Global Studies and a minor in History and Spanish in May 2016. I returned back to my hometown of Lexington after graduation to begin working with infants at GTP. I plan on working towards my CDA certification this August. I am also getting married this August which is very exciting! I look forward to meeting and working with your family!

Keri Mayhew, BA, CDA : Toddler Teacher

Keri Mayhew, BA, CDA

Toddler Teacher

I have been at Growing Together since 2011, first as a part-time teacher’s assistant with nearly every age group as I worked through college, and then as full-time teacher with infants and toddlers after I graduated with my Bachelors in Anthropology from Transylvania University. As a native of Lexington, I greatly enjoy the opportunities GTP offers to nurture and give back to the children of our community, and our community as a whole. I look forward to meeting you, and to helping your child continue to grow, play, and learn!

Priscilla Ross, CDA : Infant Teacher Assistant

Priscilla Ross, CDA

Infant Teacher Assistant

I have been working with toddlers at GTP since 1995. I have a CDA with an Infant Toddler specialty. I really enjoy teaching children and watching them embrace learning. I am the mother of two children and have been married for 30 years. I sit on the Board of Directors for the Imani Family Life Center and am very active in my community and with my family. I love to travel and shop.

Megan Lucas, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Megan Lucas, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I began working with toddlers at GTP in August of 2013. In 2012 I received my Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Hazard Community and Technical College. I am currently working on my CDA. I love working with toddlers because they amaze me with how creative they can be. It is a blessing to be able to help them learn and watch them grow.

Maria Bolcas, CDA : Preschool Teacher

Maria Bolcas, CDA

Preschool Teacher

I have been working at Growing Together Preschool for over 16 years. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. Prior to working at GTP, I was a stay-at-home mom with my three children.

Maranda White, BA : Preschool Teacher

Maranda White, BA

Preschool Teacher

I graduated from Berea College in 2008 with a degree in education. I began teaching at Growing Together Preschool in 2010. I live in Jeffersonville with my fiancé and our old son Braxton.

Heather Henderson, CDA : Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Heather Henderson, CDA

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

I have three children: Cameron, Peyton and Mariesa. I have been at GTP since 1998. I received my CDA in 2000 and have been a Lead Teacher ever since. I am very family-oriented and stay busy with my children’s extra-curricular activities. I live in Georgetown with my husband David and our children.

Debra Young, BA, CDA : Toddler Teacher

Debra Young, BA, CDA

Toddler Teacher

I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee with a BA degree in Psychology. I earned my CDA credential from Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2001. I have been employed at Growing Together since January 1990 and have worked with two year olds the entire time.

Cindy Anderson, CDA : Infant Teacher

Cindy Anderson, CDA

Infant Teacher

I have worked at Growing Together Preschool with a CDA  for almost 17 years in the infant class. I enjoy getting to know, as well as help, new families throughout their child’s first year.

Cathy Meyer-Butcher, BA, CDA : Toddler Teacher Assistant

Cathy Meyer-Butcher, BA, CDA

Toddler Teacher Assistant

I graduated from UK in 2000 with a BS in Family Studies. I began teaching at Growing Together in 2002. I also received my Preschool CDA in 2003. I spent my first 13 years at GTP teaching Pre-Kindergarteners.  In 2014 I made a change to teaching toddlers and I love it! In 2015 I received an Infant/Toddler CDA to improve my practice with younger children. I live in Harrison County with my husband, our horses and my dog.

Candice Jackson, CDA : Infant Teacher Assistant

Candice Jackson, CDA

Infant Teacher Assistant

I began working at Growing Together Preschool in 2013 after many years of experience in early childhood education at another center. I recently received an Infant/Toddler CDA.

Ashley Ard, CDA : Infant Teacher

Ashley Ard, CDA

Infant Teacher

I have been at Growing Together Preschool since 2005. I have worked with toddlers, preschoolers and now infants. I love working with infants more than any age group. I also have my CDA in infant/toddler. I enjoy coming to work each day to see my babies.

Sara Kelly, BFA, CDA : Toddler Teacher

Sara Kelly, BFA, CDA

Toddler Teacher

I grew up right on the jersey shore in Middletown, New Jersey. I have a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester. I have babysat since the age of 13 and, worked as a gymnastics coach for children aged 3-12 throughout college. It has been an honor to be able to spend time with and educate today’s young minds. I am currently pursuing my Child Development Associate (CDA). After this, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.

Sandy Tubbs, CDA : Toddler Teacher

Sandy Tubbs, CDA

Toddler Teacher

I started working at Growing Together in 1993 and left in 2000 after the birth of my second child to be a stay at home mom. I returned to Growing Together in 2002 and obtained my CDA in 2003. I live in Paris with my husband and two wonderful children.

Cafeteria Staff

Jasmine Woodard : Cafeteria Manager

Jasmine Woodard

Cafeteria Manager

I have prepared and served food at GTP since June of 2015. I love cooking and making people feel happy and full.  I became a certified Food and Hospitality Professional through the College for Technical Education.  And am currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in business management and accounting. I have three amazing kids, two of whom attend Growing Together Preschool. My family keeps me busy and motivated. They are my world.

Leeann Nolan : Cafeteria Assistant

Leeann Nolan

Cafeteria Assistant

Leeann has been a very special part of Growing Together Preschool since she was a baby.  Read Leeann’s story here.

Part-Time Teacher Assistants

Katie Tubbs : Summer Teacher Assistant

Katie Tubbs

Summer Teacher Assistant

Lauraetta Lyle : Part-Time Teacher Assistant - Floater

Lauraetta Lyle

Part-Time Teacher Assistant – Floater

I am a retired V.A. nurse of 33 years. I love working with children because it keeps me young. I am very active at my age – I am 74 years young! Retirement was too boring to me, so I cam to work part-time at Growing Together in 2014. I enjoy helping in all the classrooms and the cafeteria.