Marilise was born in Los Angeles, California, in a multicultural family where French, Romanian, and English were spoken daily. She attended the French school, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles. Artistically inclined from early youth, she always enjoyed drawing and painting throughout her childhood and teen years. Upon completing high school with honors, she pursued her artistic dream and double-majored in Design and Marketing at the American Intercontinental University in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Art in 2001.
In her last year at AIU, she worked as an assistant cultural attaché and visa officer at the French Consulate in Atlanta, and continued until her daughter, Ashley, was born in 2004, joining her son, Eric, born in 2002. She knew this was not the career path for her and wanting to be a hands-on mom, she opened an in-home day care center specializing in newborns to pre-k and fell in love with all the children in her care as an extension of her own family. She followed the training and licensing requirements from Bright from the Start and continued her daycare for 6 years bringing her multicultural diversity and love of art in her daily education.
As all her children continued to grow (her own and her daycare children), she wanted to find a way to combine her infinite love of children and passion for art on a broader scale and not limit it to just her home, so she created her company, ArtSeeFun, that brings the art world to everyone. She teaches an after school art program at Lewis Elementary in Cobb County to children from 1st grade through 5th as well as private art lessons and painting parties. Marilise is thrilled to be teaching Art and French to all the children at Rollins.
She feels she now is truly in the path that she is meant to be in; where she is continuously inspired by all the children and hopes to encourage them to open their hearts, minds and souls to the world of art and see it through their own eyes in a kaleidoscope of colors, lines, shapes and beauty in everyday life, nurturing their imagination as well as discovering other cultures through foreign languages.
Karen has been teaching children ages ranging from birth to fifth grade for over fourteen years. She began her teaching career out of her home where she had a day care followed by teaching in the
public day care sector and then teaching at the Pre-K level. Karen then worked for nine years in the Bartow County school system.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Reinhart University and her BFA in Musical Theater with a minor in Dance from Kent State University.
Karen is married and has three children. They are members of Cartersville First Baptist Church. Karen is a lifetime member of The Pumphouse Players where she is active in acting and directing. She began performing at the young age of five and although she has aged, according to the calendar, she is and always will be a kid at heart.
As the music teacher at Rollins Child Development Center, she hopes to share her love for music with the children.
Mariah Sappington is from Warner Robins, Georgia. She will be teaching at all age levels and will help develop and implement the school’s new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program. She has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mercer University. Mariah is extremely excited to be a part of a program that promotes the sciences at such a young age.
Mariah spent a year teaching grades K-9 in a large private school in a rural village in Northern Thailand. She loves to volunteer and has spent numerous hours with Habitat for Humanity and programs that encourage math, science and reading in Elementary and Middle Schools.
During her time spent away from Rollins, Mariah enjoys reading, singing, dancing and spending time with loved ones. She is very excited to be part of the Rollins family and believes in the core values that Rollins stands for.
Elizabeth Clark graduated from Berry College in May of 2014. She earned a degree in Spanish Education, after completing two semesters of student teaching. She studied abroad in Costa Rica, where she taught English as a second language and studied the country’s culture. She is from Forsyth, Georgia. She comes from a big family and has four younger siblings. This is her first teaching position. She looks forward to teaching Spanish and getting to know the children at Rollins Child Development Center. In the future she hopes to earn a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and teach English as a second language.
Pilar Ceballos was born in Bogota, Columbia. She graduated in Graphic Arts at the School of Fine Arts in there. She worked at summer schools for children and also designed educational products for schools. Pilar was a mentor for two years at the Hope Center in Woodstock where she helps Hispanic families join the center. She was also a Spanish teacher for Elementary schools in Cherokee County for two years.
Pilar has also worked to help put on a Summer Camp of Art and Spanish for Christian children and young people. Pilar’s passion is art and creativity which she uses as a tool to teach Spanish. Pilar loves to share her language, culture and traditions.
Currently, Pilar is actively involved in the PTSA program at Sequoyah High School. She leads the Committee on Spanish Programs. Pilar lives with her husband Juan and two boys, Felipe and Sebastian, in Canton. Her sons attend Sequoyah High School. They speak Spanish fluently, study French and play basketball. Pilar’s family has a Labrador named Jazz and two turtles. Pilar feels that God blessed her with her family.
Pilar is excited to be a Spanish teacher at the Rollins Child Development Center. She feels that love is the most important factor in teaching a child and enjoys playing alongside the children as she teaches them Spanish.
Plaese call the center for updated information:
The Center Will Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
676 Henderson Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
Fax: (678) 719-4003