Gail is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina but resides in Rockmart, GA with her two teenage daughters. Gail enjoys spending time with her family: getting together during family reunions, holidays, birthdays and any time someone just wants to come say hello they are welcome in her home. She also enjoys riding her bike along the Silver Comet Trail, reading suspense novels, autobiographies, poems and everything educational. She also spends time listening to all genres of music.
Gail began her educational career at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA where she graduated with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. After this endeavor she attended and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in social science, concentrating in the area of mental health, from Mercer University in Macon, GA.
Gail's philosophy is that "All Children Can Learn." Her work experience has allowed her to work as an assistant teacher for a total of seven years with the Fulton County Schools Special Needs Program with elementary and high school students.
Before this experience, Gail was an infant and toddler lead teacher for three years with the Sheltering Arms Early Childhood Education Center in East Point, GA. She also worked one year with Easter Seals of North Georgia as an infant and toddler lead teacher. Those experiences have led Gail to the Rollins Child Development Center where she continues to live her philosophy that "All Children Can Learn."
Kristy is a native Georgian, raised in Gordon County. She and her husband have been married for nine years. Together they have two precious children. They have lived in Cartersville for seven years.
Kristy received her Bachelors in Psychology from Reinhardt University and her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Highlands. She has always had a passion for working with children and has worked in a variety of settings, such as volunteering as a cheer coach, and in her church as a childrens church leader.
While attending college, Kristy worked with austistic children providing ABA therapy. After graduating, she became a Lead Teacher at the Goddard School before finding her way to the Rollins family.
Kristy enjoys spending time with family, crafting and watching Georgia football.
Patricia has worked with children for over 30 years in a variety of different positions. Her career in the classroom includes stints as a preschool teacher, afterschool teacher, and paraprofessional for the Bartow County School System. Outside of the classroom, she has also served as a childcare nutritionist, health and safety coordinator and bus driver, transporting children to and from school and on field trips in and around the Cartersville area.
Patricia is currently enrolled in school and is working toward her Child Development Certification. Once obtained, this will add to her already earned Director’s Certification along with numerous other qualifications and completed classes that range from standard CPR/First Aid to state nutrition requirements for children.
A life-long resident of Georgia, Patricia has four children, two sons and two daughters.. She was also recently blessed with her first grandson. A majority of her time is spent enjoying Do-It-Yourself projects around the house, anything that involves the outdoors and GA Tech Sports. She also is adept at arts and crafts, loves cake decorating and strives to spend as much time possible with family and friends.
Patricia's philosophy is to live life to its fullest and that the fear of trying something new should never hold you back from achieving your dreams and goals. This mantra leads to her encouraging not only her own children, but other children she comes in contact with to follow their dreams. Patricia believes that it is one of the greatest gifts a parent or teacher can give.
Stephanie has volunteered at her church in the infant room for the past six years. She also enjoys volunteering in her community. Stephanie is attending Chattahoochee Technical College where she is pursuing her degree in Special Education. She plans to transfer to Kennesaw State University to complete her degree.
Stephanie was born in Cartersville and was raised in Taylorsville. She attended Taylorsville Elementary, Woodland Middle, and Woodland High School. Stephanie is the youngest of three sisters. She spent 12 years in dance and nine years in chorus. Once Stephanie has earned her Bachelor's Degree, she plans to begin her career in Special Education while pursuing an advanced degree. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the Rollins Child Development Center and looks forward to providing an engaging environment for your children.
Anita attended Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth, Georgia. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. She plans to continue her education with Kennesaw State University. Anita has experience teaching preschool and elementary school age children. She enjoys being in the classroom. Her goal is to make the learning process fun with creative, hands-on activities.
Anita has held a variety of volunteer positions, such as Secretary of the P.T.C.O. and Craft Coordinator for the Cartersville MOMS Club. At Chattahoochee Technical College, Anita was an Administrative Assistant, as well as a member of the Association on Young Children (AYC). Her goal is to help educate students, no matter what their age may be.
Anita is dedicated to reach each child on their developmental level. She believes in nurturing the child socially, emotionally and physically to prepare the child for lifelong learning.
Tanya Mims has been married 18 years to her husband. She has two daughters, as well as two turtles and a bearded dragon.
Before moving to Georgia and becoming a teacher, Tanya served in the United States Air Force for five years, guarding nuclear weapons. She then became a personal assistant before being honorably discharged. Tanya and her husband met in the Air Force and eventually married. One they started their family, she became a stay at home mom. Tanya enjoyed being able to be with her daughters each day.
Once their youngest daughter was three, Tanya and her husband enrolled her at school. Tanya began to work there as a substitute teacher. She soon realized she loved working with young children and wanted to do more. Tanya became an assistant teacher as she worked to complete her CDA.
Tanya worked as a Head Start teacher for nearly ten years before joining Rollins Child Development Center. She has earned her Associates Degree in Art, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Tanya is working toward her Masters in teaching and technology and expects to complete her degree by the end of 2014.
Desiree has worked passionately with children since she was ten years old. Desiree’s grandmother would allow her to teach and interact with the younger children in her neighborhood in the basement of their home. Desiree has mentored the young as well as her peers as a member of various clubs throughout middle and high school. Desiree led and choreographed the Mt. Sinai Youth Praise Dancers for four years. She now assists with the youth ministry of her church, Mt. Sinai of Taylorsville, Georgia. Desiree served the students, parents and co-workers of Steppin’ Stones Daycare and Early Learning Center as a teacher to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners, as well as the After-School program for six years. The experience and love Desiree gained in those six years have molded her into the faithful, loving, enthusiastic educator she continues to grow into. As Desiree continues to teach at the Rollins Child Development Center, she hopes to continue to develop her knowledge of education and development through further training and conferences.
Desiree attended Georgia Highlands College where she received her Associates of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Desiree plans to further her education in the near future. She has attended countless hours of training over the past six years while working at Steppin’ Stones Learning Center.
Desiree was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was raised by her grandmother in Cedartown, Georgia where she currently resides. When Desiree is not at work she loves to go on “play dates” with her four godchildren and her many cousins. Desiree likes to read, attend church, take naps and laugh a lot.
Melanie was born in Ontario, Canada. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Cartersville, Georgia for her dad’s job. After graduating from Cartersville High School, Melanie attended Agnes Scott College for a year before transferring to Kennesaw State University. While attending KSU, she proudly obtained her American Citizenship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2011.
Melanie has been working with children since she was 14. She started by babysitting the neighborhood children, then worked as a nanny after high school, and then worked for many years at a child development center. Recently Melanie has worked in the medical field, but came back to child care feeling like it is her purpose to help nurture and educate children. Melanie feels privileged and excited to be a part of Rollins Child Development Center.
Melanie and her husband currently live in Cartersville with their dog and two cats. When Melanie isn’t working, she enjoys hiking with her husband, playing with her dog Charlee, and working on many arts and crafts projects.
Sam Spelsberg has been teaching for over ten years. He brings over a decade of practical experience and a BA from the University of Central Florida in Liberal Studies to Rollins Child Development Center. Sam also earned his Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. He has taught in public schools for the past ten years in kindergarten through fifth grade, in the Early Intervention Program, and in a science lab.
Sam and his wife have been blessed with a wonderful son. Sam was a stay-at-home dad for a year, which has given him practical experience with infants and toddlers. With all of his experience with varying ages of children, he has knowledge of what children need in order to be successful at all levels.
Sandy Atkins has lived in Cartersville for 49 years. She has been married to her husband for 37 years. Sandy has two children. Both her daughter and son are students at Kennesaw State University. Sandy’s family has a large assortment of animals including llamas, rabbits, a pony and dogs.
Sandy graduated from Cartersville High School and has also completed her CDA. She was employed for the past six years with the Cartersville City School System as a kindergarten para-professional.
Sandy loves working with children and looks forward to working with your child at the Rollins Child Development Center.
Stephanie Broughton is a native Georgian, raised in Chattooga County. She graduated from Chattooga High School. Stephanie has been married for 17 years to a wonderful husband with whom she has three loving children. Her children are attending high school and college. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing and listening to church songs, traveling and riding motorcycles with her husband.
Stephanie attended West Georgia College and received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Through the encouragement of her mom, Stephanie continued her education and sucessfully acquired a Master's Degree. While at West Georgia College, Stephanie was granted a graduate assistantship, which gave her experience and wisdom.
After graduation, Stephanie moved back to her hometown. There, she was one of two teachers who launched and nurtured the emerging Chattooga Pre-K program. She spread this success and rounded off her twenty years of experience in Bartow and Gordon Counties. In this time, Stephanie has led or was a parapro for 2nd grade, Kindergarten and ESS. She did all this before arriving at Rollins!
Stephanie is extremely excited to join the Rollins family. She believes Rollins has answered her prayers and will allow her to continue growing as an educator and share her wealth of experience with everyone in the Rollins family.
Akeavia Ackies is proud to call Cartersville, Georgia her hometown. She graduated from Cass High School in 2008. There, she met and fell in love with her best friend of nine years and soul mate of one year. They are currently newly-weds! She has one step-daughter that she is very proud of who will be attending school for the first time this year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and her adorable dog, Toto, studying the Bible, keeping up with current events and watching and critiquing movies.
She is currently a student at Georgia Highlands College and is close to earning her Child Development Associate (CDA). She plans on furthering her education in Early Childhood Development and plans to graduate in the fall of 2017.
For the past year, she has had the privilege of working for a local child care center, whilest taking various training sessions through Bright from the Start and working on her CDA. While caring for children and working with them throughout the day, it helped her realize her passion in the profession of child care and development. A child can really retain a great deal in an eight hour day. From the age of five, she can remember the passion and joy of working with children, but it was something that she did not realize at that time in her life. Her grandmother ran a successful home childcare center for ten years and from that moment in her life she was truly happy just to be able to assist her in any way she could. She really just grew up loving children.
She has always felt that children have an innocence to their demeanor, and therefore the passion of learning all things is infinite! She is extremely excited that this faith-based community has given her the opportunity to a shed a little light on these wonderful students. She is so happy to be part of the Rollins team and can hardly wait to see how much the children teacher her and help her grow as an educator.
Josh Martin was born and raised in Cedar Bluff, Alabama. After graduating from Cedar Bluff High School in 1989, Josh moved to Augusta, Georgia and studied Marketing at Augusta College. Later, she returned to Alabama, studied Psychology at Georgia Highlands College and transferred to Georgia Northwestern Technical College where she earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Josh also has a Directors Certification in childcare.
Previously, Josh owned and operated a faith-‐based childcare center in Summerville, Georgia. Most recent and for a short period,, she held a position as Director at a preschool in Kennesaw, Georgia. Josh has 18 years experience working with youth as a Pre-‐ Kindergarten Teacher, Competition and Football Cheerleading Coach, Sunday School Teacher, Correctional Officer and Teen Awareness Coach.
Josh has a strong passion for painting nursery murals, antique restoration, interior decorating, fitness and reading. Josh enjoys encouraging and supporting families to embrace their goals and visions through faith and prayer. Josh currently enjoys her role as an infant/toddler teacher at Rollins Child Development Center.
Jessika Putz was born and raised in Cartersville Georgia. Both of Jessika's parents are from New jersey, and she is the oldest of three siblings. Jessika is currently attending Kennesaw State University, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. When Jessika is not studying towards her degree she enjoys arts & crafts, drawing, and putting together puzzles. Jessika's goals for the future include learning sign language, brail, and earning a masters degree in Special Education. Jessika loves to learn and strives to instill her love of learning with the students she teaches. In addition to her love for students, Jessika always enjyoys being outside and caring for animals. Jessika loves interacting and engaging with the world that she believes she is blessed to be a part of.
Daiden Bell has alays known that she would become a teacher. Daiden always enjoyed attending scool, and graduated from Woodland High School in Cartersville Georgia. Daiden has lived most of her life in Cartersville, and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College. Since Daiden obtained her degree, she has spent her time substitute teaching, working as a paraprofessional, and teaching abroad. Daiden believes that working at Rollins has been a rewarding experience which has helped her grow.
Brittany Smith was born and raised in Cartersville Georgia with her two siblings. Growing up, Brittany enjoyed activities such as baseball and basketball with her father. Brittany's father pushed her towards finishing high school, and Brittany ended up graduating from Woodland High School here in Cartersville. Brittany discovered her love for teaching after completing high school, when she obtained a job in a daycare. The two years of experience she gained there led her towards a job at the Boys and Girls club. Brittany discovered through her experiences that she loves teaching students the value of of exercise, and the importance of responsibility. Brittany also has a great deal of love for animals. She has two dogs and one cat named Maddie, Mia, and Macy. Brittany's animals inspired her to pursue a degree in Veternary Assisting, which she earned from Ashworth College in 2016. Brittany also is certified in animal psychology, animal nutrition, and animal care.
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The Center Will Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
676 Henderson Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
Fax: (678) 719-4003