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CATHERINE DOBERSTEIN

Owner & Director of Operations

AAS Early Childhood Education - Washtenaw Community College

BA Children & Family Studies -  University of Michigan

Level 3 NC Administrator

Catherine has 13 years of experience working as an early childhood educator and 12 years of experience as a director


Founded Little Scholars Academy in 2011

SARAH BRICK

Director of Operations - In Training

AAS Early Childhood Education - Harrisburg Area Community College

BA Applied Behavioral Science, Social & Human Services - Pennsylvania State University

Level 3 NC Administrator

Sarah has 19 years of experience working as an early childhood educator and 3 years of experience as a director

Started working at LSA in August 2021

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA because we value each child as an individual and view the family as the child’s first teacher. We strive to provide a home like environment where the child feels loved and safe. We work very closely with families to provide experiences that promote social and emotional growth along with providing experiences that help the child grow and prepare for their future."

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MELISSA IAMS

Director of Education

BA Cognitive Sciences - University of California, Los Angeles

Melissa 15 years of experience working as an early childhood educator and 5 years of experience as a director.

Started working at LSA in August 2022 (previously worked at our other LSA location since January 2020)

RYAN DOBERSTEIN

Director of Finance & Facilities

BBA Accounting - St. Bonaventure

MBA focussed in International Business - St. Bonaventure

Ryan has 10 years of experience working in accounting and finance. 

Started working at LSA in June 2016

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KATE DIMMER

Cherry Room Teacher (4y -5y)

AAS Early Child Education - Rowan Cabarrus Community College


Kate is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Birth - Kindergarten at Appalachian State University

Kate has 8 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working for LSA in September 2021

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA for its unique approach to learning using the Reggio Emilia Approach as well as the nature based play."

VANNESSA DOUGLAS

 Garden Room Teacher (3y - 5y)

NC Early Childhood Credentials - Central Piedmont Community College

Vannessa is currently working on her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Vannessa has 3 years of experience working as an early childhood educator.

Started working at LSA in October 2022

What do you love about LSA?

"I love working at LSA because it exhibits genuine love from the inside out. I appreciate how the admin cares about me by investing in my education and allows for a great work/life balance."

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AUDREY VANDALL-HENSON

Garden Teacher (3y - 5y)

BA Communication Sciences & Disorders - Appalachian State University

Audrey has 2 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working at LSA in October 2022

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA because they value and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. They have a supportive admin team and fantastic work-life balance!"

ALLYSON HUCKS

Magnolia Teacher (2y - 4y)

AAS Early Child Education -  Rowan Cabarrus Community College


Allyson is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Birth - Kindergarten at Appalachian State University

Allyson has 3 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working at LSA in September 2021

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SAMANTHA DIXON

Magnolia Teacher (2y - 4y)

BA Early Child Education - Baker College

Samantha has 6 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working for LSA in November 2022

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA because it is a friendly place to be and a very welcoming environment for all."

MICHELLE VASQUEZ

Honeysuckle Teacher (1y - 2y)

Associate of Arts - Central Piedmont Community College


Michelle is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Birth - Kindergarten at Appalachian State University

Michelle has 3 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working for LSA in October 2021

What do you love about LSA?

"I love the Reggio Emilia approach to learning at LSA. It allows the child to become an active collaborator to their own education."

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MALANA LITAKER

Honeysuckle Teacher (1y - 2y)

Associate of Arts -  Rowan Cabarrus Community College


Malana is currently working on her Bachelors degree in K-6 Education at Western Governors University

Malana has 4 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started working for LSA in August 2022

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA because the moment you walk through the door you can feel the peace and love of the staff and students flowing through the building. It is a calm supporting environment as a teacher and also as a parent."

ALYSSA ROSADO

Buttercup Teacher (3m - 12m)

BA Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences; minor in Human Development & Family Studies; specialization in Early Childhood Education - University of Connecticut

Alyssa has 1.5 years of experience working as an early childhood educator

Started with LSA in June 2022

What do you love about LSA?

"I love LSA because of its sense of community and the genuine relationships that are built between the staff, the children and the families."

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ANA WALLACE

Buttercup Teacher (3m - 12m)

NC Early Childhood Credentials - Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Ana is currently working on her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at RCCC. 

Ana has 8 years of experience working as an early childhood educator.

Started working at LSA in September 2022 (previously worked at our other LSA location since December 2019)

LIZ ABEL

Support Teacher

NC Early Childhood Credentials - Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Liz is currently taking Early Childhood classes at RCCC. 

Liz has 10 years of experience working as an early childhood educator.

Started working at LSA in November 2021 (previously worked at our other LSA location since August 2020)

What do you love about LSA?

"I love the calming atmosphere and they allow kids to be themselves."

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CAREY SWANNER

Support Teacher

AAS Elementary Education - University of Phoenix

NC Early Childhood Credentials - Stanley Community College

Level 2 NC Administrator

Carey has 19 years of experience working as an early childhood educator and 4 years of experience as a director

Started working at LSA in November 2022

ANYA GIDDEON

Extended Day Teacher

HS Diploma - Northwest Cabarrus High School

Anya is currently taking classes to receive her NC Early Childhood Credentials and will continue on working towards her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Anya has 1 year of experience working as an early childhood educator 

Started working at LSA in April 2022

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Our Team: Our Team

COME WORK WITH US

Little Scholars Academy of Kannapolis is seeking an early childhood teacher to join our team! The ideal candidate will have an exceptionally warm, nurturing, and patient demeanor, will be fun and energetic, will be familiar with the Reggio Emilia approach to education (or excited to learn), will have the ability and desire to think creatively about ideas and materials, will have the ability to use technology to support curriculum and for communication, will have experience teaching in a classroom, and will have a passion for teaching young children ages 12 months to 5 years!

If you are interested in applying for a position at LSA, please fill out the information below. If you don't see something you are looking for, but would still like to present yourself, we are always accepting resumes!

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