Staff

ELC Staff


Kacie Long, Director


Open, Nursery Teacher

Meet our Little Lamb classroom teacher (nursery) Angela McRee. Mrs. McRee is a registered nurse and is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program through the University of Alabama. Every day in the Little Lamb classroom it is filled with enriching colors and textrues for little minds and bodies to row. Mrs. McRee has been involved with many professional developments that are centered on infant development. She uses what she has learned to know what colors, shapes, and textures babies need at certain platforms of their growth. She is overflowing with love and patience for her precious little ones.

We have been so blessed with Mrs. McRee and will greatly miss her in this wonderful room of little ones and will be praying for her. This position starts at the upcoming school year, and we are now taking applications for our nursery Little Lamb classroom teacher.


Mendy Hollis, 1 Year Old Teacher

Meet our Little Tiger classroom (1 year old) teacher Mendy Hollis. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program through the University of Alabama. This is Ms. Hollis’ second year at the Early Learning Center. Her specialty is bilingual introduction. Each day as the Little Tiger classroom explores their surroundings and uses their own words they will also be introduced to a different word in a different language each day. Studies show how important it is to not only subject the child to new and/or common words everyday but to introduce bilingual words as well. This will allow the children to broaden their language development skills. Ms. Hollis has a heart for teaching and loving each and every child that comes through her classroom.


Open, 2 year Old Teacher

In our Little Monkey classroom (2 year old), we are currently looking for a teacher. They will have the opportunity to enroll in the Early Childhood Development program through the University of Alabama. Work Hours are from 7:30-3:30. This is a wonderful position that requires patience and love. Mrs. Long believes that it is one of the most rewarding classrooms at the Early Learning Center. We are now taking applications for this position.


Gina McKay, 3 Year Old Teacher

Meet our 3-K teacher Gina McKay. She has taught at the Early Learning Center for eight years. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program through the University of Alabama. Mrs. McKay is a veteran teacher that specializes in emotional assistance development. Her daily classroom routine involves introducing different emotions to her class each day. As children grow, they not only learn our extensive Abeka curriculum. They learn to identify different emotions they feel and how to address each emotion in the proper way. Mrs. McKay is looking forward to all the new little faces that will fill her classroom this upcoming school year.


Haley Benefield, 4 Year Old Teacher

Meet our pre-K teacher Haley Benefield. She is currently enrolled in the University of Phoenix and the Early Childhood Development program through the University of Alabama. Mrs. Benefield is entering into her fourth year at the Early Learning Center. She is equipped in classroom management skills for the preparation of kindergarten readiness. With a deep knowledge of the Abeka curriculum and Heggerty phonemic awareness program, Mrs. Benefield is equipping each child with the skills they need to succeed. She is an active member at New Beginnings Church in Crews where she and her husband serve as youth leaders. Mrs. Benefield is looking forward to another wonderful year of teaching and watching little mines grow each and every day.