Barbara Warmoth – Director
Barbara has experienced a variety of tasks and opportunities throughout her 37 years at Charleston Early Learning Center. She especially enjoys meeting the families and the opportunity to grow professionally in order to bring an exceptional level of professionalism to the Center’s programs. Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, both from Eastern Illinois University.
Karen Pine – Assistant Director
Karen celebrated her 40th anniversary with the Center in 2014. She is currently the Assistant Director but has held many positions during her tenure. She likes working with the children, families, and staff – seeing the children change and grow, and watching the staff develop new ideas and skills. She especially likes the variety of her work. Karen holds an AAS in Child Care from Lake Land College.
Marcia Dunning – Nursery
Marcia joined the CCELC staff in the late summer of 2016 and cares for the Center’s youngest children in the Nursery. Marcia enjoys the nursery because “working in the nursery is like a puzzle. Each day is different.” Watching each and every little person grow and develop at their own pace makes the nursery a special experience. Marcia has an Associate’s degree in Child Development.
Andrea Fasiq – Toddler Room
Andrea has been a teacher at the Center since March 2012. She currently is a co-teacher in the Center’s Toddler Room. Her favorite part of working with the toddlers is “seeing how fast their development grows and how they begin to express their own personalities and quirks.” She notes that, though the children are in the toddler room for the shortest amount of time, the difference between the 15 month old children and 2 year old children is vast. Andrea has completed some college work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education at Lake Land College.
Sierra Besch – Toddler Room
Terri McElwee – 2-Year-Old room
Terri has been a teacher at CCELC for over 25 years. She is currently a co-teacher in the 2-Year-Old Room. She enjoys being able to watch and see the children grow and knowing that she has a part in their development. “2-year-olds are very interested in everything at that age,” she said. “It’s challenging but rewarding.”
Judy Lamb – 2-Year-Old room
Judy joined the staff in 2015 as a co-teacher in the Center’s 2-Year-Old room. She brought 27 years of experience with her. She enjoys working with the children and the other staff at the Center and likes the fact that she can work with a variety of age groups. For her, she enjoys seeing the 2-year-olds expressing their emotions in so many different ways. “They are beginning to show how they are becoming independent.” Judy holds an Associate’s degree in Child Care.
Stephanie Hutton – Pre-School I and School-Age II
Stephanie heads up Pre-School I during the day and the School-Age II room for after-school care during the school year. She finds working with children rewarding, although challenging at times. She says that her school-age children have a variety of interests and abilities, and although they may not always act like it, they are eager to learn new and challenging things. They are very social and creative. They enjoy helping in creating/thinking of activities they want to know more about. Every day brings something new.
There is a saying, “Teachers change the world one child at a time,” and Stephanie believes that is what the teachers at the Center do.
Stephanie holds an Associates degree in Child Development, a Nanny Relations Certificate, and a Bachelor’s degree with State Teacher Licensure in Early Childhood Education. She has worked at the Center for 10 years.
Debra Winson – Pre-School II
Debra has been a teacher at the Center for over 26 years and currently teaches 4-year-olds in the Pre-School II room. She enjoys being able to know the children from infancy until they become “little people” and watching them learn and grow. She enjoys the preschool age because they are “so eager to learn and love everything you present to them!” Debra earned her BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University.
Jessica Bangura – Pre-K
Jessica has been a teacher at the Center for almost 10 years and currently plays a major role in the children’s transition to kindergarten as the teacher in the Pre-K room. She likes to sit and talk to the children and hear about their views on various subjects. “The kids are very curious and outspoken at this age,” she said. Jessica loves working with children and being there to help in their growth makes her job very fulfilling. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from EIU.
Kelly Martin – School-Age I
Kelly joined the CCELC staff in the late summer of 2015. She provides the afternoon care during the school year and full-time care during the summer for the School-Age I children. She assists in all classrooms as she is needed during the school year . Kelly says she loves teaching “because it is awesome to watch them discover the world and learn new concepts.” She especially enjoys watching and helping the Toddlers as they learn to communicate with others, and the eagerness to learn that the School-Age I and II children bring to the classroom. Kelly is a graduate of Cumberland High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from EIU.
Julie Hutchings – Cook
Julie joined the Center in fall 2017. Her position is unique as it is a combination of cooking and working with the children. Julie “enjoys making new things for the kids to try and getting to see their like or dislike for it.”