Meet the Teachers
Staff members are CPR and First-Aid trained. Criminal and Child Protective Service background checks required for all employees. We are proudly licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
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Mary Carol Kallam (Owner, Director)
Mary Carol Kallam
Hi! My name is Mary Carol Kallam. I’m the “MC” in the M.C.’s Kids. I have a degree in Elementary Education and taught school for ten years before being able to make one of my dreams become a reality. That dream was to open a fun, safe learning environment for young children. Being a previous Kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher, I knew what was missing with a lot of children when they started their formal school education. It was then a dream and a goal to be able to provide that safe, fun learning environment for our children that would walk through the doors of M.C.’s Kids. I believe we’ve been able to accomplish that goal for the past 15 and a half years. We’ve gotten phenomenal feedback from parents and teachers that “our” children are fully ready to start kindergarten and do very well with their new educational adventure. Early Childhood education is so important in each person’s life. It is there where a child learns the love of learning. We mix learning and a whole lot of fun, love, and laughs to make all of our children’s childhood the best it can be with many memories as well! Once a M.C.’s Kids “kid” always a M.C.’s Kid’s “kid”!
Beth Raffield (Assistant Director)
My name is Beth Raffield. I have worked at M.C. Kids for 16 years. I am now the Assistant Director. I have worked in the classrooms, kitchen, and help transport children. I love working with children and seeing them learn and grow while they are here.
Hello! My name is Sandra Baskerville and I teach one of the three-year-old classes at M.C.’s Kids. I have been working here for almost 9 years. I was born and raised in Mecklenburg County and I am married and have three children. I have the opportunity every day to be part of a different learning adventure with my class. Just to be able to teach and help to lay the foundation of a child’s future is priceless.
My name is Amber Brooks. I recently moved to South Hill with my husband and 4 month old daughter. I am originally from Alabama where I attended Auburn University and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. I worked at daycare for several years, taught pre-k for 3 years, and spent a year as a nanny to 3 children. There is nothing more rewarding to me than spending the day with sweet little ones, watching and helping them grow. I am so excited to be here at M.C.’s Kids!
Hi, my name is Blair Carley. I have been working at M.C.’s Kids for 3 years and I love it here! I am currently in the infant room and love seeing all of my babies and watching them grow!
My name is Lakeisha Chavis. I have been employed at M.C.’s Kids for nine months. I am a teacher in the Pre-toddler Class Room. I enjoy working with children because I am a mother of four beautiful girls. The love that I have for my children gives me the passion to take care of other children and to teach them and prepare them for the next stage. Seeing the children each day as they come in with their beautiful smiles brings joy to my heart.
My name is Brenda Clements. I am lead teacher in the toddler room. I started at M.C.’s Kids March 16, 2009. I enjoy teaching children of all ages and watching them learn and grown. To me a child is a gift from God. They are special and different in many ways. I thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to work with their child. It is a blessing to teach!
My name is Kaitlyn Dizon and I am a new member of the M.C.’s kids family. Even though I haven’t been here long, I have enjoyed getting to know all the children and watching them learn.
My name is Melissa Hudgins. I have worked at M.C.’s Kids for 12 years. I have worked with all different age groups. Now I work with the toddlers and float around where I’m needed. I love watching the children grow and learn every day. I have a daughter named Sophia, she is seven and has been going here since she was 6 months old. When she started at South Hill Elementary she was ready for whatever she would face there.
Hi, my name is Stephanie Garnes. I am married with four children. I graduated from Park View High School and majored in Mathematics at Saint Paul’s College. I have worked at M.C.’s Kids for 11 years. I believe that Early Childhood Education is key to a successful educational foundation, and I work very hard to help lay that foundation.
Hi, my name is Katie Groller. I am the older toddler teacher at M.C.’s Kids. I’ve worked here for about a year and a half. The things I like most about working here are the kids and the work environment. I love working with the kids and watching them grown and learn new things.
My name is Priya Major. I am the Lead teacher in the infant room. I have been employed at M.C.’s Kids for 12 years. I love working here! Our Boss is an amazing boss, she will put your needs above her own at times. She was there for me in many ways not just as a boss but as a friend. She has a heart of Gold. I simple enjoy working at M.C.’s Kids, because my boss has a heart of Gold and treats her employees like people should be treated “with respect and Love”
Hello, my name, is Brenda McKnight. I have worked at M.C.’s kids for over 1 month. I am currently in the baby room. I just love the babies and the staff. Everyone is so nice and helpful in every way.
My name is Shirlkay Poarch. I enjoy working at M.C.’s Kids because when I walk through the door, I do not feel like I am there for a job. I enjoy all of my coworkers and adore all of the children! This job has really shown me that I am taking the right path as I continue my education to become an elementary school teacher.
Hi, my name is Amy Thompson. I teach two year olds at M.C.’s Kids. I really enjoy working with this age group. I love to watch them learn and grow. Every day is different but they are filled with lots of laughing, learning, and love.
My name is Stacey Thompson. I have had the pleasure of being a part of M.C.’s Kids since November of 2002. I have had the opportunity to work with all of the age groups. I am currently the two year old teacher, which I absolutely love! To see what they have learned from my class, along with watching each of their little personalities bloom, makes me smile. Knowing that I am a part of shaping the little minds of our future is priceless.
My name is Shirlene Vaughan and I have been at M.C.’s Kids for 3 years. I was born and raised in South Hill. I am married and have 5 grandkids. I enjoy spending time with my family. I love working with children and helping shape their minds.
My name is Katie Wilbourn. I have been at M.C.’s Kids a little over a year. I am the cleaner for the center. I enjoy keeping the center clean and fresh for the children, parents, and staff. I enjoy seeing my daughter as well as all the other children grow and learn from some amazing teachers!
My name is Debra Wilkinson. I am married and have four children of my own. I live in South Hill, VA. I have been working at M.C.’s Kids for thirteen years and I enjoy every minute of it. I work in the kitchen and drive the van before and after school. I am the before and after school teacher. I really enjoy working with children of all ages. To me watching them learn and grow is very rewarding. I enjoy helping them with homework and doing crafts with them. M.C.’s Kids children are a very important part of my live.