Who we are:

Mica Waters

Founding Director

 

Mica truly believes that "it takes a village", and it's her vision to help build a diverse community of teachers, family members, neighbors, and other childhood-positive programs.

 

A mother of three, Mica has two decades of teaching and childcare experience; she has been an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, a preschool teacher, and a homeschooler. Mica has a B.A. in Literature and Language from UNC-A. 

 

 

Kristen Voight

Co-Lead Teacher

St. Mary's Campus

 

Details coming soon....

 

 

EMILY PEGRAM--Staff Alum

Former Assistant Director

Current--Full-time graduate student.

 

Emily moved to Asheville in 2012 to attend UNCA and received her Bachelors degree in Political Science with course work in Elementary Education from the UNCG. She, along with her husband and their 4-legged friends, returned to Asheville in 2017 to complete a year of service with AmeriCorps. Her passion is supporting child exploration of the world around them through art, music and imaginative play.

 

Update:  Emily is working toward her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and enjoys creating innovative child-care programming.

 

Ally Schumacher--Staff Alum

Former After school Teacher

Ira B. Jones Campus

Current--Full-time Graduate Student.

Ally graduated from Appalachian State in May 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Her passion for enriching the minds of,  caring for, and learning from children lead her to Charlotte Street Kids. She is now taking that love of children & pursuing her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse.

Update:  

Renee Ambroso--Staff Alum

Former Co-Lead Teacher

St. Mary's Campus

 

Details to follow...

Emilee Hansen--Supervisor

Ira B. Jones Campus

 

Details coming soon....

 

 

Jayne English

Co-Lead Teacher

St. Mary's Campus

 

Details coming soon....

 

 

Carly Weaver

Co-Lead Teacher

Ira B. Jones Campus

Carly hearkens all the way from Boston, Mass, and is a full-time student at UNC-A.  She is in year four of her degree in Psychology and elementary education licensure.  Carly is active in Greek life at UNC-A, as a proud Alpha Xi Delta, which shows up in her heart for service for others, but especially children.  

 

Jamie Willows--Staff Alum

Former Site Supervisor

Ira B. Jones Campus

Current--Supervisor for Teen Court at Buncombe County Alternatives.

Jamie attended the University of West Georgia to pursue her degree in art education. She works at Buncombe Alternatives in the mornings as the Teen Court coordinator for Buncombe county. She also loves to face-paint at events, and hula hoop with the kiddos at Jones Elementary in the afternoon. Jamie believes that there is nothing more fulfilling than being loved by a child!

Update:  

Phoenicia Schwidkay--Staff Alum

Former After school Teacher

Ira B. Jones Campus 

Current--Fulbright Scholar, Vietnam

Phoenicia is originally from Alabama and moved to the Asheville area with her husband in 2014. She attended UNC-Asheville, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Classics in 2018, with course work in Secondary Education and Foreign Languages.

 

Aside from really liking Hello Kitty and cooking, she also enjoys studying languages and hopes to improve ESL programs in public schools, and is working to obtain a Masters in Linguistics.

Update:  We are so incredibly proud of Ms. Phoenicia for being selected as a Fulbright Scholar. She is currently in Vietnam!