Support Staff

Heather: Office Manager

Heather has been with TLS since 2012. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have a daughter named Kyndall and a son named Dominic. She has been working in a five-star center since 2009 and has experience with all age groups, but loves the curiosity of the younger children.  She earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education and is continuing her schooling to receive her Associates Degree. When Heather is not working with children at work and home, she is spending time with her family and friends. She also loves trips to the beach with her husband and children every chance they get.

Amber Daves: Office Manager

Amber was born and raised in North Carolina. Amber has always had a passion for nurturing children. During high school, Amber took ECE classes, interned at local childcare centers, and elementary schools. Amber earned her ECE credentials in 2008.Amber started working with TLS in 2009, at the Davis Rd. location. Amber has she had several roles with The Little School. Amber began as a sub, then moved onto working with all age groups as a teacher and spent time leading a three’s class. July of 2016, Amber moved to The Little School at Duke. She spends her days keeping the school organized and running smoothly. She has a daughter Elainea and one fur child, DJ. They keep her busy. She is an avid collector of all things pineapple, Duke fan, and enjoys Mountain trips.

Chris Burgess: Head Chef

Chris was born near Hartford, CT.  He found his way down to North Carolina and received his BA in Biology from UNC-CH.  He has nearly 30 years of experience in food service.  Chris was the kitchen manager at the famous Flying Burrito in Chapel Hill for 8 years.  He was a line chef at Panzanella in Southern Village for 2 years and Head Chef at Town Hall Grill for 7 years, also in Southern Village.  Chris has been married to his lovely wife Erin for 10 years.  He has two sons, Oscar and Benjamin.  Chris enjoys politics, art and science exploration.


Eric Wargin: School Chef

Eric was born in Durham, NC and grew up in Pittsboro, NC. Eric spent his youth working in various restaurants in Ferrington. Eric attended Culinary School at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC. After helping open Bleu Restaurant in Winston Salem, he moved to Minneapolis. While in Minneapolis, Eric managed a Local/Organic Food Truck. He moved on to work with the homeless at a rehab center. In 2015, he relocated back to NC. He worked as the Chef/GM at Bean & Barrel in Chapel Hill and at The Farmery in Durham. He resides with his wife, Jenny, and their two dogs.


Oliver: Facilities Manager

Oliver is originally from Mexico but has been living in Raleigh, NC since 1994. He started working at TLS part-time, then soon became a full-time. Before joining The Little School, he worked years in construction. Oliver and his lovely wife Jeanette have two beautiful children, Kyle and Naomi. He loves to spend time with his family. Oliver loves being part of The Little School family.


Chris Jones: Sous Chef