Cruisers: Crystal, Rachel, Tasha



Crystal joined TLS when we opened the Waterstone campus in 2010. Crystal Clayton is from Timberlake, NC.  She is married to her husband Dwayne and together they are the parents of their son, Michael.  A graduate of Elon College, Crystal has a BS degree in Leisure Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration.  Crystal also earned her NC Early Childhood Credentials from Durham Technical Community College.   She is also taking classes from Haywood Community College to continue her education in Early Childhood.  She has been working with young children since 1996. In her free time, Crystal and her family spend a lot of time at the baseball field watching Michael play ball. 



Rachel is a North Carolina native.  She grew up in Mebane and attended East Carolina University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Sociology.  After moving to Raleigh in 2011, Rachel decided to follow her heart and look for a job in the childcare field  She has experience as both a nanny and a preschool teacher.  She enjoys cooking, reading, and going on outside adventures with her two dogs.  Rachel joined in 2015, and is very excited to be a part of The Little School family!


Natasha Rhodes was born and raised in Durham, NC. Natasha volunteered part-time in Early Childcare when she was just 14. While still in high-school, Natasha earned her NC Early Childhood Credentials.  One of Natasha’s main goals for her students is to learn that we are all family. Children, teachers and families working together to make everyone feel accepted and comfortable is a top priority for her. She has 12 years of experience working with children from infant to 6 years of age, and is at the home stretch of finishing her AAS in Early Childhood Education. Natasha and her partner share the mothering and joy of raising their daughter, Kaitlyn, and 2 year old (yorkie-poo) Brandy. Natasha has a couple of hobbies that she enjoys wildly, such as couponing (such an addiction!), baking, cooking, spending time with her family and friends, being a “classroom parent” at her daughters school, and listening to country music! Tasha joined TLS in 2013.