Subs and Floaters



Kelly discovered TLS in August of 2010. After working as a substitute for a short time, Kelly knew TLS was where she wanted to be. She fell in love with the gentle nature of TLS's environment and admired the center's philosophy. Kelly has worked with children from infant to school age for many years. Her experience ranges from assisting in the public school environment to teaching preschool in various settings, to directing her own in-home childcare program. In addition to working with children, Kelly’s family was inspired to become a foster home for Orange County and she experienced many rewards and has many cherished memories from that experience. Kelly earned her Early Childhood Educators Credentials and is actively pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is blessed with three beautiful children and in her free time, she loves scrapbooking, photography, and trips to the beach with her husband and kids!



Tonisha recently moved to Durham from Greensboro where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies at UNCG, taught Salsa classes, and was a mentor/youth leader for five years at an inner-city ministry.  Her passion has always been with those in poverty and at-risk youth.  She has held many positions with organizations to help mobilize students in getting involved in local community outreach, as well as impoverished countries abroad.  She still keeps in touch with members of every community she has had a chance to work with, from Greensboro to Pretoria, South Africa, and each will always be close to her heart.  Toni has been a hospice volunteer and nursing assistant to the elderly for over a year, as well as a volunteer in the pediatric playroom at UNC Children’s hospitals.  Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric nurse and provide care to those in poverty.  She is very excited for The Little School to be a part of her journey and to be a part of this community!

Julia is from Utah and moved to Durham last July. Her husband is going to medical school at Duke and they are loving living here in North Carolina! Julia went to college and got her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders at BYU and graduated last year. Some of her favorite things to do are to travel (she even lived in Japan for a year and a half and learned how to speak Japanese), explore little towns along the East Coast, running, photography, skiing, scrapbooking, reading historical fiction, and relaxing on my porch overlooking Duke Forest while sitting in a hammock swing. She love working with children and enjoy listening to their ideas and the cute things they say. Julia has a dream of becoming a Speech Therapist and working with little kids!