Support Staff

MaryBeth: Office Manager

Marybeth was born and raised in Bayport, NY on Long Island and is the youngest daughter of 8 children.  She became an Aunt when she was 8, and growing up around young children helped steer her toward her current career.  Being part of a large family included always being surrounded by family and friends, which helped to instill the values of family and community.  Her love of children grew and she has been working in this field since 1998.  From the moment she peered through the windows at the original Little School, she knew this school was the right fit for her. She joined The Little School in 2010 when the Hillsborough campus at Waterstone was built and joined the family at Duke in May 2013. Her roles at TLS have included Lead Teacher, Behavioral Specialist and Pedagogista for our Infants and Toddlers.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the lake and spending time at home with her boyfriend and dog. She also loves visiting with family and friends and traveling whenever possible.


Taresa has been working with children since 2003 and is looking forward to many more experiences. She also enjoys two children of her own, Brian and Jayde. Taresa graduated from Person Senior High School located in Roxboro, NC. She also attended school at Piedmont Community College. She loves drawing, singing, and most importantly spending time with her family. Taresa is very easy going and loves to think outside the box. She always finds herself striving to do the best she can and make a difference. Taresa considers every experience to be a learning experience.

Chris: 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: 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.


Chris Jones: Sous Chef

Chris has worked with many Triangle area restaurants over the years, such as Saladelia and Bonafide. He now lives in Graham with his wife and sons. When not charming the children and staff of The Little School, you can find Chris playing guitar in the much love “Eno Mountain Boys”, or reading esoteric philosophy.