TTWS Staff

Our dynamic team of teachers have been with the Through-the-Week-School for an average of ten years, some as long as eighteen! With Continuing Education and adhering to NAEYC standards, our teachers create a nurturing, creative place for your little one to grow and learn through the power of play.

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Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Belinda Geuss
Belinda Geuss
Director

I grew up in Ohio, moved to Atlanta post college for 7 years and have lived in Charlotte for over 30 years. I hold a...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Belinda Geuss
Belinda Geuss

Director

I grew up in Ohio, moved to Atlanta post college for 7 years and have lived in Charlotte for over 30 years. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Education.  I have worked as a preschool teacher for 8 years, was the Assistant Director at TTWS for 9 years and have been the Director for 5 years. I enjoy exercising especially practicing yoga, core barre, and walking my two golden retrievers.  I love spending time with family, traveling and going to movies.

Joanne Hylinski
Joanne Hylinski
Assistant Director

I am very honored and excited to be joining Belinda Geuss and the dedicated, enthusiastic, and talented staff of the Through-the-Week-School as Assistant Director. ...

Joanne Hylinski
Joanne Hylinski

Assistant Director

I am very honored and excited to be joining Belinda Geuss and the dedicated, enthusiastic, and talented staff of the Through-the-Week-School as Assistant Director.

I grew up in Charlotte and attended Myers Park High School. I graduated from UNC with a Business major and spent the next 14 years with Wachovia Bank in a variety of Corporate Banking jobs. While working for Wachovia, I lived in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Chicago. I “retired” from banking when my first daughter was born and spent the next 20 years raising our three girls and volunteering at their schools, at church, and in the community. I also worked as a substitute preschool teacher and as a CMS sub. Now that our two oldest daughters are in college and the youngest is at AG Middle School, I am ready to focus on what my journey showed me I loved: working with children in God’s home and supporting the amazing teachers who care for them and nurture them every day.

In my spare time, I love to be with my family and friends, exercise, read and travel.

Joanne_shea
Joanne Shea
Twos & Fun Friday Teacher

I grew up in upstate New York and went to Cornell University. My husband and I moved to Charlotte in 1989. I raised...

Joanne_shea
Joanne Shea

Twos & Fun Friday Teacher

I grew up in upstate New York and went to Cornell University. My husband and I moved to Charlotte in 1989. I raised three children down the street from Myers Park Baptist; two of my children attended Through the Week School.
Last year I began working in the Toddler/Two Classroom and was delighted to return for the Toddler Class and Fun Fridays this year. Working with children is an honor. I am proud to be a stepping stone in the children's learning process.
I love arts /crafts, reading and spending time with family/friends.

Caroline_Miller
Caroline Miller
Toddler Teacher

I am originally from Scotland, UK. I have been in Charlotte for 20 years. I am excited to be back at TTWS after a...

Caroline_Miller
Caroline Miller

Toddler Teacher

I am originally from Scotland, UK. I have been in Charlotte for 20 years. I am excited to be back at TTWS after a 10 year absence. I have 33 years experience in the child care field from Director to hands on teaching. My passion is to be in the classroom with pre-schoolers.
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and being outdoors playing with my pups.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sara Leighton
Sara Leighton
Fours Teacher

I was born in Cincinnati and at 5 moved to Richmond, VA where I grew up. I lived in Lexington Kentucky during college as well...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sara Leighton
Sara Leighton

Fours Teacher

I was born in Cincinnati and at 5 moved to Richmond, VA where I grew up. I lived in Lexington Kentucky during college as well as Pittsburgh, NYC, and Jacksonville Fl. I've been in Charlotte for 9 years. I have an early education degree and masters in teaching and I've been at TTWS for 5 years. I enjoy reading, walking, my family, sports, and volunteering.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Joelie Smith
Joelle Smith
Fours Teacher

I grew up in Indiana for the most part but I've been in Charlotte 29 years. I’ve been at Myers Park Baptist Through the Week...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Joelie Smith
Joelle Smith

Fours Teacher

I grew up in Indiana for the most part but I've been in Charlotte 29 years. I’ve been at Myers Park Baptist Through the Week School for 12 years. I have a Bachelor in Business Administration and I'm also an RN.
My hobbies include exercise, gardening, reading, watching sports with family, and design.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Jennifer Talbot
Jennifer Goodrum
TK Teacher

I grew up in New Orleans, went to the University of Georgia and then moved to Charlotte soon after I finished school in 1996 so...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Jennifer Talbot
Jennifer Goodrum

TK Teacher

I grew up in New Orleans, went to the University of Georgia and then moved to Charlotte soon after I finished school in 1996 so I’ve been here 21 years! My major at UGA was early childhood education and I received my BSED from Georgia in 1995. I have been at TTWS for 5 years (although my children went to preschool here so I have been in the family longer!)
I spend my time driving my twin 14 year old girls around & soaking up the time I have with them! If I had more alone time I would maybe spend it practicing yoga & running!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Anna Gallant
Anna Gallant
Twos Teacher

My name is Anna Gallant and I grew up in Charlotte and I have lived here all my life! I have taken several courses in...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Anna Gallant
Anna Gallant

Twos Teacher

My name is Anna Gallant and I grew up in Charlotte and I have lived here all my life! I have taken several courses in the early childhood associates degree at Central Piedmont Community College and I am excited to continue my studies.
I enjoy running, biking, and singing karaoke. I am passionate about nature and nurturing young children. The classroom is my happy place!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Caroline Dejesus
Caroline DeJesus
Toddler Teacher

I grew up in Asheville NC and moved to Charlotte in 1993. My degree is in elementary education and I’ve been at TTWS for 10...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Caroline Dejesus
Caroline DeJesus

Toddler Teacher

I grew up in Asheville NC and moved to Charlotte in 1993. My degree is in elementary education and I’ve been at TTWS for 10 wonderful years. I first worked with the 2's and after 5 years I moved to the toddler class. I love to garden and am president of the Charlotte Camellia Society. I enjoy cooking and try to spend time in Europe every year.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Alayne Phillips
Alayne Henly
Toddler Teacher

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. I have lived in Charlotte for five years. The bluegrass state will always be home but enjoying...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Alayne Phillips
Alayne Henly

Toddler Teacher

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. I have lived in Charlotte for five years. The bluegrass state will always be home but enjoying North Carolina a lot! I attended the University of Louisville where I received a Bachelors of Psychology in Social Sciences and a minor in Communications.
The 2017-2018 school year will be my third with TTWS! I enjoy playing and coaching field hockey. I am the head JV field hockey coach for Myers Park High School and Head U12 Coach for Charlotte Ambush field hockey club. I love painting, DIY projects and refinishing furniture. I love the beach and obsessed with experiencing the sunrise or a colorful sunset!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
Fours Teacher

I grew up in Gastonia, NC, I have lived in NC all of my life. I lived in Raleigh for about 7 years....

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson

Fours Teacher

I grew up in Gastonia, NC, I have lived in NC all of my life. I lived in Raleigh for about 7 years. I've lived in Charlotte for the last 20 years. I have a degree in early childhood education from Meredith College. I taught 4th grade for 3 years in Wake County and 1 year in CMS. I then went to work for Governor Morehead Preschool working with visually impaired children ages birth-5. I traveled Mecklenburg and Union counties serving children and their families in homes or child development centers. This is my first year teaching at TTWS. Both of my children attended school here from toddlers-TK. I love to sing! I sing in the Chancel and Chamber choirs at MPUMC. I tutor at Eastover Elementary and have been an active member of the PTA for years. I love to read and spend time in the NC mountains hiking and shopping!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Tammy Hall
Tammy Hull
Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte, not saying how many years! I received a BA in early childhood education from UNCC. I’ve been at TTWS...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Tammy Hall
Tammy Hull

Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte, not saying how many years! I received a BA in early childhood education from UNCC. I’ve been at TTWS for 28 years! Love to travel, eat good food, drink good wine, girlfriend getaways, being with family and smooching on my sweet grand babies.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Susan Boylston
Susan Boylston
Toddlers Teacher

I am originally from Baltimore and have lived in Charlotte for forty years. I have two children; Forrest who lives in Washington DC and is...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Susan Boylston
Susan Boylston

Toddlers Teacher

I am originally from Baltimore and have lived in Charlotte for forty years. I have two children; Forrest who lives in Washington DC and is a graduate of Sewanee, The University of the South, and Hailey, a rising junior at the University of Georgia. After receiving my BSED from the University of Delaware, I’ve had many roles in education; as a substitute teacher at TTWS, substitute teacher at Charlotte Latin, and as a middle school teacher of language arts and social studies in CMS.
I love to cook, garden, read and enjoy playing tennis.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Penny Rousseau
Penny Rousseau
Twos Teacher

I was born and raised in Epworth, Iowa. I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I earned a bachelors degree in Marketing. ...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Penny Rousseau
Penny Rousseau

Twos Teacher

I was born and raised in Epworth, Iowa. I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I earned a bachelors degree in Marketing. I worked in food sales for the next 14 years, eventually ending up in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was back in 1992! My career led me to my husband, and we have two beautiful and talented daughters. Payton will be a junior at NC State next year and Allie will be a senior at Myers Park. I started working at TTWS when my youngest daughter started kindergarten. I have always had a deep passion for children and I am very fortunate to have found my "happy place" teaching toddlers and two year olds. I have been employed at TTWS for 12 years and have loved almost every minute of it! I have always loved sports and participated in almost all of them! They did not allow girls to play football in my day. Lucky for the boys! Since I am creaking and cracking, I watch many sports and play very few. I enjoy long walks with my dog and I keep busy doing my own yard work, cleaning, etc.!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Nellie Davant
Nellie Devant
Twos Teacher

I grew up in a little town called Maxton, NC and went to Queens College in 1984 where I earned at BA in Museology (Museum...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Nellie Davant
Nellie Devant

Twos Teacher

I grew up in a little town called Maxton, NC and went to Queens College in 1984 where I earned at BA in Museology (Museum Studies). I lived in Nantucket and Atlanta for a while after college and moved back to Charlotte in 1990. I taught in a Montessori school for 16 years and then joined the Myers Park Through-the-Week-School staff in 2010. I enjoy photography, playing tennis, going to the beach, listening to music, and being with friends and family.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Amanda Fleishman
Amanda Fleishman
Twos Teacher

I grew up in a small town called Wellsburg, in West Virginia. I lived in Asheville for 2 years before moving to Charlotte and...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Amanda Fleishman
Amanda Fleishman

Twos Teacher

I grew up in a small town called Wellsburg, in West Virginia. I lived in Asheville for 2 years before moving to Charlotte and I've have been here since 2005. I graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Sociology. When I moved to Charlotte I was hired through the lateral entry program as a special education teacher. I began teaching in 2005 at the high school level, I moved to middle school in 2008 and taught special education until the birth of my son in 2012. I am entering into my 3rd year of teaching at TTWS! I love running, reading, and working with children.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Leslie Sellery
Leslie Sellery
Threes and Fours Teacher

I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and Washington, DC. I have lived in Charlotte for 13 years. My degree is in Early Childhood...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Leslie Sellery
Leslie Sellery

Threes and Fours Teacher

I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and Washington, DC. I have lived in Charlotte for 13 years. My degree is in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. I'm so excited that 2017-2018 will be my third year at TTWS! My hobbies are reading Biographies, traveling and visiting my family. My passion is seeing a child accomplish a task they have been working toward.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Susan Barnett
Susan Barnett
Twos Teacher

I'm from Chappaqua, NY, 35 miles north of New York City in Westchester County and we've lived in Charlotte for 22 years. The 2016-2017 school...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Susan Barnett
Susan Barnett

Twos Teacher

I'm from Chappaqua, NY, 35 miles north of New York City in Westchester County and we've lived in Charlotte for 22 years. The 2016-2017 school year was my first with Through-the-Week-School and I loved it. I taught 2 year olds 20 years ago for several years, and I didn't realize how much I missed it! I enjoy gardening, baking, traveling, reading and working out at the gym.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sharon Sanders
Sharon Sanders
Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte and have lived here…well, let’s just say a long time! Prior to teaching at TTWS my career had been working...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sharon Sanders
Sharon Sanders

Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte and have lived here…well, let’s just say a long time! Prior to teaching at TTWS my career had been working in the insurance industry and being a mommy. I came to TTWS when my daughter started preschool here in 1985. My hobbies are gardening and reading. My passion is my work…to nurture children in a manner reflecting God’s love for them.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Vickie Trotter
Vickie Trotter
Threes Teacher

I have been in this beautiful city all my life! I grew up on Wendover Road and have watched Charlotte go through many changes. I...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Vickie Trotter
Vickie Trotter

Threes Teacher

I have been in this beautiful city all my life! I grew up on Wendover Road and have watched Charlotte go through many changes. I received a B.A. in early childhood K-3 from Limestone College. I was lucky enough to be hired by Carol Outwater and have worked for 28 wonderful years at Through The Week School. I love taking a walk with a good friend, reading a new book, traveling to places I haven't been and places I have been to many times.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Pam Ristaino
Pam Ristaino
Threes Teacher

I was born and raised in Charlotte, a lifelong member of Myers Park Baptist Church and graduate of the TTWS! I graduated from Appalachian...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Pam Ristaino
Pam Ristaino

Threes Teacher

I was born and raised in Charlotte, a lifelong member of Myers Park Baptist Church and graduate of the TTWS! I graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in Marketing and worked at Iveys in the buying department until I
went back to school for my teaching degree at UNCC . I have an elementary education degree and was in the masters program for Reading.

I worked in CMS for 9 years then had my 2 boys, Alex and Nicholas. I stayed home with them for 10 years and then had the opportunity to come back to teaching at TTWS in 2012.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sara Meek
Sara Meek
Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte and am a proud graduate of the Myers Park Baptist Through-the-Week-School myself!! I attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College in...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sara Meek
Sara Meek

Threes Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte and am a proud graduate of the Myers Park Baptist Through-the-Week-School myself!! I attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Virginia. After graduation I held three jobs (Charlotte natives will get a kick out of this): hostess at the Town House, camera woman at WSOC-TV and worked at Belk’s department store in the China, Crystal and Silver departments. After my first child Gray was born, I quit work to be at home with him. Two years later we had Kate and my hands were full! I started working at TTWS in 2007 and have loved working with children and seeing the wonders of the world through their eyes. My husband and I are proud members of the Myers Park Baptist Church and enjoy our many friends, going to movies and I recently rediscovered gardening.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Ashleigh Long
Ashleigh Long
Fours Teacher

I was born in Massachusetts to parents born and raised in Waterville Maine. I lived in Atlanta Georgia until I was 10 when we moved...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Ashleigh Long
Ashleigh Long

Fours Teacher

I was born in Massachusetts to parents born and raised in Waterville Maine. I lived in Atlanta Georgia until I was 10 when we moved to Charlotte NC. I graduated high school from Myers Park and I attended the college of Charleston, Queens college of Charlotte, finishing up at Winthrop in Rock Hill, SC. I achieved a BA in art, minor in art history and concentration in photography. I had eight years of continuing education until I married my husband Robert and had my son, Connor.
Connor was an toddler when I worked in chid care at the Cornwell Center. He started TTWS preschool at 3 with Sharon Sanders. Connor is now a rising 10th grader at Charlotte Catholic! The 2017-2018 school year will be my 14th year with TTWS. My knowledge of childhood education has been greatly enhanced by working with such skilled teachers and staff as well as our yearly continuing education workshops and guest speakers. I am grateful to learn new methods of preparing our children for a successful future school experience!
I love to travel. When I graduated college I bought an RV with my roommates and visited most of the national parks and several state parks along our journey. I enjoy taking pictures of people and landscapes. I dabble a little in jewelry making although my favorite thing to do is to spend time with family and friends.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly
Fours Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte. Born and raised! I have been lucky enough to teach at The Myers Park Baptist Through-the-Week-School for 11 years, but...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly

Fours Teacher

I grew up in Charlotte. Born and raised! I have been lucky enough to teach at The Myers Park Baptist Through-the-Week-School for 11 years, but I have been teaching for 20. I'm am outdoor girl...fishing, camping​, gardening and grilling out. So I take recess pretty seriously!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Karen Jones
Karen Jones
Fours Teacher

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, lived in Connecticut then moved to Charlotte as a child and have been here ever since. After having my...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Karen Jones
Karen Jones

Fours Teacher

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, lived in Connecticut then moved to Charlotte as a child and have been here ever since. After having my own children I chose to go into the Early Childhood Education field and have happily worked (and played) with preschoolers for the past 30+ years! The last 15 years have been here at Myers Park Baptist. My passions are good food, good films, good friends and the arts.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Michelle Clavijo
Michelle Clavijo
Fours Teacher

I am a Charlotte native and have been teaching at TTWS for 17 years! I am honored to be a part of the Through-the-Week-School team...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Michelle Clavijo
Michelle Clavijo

Fours Teacher

I am a Charlotte native and have been teaching at TTWS for 17 years! I am honored to be a part of the Through-the-Week-School team and to get to know so many wonderful families over the years. I enjoy family time, riding bikes, hiking, swimming, camping, trips to the mountains and trips to the family beach house.

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Karen Sitton
Karen Sitton
Resource Teacher

I was born in Texas and moved to Massachusetts as a young child and primarily grew up there. I have been in Charlotte since...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Karen Sitton
Karen Sitton

Resource Teacher

I was born in Texas and moved to Massachusetts as a young child and primarily grew up there. I have been in Charlotte since 1981. After college, I worked as a regional sales manager for an Austrian optical company before having my two boys. I started teaching preschool when they were in elementary school and they are now in their twenties. I love the outdoors, traveling, time with friends and family and shopping!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sharon Hancock
Sharon Hancock
TK Teacher

I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY, and moved to Charlotte in 1995 after college. I received my Masters in the...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Sharon Hancock
Sharon Hancock

TK Teacher

I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY, and moved to Charlotte in 1995 after college. I received my Masters in the area of Speech-Language Pathology in 2001 from the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!). I enjoy serving the early childhood population, and this has been my first year at TTWS. I love spending time with my friends and family, traveling with my husband and two children, and a good cup of coffee!

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Carol Presley
Carol Presley
Floating Teacher

Originally from Michigan, I graduated from Clemson in therapeutic recreation and got my special education teaching degree from Sacred Heart.
After marrying, I moved to...

Myers Park Charlotte Through The Week Preschool Carol Presley
Carol Presley

Floating Teacher

Originally from Michigan, I graduated from Clemson in therapeutic recreation and got my special education teaching degree from Sacred Heart.
After marrying, I moved to Saudi Arabia for two years, but call Charlotte home! I have taught Special Ed or preschool my entire career and have been at TTWS for 14 years!
I like to sew, travel, garden, walk and spend time with my family and grandchildren.

Elizabeth_Harris
Elizabeth Harris
Twos & Fun Friday Teacher

I am a Charlotte native and graduate of Myers Park High School. I went to Greensboro College to play tennis (and to study of course!!)...

Elizabeth_Harris
Elizabeth Harris

Twos & Fun Friday Teacher

I am a Charlotte native and graduate of Myers Park High School. I went to Greensboro College to play tennis (and to study of course!!) and earned a degree in Sociology and Psychology. I worked with preschool age children for several years before starting my family. I have three children ages 21, 20 and 16. I took off the last 20 years to be with them full time and loved every minute!! Now that they are older I wanted to go back to doing something that I loved and felt was so important; teaching preschool!! This is my first year at Myers Park Through The Week School. I enjoy working out and being with my family and friends.

Pat_McMinn
Pat McMinn
TK Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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Pat_McMinn
Pat McMinn

TK Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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