LeafSpring School at Ballantyne

Meet Our Staff

Anne Lovell Preschool Assistant Director 
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Anne Lovell
Anne Lovell
Preschool Assistant Director 

I am the newest member of LeafSpring School, joining in 2016. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Family and Consumer Science, with a Minor in Psychology. I completed my Early Childhood Administration Credential Level 3 at South Piedmont Community College in 2014. I have worked with children my entire professional career.

My husband John and I enjoy watching HGTV and working on and in our house. We also enjoy spending as much time outside as possible with our daughter Grace and dog Piper. My mission is to ensure that our staff has the support needed to provide each and every child the ability to grow and develop into the best person they can become. My goal is to build long lasting relationships with parents and our children. To give our staff the focus and goals to make our LeafSpring School the most nurturing, safe place for our families.

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Sheeka Proctor Preschool Director 
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Sheeka Proctor
Sheeka Proctor
Preschool Director 

I have been a member of the LeafSpring School family since August of 2011. I served as the TK Lead Teacher for year years, I served as the Assistant Preschool Director for two years, and I am so excited to now serve as Preschool Director. I graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC with a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education. I completed my Administration Credentials through Stanly Community College. Before coming to LeafSpring Schooo, I taught in a private school as a Preschool teacher for 3-4-year-olds and I also taught in the public school as a first grade teacher.

My husband Gene and I enjoy spending time with our three children, Marleigh, Gabrielle, and Kyree as well as family and friends. In our free time we love watching football, bowling, and playing pool.

My mission is to provide staff with the support needed to ensure that the children have meaningful experiences every day. My goal is to build relationships with children, parents, and teachers and to focus on the partnership with one another to make our school successful. I believe that educators are lifelong learners and I will continue to educate myself to be more effective as a leader here at LeafSpring School.

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Sara Cress Village Director 
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Sara Cress
Sara Cress
Village Director 

I am the Village Director at the LeafSpring School at Ballantyne. I have worked with children for 13 years in many different capacities. I started as a resident camp counselor and found that my calling and passion is working with children. I have been a Director of school-age recreation and camp programs for seven years and a Preschool Director for three years. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my Director and Administrator III Credentials. I live here in Charlotte with my husband and our two daughters, Parker and Elliott. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my girls, running, whitewater kayaking and reading.

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Elizabeth Partin Village Assistant Director
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Elizabeth Partin
Elizabeth Partin
Village Assistant Director

I have been a member of LeafSpring School since April of 2011. I have served as a 2-year-old teacher and with the Village school-age children. I am excited to join the administration team as Assistant Director in the Village.

I have completed my administration credentials through Stanly Community College. I graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a B.S. Degree in Health Promotion. I graduated from Winthrop University with a Master’s of Arts in teaching Physical Education. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and attending sporting events. I enjoy spending time at the lake, going on hikes, traveling and spending time outdoors.

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Rhonda Rivers Director of Curriculum and Training 
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Rhonda Rivers
Rhonda Rivers
Director of Curriculum and Training 

I am the Director of Curriculum and Training for LeafSpring Schools in Charlotte. I have been a part of the administrative team since opening in August of 2008. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University and recently received my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Leadership in Early Care and Education. Over my career as an educator, I have taught children from infancy through eighth grade. I discovered several years ago that my passion lies with early education and having a part in helping children develop a strong foundation for learning and confidence to build on that foundation in their formative years. Prior to coming to LeafSpring School, I worked as a Program Quality Specialist where I provided technical assistance and training for over 20 Preschools throughout Mecklenburg County and assisted teachers and directors in improving quality and programming in their schools. I am fortunate to be able to use those skills in my current position to support teachers through training, mentoring, and professional development.

This past year I received two honorable appointments that allow me to expand my efforts and love for advocacy throughout the state on behalf of children, families, and teachers. I was appointed to the North Carolina Child Care Commission and serve on the board of the North Carolina Early Education Coalition.

I am happily married to my wonderful husband of 23 years, Craig. We are blessed to have three amazing children, Caylee, Kendall, and Preston. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, attending sporting events, and dining out!  In my spare time, I chair an organization that mentors to local high school girls and organize community service projects and leadership training for them. I am also very involved in various leadership roles in our area public schools, as well as my church. I am blessed to be in a profession that I am passionate about, and I feel even more blessed to work for a school that represents everything that I believe in.

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