Director of First Place Preschool
Kim Hodges serves as the Director of the Child Development Center- First Place Preschool. Kim has served as the Director of the Center since June of 2011. Previously, Kim served on Roanoke’s First Baptist Church staff as Coordinator of Preschool Ministries and Assistant Program Coordinator for Family Life Ministries. She also spent 6 years working in Roanoke County Schools. Kim is a native of North Carolina. Prior to moving to Virginia with her family 17 years ago, she served on the staff of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church as Assistant Preschool Director.
Kim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Her business background and experience with her love for children and their families has laid the foundation to prepare her for this position.
Assistant Director of First Place Preschool
Stephanie Gray has been with the Child Development Center- First Place Preschool for 22 years. She graduated in 1994 from Virginia Western Community College with her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught in many of classes as a Lead and Assistant Teacher before Stephanie became the Assistant Director in 2010. Stephanie’s many years of experience has helped her to be able to aid families in feeling like this is comfortable and safe place to leave their children while they are at work.
Janet Harris has been with the Child Development Center- First Place Preschool for 17 years where she currently serves as the Financial and Records Advisor. She started out as Weekday Preschool Teacher before moving to the office. In the past she worked at First Union for 16 years where she worked in Financial Controls. Janet enjoys her job and she is thankful for the opportunity to assist the CDC family in this way.
Kimberly Janney Whitenack
Enrollment and Promotions Coordinator
Kimberly Janney has been with the Child Development Center– First Place Preschool for 8 years. During those 8 years she taught in the 2’s and Pre-K classes before moving to the office full time to serve as Enrollment and Promotions Coordinator. Kimberly’s goal as Enrollment and Promotions Coordinator is to spread the word about the great programs offered here at the CDC and to see it flourish and serve the community.
Melody Ayers has been a part of the Child Development Center- First Place Preschool staff for 13 years where in the past she has served as Lead and Co-Teacher in our Pre-K classes. She is now currently our Special Activities Coordinator. Melody is such a blessing to our staff and she does a wonderful job planning so many fun activities for our children throughout the year. The children look forward to her monthly planning for our special story and music time or science project. We are fortunate to have a Special Activities Coordinator and we are thankful for Melody who is so creative and does a great job at helping children learn through the various activities.
Sabra has taught Kindergarten here at the CDC since the fall of 1998. She is the only Kindergarten teacher to have held this position. Before working here Sabra worked at Tri-Cities Christian School in Bristol, TN. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University and holds a current Commonwealth of Virginia teaching license. Sabra enjoys working with Kindergarteners and their parents and her goal is to instill in them a love of learning that will be life lasting.