Our Staff and Teachers

Our staff are all extremely experienced and participate in annual continuing education in the field of early childhood development. Average tenure in the program is over 10 years of service and turnover is very low. Every class has two teachers to allow for a small teacher-student ratio.
Carol Watkins - Director

I was born and educated in the United Kingdom, earning my first degree at Swansea University in Wales and my Masters of Education at Cambridge University.  I taught first and second grade in the UK before becoming a stay at home mom to our two daughters. I came to America 24 years ago with my husband and two daughters and got involved with SMPC not long after, when I was a substitute teacher for my youngest daughter's 2-year-old class. We have been a part of the SMPC Preschool family ever since! For 16 years, I taught the older-4's and T-K class. Teaching is my passion and I am excited to begin my sixth school year as Director here at SMPC Preschool.

Mary Lynn Rawls -Financial Administrator

After having both my son and daughter attend SMPC Preschool, I joined the staff 22 years ago as the assistant teacher in the TK classroom. Five years ago I made the move to the office to become the Financial Administrator. This job change has allowed me to use my experience in the classroom along with my business background.

Having worked in the corporate world, I can honestly say there is no better place to work than SMPC Preschool. The teaching staff is like family and you will not find a more loving and caring environment.

In the classroom


Sheryl Scheckenghaust - lead teacher 2's.

I am originally from Connecticut and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After marrying my husband we moved around a lot - five different states - and eventually settled in Charlotte. I have been teaching the 2's at SMPC Preschool for 11 years. I love every fun filled and crazy moment; they make me happy and keep me young at heart! 

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Hayley O'Brien - assistant 2's

This is my first year as an assistant at SMPC and I am so grateful every day to be here. I love working with your 2 year old children. Their sweet smiles always brighten my day. Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Charlotte 11 years ago with my husband and our three children. I graduated from the University of Richmond and had an exciting 10 year career in New York before my children were born. I have enjoyed being a big part of their school experience and look forward to being a part of these early education years for your children as well. 


Liz Sayresmith - lead teacher four day 3's

I have enjoyed working here at SMPC Preschool for 14 years now.  I have 3 boys and I have been married for 33 years. Each year I am reminded of what I love the most - the sense of community and the way teachers and parents work together, allowing us to see the growth within each child throughout the preschool years!

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Emily Mannion - assistant four day 3's

My name is Emily Mannion.  I have been working at SMPC for the past 2 years and I am so happy to be working with the 3's this year.  I grew up in Texas but have lived in the Charlotte area for 25 years.  I have been married to my husband for 31 years and have 3 grown children.  I enjoy being outdoors and traveling. 


Tanya Rossouw -lead teacher four day 3's

I am beginning my 17th year at the Preschool this year and am excited to be a lead teacher for the 3's! I love to work with children this age and I enjoy seeing how much my students grow over the school year.  I was born and raised in South Africa. My husband, Chris, and I moved to America in 1997 and proudly call the US home.  Our daughter Zoe will be a sophomore in college this year.  I love to exercise, read and travel!


Jacqueline Wyatt-Ingram - assistant four day 3's

I am excited to work with Tanya again this year with the 3's -this will be our sixth year teaching together!  I was a sub at SMPC Preschool for about 4 years before joining the staff and my youngest daughter attended here.  I have four children, 3 boys and 1 girl and I am originally from the UK. I have a teaching degree and before I had children, taught middle school in the UK. 

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Jill Raymond - lead teacher three day 3's

I am originally from Ohio and moved to Charlotte 14 years ago. I received my bachelor's degree from Elon and went on to receive my master's degree in school counseling from the University of Dayton. My husband, Scott, and I have two amazing children - Carter 12 and Harper. My daughter Harper attended the preschool at SMPC for three years. I was an assistant at SMPC for three years and I am excited to continue my experience with the preschool as the lead teacher for the 3-day threes this year.


Nancy Young - assistant three day 3's

I grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing.  My husband, Ryan, and I have been married for 14 years and have 2 children - Emme [10] and Webb [8].  SMPC has been very special to us as both of our kids attended here!  After 10 years as an Account Executive, I found my greatest passion and joy is working with children!  I have loved both substitute teaching and being an assistant for the past 3 years.  I’m so excited to be with Mrs. Jill in the 3’s — it’s going to be such a fun year!

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Susan Kroeschell - lead teacher four day 4's

I have lived in Charlotte for 26 years and am married with 3 sons.  I graduated from Guilford college and received a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.  I have been teaching at SMPC Preschool for the last 19 years and all three of my children attended the preschool. I work with the four year olds and love to see their faces when they have accomplished something that is challenging. The opportunity to have an impact and witness the growth and progress of each child is awesome!

Stefanie Jacobs - assistant four day 4's

This is my first full year working at the preschool, having previously worked as a sub in many of the classes.  My daughter attended the school for 3 years. I can honestly say this school is a caring and nurturing environment for children and I am excited to be a part of it. 


Kim King - lead teacher four day 4's

I grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Central Connecticut University. Bob and I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren who are the love of my life. I have taught at  SMPC Preschool for the last 21 years and my favorite part of the job is watching how much the students grow from day one to the last day of school.

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Karen Kraig - assistant four day 4's

After 33 yrs spent living at the Jersey Shore my husband and I moved to South Carolina last year.  I have two grown children living in Virginia and one granddaughter.  I am looking forward to working with your children and watching them grow.

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Kim Buskey - lead teacher TK and older 4's

I am originally from Pennsylvania where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I taught 3rd grade for 10 years with CMS School System and have been a substitute teacher the past 6 years at Elon Park Elementary School. My husband Ryan and I have 2 daughters, Anna 15 and Alexa 13, that attended SMPC. I was a substitute teacher while they attended and fell in love with the preschool. I am so excited to be a part of the SMPC Preschool Program teaching TK. I’m looking forward to a great year!


Christina Klein - assistant TK and older 4's

I am originally from New York which is where I got my degree in Early Childhood Education. North Carolina has been my home for almost 10 years now! I am married and have two daughters, both who currently attend SMPC Preschool! I feel blessed not only to be working where my children are, but also to have the opportunity to teach your precious children! This is my first year teaching at SMPC Preschool and the warm, welcoming environment already makes it feel like home!

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