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  • Carissa Roberson

    Carissa Roberson


    Carissa Roberson has worked with young children for the past 14 years. While in high school, Carissa took EDU classes and received her Early Childhood Credentials. After graduation, she continued her education in early childhood, and in 2009 she received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood. After being a lead teacher for several years, she became a School Safety Coordinator. “Working with young children has always been a passion of mine, even before I had children of my own. Every child is special in his or her own way. They are our future and that makes being a teacher a very rewarding job. Seeing a face light up when a child does something for the first time or learns something new is one of the best things in life. I love working closely with families to make sure their children grow and learn in a healthy, safe environment. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Discovery Point Heritage, my family, and myself.”

  • Charlene Walker

    Charlene Walker


    Ms. Charlene Walker achieved her Master’s in Business Education from Ashford University. She is now working on her 2nd Master’s in Education for Family and Consumer Science. She has successfully earned her Associate’s in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University. She is a level 11 in the Early Childhood Education Credential. Why I choose to work in Early Childhood Education is because I have a passion for working with children. I want to see all children successfully achieve their goals. The main reason and most important reason I choose this field is because my daughter was my motivation. I want my daughter to have a successfully and bright future by mastering all her goals and dreams. I want to be an inspiration and motivation for all children. I want to make a difference mostly importantly in my daughter’s life.

  • Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro

    Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro


    Ms. Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro is a professional Kindergarten teacher. She has been teaching since 2007 and worked in different schools both locally and internationally — she has worked in different countries in Africa for 10 years. Ms. Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro has earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and certificate in Kindergarten headmistress association in Kenya Africa. Ms. Jecinta Gwaro re-located to America to join her husband in 2015 and later joined the Discovery Point.

  • Jennifer Russell

    Jennifer Russell


    Ms. Jennifer Russell has completed Childhood Education class 119, which means she has her NC Credentials to work in a licensed child care center. She also has fifty credit hours of Early childhood coursework, and she has only seven more classes to take until she earns her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer has three years of experience with working with children other than her own. She has two children, a seven years old and a three years old. She has worked with children from birth to seven years of age. I have always loved being around and working with children. As a teenager, I did a lot of babysitting for family and friends, but I realized that I wanted to go into this profession after my first child was born. I gain satisfaction out of teaching children new things and watching the results in action. I love watching them learn and grow in general, and I believe that one should love what they do in order to succeed at their job. I feel like I have found what I was meant to do. Being a good role model is important to me, and I want to make a difference in the lives of the children I care for. It is a priority of mine to create positive relationships with children and always do my best to boost their self-confidence and make them feel important. I’m so happy to have this wonderful opportunity to do what I love for a living.

  • Jharai Mychelle Lopes

    Jharai Mychelle Lopes


    Ms. Mychelle comes from a large family. She moved to Wake Forest in June of 2007 from Rhode Island. She has been working with children for 8 years, starting out babysitting and being a nanny. She took Early Childhood classes in high school and is attending Wake Tech to further her education in Early Childhood. “Children have always captured my heart and seeing them learn and grow makes me love what I do!” I live in Rolesville with my spunky two years old daughter, Gia and our two fish. In our spare time, we travel, attend dance, do crafts, cooking, and spending time with daddy and the family. Having Gia at an early age has grown my appreciation for Early Childhood teachers. I love working with children of all ages and I am very excited to be welcomed into the Discovery Point family.

  • Kaitlyn Bratton

    Kaitlyn Bratton


    Kaitlyn graduated from Iroquois High school in Erie, PA in 2013. She then attended Mercyhurst University in North East, PA and received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Throughout college, she worked at a Daycare Center in the infant and toddler rooms. After moving to North Carolina, Kaitlyn worked at a daycare in Clayton in the preschool and toddler rooms. She also was a private Nanny for a family in Raleigh. I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, my younger siblings and I would play school every chance we had. Babysitting throughout high school led me in the direction of an Early Childhood Education degree in college, along with being the oldest of 4, and having many younger family members. Today, I would not change what I do on a daily basis for anything!

  • Lisa Matzner

    Lisa Matzner


    Lisa Matzner is a Franklin County resident. She enjoys spending her extra time with her three grown daughters and four grandchildren. Lisa has been working with children from birth to school age for over 15 years. She holds an Associate’s degree in Education along with a certification in Special Needs. “I believe no two children learn the same. They are all different in their unique way and as teachers it is our job to provide a safe and structured environment while making sure the children are having fun. Working with special needs has helped me learn and grow as not only as a teacher but as an individual. My favorite thing as a teacher is to see the smile on a child/children face when they learn something new. I believe it is important to work close with the families to help them grow and be the best they can be.” Ms. Lisa is a very active teacher that gets to know each child on an individual basis. They enjoy her creative science experiments and storytelling.

  • Savannah Alford

    Savannah Alford


    Savannah Alford is a Rolesville resident. She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Vance Granville Community College in May of 2010. She has been working with children of all ages for 9 years. Her favorite age group is the toddlers and twos. She spends any of her free time with her two boys, Hunter and Dakota. She has never been far from family and has lived in this area her whole life. "Every child is different. I love watching children grow and learn. It means the world to me when a child can come up to you and say your name and the parents see the bond between teacher and child. You have to treat each equally but at their own level. My favorite thing as a teacher and being able to be a kid again with them. The children love when you get on the floor and play with them. I also believe in "let them be kids", let them get dirty with paint as they are making memories. Ms. Savannah is a great asset to the Discovery Point team. She loves the children as they were her own. She is very active with the children and loves getting on the floor and playing with them.

  • Shovonne Little

    Shovonne Little


    Ms. Shovonne Little is from Candor NC. She moved to Raleigh in 2009. She graduated from NC A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2010. She continued with her studies and now holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies. Ms. Shovonne has worked in childcare since 2010. I am a wife and mother to a beautiful daughter Ava. I enjoy spending time with family and watching different sports events. I love being outside. I enjoy working with kids, because every day is different. I enjoy watching children grow and learn new things.