Partnership Welcomes New Staff
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is excited to welcome six new employees to the organization: Kyndra Boyette, Tiffany Dent, Maria Garcia, Ashley Lewis, Laurie McPhillips, and Teneshia Webb.
Kyndra Boyette is a native of Wayne County with more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She joins the Partnership as a Healthy Social Behavior Specialist for Region 3, a role she knows and loves. Boyette comes to the Partnership having most recently served as the Education Coordinator for WAGES Head Start. In addition, she served as the Partnership’s Healthy Social Behavior Specialist from 2010 to 2017.
“I’m excited about being back to partner with teachers and help children with social and emotional development,” said Boyette. “I enjoy making sure children are receiving quality early childhood experiences.”
Boyette has a Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instructions from Central Michigan University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University Of Mount Olive. In her role, Boyette will provide technical assistance to early childhood classrooms that serve children with challenging behaviors. Also, she will provide training opportunities to childcare teachers, directors, and families on healthy social and emotional development in young children.
Tiffany Dent joins the Partnership as the new Resource Room Specialist. For the last four years, Dent has worked as an early childhood education teacher for children birth through age six at East Carolina Kiddie College in Winterville.
Originally from Gatesville, North Carolina, Dent has been a resident of Pitt County for 12 years. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services. She has an extensive background in early childhood education, serving children with both typical and atypical needs.
“I am excited to work for the Partnership,” said Dent. “I want to use the knowledge that I obtained from my educational experience to contribute to the lives of children, parents, staff, and teachers in our community.”
In her spare time, Dent enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. As the Resource Room Specialist, she is the first smiling face that visitors will see when they visit the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children offices in Pitt County.
Maria Garcia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as a Parents As Teachers Parent Educator for the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Garcia spent the last seven years working as an interpreter and office support staff at the Martin-Tyrell-Washington District Health Department.
Garcia graduated from Central Texas College with an AAS degree in Office Management as well as a Medical Office Specialist certificate she earned while living overseas in Okinawa, Japan.
“I’m excited to work directly with families in the community,” said Garcia.
Garcia will be based in the Partnership’s Martin County office at 415 East Blvd. in Williamston. When she isn’t working with families, she enjoys spending time crafting, working on projects, and party planning.
As the new member of the Community Outreach team, Ashley Lewis will be assisting with the Partnership’s public relations and marketing efforts within Martin and Pitt Counties. Although she is the newest staff member, Lewis is by no means unfamiliar with the work the Partnership is doing in the community. Having completed nearly 1,000 volunteer hours with the Partnership during her senior year at East Carolina University, Ashley is excited to be back in Greenville working to promote the importance of early childhood education.
Lewis graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a focus in Worksite Health Promotion. She was recently accepted into the Public Health Graduate Program at East Carolina University where she plans to focus on Health Policy, Health Administration, and Leadership.
“Being able to return to the Partnership as a staff member is such an amazing opportunity,” said Lewis. “I’m excited to partner with local organizations to help promote high-quality early childhood experiences for every child in Martin and Pitt County.”
In her spare time, Lewis enjoys shopping the clearance rack in Target, $5 movies on Tuesdays in Goldsboro, and reading.
Laurie McPhillips is one of the new Parent Educators with the Parents As Teachers program. Although she is a new employee, she is no stranger to the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children. With 25 years of experience working with Pitt County children and their families under her belt, McPhillips has been a frequent visitor to the Partnership as one of its Resource Room members.
McPhillips graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone with a degree in social work and worked as a case manager, early intervention specialist, and pre-school teacher before joining the Partnership. McPhillips has worked part-time while she and her husband raised their four children. Now that her youngest is 16, she is excited to return to work full-time.
“I’m excited about being able to use my skills in early childhood education with the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children’s Parents As Teachers program,” said McPhillips.
When she isn’t working, McPhillips enjoys spending time with her family and pets, taking trips to the beach, and SCUBA diving.
Teneshia Webb joins the Partnership as a Parent Educator with the Parents As Teachers program. Before joining Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, Webb worked at Children’s World Learning Center. Her experience as a lead teacher in the 3-year-old classroom helped her gain valuable hands-on experience in early childhood education and development. Webb is a graduate of East Carolina University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services with a concentration in Child Development.
“I’m excited to join the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children and help connect families with important resources and information on early childhood education,” said Webb.
Webb will be in charge of executing a new program for the Partnership as part of a grant received through the City of Greenville’s Community Development Block Grant. The initiative aims to provide families with children birth through age five with community resources and education in a fun and creative way. The program will offer activities including fitness classes, healthy eating tips, health screenings, information on how to create a budget, skills in communication and listening, help with challenging behaviors, and more.
“Our goal is to connect families with community resources. This includes topics such as food and housing insecurities, developing job skills, and assistance they may not know exists,” said Webb. “We want to help families gain knowledge about child development and general family success. When families feel supported and cared for, they become happier and healthier overall.”
Families interested in joining the program must live within the city limits, be the caretaker of a child from birth through age five, and have low- to moderate-income (as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development). For more information, please call 252-758-8885 or email Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Not only are we are thrilled to welcome Tiffany, Laurie, Maria, and Teneshia, but we are also excited to have Kyndra and Ashley rejoin our Partnership family,” said Executive Director Sharon Cooper. “Our mission is to make meaningful and measurable investments in young children to enable them to achieve their fullest potential. We’re incredibly proud of the team that we have built and continue to build. We are excited to see our achievements in advocating for all children in our community to ensure they arrive for kindergarten ready for a life of success.”
For additional information on the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children and its programs, visit www.mppfc.org or call 252-758-8885.
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is a Smart Start-affiliated 501(3)(c) non-profit that funds programs in early literacy, quality early childcare and learning, assistance finding childcare services, parent and family support, and health care in Martin and Pitt counties during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life.