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Our team works hard on a daily basis to help every child realize his or her potential. We provide kind and caring support to families in order to help them achieve a perfect work balance.

Eria Templeton



My name is Eria Templeton, I am the director at Kiddie Kollege ELC. I have been employed at Kiddie Kollege ELC for 18 years. During my time at Kiddie Kollege, I managed to Attend Haywood Community College where I received my Associated Degree in Early Childhood Education, received my bachelor’s Degree in Child Development at Ashford University and one semester away from receiving my Teaching License (just need to finish up my student teaching) from Western Carolina. I have enjoyed working at Kiddie Kollege, just seeing these children as they grow to become successful individuals make me feel like I have contributed toward society. I am a mother of two, my son is 15 and my daughter is 12. Outside of KKELC, I love to spend time with family, friends and traveling.


Mary Clendenin
NC Pre-K Assistant Teacher 


Hello, my name is Mary Clendenin, and I am a teacher in the 3-year-old classroom.  I have been in Early Childhood for 15+ years.  I am currently enrolled at Mitchell Community College to acquire my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

I was born in Texas but was raised in Louisiana, although I call North Carolina home.  I am a mother of 2 boys and have four beautiful grandchildren.  

I am a dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and make it my goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.  I strive to ensure that the children achieve their milestones and can learn together as a unit.   I decided to make early learning my life’s work because I believe each child's education should be of the utmost importance. 

Samantha Lambert
Lead Teacher



Hello, my name is Samantha Lambert. I am a lead teacher for the three year old classroom. As of now, I have my credentials, and I am working towards having my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Wilkes Community College. Working with children has been a passion and calling for my life. Seeing and working with the children to strengthen their development brings me joy. My hope is to spread joy, encouragement, and support for each and every child in my classroom. 

My favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. I enjoy going to the lake, mudding, and watching movies. 

Sayla Bailey
Assistant Teacher
Chelsea Cerone


My name is Chelsea Cerone and I’ve been in childcare since 2018. My mom was a preschool teacher until I graduated high school. As you can imagine, I grew up helping her cut and laminate papers, organize her classroom, and set up for end of the year programs. I never really thought about going into the career myself until my sister and one of our friends said the daycare they worked at was hiring. I thought about it and knew it would be something that I would enjoy and could do well. I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve been with all ages, in the kitchen, and even helped out in the office, and I truly enjoy all of it. I’m excited to see where it takes me. In my spare time I like to do photography, go hiking, have game nights with family and friends, and watch the Chicago Bears games with my husband.

Kelley Rogers
NC Pre-K Assistant Teacher



Hello, my name is Sayla Bailey and I am 19 years old. I am currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and am majoring in Social Work with a minor in American Sign Language. I started working in child care May of 2020. I was interested to work in child care as it is something I hope to pursue as I finish my education. Outside of work I enjoy practicing sign language and hanging out with family and friends.


My name is Kelley Rogers and I have taught at Kiddie Kollege Early Learning Center for 19 years. I earned my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Haywood Community College in May 2011. I am currently the NC Pre-K Assistant Teacher. I enjoy seeing the children explore and develop as they prepare for kindergarten.

My husband and I are the proud grandparents of three handsome and energetic grandsons and one amazingly beautiful granddaughter. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, reading, and spending time with my family.

Ah'laia White
Lead Teacher


Hello! My name is Ah'laia White. I have been a Lead Teacher
for Infants and one year olds for a year now. I was born and
raised in Statesville North Carolina. I graduated from Statesville
High School back in 2013. Then graduated Mitchell Community
College with my associate’s degree in Early Childhood
Education. I have a god-daughter and a god-son. I also have four
nieces and four nephews! I really enjoy being around children
because I love to see them have fun. I am happy with being able
to help a child feel safe, loved while learning new things. Other
than being here at Kiddie Kollege, I spend my time being around
family, and spending time with my fur babies.

Katie Nichols
NC  Teacher


My name is Katie Nichols. I have been teaching for 14 years, mainly in the NC Pre-K program.  I have been with Kiddie Kollege for four years. I have my Birth-Kindergarten bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University. I am married to my husband Chris and we live in Mooresville, with our active dog Luna. I love to read and share my love of reading with other people. I believe Literature in the home and in the school’s is very important. I want to get the children excited about reading and embrace literature through books. I also like to shop, go to bookstores and spend time with friends and family. My favorite place to be besides home or with my class is the beach. I love communicating with families and involving them in our room. 

Margit Robinson


My name is Margit Robinson. I have been in the food industry for 28 years.  I have held my ServSafe Certificate for 12 years.    I first started as a waitress in a small town café, my duties changed over the years and cooking became part of my job. I found my niche in life, it was cooking for others. I loved cooking!   I worked for the Windmill Café for 5 years and was offered to buy it in 1995. I ran this local icon (est. 1950’s) for 10 years. In 2005 my husband and I decided to move south, because we were tired of the cold winters.  After moving to our home in North Carolina, I worked part-time for Statesville Auto Auction for 8 years. I am looking forward to serving our Friends at Kiddie Kollege and introducing to them good healthy food choices.

My goals for Kiddie Kollege E.L.C are:

  • To introduce new and exciting recipes to our Friends.   

  • Teaching Good Food Habits: Like reading and writing, brushing teeth, and hand washing, learning good food habits is a life skill that can help a child live a healthy life.

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