Our Dedicated Staff

The staff of Barrett Early Learning Center aim to meet the goals of the Center by:
• Helping children learn to do things for themselves and to make decisions and choices. 
• Helping children learn to get along with others. 
• Helping children develop self-esteem and a positive self image. 
• Teaching children good health practices, hygiene and nutrition. 
• Providing a variety of experiences through learning by discovery. 
• Providing age-appropriate learning activities that will help prepare children for kindergarten and later schooling.

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Deborah Rogers, Executive Director

Deborah is a Charlottesville native with over 18 years of experience working with children. A graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC with a business management degree, she has served in many managerial roles before settling back into the Charlottesville area with her family.

Since 2004, Deborah has held various positions both for the Charlottesville city schools & Parks & Recreation. Most recently, she served as the site director for the creative learning after school and summer program at Johnson Elementary.

Deborah also serves as a co-director of Zion Union Baptist church’s youth group. Deborah’s combination of leadership experience and long-term commitment to working with young children makes her uniquely qualified to lead Barrett ELC.

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Amber West

Ms. Amber is from Fluvanna County. She received her bachelors in Elementary education in 2018 and is currently working on her Master’s in Education. Ms. Amber has 12 years of pre-school experience. Prior to joining Barrett , she was working at Johnson Elementary for four years.


Ayana Alexander

Ms. Ayana is a Charlottesville native and has been working in child care at Barrett ELC for 7 years. In 2018, Ms. Ayana was certified as a child development associate. She is committed to making a difference in our community.


Cheri Paschall

Ms. Cheri has lived in Charlottesville all her life, graduating from Monticello High School. Passionate about her vocation, Ms. Cheri has been in child care for 19 years, five she has been with at Barrett ELC, and recently earned her child development associate degree. She absolutely loves teaching pre-school where she can instill a love for learning in each student she has.


Tishawn Turner

Ms. Tishawn is a Charlottesville native, and has been in child care for 8 years. After spending years teaching, she is excited to expand her role at Barrett as the assistant teacher for the 3-year old’s working with Ms. Cheri. Ms. Tishawn also has experience as a camp counselor, lead teacher, recreational coordinate and volunteering. She is well underway to completing her child development associate certification.


Delores Scott

Ms. Deloris is a Charlottesville native, and has been in child care for over 40 years. She joined Barrett in 2000. As a teacher assistant , Ms. Delores has taken many courses in early child care education and is passionate about working with the two-year olds.