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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Eunice Garrett

Born in New York City and raised in the small town of Bracey, VA, Ms. Eunice has been living in Charlottesville for 22 years. I’m married with four children. I attend St Paul’s College in Lawrenceville VA where my studies included English and early childhood education. Ms. Eunice has been in the child care field for 18 years, 16 of those with Barrett ELC. Currently I am the lead Teacher for the 4-year-old program.

Cheri Paschall

Teaching has been an absolute passion for Ms. Cheri. She has lived in Charlottesville all her life, graduating from Mnticello High school and married to her wonderful husband for 19 years. Their son just graduated from Charlottesville High School, and their daughter is attending Buford Middle School. Ms. Cheri has been in child care field for 19 years. She has been with Barrett for 5 years and recently earned her Child Development Associate degree. She absolutely loves teaching pre-school. Her goal is to instill a love for learning in each student she has.

Tishawn Turner

Ms. Tishawn was born and raised in Charlottesville and has been in the child care field for 8 years. After spending years teaching, she is excited to expand her roles at Barrett as the assistant teacher for the 3-year olds, working with Ms. Cheri. Ms. Tishawn also has experience as a camp counselor, lead teacher, recreational coordinate and volunteering. She is well underway to complete her Child Development Associate certification.

Ayana Alexander

Ms. Ayana was born and raised in Charlottesville and has been working in child care field for 7 years. In 2018 she was certified as a Child Development Associate. She is committed to making a difference in our community.


Deloris Scott

Ms. Delores was born and raised in Charlottesville. She has been in the child care field for over 40 years, taking many classes in early child care education. She is passionate about working with children.

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