WRCCC staff are well-trained and committed to the children they serve. The center not only trains teachers on site, but also subsidizes additional education. Because of our teachers’ and staff’s hard work and dedication, our preschool has been rated 3 Stars by the Tennessee Department of Human Services Star-Quality rating system.
Patricia Newman Horton is director of the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center. She has more than 20 years of childcare experience, working with ages six weeks to five years in an accredited, 3 Star Program. Mrs. Horton is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations. Her husband, Bobby Sr., works for Metro Housing and Development, and their son, Bobby Jr., attends Austin Peay State University.
“I want to be a positive role model to those who I come into contact with,” she says. “My goals are to continue to be committed to the children and families of the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center, and to carry out the WRCCC mission: “to provide hope and strength for the families we serve.”
Julie Toscano serves as the literacy coach for the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center. Before joining the WRCCC staff, she served for 15 years in elementary education. The past three years have been with Williamson County schools. Julie received her bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University-Portland.
Julie is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has lived in Franklin, Tennessee, for the past eight years with her two children, Nicolas and Giuliana. Her interests are fitness, travel, and volunteering.
Kenetha Boyd, administrative assistant, has been with the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since February 2006. Boyd has a background in business administration. She has served organizations in various capacities for more than 19 years, five of which in childcare. She studied business at Roane State Community College and Lane College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in child development from Kaplan University.
Boyd, originally from Oak Ridge, Tenn., has been in the Nashville area since 2001. She has one son and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Kisha Reaves is a teacher in the Tiny Angels classroom. She has worked with the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since 2001. She received her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials in 2004 and graduated with her Technical Certificate in 2006.
Yolanda Doss is a teacher in the Busy Bees classroom. She has worked at Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since February 1999. She has received her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials and Technical Certificate, and she is currently working on her associate degree at Nashville State Community College.
JaTarra Coffee is a teacher in the Busy Bees classroom. She has worked at Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since 2006. She has received her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials, and she is currently pursuing an early childhood education degree.
Jacklin Malone is a teacher in the Preschool Bears classroom. She has worked at the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since 2001 and has more than 15 years of experience in childcare. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health. physical education, recreation and dance from Mississippi Valley State University. She also has her Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials. Originally from Tunica, Miss., Mrs. Malone has been in Nashville for 15 years. She is married with two children, and her hobbies are shopping, reading, traveling and technology.
Hattie M. Rivers is a teacher in the Metro Pre-K classroom. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and child development education from the University of Tennessee, and she has also received her Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate. Before coming to WRCCC, she worked as a classroom teacher for the Sumner County Board of Education and Metropolitan Public Schools. She has two daughters and six grandchildren, and she enjoys reading books, watching movies and volunteering in the community.
Sonya Benson is a teacher in the Metro Pre-K classroom. She has worked at the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since 2004. Previously she worked as a site director for the East YMCA for three years. She graduated from Volunteer State in May 2010 with an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She has two sons, a pet fish and hermit crab, and she enjoys reading and gardening.
Mike Rucks is a retired Metro teacher. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and is certified to teach grades 1-8 in the state of Tennessee. Mr. Rucks has been working at Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center in the Metro Pre-K classroom aftercare program since June 2014. He enjoys traveling, photography and fishing.
Trinia Sadler is the assistant teacher in the Tiny Angels classroom. She has been working in childcare for almost 15 years and has been employed at Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center since June 1, 2015. Trinia comes from the YMCA Preschool Program (Northwest). Trinia is a Nashvillian at heart and lives in Madison, Tennessee. She has two lovely daughters.
Tonja Cairo is the floater in the Tiny Angels and Busy Bee’s classrooms. She began working with the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center in 2014. She has more than 30 years of experience in childcare, working with children of all ages. Tonja received her bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee State University. Tonja says working with children has always been her passion. She enjoys family outings and volunteering at her church.
Charles Manning provides nutritious meals for the children at Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center. Before he assumed his role as chef, he worked at Richland Place National Healthcare Corporation. He has two daughters, one son, and two grandsons. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and football.