Meet the CDC Staff

Alicia GraceAlicia Grace

Alicia Grace is the Lead Teacher in the “Fireflies” (young toddlers) classroom. She is graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor's of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She is also a graduate of the AAS in Early Childhood Education program at Johnston Community College. Alicia has been with the CDC as a practicum student, substitute teacher, assistant teacher, and now a lead teacher with our littlest ones.  

 Lindsey PollockLindsey Pollock

Lindsey Pollock is the Teacher Assistant in the “Dragonflies”/NC Pre-K classroom at Johnston Community College’s Child Development Center. She is a recent graduate of Johnston Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans to attend a four year university to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in the Spring.

Lindsey has been an early childhood educator for two years working with every age group in the preschool setting. She believes that it is truly the most rewarding work that she has done. She is currently a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Her philosophy is that every child has the opportunity to succeed. With families, communities, and educators working together and adapting to fit the children’s needs, every child can learn in the best environment. 


photo of Lashai LightbourneLashai Lightbourne

Lashai Lightbourne is the  Lead Teacher in the “Busy Bee” Classroom. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She plans to enroll at the University of North Carolina Greensboro to earn her Bachelors degree in Early Care and Education. She has been in the field for 2 ½ years and finds it extremely rewarding to be a part of a child’s growth and development. Her teaching philosophy is that everyone in the classroom contributes as a student, teacher, and thinker.

During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys watching her son become independent and curious about his “little” world.


Photo of Roberta CarlsonRoberta Carlson is the Lead Teacher in the “Grasshopper” classroom. She holds an AAS in Early Childhood Education from Johnston Community College. She is a passionate advocate and educator of young children with over ten years of experience. She is the mother of two teenage sons. She believes supporting children's social-emotional development provides a solid foundation for all of their future growth and development.




Photo of Natasha WilliamsNatasha Williams is the Lead Teacher in the “NC Pre-K/Dragonflies” classroom. She is a 2012 graduate of North Carolina Central University where she studied Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. She is a current student at NCCU working towards her Birth through Kindergarten license. She has over 7 years of experience working in early childhood field and with children age ranging from 12 months to 11 years old. Her teaching philosophy is that all children are unique. And in order to develop to their fullest potential they must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.