Teachers & Staff

Meet Our Amazing Teachers!

Teachers & Staff 2017-03-27T11:33:06+00:00

Our staff is dedicated to providing your child with a positive learning experience. Our teams work together to assure that your child is getting the best possible experience and to facilitate a positive learning experience. If your child needs any additional help to be successful in the classroom, they work closely with the Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County School and independent therapist. All teachers have additional college education or experience in the classroom and are required to take additional training classes yearly. We have a dedicated CPR/First Aid / Health member on staff. We follow all NC Child Care Licensing rules concerning Staff / Child Ratios in the classroom.

Our Teachers

Connie Roberts

Director / Teacher of 4 Year Old Classroom

Connie Roberts has been with our program since the beginning. She has been a part of the Preschool for seventeen years and she and her family have been a members of the church for nearly 20 years. Prior to coming to work at the Preschool, she owned and operated her own Child Care Center. She is married to Ray and they have three children. Her daughter is a Special Education teacher in Haywood County. One of her sons is serving in the US Air Force and currently stationed in Germany. Her youngest son, a graduate of the Preschool is attending AB Tech and will be transferring to UNC Charlotte. Connie has a Degree in Computer Science. She also has her Child Care Credentials, Child Care Director’s Credentials and numerous early childhood classes. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. They also enjoying spending time at the lake.

Lena DeVaynes

Team Teacher of the 2 Year Old Classroom

Lena DeVaynes is originally from Sweden. She enjoys seeing all the different personalities each new school year. She has been with our program for over 10 years. She is married to Billy and they have two children. Jasmine is 17 and a Senior in high school and Jacob is 12 and in Middle School. Both of her children attended and graduated from the Preschool. Lena stays busy working at the preschool and at another job. In her free time, she enjoys spending it with her family.

Reba Warren

Team Teacher of the 2 Year Old Classroom

Reba Warren enjoys working with the two year olds. She has been apart of our team for several years. She believes that some of the most important skills to have when working with little children is patience, flexibility and love. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Reba is married to Jamie Warren and they have two children. Landon (11 years old) and Brooke (9 years old) both attended and graduated from the Preschool Program. As a family, they love to read, have movie nights and enjoy the outdoors.

Erin Berry

Team Teacher of the 3 Year Old Classroom

Erin Berry has been with our Program for four years. She is a team teacher in the Three year old Classroom. She enjoys interacting with the children everyday. She was born and raised in North Carolina and has been living in the Asheville area for the past several years. She is married to Will and they have four children. Two of her children are graduates of the Preschool. She graduated from Appalachian State University where she studied Social Work and Child/Family Development. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves the outdoors, biking, camping and cooking.

Brittany Hamilton

Team Teacher of the 3 Year Old Classroom

Brittany Hamilton is our newest member of our Staff. She enjoys watching those in her classroom grow throughout the school year. She is mommy of one child, Channing. He is three years old. She was born and raised in Asheville. One of the many activities that she enjoys doing with her son, is exploring downtown Asheville. They enjoy the ice cream shops and playing at Splashville during the warm weather season.

Support Staff

Kent Smith


The Rev Kent Smith is a retired Presbyterian Minister serving part-time with The West Asheville Presbyterian Church and also the Community on Haywood, an “alternative religious community.” Pastor Kent live in Montreat with his wife and older son Tyler, who has a Lawn Care and Landscaping business. Their younger son and wife live in Carboro, NC. Pastor Kent served as a Minister for Christian Education and Youth for forty years in four church. Pastor Kent always worked with the Preschools and Day Care Centers in his churches.

Joan Martin


Joan Martin has been the secretary at West Asheville Presbyterian Church since 1998. She lives in Fairview with her husband, Jim since 1996. During their 47 years of marriage, they have lived in Kansas, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Oklahoma and North Carolina. They have 2 daughters, Jennifer Martin Flora, who lives in Raleigh with her husband Greg and their 2 children, Spencer and Elizabeth. Youngest daughter, Jessica lives in Huntersville, NC. Joan and her husband enjoy camping, boating and spending time with their family.