Situated on the Catawba College campus, Partners In Learning serves as the Model Inclusive Center providing care to children six weeks through five years of age in Rowan County. The Center is a Five Star Licensed, Nationally Accredited Program caring for more than 200 children six weeks through nine years each year. Our organization serves children on-site at Partners In Learning, in child care centers throughout the community, as well as in the children’s homes. Partners In Learning has established a priority to develop a comprehensive, community-based, family-centered system of care to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. The center offers early childhood education, kindergarten, after school, summer camp, family support programs, community-based rehabilitative therapy and other family services.
The blogging team includes
Norma Honeycutt is the Executive Director of Partners In Learning Child Development & Family Resource Center. Norma is one of the states strongest advocates for children with special needs serving on boards and commissions including the North Carolina Child Care Commission, Rowan County NCPreK Advisory Committee, and Rowan County Local Interagency Coordinating Council. Norma is also a CBRS therapist and facilitates support groups, activities, and other programs for families of children with special needs.
Katie Zink is a graduate of Catawba College and serves as a CBRS therapist for Partners In Learning. Prior to her role as a therapist, Katie served as a teacher beginning in 2009. Working with children is her life’s passion.
Deborah Howell is the Assistant Director of Partners In Learning. Her education includes an associate’s degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in early childhood education and a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro in human development and family studies with a concentration in birth-kindergarten. She also holds a master’s degree at UNCG. She also serves as a CBRS therapist for the center.
Michelle Macon has been with Partners In learning since 2006 and serves as the Program Coordinator and Family Support Advocate. She holds an associate’s degree in early childhood development and a bachelor’s degree in birth through kindergarten education. She is a mother of two children and has experience working with infants and toddlers.
Katherine Generaux serves as the center’s Community Inclusion Specialist. In that position she has been effective in modeling appropriate interactions with young children with special needs. Her ongoing presence in the classrooms modeling best practices for infants and toddler is resulting in additional experience while making a positive difference in early childhood programming. She is very aware of what is developmentally appropriate and engaging with the children. Her birth through kindergarten degree and experience are evident in her service to children and families.
Jill Wagoner is the mother of a child with Down syndrome. She serves as an advocate, writer, speaker, fundraiser, and grant writer for organizations that support children with special needs. A former journalist and current marketer and public relations specialist, Jill has been published in many publications and blogs, including The Salisbury Post, Modern Parent, and Rowan Magazine.
Jeannie Morgan-Campola has been in the Early Childhood field for 25 years in which she held many different positions. She began working as a part-time instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in the year 2000 and became a full-time instructor 6 years ago. She was promoted to Program Chair of the Early Childhood and School Age Education Programs in the summer of 2012. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual and Family Studies: Applied Child Development, and two Master’s Degrees: one in Adult Education and Distance Learning and the other in Early Childhood Education.
Suzanne Yost, MA, RD received her bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics, master’s in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in nutrition and completed her dietetic internship from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. As a Clinical Dietitian, her main job function is providing medical nutrition therapy for our Veterans admitted for acute care (medical/surgical) at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center. She has over 13 years of experience working with communities, individuals, and families with wellness, food security, and food safety. Suzanne serves as Board member/Chairperson to the Partners In Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center and is passionate about nutrition and wellness of children and families. She has a 4-year-old daughter.