Meet Our Staff

Diane Iovino, Director | Email

Diane is married to {Joe} and they have a son {JT} who is a Music Therapist, a daughter {Kristi} who lives in Chicago and writes and performs comedy and a puppy named Mabel. Diane moved to Tennessee in 2014 from Colorado where she lived for 10 years and is originally from New Jersey. Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 in Child & Adolescent Psychology, her Master’s Degree in 2016 in Special Education Early Childhood/Elementary Education and is a certified Developmental Therapist. She has taught early childhood for over 18 years. Worked as Reading Specialist and a Academic and Behavior Interventionist.

Diane enjoys reading, swimming, spending time with her family and riding motorcycles.

Wants to be remembered for: “Always kind, helpful and never gave up.”

Kim Pharris, Assistant Director | Email

Kim has been married to her husband Rick since 1983. They have a son Richard, a daughter-in-law Jessica, a granddaughter Delanie, and a furry grand pup Koda. Kim graduated from Stratford High School in 1982. She earned a Child Development Associate, with a technical certificate in Early Childhood Education from Nashville State Community College in 2005. Kim started her career working in a family home day care and worked there from 1985-1995. In October 1995 Kim began working at City Road Child Development Center.

She enjoys teaching, learning and being on this wonderful life journey. While at home she enjoys baking and doing crafts.

Kim wants to be remembered for the following bible verse, taken from Matthew 25:23, “I did all I could do”.

Teresa Briggs, Community & Families Coordinator/Teacher | Email

Teresa was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She has two adult sons, Antonio and Jamie. In 1994 she graduated from Pearl Chon Comprehensive High School. From 1995-2000 she worked at Richland Head Start. In 2001 she earned a degree from Tennessee Technology Center in phlebotomy. While working at Centennial Medical Center, for two years, Teresa realized that she needed to return to childcare. In 2003 she started working at City Road CDC. In 2007 she was working on a degree in Early Childhood Education at Nashville State Community College. In 2010 she took time off to build her home with Habitat for Humanity.

She enjoys spending time with her sons, and going to see movies.

Teresa wants to be remembered for being a teacher that has patience and passion for educating young children, and keeping them safe.


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