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 CoordinatorEmail

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.


Terrie Kennedy, Curriculum Specialist/Office | Email

Terrie and her boyfriend Dagan have been together since 2013. Dagan has one child, Dylan, that she consider to be her stepson. They have a dog named Nani. Terrie graduated from Hunters Lane HS. She then attended High Tech Institution where she received an Associates of Applied Science as a Medical Assistant. She has also received her TECTA orientation certificate for Infant/Toddlers. Terrie is in the process of getting her Child Development Associate. Terrie started her career over 25 years ago. Her passion for caring for children grew from there.

In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.


Janice Slaughter, Programs Coordinator/Toddler Lead Teacher | Email

Janice is married to her best friend. They have one son, a stepdaughter and blessed with 3 grandsons. They also have two rotten dogs. In 1992 Janice graduated from Franklin County High School. She began her career in childcare in 1994.

While at home she enjoys fishing, riding motorcycles, camping, crocheting, and most of all spending time with her family.

Janice wants to be remembered for just being kind to everyone she has crossed paths with in life.


Erin Ingram, Toddler I Lead Teacher | Email

Erin lives in Nashville with her husband, Brandon, and their son, Landon. They have two silly rescue pups, Tate and Jack, who run the household. Erin is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee and graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work and is passionate about implementing trauma-informed practices in schools. She has five years of childcare experience.

Her favorite part of the job is helping kiddos develop self-regulation skills and a love for learning.

In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, puppy snuggles, and spending time with her boys.


Aniya Newcomb, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

Aniya was born in Nashville, Tennessee and has lived in Virginia and Kuwait growing up. This is her first year back in Nashville since 2012. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology on a pre-med track. This is also her first year in early childhood development!

She loves kids and it fills her heart with joy to watch them grow. She looks forward to having a positive impact on children’s growth and to new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers.

In her free time Aniya enjoys traveling, cooking, art, and enjoying life with her family!


Hayley Van De Carr, Preschool Teacher

Hayley is engaged to her best friend Alexander who is now entering the metro police academy. They have 3 dogs Max, Charlie, and Bear. In 2020 Hayley graduated from Rossview High School in Clarksville, TN. Hayley was born in Chicago and moved to Tennessee with her family in 2015. She did attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and will now attend Roosevelt University of Chicago (online of course) in pursuit of her bachelor’s in early childhood education.

Her favorite part of the job is watching the kids grow and excel in their learning!

In her free time Hayley enjoys reading, ice skating, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.


Mia Batey, Early Preschool Lead Teacher

Mia was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Hunters Lane High School in 2014. Mia received her degree Early Childhood Education from Tennessee College of Applied Technology. She loves working with children because she gets to witness them develop and grow.

Mia’s loves cats.

When she is not working Mia spends her time listening to music, reading and journaling.


Hope Armstrong, Toddler Co-Teacher

Hope is from Pontotoc, Mississippi. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm. She has been married to her best friend Lee since 2009. They moved to Nashville in 2014. They have a daughter Lilly and a dog named Courage. Hope has been in the early childhood education field for four and a half years. She received her one year Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education Technology from Itawamba Community College in 2015. She received her Associate of Applied Science from Itawamba Community College in Early Childhood Education Technology in 2020. She is planning on pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in the future.

She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends.


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