155466_308948685882766_1132179065_nKim Shaw, Founder/CEO

A Safe Place Child Enrichment Centers, Inc.

Mrs. Kimberly Shaw is the owner and operator of A Safe Place. Mrs. Shaw founded the family home in August 1997 and the business has been growing ever since. Mrs. Shaw began childcare operations out of the family residence. One year after inception, the Shaw’s had to renovate and expand to their home to meet demand for the quality care she provided. The growth continued to include two full-time centers dedicated to quality childcare to families that would otherwise not be able to afford such. A Safe Place provides activities that create opportunities for children to learn about themselves in a safe and healthy environment, provides a loving atmosphere that
supports the development of self-esteem and self-confidence, and provides good models and tools to be successful in life. These attitudes and philosophies for doing business have enabled A Safe Place to become the success it is today. The interest is to now create an outdoor mini-farm to teach the children and families involved about growing food, eating healthier and maintaining active lives both at the school and at home.

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Hello! I am Regina Frangos and I am the Program Coordinator at A Safe Place. I have been in the field of early childhood since 2012 and have worked with A Safe Place in many different capacities since then. I earned my BA in Social Science with an education concentration and then went on to earn my MA in education with an early childhood specialization. I strongly believe that learning is a lifelong adventure and life is a learning adventure! May you always keep learning and growing!

photo (15)Brad Bieber

As our Healthy Kids Coordinator, Brad Bieber works to support the health of our children, staff, and families. He is designing and building our outdoor learning environments, gardening with the kids, revamping our menus, and connecting to local farmers. Brad earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Landscape Architecture from NC State University. He and his wife, Melissa moved to North Carolina from Kentucky in 2004. They enjoy hiking with their dog, Pokey, spending time in their garden and visiting National Parks.

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My name is Ana Gallo. I live in Raleigh with my husband. I am originally from Mexico but North Carolina has been my home for fourteen years. I am currently in school studying early Childhood Education. I am working towards my associate’s degree and will continue my education by earning my bachelor’s degree. Early childhood education is my passion and I am always excited for the experiences I will share with my children.

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I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Early Care and Education. I have experience with children of various ages ranging from Infants to school age. My favorite thing about teaching is watching how children become excited to learn about the world that surrounds them.

Morgan Faison

Hi, my name is Morgan Faison I am from Raleigh NC. I have two beautiful daughters. I am currently taking early childhood education classes at Wilson community college I am working towards my associate degree in early childhood education. I have been privileged to work with all age groups and really enjoy working with all of them. I enjoy teaching as well as learning from children. My favorite kids book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Teresa Dickens

Hi! My name is Teresa Dickens. I have worked in childcare for 20 years with all age groups. I currently enjoy teaching in the Pre-K classroom. I received my Child Development Credentials from Shaw University, and attended Wake Tech and received my Early Childhood Associate Certificate.I believe in giving children the opportunity to explore and thrive within an environment that fosters problem solving and independence, while at the same time providing gentle guidance. Teaching young children how to help others to love learning gives me great joy!My Favorite Children’s Book: Mother Goose

Sheila Faison

Hello, Hello! My name is Sheila Faison, AKA: “Toni.” I came to work at A Safe Place four years ago upon retirement from the Food and Drug industry after serving twenty-three years. I now serve A Safe Place as Head Chef. When I am not creating, preparing, or distributing meals to the various classrooms and sites, I am known to the children as “Grandma” or “Toni.” I love to be that lap that the children can crawl into when they need some extra comfort or just another hug. I am filled with gratitude everyday to be able to be that “shoulder they can cry on.”My Favorite Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

Khadija Tahrouch

My Favorite Children’s Book: Are you my mother Hello I am Khadija and I have been with A Safe Place for three months. I earned my B.A in Morrocco. I moved from Morrocco to the United States in 1999. I love working with children because it is both fun and challenging

Tanika Mitchell

Hello, my name is Tanika Mitchell and I have been employed here at A Safe Place for thirteen years. I first came to A Safe Place as a Southeast high school intern. Upon graduation I became an employee and then received my Early Childhood Credential. Over the years, I have worked in every classroom including NC Pre-K, after school, and second shift. I enjoy working with all different age groups of children, and therefore, have made the Early Childhood field my lifelong career. Although I have no children of my own, my desire is to nurture and support every child here at A Safe Place like they were mine.My Favorite Children’s Book: There are to many to name, but if I had to pick one, it would be Amelia Bedelia

Michaela Robbins

Hello! My name is Michaela Robbins and I obtained my Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University. My degree is in Family & Community Services with a concentration in Early Intervention, which furthered my learning of child development and a variety of early childhood programs that benefit infants, toddlers, and preschool children. My experience as a lead teacher, teacher assistant, intern, and practicum student has allowed me to provide assistance and educational opportunities to children and families in a wide variety of early childhood settings. Preschool children are my favorite age group and I enjoy watching them take a hands-on approach to explore the world and to create new experiences in the classroom. I take pride in providing them with the tools necessary to prepare them to become successful adults in the future!Favorite Book: Corduroy by Don Freeman

Derenda Griffith

My name is Derenda Griffith. I was born in New York, but I currently live inNorthCarolia. I have been teaching for ten years. I have taught in a private school, public school, and in preschool. I have taught three year olds all the ways to the fifth grade, and special needs as well. I have three boys Kennethwho is 24, Deairius who is 18, and Bowtie who is 4. My boys keep me busy. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, and watching football.Here is a picture of my boys.

Yennifer Ramirez

My name is Yennifer Ramirez. I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my family. We moved to North Carolina from Los Angeles seven years ago. My family is from El Salvador. I am bilingual. I am currently studying at Wake Tech. I have two more semesters until I get my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for four years and I enjoy every minute of it. I will be marrying the love of my life in early spring of 2015. I look forward to having an awesome school year with your child and I ean’t wait to see child grow and develop as the year progresses.