Where Children Come First



Nina Burton
Executive Director

I have been the Executive Director for over a year and have truly enjoyed serving the children, families, staff and community. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge while here and look forward to expanding even more on the things I have acquired. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University Northwest and am currently completing my Master's at Indiana Wesleyan University. My first introduction into early childhood education came from my volunteer activities with Geminus Head Start by serving in the classroom as well as on the parent board and Policy Council President for two years. I am a wife of one and mother of five wonderful, talented, blessed children. 

Carla Gadson
Assistant Director

Greeting, my name is Carla Gadson and I have chosen a career in Early Childhood. My journey began after I had my son. I asked and prayed to God to provide me with a job where I would be able to take my son. I have a B.S degree/Business Administration, an A.S./Early Childhood Education and an A.S. in Applied Science/Marketing. 
This continues to be a very rewarding and very humbling field and career. I thank God for every experience He has exposed me to.

Wanda Rodriguez
Human Resources Director

Hello, my name is Wanda Rodriguez. I have been with Woodland Child Development Center for 24 years. My daughter came here. I started, as a substitute, got my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood, then became a Teacher. After that I moved up to a MasterTeacher, Staff Coordinator and finally Human Resources Director. I have seen the center go through many changes to be where we are today.

Tracy Campbell
Program and Family Coordinator

My name is Tracy Campbell. I have been with Woodland for over 10 years. I currently hold my Associate’s Degree in Child Development and working towards my B.A. Children have always been apart of my life and they always will.

Xiaoyan Zheng
Finance Manager

My name is Xiaoyan Zheng, I received my Master degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, majored in accounting , in Dec, 2007. I have worked here as an office staff since November, 2012. I am also a mom of a lovely girl who has attended here since she was 13 month old. I enjoy working here to watch my daughter growing up with all of other children under the wonderful care and learning system.

Mary Hill
Administrative Assistant

Hi, I’m Mary Hill; I’ve been with Woodland since 2007 and love my job. I get to greet almost everyone entering into the building. I have an Associates Degree in Accounting from St. Joseph Calumet College. I have 3 grown children & 2 grandchildren. In the Fall, on Monday nights, you will find me teaching religion class at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Hammond. Saturday morning, you will find me at Stardust Bowl in Hobart coaching 3 to 5 year olds.


Felicia Wallace
Lead Teacher Room 1

My name is Felecia Wallace. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Services with a specialization in Early Childhood Development. I have been here at Woodland as a Lead Teacher for over two years and working with children for four years.

Maria Mendoza
Assistant Teacher Room 1

My name is Maria Mendoza. I work at Woodland Child Development Center. I have been working here for almost ten years. I do like children and find them interesting, which is why I chose this field. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Development; therefore I can utilize my degree in this career.

Sametta Ford
Lead Teacher Room 2

My name is Sametta Ford. I am the two year old teacher in Room 2. I have a degree in Child Development. I enjoy working with young children teaching and helping them learn and grow through their development stages.

Karla Lynn
Assistant Teacher Room 2

My name is Ms. Lynn and I have been working at Woodland Child Development Center for nine years. I am currently working with two years olds. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow.

Amanda Lawson
Lead Teacher Room 3

Hello, My name is Mrs. Kopp, I work in room 3 with the toddlers. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development. I have been working with toddlers since 2007 and I love the smiles they bring me and their hands-on approach to learning. I’ve been working at Woodland for over a year.

Jane Baker
Assistant Teacher Room 3

Hi, my name is Jane Baker. I am a Teacher’s Assistant in the toddler room, I have been at Woodland for two years. I graduates from Purdue Calumet College with an Associate’ Degree in Child Care. I have worked in a child care for over thirty years, I believe a child care setting should provide both a nurturing and trusting environment. It is very important for children to development a love for learning.

Stefanie Harris
Lead Teacher Room 4

I have been working with children for 19 years. I have also been at Woodland for 71/2 years. I have an Associate degree and working towards my Bachelors degree. I enjoy working with kids; I believe they make the world go around. One day they will be great inventors and that is what keeps me striving and motivated to work in Early Childhood.

Lisa Webster
Assistant Teacher Room 4

My name is Lisa Webster and my passion for being around children began when I started working at another daycare ten years ago. I have also worked as an instructional assistant for the last seven years with grades 2nd and 3rd. I take joy-seeing children of all ages grow, explore and learn from me as well as each other. That’s what inspired me to go back to school and pursue a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I am a mother of four ages 24, 19, 17, and 14. I enjoy spending time with my kids hanging out doing things such as skating, going to the mall, movies and going out to eat.

Carolyn Moore
Lead Teacher Room 5

My name is Carolyn Moore. I have been working with children of all ages for the past twenty-five years. I had owned my own day care facility for ten years. I currently have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and working on my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Purdue University Calumet. I am a Lead Teacher in the Infant Room.

Substitute Teacher
Alexandra Clark

I am Alexandra Clark. I graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 1977 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. Since my graduation I have held positions as a director, lead teacher, music and art coordinator, and summer camp extended program coordinator. I am a member of IAEYC and NAEYC. I have worked for Woodland on both full and part time positions for the last 12 years. I am and always have been interested in how young children grow and develop. I hope my experiences help to promote and generate a healthy and educated future for a wonderful generation.

Tammie Moore
Lead Teacher Room 6

I am Tammie Moore. I have been employed for ten years. I received my CDA degree from Ivy Tech College. I am a Lead Teacher in the Infant Room at Woodland and have been employed for over nine years. I am currently pursuing my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working with young children to share my love and to give them my attention.

Laurie Reason
Assistant Teacher Room 6

My name is Laurie Reason. I’ve worked at Woodland for just over 18 years. I started working with 3-4 years old. I wanted to be with infants, but had to wait until we got our own building. Seven years later we got our building and I “got” my babies. Now, after more than 11 years, I’m still working with infants. They bring so much joy with their precious smiles and innocent ways. I love watching them grow and change everyday. I’m so thankful to be a part of their lives.

Alicia Abram
Lead Teacher Room 7

My name is Alicia Abram. I’ve been employed at Woodland since 2005. I received my CDA credentials in 2008. I am the Lead Teacher in Room 7.

Angela Avgerinos
Lead Teacher Room 10

My name is Angela Avgerinos. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University. I have taught 3-4 year olds for 17 years and 5-6 year olds for 3 years. I love working with children. I truly believe that young children should have a positive, interesting, and hands on approach to learning, so that they will enjoy learning as they become older.

Lauren Cohen
Lead Teacher, Room 11

My name is Lauren Cohen. I am originally from New York and graduated from Brooklyn College with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am married with two girls, Naomie and Sarah. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, playing games, going on vacations and watching television. I also love music, going to concerts, shopping, and going to the movies. 

Geoffrey Maguire
Assistant Teacher, Room 12

I have been with Woodland since mid-April and am extremely delighted to work with such an experienced and friendly Administration and Staff. I have held a teaching certificate in Elementary Education since 1998 and recently acquired endorsements for middle school teaching. Since 2012, I have worked with Pre-k students and have received the greatest satisfaction helping children reach their goals. I am also the proud Father of a 4 1/2-month-old beautiful baby girl! I hope to grow with Woodland for years to come.

Jazmine Perez
Assistant Teacher, Room 11

My name is Jazmine Perez. My first experience with children began when I was babysitting for my cousin. It was then that I realized that I enjoyed working with children. After this realization I decided to major in early child development. I have received my Associate’s Degree and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree.

Afshan Farooq
Assistant Teacher, Room 12

This is my first and new experience to work in a Child Development Center. It is a great opportunity for me to watch kids growing everyday physically and mentally from infants to toddlers and children with special needs. It is a challenge and a wonderful experience. I think in my short time of experience I am learning and benefiting every day from the children.

Lori Klucznik
Lead Teacher Room 14

My name is Lori Klucznik and I am very excited to be part of the Room 14 Teaching Team. I grew up in Chicago but moved to Indiana recently. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching/tutoring for the past ten years. I am certified to teach grades Kindergarten to 9 in Illinois and will begin working to transfer that certification over to Indiana within the next year. My experiences have taken me from an after school tutoring/mentoring program in Chicago’s Logan Square area to an art-education based school in the heart of downtown Chicago.
I enjoy using the curriculum used at Woodland as it gives me the opportunity to plan and create different manipulatives to use in our areas. Often, I have seen a game in a catalog or an idea in a book and thought, I can do that! I hope to instill in young learners the idea that they too can “do that” and to not compare themselves to others, as what they do is their best and with time and practice, we all get better!