Our Faculty and Staff
Middle Earth teachers and staff are nurturers and educators who encourage learning, exploration, and social and emotional well-being. Our teachers are well-trained and dedicated to working with our families to provide a safe and loving environment for our children to grow.
Dreamers – Infants (6 weeks to 8 months)
My name is Bri. I have worked off and on at Middle Earth since 2008. I have returned as a mom of 2 children, Blakely is 2 years old and Hadley is 1. I love being a mom. We spent lots of time playing outside and visiting my uncle’s horses. My children also enjoy jumping at the trampoline park in the mall, going to the zoo and going to the Orr Family Farm. I returned to Middle Earth because I feel comfortable in the environment and I enjoy my time with the families and caring for their children. When I get together with my friends we like to do “escape rooms”. We keep looking for clues until we find our way out. When my children are older I plan to start my own real-estate business.
Hi, my name is Heather Pascal. I grew up in Shawnee and currently live in Norman with my husband, Larry. He and I like to eat out and attend Thunder games. I also enjoy spending time with my 2 nieces ages 7 and 8. We love to go to the park and play outside. Swimming is new on our list this summer. I just started my Child Development Associate classes and finished the first chapter on Safe Sleep. I have worked with all ages and this is my first time to work with babies. I love it. I feel at home here. A sense of belonging.
Hi, my name is Crissy Mason and I have one daughter, Ella. She is 2 years old. I like experiencing her first walk and her first laugh. I like how she calls me Crissy instead of mommy since everybody in my house calls me Crissy. Someday I think she may be really great at gymnastics. She is really good at climbing on things and jumping into safety. Her dad and I are supper clumsy. She has an attitude and spark to back it up. I like working with young children and observing how each child has their own personality and no how no child is the same. I like the young kids. They remind me of when my daughter was young. I miss those days. When my child is older, I would love to become a 3rd of 4th grade teacher.
Wanderers – Infants and Young Toddlers (8 months to 18 months)
Hi, my name is Morgan Priest. My husband Glen and I have been married for 8 years and we have a 2 year daughter, Mara who is in the Troopers. Mara is loud and outgoing. She loves animals of all kinds. She is perfect, beautiful and funny. When she grows up I want her to be a confident kind person. Glen and I joke that she will grow up to be a dog rescuer. She pets June bugs on the back which horrifies me. She loves all thing- scaly or furry. Currently I am working on my Child Development Associate. My long term goal is to be a director of own center. My mom operated a home day care and early care has been a part of my family life as long as I can remember. Cooking is Glen’s strong point and he would like to be a certified chief in days to come. We are a hands on parenting team. My husband, Glen works in the kitchen alongside Mekko. Cooking is his passion and he holds himself to a high standard. Our child is eating the food too. I believe that is takes a village to raise a child. The teachers here are friends in and outside of our classrooms.
My name is Madison. I have been working in Child Care for 8 years. I moved back to Norman last summer from Colorado, where I was working at a Montessori School. I love being a part of the early care community where I am surrounded daily by children growing and learning. I am the mother of 2 young boys, Hudson is 7 and Warren is 3. Hudson plays sports and Warren has a unique personality. We enjoy playing outside and riding bikes. When I am not playing with my sons, I like to read fictional history and young adult authors, and in a few years, I plan to finish and continue my Elementary Education Degree.
Adventurers – Infants and Young Toddlers (8 months to 18 months)
I am the lead teacher in the Adventurers class Mabry Agnew. I am a Middle Earth alum and have been working at Middle Earth since December 2010. Before working at Middle Earth, I received a degree in Library and Information Studies, but discovered how much I enjoy working with very young children. In December 2013, I completed a Certificate of Mastery in in Early Care Education: Infant/Toddler Option. Before opening the Adventurers classroom, I worked in the infant room for three years. Now my daughter Marian attends Middle Earth too!
Rangers (18 months to 30 months)
My name is Laura and I was born in Tulsa OK. I moved to Norman as I was studying to be a music educator. I have a degree in Music Education. I teach middle school and has school bands I am currently teaching sax master classes in the Ardmore public schools. I also teach home school classes for the Imagine Music and Arts Program here in Norman ok. My hobbies are solving 3 D puzzles and listening to music of all types. I am free spirited and I like to take long walks and think about life. I love teaching music.
Hi, my name is Jessie. I am from Wichita, Kansas and moved here in 2011 to be near my grandparents. I love to spend time outside camping and walk my yorkie, Rosko. Several years ago I asked my scholarship advisor recommended me for a Master Teacher position at Middle Earth. She said Middle Earth has a deep history of quality care and that they need me and here I am the Master Teacher with the Rangers. I have my Certificate of Mastery in Early Care and will complete my Early Childhood Associate degree next year. Then I plan to earn my bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I have been working in Child Care since 2011 and love the community here at Middle Earth.
Hi, my name is Peighton Trook. I have been an OU work study student since August 2016 and I am currently classified as a junior in the Special Education Certification Program. My passion for this field began when I volunteered as a Special Needs Coach in High School. It really tugged on my heart strings. I could not give it up. I am working on my Certification to work with young children into their elementary school years. I love being here. I love how I just walk in here and I feel like family. Everybody belongs. We truly invests in the children’s lives and in each other’s lives as well.
Troopers (18 months to 30 months)
Hi, my name is Robin Smith. I have been working at Middle Earth for 6 years with Toddlers and 2. I am an artist and a writer. I was recently inspired by the children to paint a mural on the back wall of our room. My favorite thing in the classroom is encouraging the children to find new and creative ways to play. I like working here. When I am with the children there is always something new and not predictable and that makes it fun and exciting
Serendipity – (2.5 years to 3.5 years)
Hi, my name is Chis. I have 2 children, a 10 year old daughter named Evie and 9 year old son, Ollie who attend Jefferson Elementary. Evie is active in sports, acing and singing. Ollie is in basketball and Taekwondo. Evie likes to write songs and performs at the Second Friday Art Walks. They love being around young children. My fiancé, Jimmie owns his own small construction company and has 3 boys Jude, Lennon and River and are home schooled by their mother. I have an associate degree in literature which I earned inspired by my desire to be an adult education teacher. I like being close to my children and I started working full time at McFarland Child Care and then to elementary school and fell in love with very young children. I changed my education focus from adult education to early childhood while attending UCO. Currently I am a senior in the Early Childhood Education Department at OU. My hopes are to work in the low income public school system and then go back to earn my master’s degree in early childhood and run my own center like Middle Earth. I love being here. I get to put into practice everything that I am learning and watch these little people learn how it navigate life.
Hello, my name is Wanda Ramirez and I am so excited to join the Middle Earth Childcare Family!! I have had the privilege to work in the Early Childhood Education field for over thirty years in a variety of areas but teaching children is what is closest to my heart. I strongly believe that children learn through play and exploration therefore I strive to provide a learning environment that promotes independence and education.
One thing that I would say defines me as a teacher would my desire to learn and attend as many trainings as possible. I feel I have an obligation to stay current in the techniques and teaching approaches that are introduced in the Early Childhood field. I currently have my National CDA Credentials, a Certificate of Mastery Teacher and recently received my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I have owned a Three Star Nationally Accredited Family Home Childcare Program as well as been a Director for a Cooperate Childcare Center.
My family is very important to me and a big part of why I work with children. I have two daughters and six grandchildren. I have had the opportunity to teach each of my grandchildren and help them prepare for public school. My grandsons are very active in sports and my granddaughter loves to dance. Spending time with my family is a top priority in my life. I look forward to getting to know each of my families and developing relationships with each one.
Hi, my name is Allison, My family is from Bartlesville where I lived until I moved to Norman to study Nursing at OU. I plan to apply to the OU School of Nursing next year and would like to work as a nurse in the NICU or in pediatrics. I have always loved kids even when I was a kid. I love just having some kind of influence on them. I think it is really good to have some kind of impact on them as they are the future.
Hi, my name is A’lexus Broussard. I am a 23 year old senior, attending the University of Oklahoma. My major is Environmental Studies Pre-Vet Medicine. I feel it is important for kids to understand the world around them. Born and raised in OKC. And love gospel music, roller blading, movies and riding horses. I have been working in Child Care for 3 years. Working with the children at Middle Earth is a joy of its own. I walk into the center each day know that “it’s a new day.” Ready to help, teach and guide children of any age all the while having fun.
Explorers (2.5 years to 3.5 years)
Hi there, my name is Lauren. I am an Elementary Education Major at the University of Oklahoma. Coming from a large family with five brothers and one sister and all but one being younger than me, I have always had a passion for little ones. I have worked in child care for four years and of the four years I have been a lead teacher for 2 of those years. I started at Meddle Earth in October of 2016 and I have fallen in love with this place and what it’s about. I cannot wait to get to know you and your kiddo.
Hi, my name is Melissa Storm. I was born and raised in Norman and I am a part of the Comanche and Caddo Nations. My art work keeps me very busy. As a professional artist, I work in a variety of mediums. I am also on the Board of Directors for the Arthurian Order of Avalon. My husband and I are leaders and educators in the Order. I enjoy acting and I have been heavily involved in theater since I was a kid. My favorite role was playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast and Joan of Arc on the Human Chess Board. I have been working here since 2013. I like the community of Middle Earth and I love hanging out with kids. I attended the Memphis College of Art for painting and art history. I am currently working my CDA.
Discoverers (3.5 to 4.5 Years)
Hi, my name is Andy Nguyen. I was raised in OKC and currently live in Norman. I am here studying at OU in the pre-nursing program and I will apply to the OU nursing school soon. I would like to work as an emergency room nurse. I came to Middle Earth with years of experience watching children for friends and family. When I first came here we were in the old building and I was partnered with two experienced teachers, Brendon and Morgan. I enjoyed this so much that I will be coming up on a year of employment soon.
Hello, my name is Brendan Agnew and I have been at Middle Earth since 2009. Since 2011, I have been the lead teacher of the Discoverers preschool classroom. I have a Certificate of Master in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma City Community College and am working toward my full degree. My wife, Mabry, teaches the mobile infants and young toddlers in Adventurers, and our daughter, Marian, attends school here as well. I have my roots in Middle Earth reaching back to my own days as a toddler and young child at our previous location on South Campus, and am delighted to have come full circle to teach future generations. Thank you for letting your families being a part of our lives!
Hi, my name is Nicole Miller. Born and raised in Norman and my whole family has lived here since I can remember. I have my associates in Natural Science and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I am considering blending my calling for early childhood and dental hygiene. I love working with children, seeing them grow and create their own goals. My favorite part of the day is creative arts and crafts. Today we sprinkled painted cheerios with glitter and made Star fish.
Hi, my name is Kianna and I am new to Middle Earth this year. U grew up ibn Edmond and moved to Norman in 2014 to attend the University of Oklahoma. I am currently studying early childhood education and Spanish and I will graduate in May of 2018. I love working with children, and I hope to teach 1st grade after I graduate. In my spare time, I love to read and spend time with my family and friends.
Ms. Claire has been working with children her whole life and began professionally in 2009. She has been at Middle Earth since 2012 and she first began working with two’s but quickly found out that her true passion was with the four’s and five’s. Ms. Claire grew up in Norman, graduated High School at Norman North in 2007 and attended Oklahoma City Community College & the University of Oklahoma. She has currently Bachelor’s degree on hold and is obtaining her Child Development Associates. She believes children learn best through play and you’ll see that reflected within her classroom. She also believes it’s important to create a comfortable learning environment that is respectable of all children’s culture. Claire has also been with her high school sweetheart, David, since 2007 and they finally got married in June 2017. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, friends, family, being outside, board games, movies, camping, video games, and live music!
Michel Mc Cory
Hi, my name is Michel Mc Cory. I came from Tulsa and graduated High School in 2000. I spent a decade in college studying Photographic Arts. When I was in Art School I became friends with international students and got the travel bug. I have been to 6 countries visiting my friends, some multiple times. Also, I have spent time in 14 states. I want to see the entire planet before I kick rocks. I can speak 3 languages, kind of- Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian, and Malaysian. I am not planning to have children and it is really nice to be around children. They are blank slats and I like to be a positive influence, just planting some seeds.
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” Diogenes