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)
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 super 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 or 4th-grade teacher.
Amber is the closing teacher.
Travelers – Infants (6 weeks to 8 months)
Lacie opens and Julia closes Travelers.
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 daycare and early care has been a part of my 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 takes a village to raise a child. The teachers here are friends in and outside of our classrooms.
Paige is the closing teacher.
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 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!
Rebecca N and Rebecca S are the closing teachers.
Rangers (18 months to 30 months)
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 adviser 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.
Jessica K is the closing teacher.
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.
Hi my name is Terin Shaver and I am the Troopers afternoon teacher. I grew up in Norman with my family. I have always had a very close relationship with my parents, little brother, and my many younger cousins. I have been a live in nanny twice although it was challenging at times it was also very rewarding and I enjoyed every second of it. I plan on furthering my education and getting my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. My dream is to become a preschool teacher here in Norman. I have always enjoyed bonding and furthering children’s education as well as my own. My job here at Middle Earth allows me to begin my long journey of early childhood education and it allows me to work with some of the greatest kids. I enjoy coming to work every day wondering what I will learn that day about my Troopers.
Team Member: Marissa
Serendipity (2.5 years to 3.5 years)
Celena, Magnolia, and Andrea are the Serendipity team.
Explorers (2.5 years to 3.5 years)
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 artwork 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 on my CDA.
Patty is the closing teacher.
Discoverers (3.5 to 4.5 Years)
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!
Miriel is the closing teacher.
Detectives (3.5 to 4.5 years)
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 a 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 respectful 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!
Dilyn is the closing teacher.
Katie and Michele are the teachers. This room is open from 3 pm to 6 pm for the on-site NPS Pre- K students.
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 heartstrings. 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 invest in the children’s lives and in each other’s lives as well.
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.