Our Staff

The #1 indicator of quality in child care is the teacher. We are very selective in the hiring process of our team members. We look for education and experience in the early childhood field. Each applicant must go through at least 2 interviews, a background check and drug screening before they can be considered for hire. Once the applicant becomes a team member, they are trained for up to 5 days in the policies and procedures of our company, as well as being observed in the classroom interacting with the children.  Most of our team then goes through the TECTA 30 hour Orientation training for Early Childhood Staff at Austin Peay State University. We also use state trainers to come into the classrooms to train and observe our teachers. Our local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency provides this technical assistance.  Several of our team hold a Child Development Associates Credential, Early Childhood Certificates, as well as degrees in the Early Childhood field. We encourage our team to continue their professional development by attending trainings and workshops. Monthly team meetings are held for training, up-dated information, professional development planning, turning in of curriculum plans and projects, as well as some fun team building activities.

Meet the directors




Brittany McGinnis
Shala Abbott
Jennifer Gray 

Hello my name is Brittany McGinnis and I am the Director of the Village Preschool of St. Bethlehem. I have two children of my own, Tristan and Sadie, they are my world! I have been working in childcare for over 5 years now and I absolutely love working with children and their families!!! I am currently attending Nashville State to obtain my Business Degree. Although I am super busy, I LOVE photography and enjoy taking pictures during my free time! As the director, I hope to manage and maintain a safe, healthy, and enjoyable learning environment for the children, parents, and staff.

Hi! I’m Shala Abbott and I’m the director here at Woodlawn! I have many years of experience with children and I used to own my own center. I am going to school to become a teacher; I am very close to getting a bachelor’s degree. I look forward to working with everyone here.




Hello! My name is Jennifer Gray, everyone calls me Jen. I've been working for the Village for 7 years and have loved every minute of it! Children are my life. I get the best of both worlds working in the office, I get to enjoy the smiles of all the children here in our facility. I have a little girl named Lexis and little boy named Justin. I share my home with Lexi, Justin and my dog Lola . My hobbies include boating, scrapbooking, hanging with friends, and enjoying music. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be in your child's life.

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