Hello! I am Nickie Haines the Director here at Children’s Tree House. I have been at CTH since July 2010 as the director and have been working in the early childhood education field since 1990. I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and graduated from Southern Virginia University in 1994.
I am married to an amazing husband, Phil, and we have 2 wonderful boys, Travis, and Chase. When I am not working, my family and I breed and raise show pigs, meat pigs, and honeybees. We are very involved in the Spring Mills FFA Alumni chapter and serve on their board. We love to go camping with our family and friends. August is always busy for us with the county and state fairs and my yearly canning.
Some of my favorites are; the color green, Italian food, Reese’s Fast Break candy bar, the Spring season, and browsing and shopping on Amazon.
Hello! I am Tara Painter the Assistant Director here at the Children’s Tree House. I was born and raised in West by God Virginia and reside in Inwood, WV with my husband and son. I graduated from Shepherd University in 2002 with an Associates Degree in Dependent Care: Childcare Specialist. I’ve been working in the childcare field since 2000 and here at CTH since 2008.
All my time outside of work is spent with my family and friends. I like to go shopping, out to eat, camping, and traveling new places to explore and experience. Some of my favorite things include sweet tea, cheesecake, tacos, and the colors blue and purple.
Hello! I am Emily Brill, the infant teacher. I have been here at Children’s Tree House since March of 2020. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education. Fun fact about me, I am a 4th generation teacher. My great grandparents were teachers. They met at Shepherd when it was just a school for teachers. My grandmother was a teacher for 32 years before she retired, and my mom is a kindergarten teacher.
I live in Yellow Spring, WV with my parents. I am one of three girls and I have a great boyfriend, who I have been dating since November of 2013. I am the aunt of a beautiful little girl named Caroline. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with family, spend time with friends and eat out at my favorite restaurants, like Olive Garden or El Ranchero. I love to shop on Amazon but who doesn’t love Amazon, right????
Hi! I am Cindy Catlett a Toddler teacher here at CTH. I have been working in childcare since 2011. I am currently enrolled in the ACDS (Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist) program and will complete it in the spring of 2022. I’ve been working at CTH since May 2021.
In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes with my 2 dogs (Bear and CoCo). Also, I enjoy going to car shows and watching my brothers race dirt track cars.
Hi! I am Tabby Dougherty the 2-year-old teacher here at CTH. I was born and raised in good ole West Virginia. I reside in Kearneysville with my daughter and boyfriend. I graduated from Shepherd University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Education. I have been working in childcare since 2002 and have been here at CTH since 2013. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a teacher, but I found my love for early education after college.
In my free time, I enjoy spending it with family and friends, volunteering, and being active in my church, going to concerts, co-leading a girl scout troop and crafting. A few of my favorites include iced coffee, Mexican food, crosses and anchors, music, shopping, and all things Fall!
Hello! I am Kelsee Orr a floater teacher here at Children’s Tree House. I went to James Rumsey for two years studying Early Childhood Education. My one goal I made to myself while in high school is to work with special needs children. I’ve always wanted to help children grow. One of my favorite things about working at CTH is everyone is like family. We all help each other out and no one is left behind. I love working with all age groups. The children are well mannered for their ages, especially when it comes to “please and thank you.”
Some of my favorite hobbies are to bake, and help around my house and with family.
Hello! I am Cindy Lehman the 3-year-old teacher. I started working in childcare in 1991 when I opened a home daycare in Alaska. Over the years, I worked as a bus driver, cook, and teacher for before and after school. I’ve been employed at several childcare centers, but my heart has always been here at CTH. I have been employed at CTH since September 2010. In 2019, I became the Children’s Ministry Director at Life House WV Church.
Currently, I reside in Martinsburg, WV with my husband of 18 years. We have 2 daughters. During my free time, I enjoy boating, camping, traveling, and being involved in church activities.
Hello! I am Ashley Siburt the pre-k teacher here at CTH. I have been working in childcare since November of 2018 when I first started at Children’s Tree House. I graduated from Shepherd University in May of 2019 with my Regents of Bachelor’s Art degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. My future goals include getting my master’s degree in special education. I currently still live at home with my parents, sister, and pup Socxs in Inwood WV. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, coaching softball, taking pictures, traveling, watching sports, and being outside. A few of my favorite things include Reese cups, the color light blue, and shopping at Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Target and on Amazon.
Hello! My name is Jennifer & I am the floater here at The Children’s Tree House. I am a proud Army wife & mom of two boys. I was born & raised in Upstate New York (Go, Bills!) & have lived in wild & wonderful West Virginia since 2019. My experience in childcare totals over 16 years including owning & operating my own in-home daycare.
In my spare time I enjoy crafting, camping, & traveling to see family all over the country.
I am looking forward to my journey at CTH & to see the children learn & grow!