JPA Staff

JPA staff are friendly, nurturing and fun! Everyone is CPR & first aid certified and have cleared background checks. All teachers are experienced, state-certified teachers who have received training in Response to Instruction/Intervention by Dr. Tom Jenkins, Director of Educational Consultation Services, LLC, a well-known expert on the model of Response to Intervention and the Problem Solving Model used in schools across the state.

Alethea Jenkins

Alethea Jenkins

Helping children learn about their world and themselves is the most amazing and rewarding thing. I enjoy working with parents to positively influence a child's sense of self worth and accomplishment.

Alethea is married with two teenage children. She is a graduate of James Madison University with a BA in Psychology; Graduate of UNC Charlotte with a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. Alethea is certified K-12 in school counseling and holds certification as a National Board Certified Counselor with a specialty in school counseling.

Alethea worked 3 years as a Mental Health Counselor in a school-based program, 7 years as an elementary school counselor, and 4 years as lead preschool teacher before opening Jenkins Preschool Academy in 2008.

Cara Crocker

Cara Crocker

Cara Crocker (Ms. Cara) is the lead teacher in the 2's class. She is the mother of two little boys. She graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a BS in Elementary Education and is a certified NC educator. Cara has completed field hours and volunteered within multiple elementary schools in Pender County and has been very active in her son's classrooms. She loves music, reading, and spending time with her little ones. She is excited to be a part of the JPA team!

Tracy Clary

Tracy Clary

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
— Michael J. Fox.

Tracy is the lead teacher in the 3's. She is originally from Arizona but has lived in Wilmington since graduating from UNCW with a BA in Elementary Education. Tracy is married and has three teenage children. She enjoys working with all ages of children and has previously taught at the elementary school level as well as previously teaching the 4's here at JPA. Tracy is excited to be a part of the JPA family.

Sarah Steele

Sarah Steele

Sarah is the teacher in the 4/5 year class. She is married with one son. Sarah graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Child Life. She has worked with preschool children in private and public childcare settings for fifteen years. Sarah enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and going to the beach with her family. Her energy and creativity are a great asset to JPA.

Adair Flynn

Adair Flynn

Adair Flynn is the assistant on MWF for the 2-year-olds. She graduated from Spartanburg College and is married with 3 children. Adair has been very active in her children’s classrooms and worked with 2 year olds at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church prior to coming to JPA in the fall of 2011. Adair brings lots of laughter to JPA with her silly songs and easy going nature in the classroom.

Karin Youngquist

Karin Youngquist

Katie Barbour (Ms. Katie) is the assistant in the 2/3 year old classes. Karin grew up in Sweden, and moved to the U.S. to attend and graduate from Elmhurst College, IL. She stayed in the U.S. and is married with three children and her two youngest both attended JPA for preschool. Karin's oldest child is on the autism spectrum and all three children have given her a unique insight to child development, typical and atypical alike. Karin believes that watching children explore and interact with the world is an amazing privilege, and that the opportunity to help them discover new ways of learning through play is an incredibly rewarding job.

Katie Barbour

Katie Barbour

Katie Barbour (Ms. Katie) is the assistant in the 4/5 year old class. She graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Associates degree in Business Administration with additional courses in Early Childhood Education. She has 7 years of experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old in licensed childcare centers as a teacher and an Assistant Director. Katie is married with two children, both of whom attended JPA for preschool. She loves to stay active with running, biking, and enjoys time spent with her family. She is excited by all the adventures in the Pre-K class!

Collier

Collier

Meet COLLIER. She is a fully trained, insured, and certified Facility Dog from paws4people, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives. She has been custom trained to work with Ms. Alethea in the classrooms of Jenkins Preschool Academy every day. She encourages and supports multiple developmental skills that we teach at the preschool by being involved in many hands-on learning activities. COLLIER also provides many opportunities for social/emotional skill development as the children learn to care for her and learn about the role of Assistance and Facility Dogs in our community.

Please take a moment to support paws4people at Collier's donation page! Any amount is greatly appreciated and will help change the lives of so many!

You can also keep up with Collier on her Instagram page preschoolpup_jpa!