Meet the Staff

Whitney Schlansky

Whitney has been the director of High Street Neighborhood Center since 2001. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Family Studies and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field of early childhood education for 25 years and has been in administration for 19 years. The best part about being at High Street Neighborhood Center for her is the support the center gets from the churches and the community. The feeling that she is making a difference keeps her coming back year after year.

Three Year Old Teachers 

In Memoriam

Taracita Peake 

Miss 'Cita began working at High Street during the summer of 2016. She likes reading with the kids and getting down on the floor with them and being involved as they play with building blocks and other learning activities. She enjoys watching their curious minds at work, asking questions about their world.

Terry Moss

Miss Terry has been dedicated to teaching at High Street since 1980. She spent 12 years working in the two year old classroom (where she is currently teaching) and 19 years working in the 3 year old classroom. Before coming to High Street she taught art education in public schools and she loves incorporating that knowledge into the art projects she does with her 2 year olds. She finds High Street to be an unbelievable teaching environment because of the diversity of the children that she has taught through the years. 

Four Year Old Teachers

Two Year Old Teachers 

Tajuana Smith 

Miss Tajuana began teaching in the one year old room in April of 2015. She loves to see the kids' curiosity and intelligence bloom and grow as they spend time here. The kids in the one year old room are lovable and she likes watching their personalities develop.

Amy Barron

Miss Amy has been teaching at High Street since 2010 and loves working with the 1 year old class. Her absolute favorite book to read to the children is Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. In the 1 year old classroom, books come alive through her enthusiastic reading. Miss Amy loves this age because it is the age when the kids like to  give sweet hugs and unconditional love.

Ashley Redford 

assistant director

Miss Ashley began teaching at High Street in 2007 in the 1 year old room, but later moved up to the 4 year old class to teach Pre-K. In 2015, Miss Ashley became the Assistant Director and Bookkeeper of the center. She is currently a student at BCTC studying Child Development and is a valued member of our team!

Vanessa Sandusky

Miss Vanessa has been teaching at High Street since 1991. She loves teaching in our Pre-K program and previously taught Kindergarten at High Street, as well. While that program no longer exists, she still enjoys working with the children and listening to them. Kids say the silliest things and are just so sweet. She also loves our Graduation Ceremony each year, it is such a special time for everyone.

One Year Old Teachers 

Lara Abuharb

Miss Lara has been teaching in the 2 year old classroom since 2012, and has loved every moment of it! Above all, she loves doing music with the children. Singing, clapping, dancing, and playing instruments is one of the highlights of their day in the 2 year old classroom. 

Support Staff

Shelby Pack

Miss Shelby has been teaching in the 3 year old classroom at High Street since 2016. She loves watching the kids' creativity and individuality develop alongside one another. The kids are so open and loving towards everyone they meet. She loves the community of coworkers here at High Street and how welcoming everyone is. 

Betty Brashear 

Beloved bookkeeper and assistant director of 15 years, Miss Betty unfortunately passed away August 27, 2015. While this loss shook all who loved and knew her here at High Street, we know her loving presence remains with us today and she will not be forgotten for all the hard work she did to help make this center a wonderful, welcoming place for children. 

Anita Johnson

Miss Anita has been working at High Street since April of 2015. She loves working here because it gives her opportunities to work in different ways - whether alongside the children or in the kitchen, Miss Anita always finds a way to have fun. 

Raheeq Abdulameer

Miss Raheeq started working at High Street in the Spring of 2016. She is a "breaker" - she gives each of the other teachers their breaks throughout the day. She likes working with all the different age groups. Originally from Iraq, Miss Raheeq previously taught at a college. She says this environment is different, but she truly enjoys working with the kids at High Street. She likes learning alongside the kids, improving her English skills and coming up with new ideas to interact with the kids and teach them about their world.

Sara Kelly 

Miss Sara is a recent graduate of Berea College with a degree in Elementary Education.  She grew up in West Virginia but decided to move to Lexington for better career opportunities. She loves working with young children because of the diversity of their personalities and their excitement for trying new things.  She is very exited to be part of High street because she feels that she is making a difference in every child's life regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.  She started working in the two year old room in December of 2014.  

Linda Thompson

Miss Linda has been the fabulous cook at High Street for 9 years. All of her grandchildren were students at High Street Neighborhood Center, so it has a very special place in her heart. You can find her working hard in the kitchen each morning, preparing healthy meals for the children with a big smile on her face and an encouraging word for anyone who passes through. She chooses to work at High Street because anyone who steps through the doors cannot help but to fall in love with the kids. In her words, the children quickly become a part of you and that makes it all worthwhile.

Angie Padgett 

Miss Angie wins the award for having taught at High Street the longest, having been since 1970! She adores teaching the 3 year olds, especially in the moments when their faces light up after finally mastering a skill with which they had been struggling. Angie also enjoys maintaining the close relationships she has with the students even after they graduate from High Street and loves when they come back to see her.

High Street​​ Neighborhood Center

Offering quality, affordable childcare in downtown Lexington, KY since 1969