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Leah Thomas, Director
Leah Thomas, Director

I have been in the education field for 10 years and am a graduate of Winston Salem State University, where I studied Early Childhood Education/Administration and Leadership. I enjoy imparting into the lives of children and I believe it is our job to fill them with as much knowledge, experience, and exposure as we can to help create a strong foundation in order to take on the world that awaits them. Every moment in life is a teaching moment. I am fulfilled the most mentoring, supporting, and training teachers to find their confidence and passion within the field as well so they can be a difference in a child's life.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and watching football. I am originally from New Orleans and am a huge Saints fan! I look forward to getting to know you, building with you and partnering with you to create the best experience possible for your family.

Lisa Rynkewicz, Assistant Director
Lisa Rynkewicz, Assistant Director

I have been in childcare for 21 years and have worked both as a Pre-k Teacher and in an administrative role as 3rd in charge. I have an associates degree in child development and have two North Carolina credentials: Admin I and II.

I was born in Gastonia and still reside there today. Community is very important to me. I enjoy volunteering and working with children at the Epilepsy Association and I'm also a youth minister.

Veronia Elaine Cummings
Veronia Elaine Cummings

My name is Veronia Elaine Cummings; I am 32 years old, born in Fort Orr, California. I've worked with children of all ages for 14 years. I started out in Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, working with third graders. I have been with Gateway Academy for a total of 8 years. I have my teaching certification through Stanley Community College. I enjoy teaching 3 years olds, and watching them grow! I am a newlywed since October 27, 2015! My husband and I look forward to having our own children of our own to teach, and help them grow in the future!

Patrisce Hicks
Patrisce Hicks

I've been at Gateway for 10 years. I come from a big family. I have 3 boys at home, and 1 grandson. I love to read and enjoy traveling and shopping. I enjoy working with children watching them grow into their own person. Helping them to learn and play, getting them to interact throughout the day. Being a teacher has made me a better mother to my 3 boys and a grandma to my grandson.



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9625 Mallard Glen Dr
Charlotte, NC 28262



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Mallard, Charlotte, NC