Meet Our Staff
The I CAN Team makes the difference! Our team is made up of highly qualified teachers, an Administrator, and a Program Director who is well educated in childhood development and passionate about the success and happiness of each child. Each teacher is dedicated to the development of every child and their learning potential. Our Teacher to Student ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child. Our team is committed to forming strong relationships with you to ensure the best possible experience for your child. Our commitment to effective communication will support your child's success at I CAN.
Program Director, Owner
Ms. Tiffany taught elementary school for over ten years, and then was promoted to Assistant Principal. After holding her administrative position for several years, she decided to dedicate her time to sharing her knowledge about early childhood education. Unfortunately, too many Kindergarteners do not meet the benchmarks because they were not a part of a program that adequately prepared them. Our team is committed to ensuring children in our program are ready for the challenges presented when they transition from our center into their Kindergarten program. Ms. Tiffany is confident that, each day, her team helps decrease the number of children who are not prepared for Kindergarten.
Master of Science in Education, Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Mary Washington University
Ms. Debbie served as an Operating Room (OR) Nurse and became the OR Nurse Educator for four years. She was then promoted to Director of Outpatient Surgery for Riverside Health System (RHS). While serving in that role for nine years, she was elected to serve on the National Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Board of Directors. She later stepped down from her AORN position to serve as the Vice President of Behavioral Health with RHS. Ms. Debbie spent her final two years with RHS creating and shaping the Diversity Program and RHS Leadership Program, before retiring from RHS to serve as the Administrator of I CAN. She now spends each day managing I CAN employees and business operations, as well as interacting with students and parents.
Master of Science in Management, Troy State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Christopher Newport University
Tiffany Tanner-Stith, MSEd, BS
Debbie Tanner, MSM, BSN
Mrs. Tina Blunt
Hello! My name is Christina Blunt (Mrs. Tina) and I am the Administrative Assistant at I CAN! I have been working with children for over 5 years and I am very passionate about caring for and teaching young children. I am very excited to have this opportunity to help guide not only the children but the teachers as well. Helping the teachers reach their greatest potential is important as it lays the foundation for a healthy, fun, and nurturing learning environment for the children. I look forward to forming and maintaining positive relationships with the parents, children, and teachers. I am eager to work with everyone to create the best experiences at I CAN!
Ms. Whitney Porterfield
Mirrors & Mirrors 2 Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Ms. Whitney and I am excited to be the lead teacher in the ‘Mirrors’ classroom! I am eager for this experience, and for the opportunity to work with parents in developing the minds of our little ones. It has always been a passion of mine to teach young children. In Mirrors, our students explore in both learning activities and imaginative play. We work on basic skills such as colors, shapes, numbers, letter recognition and social skills. I look forward to working with your children each day and watching them learn, play and grow. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime at the center (757) 766-6161.
Ms. Teri Beimler
Windows Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Teri Beimler and I am lead teacher in the Windows classroom. I have been with I CAN since June 2018. In this short time, I have developed a strong bond with the children. I have a passion for teaching and working with this age group. In the classroom, we will be focused on learning shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. We will also be engaging in music with singing and dancing. The children and I will be focusing on language development. I am excited to learn and grow with your child. I look forward to being lead teacher and a part of the I CAN family for many years to come.
Ms. Shelby Graves
Windows 2 Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Shelby Graves and I am the lead teacher for the 'Windows' classroom! I have been with I CAN since 2014 and really enjoy working with children--each child I work with leaves a lasting impression in my heart. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I have a passion for working with children and enjoy spending my days watching them grow and continue to grow in my class and beyond.
In Windows, we focus on letters, colors, numbers, and shapes. We are all about exploring, progressing, and learning through our theme-based curriculum. Fine motor skills continue to develop in our class as well. I am excited to build relationships with the families that I CAN serves, providing a nurturing environment for the children. I look forward to growing as a lead teacher at I CAN! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at (757) 766-6161.
Ms. Alexus Robinson
Bricks 2 Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Ms. Alexus and I am the Lead Teacher for our ‘Bricks’ classroom! I strive to help my students grow and learn new things every day. I have always had a passion for shaping young minds so I am grateful for this opportunity. In this class, we work on colors, shapes, and letters. We also work to develop fine motor skills by tracing letters and numbers and by cutting paper. During play time in centers, we engage in conversations to develop new language. I CAN’s expectations are extraordinary and I am excited to help each child reach those standards. I am eager for this experience with you and your child and would love to answer and questions or concerns you have: (757) 766-6161.
Ms. Hazel Truitt
Ladders Lead Teacher
Greetings! My name is Ms. Hazel and I am very excited for the opportunity to be the lead teacher in 'Ladders' classroom. Being able to be a part of the children's lives is absolutely wonderful. I will do my best to meet the needs of each and every child I serve. We will be engaging in circle time; here we will discuss shapes, colors, letters, numbers and more. We will also learn while we play in centers. I will always strive to engage the children in conversation to encourage language development and to just help me to get to know each of them better. The expectations are great at I CAN and I am excited to help each child rise to those standards. Teaching little ones has always been my passion. I look forward to helping your child to learn and grow, while having fun. If you ever have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to let me know. You can always reach me by phone at the center (757) 766-6161.
Mrs. Paulette Baskerville
Ladders 2 Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Paulette Baskerville and I am excited to be the lead teacher in the ‘Ladders 2’ classroom! I am eager for this experience, and for the opportunity to work with parents in developing the minds of our little ones. I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. It has always been a passion of mine to teach young children.
Our goal in Ladders is to help your children meet and exceed Kindergarten expectations. We begin our day with a fun and educational circle time. Our activities are theme-based and typically change at the beginning of each week. We also work closely with children to ensure they are progressing with math and literacy by separating them into small groups based on their abilities and readiness.
In Ladders, we make learning fun and every day is a new adventure! I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to guide such awesome kiddos to learn and grow every day. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
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We are dedicated to our students for life. We check in on students even after they graduate, and their successes are quite astonishing! All of our I CAN graduates have exceeded the benchmarks when tested during their first quarter of Kindergarten.