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
tstith@icanchildcare.com

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

Administrator, Owner
dtanner@icanchildcare.com

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. Malindia Abbs
Assistant Program Director
mabbs1@icanchildcare.com

Hello!! My name is Malindia Abbs and I am honored to be a part of the I CAN family as your new Assistant Program Director.  I first discovered my passion for helping children when helping my mother operate her in-Home daycare during my childhood years. I then started my own childcare journey in 2010 at The Salvation Army, where I had the pleasure of caring for over 100 children.

 

My husband and I have 3 children of our own and strive to be the best role models for not only them, but for any child that crosses our paths. I look forward to working with and watching your children learn and grow here at I CAN!!

Ms. Sharday Mack
Mirrors & Mirrors 2 Lead Teacher

Hey! Hey! My name is Ms. Sharday. I am the Lead Teacher for our Mirrors and Mirrors 2 classrooms. I recently moved to Virginia from Philadelphia, PA, where I received a degree from the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. I took courses in Infant & Early Toddler Development, and have tons of experience with children in and out of childcare.

 

In the Mirrors classroom, we focus on developmental milestones and building social skills. This work is in preparation for the Mirrors 2 classroom, where developmental milestones and social skills are still a main focus, but we also learn ABC’s, colors, numbers, shapes and sign language. Sign language is used for those who are just learning language skills, and may not have mastered common words. I look forward to meeting you and watching your little one learn and grow at I CAN Childcare & Learning Center.  Any questions? Feel free to contact me at mssharday.ican_7@yahoo.com or contact I CAN.

Ms. Whitney Porterfield
Windows Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Whitney Porterfield and I am the Lead Teacher for the Windows classroom. I have been with I CAN since October 2018 and have several years of experience working in a childcare facility. Further, I have a passion for teaching and working with children! As a mother, I know it's comforting knowing your child is in great hands while in someone else’s care.

 

In Windows, we focus on learning shapes, colors, numbers, and letters, as well as language development. We enjoy sensory activities, crafts, music, and movement. I enjoy what I do and am excited to be a part of your child's growing and learning! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out! 

Ms. Kylee
Windows 2 Lead Teacher

Hey there! My name is Kylee Harrison and I am the Lead Teacher in Windows 2! I have worked in childcare for almost two years now and I

absolutely love teaching and forming bonds with every child who walks through our doors. As an employee at our facility, I can confidently say each of us, as teachers, work hard to help your children to feel safe and loved…every single day! I truly cherish each child I have the great privilege of teaching at I CAN. Our little ones have big minds and I’m honored to serve as a role model to each of them!

 

In Windows 2, we work to master our colors, shapes, numbers, and ABC’s. We also begin working on spelling our names! I evaluate and work with each child individually in small learning groups. I do this to provide progress reports, to provide clear answers to our parent’s questions, and to ensure our students are prepared for *eventually* Kindergarten! In our curriculum, we teach by themes. These themes provide super fun education on things such as weather, plants, community helpers, and more! In this classroom, we also

focus on confidence. When a child answers a question correctly, they are praised continuously! Doing this genuinely makes their faces light up and provides them with a huge confidence boost! This also helps with social skills, as my students love to congratulate each other in their own ways as well!

 

Lastly, please never hesitate to reach out for absolutely anything! Email: kylee.r.harrison@gmail.com

Ms. Shelby Graves
Bricks Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Shelby Graves and I am the lead teacher for the 'Bricks' 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 Bricks, we focus on identifying letters, knowing sounds, and ability to write each. We discuss colors and shapes and begin to identify numbers. We work on building fine motor skills while focusing on an effective pencil grip. During circle time, we listen to stories and discuss the characters and settings. We also focus on calendar skills; discussing the date, months of the year, days of the week, and upcoming holidays. We are very busy learning new skills and I am eager to help each child reach his/her potential! I am also excited to build relationships with the families that I CAN serves while growing as a lead teacher! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at (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.

Ms. Kayla Dandridge
Bricks 2 Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Kayla Dandridge and I am the Lead Teacher in the Bricks 2 Classroom. I am extremely excited, grateful, and honored to have this amazing opportunity to teach! I truly enjoy being with these intelligent little people every single day. Not only do I get the opportunity to expand their minds and watch them grow and succeed; I also get to share a special bond with each child. My students truly brighten my day and give me joy. I'm happy to see them learn and have fun doing it! In our class, we work on identifying and writing letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. We also work on fine motor skills with activities like cutting and glueing independently. We also engage in conversation throughout the day to develop new language skills. On a daily basis, I strive to meet I CAN's extraordinary standards in my classroom and will always continue to do so!

Ms. Carol Beimler
Ladders 2 Lead Teacher

My name is Carol and I am the lead teacher in the 'Ladders 2' classroom. I have been a part of the I CAN family since 2012. I enjoy working with children and have always wanted to do so. I enjoy the different personalities in my classroom and am very excited to have this opportunity to guide your children through their developmental processes!  In Ladders 2, our circle time is fun and educational. Our activities are theme-based and typically change at the beginning of each week. Our day also involves small groups, during which each group learns specific literacy and math skills based on their tailored to their individual abilities. We love to have fun, explore, and learn new things every day. I look forward to working with your child. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask. If a question arises while you are away from the center, please call (757)-766-6161. I’m looking forward to a great experience with you and your little one this year!

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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.