Meet Our Team
Each of the Wilmington Preschool of the Arts teachers and staff brings elements of excellence to the WPA team. Every WPA teacher is CPR and First Aid certified. Each of our lead teachers has a bachelor's or associate's degree and even our teacher's assistants are more than qualified with years of childhood education experience. We also complete yearly furthering education classes with Smart Start of New Hanover County as well as attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina each year.
Ms. Missy Holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from The University of Massachusetts UWW. Missy has over 30 years of teaching experience and 5 years in administration. Missy is a proud mother of her 2 sons who currently serve in the military. In her free time, Missy enjoys spending time at the beach, traveling, and visiting family.
Assistant Director, Pre-K
Ms. Estefania holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cape Fear Community College and is currently working on her ECE Bachelors from UNCW. Estefania has 2 years of experience and has been at WPA since February 2022. In her free time, Estefania loves to read, spend time with family and go to the beach!
Ms. Allison graduated from West Liberty University with a Regents Bachelors of Arts; heavy emphasis in early and special education. Allison has 7 years of experience and says "Nothing brings me more joy than being with children". Outside of WPA you can find Allison singing, writing, and hanging out with friends.
Mrs. Madison graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her Bachelors Degree from Walden University. Maddie has 6 years of experience; 4 years in preschool and 2 years nannying. In her free time, Maddie loves to play volleyball, ride horses, camp, and go hiking!
Ms. Celia graduated from East Carolina University in 2017 with a Bachelors in fine arts and has taken EDU119. In her free time Celia enjoys doing fiber and digital art, as well as listening to musical theater.
3 Year Olds
Ms. Taylor has 11 years of teaching experience. She obtains an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting from Wayne Community College and has taken EDU119. When Taylor is not at work she enjoys cooking, spend time with family, and relaxing by the pool.
3 Year Olds
Ms. Audra attended West Virginia and West Liberty University. Audra has 9 years of experience in childcare. In her free time, Audra likes to swim, golf, hang out with friends, and shop!
2 Year Olds
Mrs. Karla was born in Peru and moved to Wilmington back in 2008. Karla studied at Cape Fear Community College and has years of experience in early childhood education. Mrs. Karla is a proud mother of 2 children and likes going to the beach, trying new foods, decorating, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
3 Year olds
Ms. Staci has 6 years of experience working with children of all ages. Staci enjoys sports, video games, makeup, being outdoors, and painting.
Mr. Mark studied theater at SMU and is currently perusing a degree in ECE at Cape Fear Community College. Mr. Mark has spent over 10 years developing theater performances for young children and says working with children is the greatest privilege. Mr. Mark is a proud father to his 4 children and enjoys going on walks, puppetry, and watercolor!
Nibbles is a sweet bunny who loves giving cuddles and kisses. She can be found hopping around WPA and brightening everyone's day! Nibbles has 7 years of experience.
2 Year Olds
Estefania Lizarazo - Pre-K