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Lead Teachers

Lindsey Nichlos

Ms. Nichlos has taught at Prism Education Center since it opened in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas. She functions as the Head Teacher for elementary students. In this role she develops curriculum, coordinates programs, mentors incoming teachers, coordinates all parental outreach, and is highly involved in staff development.


Caitlin Webster

Ms. Caitlin is the lead teacher in the Green Room. This is Caitlin's second year serving as a lead teacher. She has a Bachelor's Degree in American History and Cultures from Kennesaw State University, as well as a certificate in Public History. She interned at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education as a docent and museum educator. Caitlin joined Prism because she wants to teach children in a way that will help them enjoy learning and inspire them to explore new subjects. When not at Prism, her hobbies include reading, painting, and writing.


Chanly Young

Ms. Chanly is the lead teacher in the Brown Room. She has taught at Prism since its first year. Her experience in education includes teaching preschool and elementary school for the past ten years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Theology and a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. When not at Prism, Chanly enjoys hiking and kayaking in Arkansas.


Rachel Thompson

Ms. Rachel is a lead teacher at Prism South. She has been at Prism for four years, and taught at both North and South. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with Prism in the Preschool and After School programs. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is working on her Master's degree. When not at Prism, Rachel enjoys hiking, singing, and spending time outdoors.


Mary Hefley

Ms. Mary is the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher at Prism South. Before taking on this role, she was an Americorps ELEVATE member, serving at Willow Heights. Mary joined Prism in the Fall of 2015 with the desire to become a part of the community that allows children to grow exponentially within an environment that is supportive and always encouraging. When Mary is not in the classroom, she is cheering on the Razorbacks, reading, or attending classes at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Communication Disorders.


Alicia Cherry

Ms. Alicia is the Kindergarten Teacher at Prism South. She is certified in teaching preschool through fourth grade general education, as well as, special education. She earned this dual certificate in Early Childhood Education at the University of Central Arkansas, where she attended for three years and transferred to Arkansas State University, where she finished her degree. She is a wife and a mother to a son. In her spare time she loves to fish, hunt, swim, and just about any other outdoor activity you can imagine. She is very eager to see the great things that arise this year at Prism Education Center!


Jessica Lagrone

Mrs. Jessica is a lead teacher at Prism North. This is her fourth year at Prism. Her experience in education includes six years of teaching Middle and High School students. She has a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education and a B.A. in English Literature and European Studies. When not at Prism, Jessica enjoys running, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has two daughters, Journey, who is 2, and Camille, who is 6 months.


Laine Gates

Ms. Laine has been a Prism teacher since January 2016 and a Prism parent since the summer of 2013. She received both her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, where she specialized in the anthropology of education, medical anthropology, and business writing in Japanese. Her experience in education includes two years teaching Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and three years as co-director of the Arkansas Delta Oral History Project, a service-learning literacy program of the Brown Endowed Chair in English Literacy. Laine enjoys gardening, hiking, the theatre, and playing board games with her husband Ramey and son Arlen.


Katelyn Minor

Ms. Katelyn is a Lead Teacher at Prism North. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S.E. in Educational Studies. This will be her first full year at Prism but she served as the Summer Program Coordinator in the summer of 2016. Outside of her time at Prism she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending concerts, reading, and traveling.


Brittany Rose

Ms. Brittany is a lead teacher at Prism North. She has been with Prism since its first year where she started as a member of Prism's board. The past four years of her time at Prism have been as a lead teacher in the lower and upper elementary classrooms. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Arkansas Tech University. This is her ninth year teaching and she continues to love what she does. When not at Prism, Brittany enjoys cycling on her pretty purple road bike, spending time with friends, capturing life behind the lens of a camera, and traveling both near and far.


Christy Walker

Ms. Christy serves as the Transitionary Pre-K teacher, and has worked at Prism since 2014. She first joined our team as an AmeriCorps service member and then as the lead teacher for the Kindergarten classroom in the 2015-16 school year. She is truly an ace of many trades. Whether leading projects with young students or planning nutritious meals, Christy is a huge asset to our program.