Staff

Director

Ruth Laurent

Ruth Laurent is the director of Tylertown Learning Center. She and her husband, Mark, have lived in the Clarksville area for eight years. Ruth has served in many capacities in the early childhood education arena. She is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Seminary. She joins our ministry team, bringing over 30 years of knowledge and experiences, to help establish avenues for reaching others for Christ by serving to the needs of young families. She and Mark have four grown daughters and six grandchildren. They love to travel to be with their daughters and their families. Ruth also enjoys her free time in gardening, hiking, and writing.

Assistant Director

Breanna Tramil

Breanna has recently moved to the Clarksville area from Evansville, Indiana.  She and her husband operate a outreach ministry called Love Outreach Ministries to serve to the many needs of the “at risk” members of our community. Their vision is to “Remember the Forgotten”.  Breanna has used her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education for the last seven years as a faithful, effective pre-k teacher. It has been said that Breanna is a great communicator and dynamic speaker.  Now she is ready to take on the challenge of administration and use those skills even more!  Her former leaders have said, “Breanna can take a vision and make it come to life!”  Already Breanna has proven herself worthy of the title. We are grateful to add her to our administrative team!

4-Year Old Lead

GINA BURNS

Gina comes to us from Long Island, New York. She and her husband moved to Nashville in 2004 to raise their three children. With both an Associates degree in early childhood education and a TECTA certificate, Gina also worked in various positions in the ECE culture in Nashville. She quickly gained a great respect from both parents and colleagues. They say, “Gina is a wonderful teacher who goes above and beyond expectations! She just knows what to do!”  Gina and her husband moved to the Clarksville area when their youngest daughter began to attend APSU. In her spare time, Gina likes to garden and travel. We are so fortunate and blessed to have Mrs. Gina on our team!

3-Year Old Lead

VERLENE RICHARD

Verlene is originally from Haiti, live in Florida prior to living in Tennessee where she has resided since 2009 after being stationed in Fort Campbell. After completing her military service she worked with people in mental health, domestic violence, and substituted for CMCSS for four school years. Along with working with neurotypical children, she enjoys working with children and their families for those on the autism spectrum. “I love children and missed working with them, so I decided to return to the classroom setting.” Soon she’ll be pursing her Masters degree in Early Childhood. During her down time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and weight training.

2-Year Old Lead

SAMANTHA GISH

Samantha comes to us from Louisiana. She and her husband chose to move to Clarksville to be closer to his family.  Samantha comes from a big family herself, with three sisters and a twin brother! She loves to cook in her free time and play with their two dogs.  Samantha has earned an Associates Degree but also is planning to use her spare time continuing her education as she works toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education.  Samantha is recognized for how willing she is to step in and help when needed. Her colleagues not only see how well she works with young children but also with fellow teachers. She’s a real team player! We are so happy to add Samantha to our teaching team!

Morning Pre-K

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Teresa is from California where she met her army man. After her husband was stationed in Fort Campbell they moved to Clarksville with their three children. They now reside in Hopkinsville, Ky. Teresa is artsy in her spare time scrapbooking and creating her own greeting cards! She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and is bilingual. She enjoys interacting with children using Spanish as a second language to enhance the learning experience. We are so grateful to add her to our teaching team!

Infant Lead

MARIAH JAMES

Mariah and her daughter Mila have recently moved from Ohio! She has been teaching for almost eight years, and has taught all over the world in places like Italy, India, and even China! She enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Mariah has a great passion for providing her students with the knowledge, opportunity, support, and encouragement they need to succeed. TLC is very excited to have Mariah join our teaching team!

Office Manager

Joanna Leatherman

Joanna grew up in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.  She is married to her husband, Dale, and has two grown children.  Joanna has lived in various places around the country and settled in Clarksville in July 2019 due to a job change for her husband.  She has a passion and a heart for reaching those in her community for Christ.  Joanna has extensive experience in working in administrative roles, with her most recent position being one where she contributed to the administrative side of the Head Start/Early Head Start Programs in the northeast  Arkansas.  Joanna enjoys entertaining, baking, taking walks, and Buckeye football!  We are so fortunate to add Joanna to our administrative team!

Creeper Lead

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Toddler Lead

Daisy EDMONDS

Ms. Daisy, has lived in Clarksville with her children since 2015. She enjoys being involved in her church, singing, reading, writing and dancing. Shasta has worked with children and their families for 25 years and finds most rewarding “being a part of the children’s critical learning stages of life and seeing the growth right before my eyes.” Ms. Daisy believes it’s very important to give each child a place of love and security when in her presence. We are so proud to have her join the TLC team!

Kitchen Manager

Myreilys cabrera

Myreilys is originally from Puerto Rico. She moved 32 years ago to live in the United States. Myreilys came to Clarksville in 2009 with her three children to be closer to her mother. Ms. Cabrera’s desire is to ensure the wellbeing of all children. She wants to extend her education to earn a degree in Social Work. Myreilys enjoys hiking, kayaking, and journaling while reading the Bible. She also likes to ride around the city while bonding with her children. As the kitchen manager, she appreciates hearing children’s compliments of how they love her cooking. She lets her favorite scripture be her daily motivating force: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be sill.” (Exodus 14:14) We are all inspired by Myreilys!