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’s 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’s Lead

EMILY JUDE

Mrs. Jude grew up in Indiana. She has always been around young children since her mother operated an in-home family childcare center. Emily has a degree in Psychology, but has always worked in the early childhood education business.  She and her husband live at Ft. Campbell with their two dogs. Emily loves to go hiking with them on her days off. She also has a “true Tennessean spirit”  as she volunteers her spare time at animal shelters and retirement homes. Emily has a creative side too! She likes to cross stitch and paint!  Her colleagues say, “Emily is a compassionate, dedicated teacher!  She gives 100% of her efforts to the work. She can ‘read’ a hard situation and bring good results!”  Welcome, Emily, to the TLC team!

2-Year Old’s 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

teresa prate

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’s Lead

JoAnne Wright

JoAnne, who is originally from Illinois, has lived in Clarksville with her children for 10 years. She has earned an Associate’s Degree in Journalism and Communications, but has a passion for educating children including homeschooling her own. She uses her communication skills not only in the classroom, but also through the air waves of her own radio show, Accepted In the Beloved “to give a voice to the voiceless.” Being a “team builder with a mother’s heart” she is perfect for our infant’s! We are more than excited to welcome her to TLC!

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!

Kitchen Manager

Kim Skipper

Kim and her husband have lived in Clarksville since 2010. She has a background in the military and has lived in many places around the world including Korea. She and her husband “just like to get up and go sometimes” to travel, have fun white water rafting and attend auctions. Kim has excellent culinary skills and likes baking cakes. She is known to be a very dedicated professional who is a good worker and always on time! TLC is proud to welcome her as our cook!