Children of HOPE are fortunate to have a staff with over 100 years of professional child care experience as well as a nurse on staff.
HOPE Academy takes it's hiring process very seriously. Our children are the number one priority, therefore careful consideration is taken when choosing our staff. Our goal is that our children experience diversity and individuals that have a heart for them. We believe a genuine heart for the children will shine through in every interaction with the children of HOPE.
Gwen Tillery, Director/Partner
Ms Gwen has over 25 years of experience working with children and families from birth to 18. She has a Masters in education and mental health. Her career in education has placed her in various positions including but not limited to teaching kindergarten through grade 10. She has also been a staff developer, special education supervisor and learning consultant on the child study team. In addition to her career in public education, she has also provided early intervention services for children under the age of 3. Her strengths are in the areas of assesment, reading, learning styles and behavioral intervention. She currently provides consulting services to school districts such as Burlington Township as well as individual families. Her vast training and experience has given her a unique ability to fully understand the needs of each individual child academically, socially and emotionally.
Helen Harrison, Partner
Ms Helen has over 25 years in child care experience. She has worked for various child care centers and provided in home day care services to children from birth to 12 years old. Ms Helen also has years of experience working with children and families in the foster care system. Ms Helen's loving, caring and compassionate demeanor has left a positive impact on many families.
Phyllis Townes, Partner
Ms Phyllis has an extensive background in nursing. She is a LPN and has over 30 years of experience in nursing. She has worked for companies such as BAYADA. Her specialty areas are pediatrics and special needs. Ms Phyllis also has years of experience working with children and families in foster care.
Carla Morrison, Partner
Ms Carla has 20 years experience in banking and finance as well as the arts. As a former investment banker and branch manager, she is very knowledgeable about finances and money management. Ms Carla has a degree in Specialized Technology from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has produced & directed plays, music videos, short films, and a movie. She also has many years of experience working in child care as well. Ms Carla brings her training and experience to HOPE by providing our students with the opportunity to learn through the arts and technology.