Our Director, Ms. Donna Harris
Ms. Donna is a life long resident of Cherokee County and has dedicated her life to working with preschoolers and their families. She has over 30 years experience in the field of preschool education. Before the opening of The Carpenter’s Shop in August 2007, Donna owned and operated an in-home preschool , she served as the Director of Preschool Ministries at First Baptist Canton and Mission Point Christian Academy, and has worked in the Cherokee County Public School System with Kindergarteners and children with special needs.
“Preschoolers are my passion! More learning takes place during the first five years of a child’s life than at any other time! I believe that it is our responsibility, as educators and parents, to raise Godly children. It is our responsibility to lay a solid foundation academically and spiritually on which each child will thrive, grow, and reach their God-given potential. It is my prayer that The Carpenter’s Shop will be a place where parents feel comfortable leaving their children, because they know that they are loved and that they are learning while in our care!”
Ms. Donna has been happily married for 38 years to her childhood sweetheart, Steve, and they have been blessed with three sons: Josh, 35, Ben, 32, and Marc, 30, two beautiful daughter in “loves”, Jessica and Chelsea, and the apple of their eyes, a grandson, Waylon!
Mr. Steve Harris – Owner/Maintenance Supervisor
Mr. Steve was born and bred in Cherokee County and grew up in the Sixes Community. He and his wife, Donna, have three grown sons: Josh, Ben, and Marc, two beautiful daughter in laws: Jessica and Chelsea, and one Grandson, Waylon. Mr. Steve takes great pride in The Carpenter’s Shop and loves being around all of our wonderful preschoolers!
In October, 2011, Mr. Steve retired from United Parcel Service and became a full time employee at The Carpenter’s Shop. This is a dream come true for him and Ms. Donna!
Mrs. Vickey Bryan – Assistant Director/Office Manager
Mrs. Vickey has been with The Carpenter’s Shop since 2009. She has lived here in Canton, Georgia for nine years. Mrs. Vickey has two children, Blake, 23, and Dakota, 21, and one adorable granddaughter, Everly, age 1. They are the joy of her life! Mrs. Vickey states. “ It is truly a blessing to work with children everyday at The Carpenter’s Shop. You can never have a bad day working with children, they are God’s blessing!”
Mr. Josh Harris – IT Technician/Maintenance
Josh joined The Carpenter’s Shop as a full time employee in 2014. As our IT technician, Josh spends his time making sure our technology is up to date and our software/computers are running properly. He also enjoys helping his Dad and Mom, Mrs. Donna and Mr. Steve, with the daily upkeep at TCS. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing recreational league basketball and softball.
Mrs. Vicki Smith – Chef
Mrs. Vicki Smith has been with The Carpenter’s Shop since 2013. Mrs. Vicki is the “Paula Deen” of TCS! She makes sure our students are well fed during the day! Mrs. Vicki is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County and lives in the Freehome community. She has two children and five precious grandchildren!
Mrs. Chelsea Kinsler – Music Teacher
Chelsea Kinsler completed her music therapy degree at The University of Georgia. She then completed her music therapy internship with the Fulton County School System working with special needs children aging from preschool to high school during the 2011-2012 school year. She is a licensed Kindermusik® educator . She is a nationally board certified music therapist as well as a state licensed music therapist. Chelsea loves working with children! Chelsea resides in Woodstock with her husband, Chris.
Mrs. Ronda Miles – Spanish Teacher
Ronda Miles has been with TCS since it opened in 2007. She graduated from Berry College earning a bachelor of science degree in computer science and Spanish. Her joy is teaching early childhood students through play based lessons, providing them with a foundation for future Spanish classes, and encouraging a love for learning a foreign language. She resides in Ball Ground with her husband and three children.