About Us

Welcome to Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center. We are a Christian-based center located in the heart of New Castle, Delaware.

The Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center was birthed from the vision of Pastor Jerome L. Lewis, Seeds Church. The mission of the learning center ‘Grooming our Kids for Greatness’ is an extension of the mission of Seeds Church – ‘Build Strong Christian Families and Develop Leaders’.  Our desire is to impact our families and that includes starting with the children! In May 2019, the vision became a reality and the Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center was opened.

our Staff

Netty has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years. She began her career at Hodgson Vocational Technical High School with a concentration of Early Childhood Education, allowing her to amass experience working with children ranging from infant to middle school age. Upon graduating from Hodgson, she completed the Training in Early Childhood Care Education certificate program (TECE 1 and 2) and went on to work at local childcare centers within the community. After high school, Netty went on to continue her education in Early Childhood Education, graduating from Wilmington University in 2016 with an Associate's degree in ECE (Birth-2nd grade). After receiving her degree, she began working in the public school system, teaching various elementary and middle school grade levels. Netty has been a valuable asset in developing the Early Learning Center in its beginning stages and is honored to be working full time with our staff as the Director. She is committed to our mission of grooming children for greatness and cultivating relationships with the children, families, and staff. Netty is excited to use the gifts and talents God has placed on the inside of her here at the ELC.‍

Mrs. Antoinette Lewis

Director

Ms. Chris brings with her many years of experience in Early Childhood and Elementary Education to Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of age groups from 5 weeks to middle school age during her years in Education. Ms. Chris also holds an Associate's Degree in Education from Gloucester County College; Bachelor's in Family & Human Development from Arizona State University, and an Academic Certification in Child Life from University of California Santa Barbara. Her goal involves learning as much as she can, continuing her education to receive a M.S in Communication Disorders.

Ms. Chris was born in Newark, Delaware and grew up in New Jersey along with her twin brother. Growing up with a twin has played a huge role in her life, as it suited her skills and strengths at such a young age. She is intuitive, creative, nurturing, and motivated to teach children and to positively impact all of the students in her care for greatness. She believes in creating a spiritual environment where children are excited to participate and learn as an important step in ensuring continued success in school.Ms. Chris is a member of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church and has been under the leadership of Pastor Jerome Lewis since the young age of six. She enjoys ministering with Word in Motion’s Mime Team and also volunteering in Seedlings when needed. In her free time, she enjoys painting, spending time with loved ones, and taking trips to the beach when she is not in Disney.

Ms. Christen Green

Assistant Director

I have completed Training in Early Care and Education (TECE 1 and 2) certificate program from the State of Delaware. I also have other various training certificates from the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

I am a former co-owner of a childcare center in Salem, NJ. I have had the pleasure of serving as a foster parent to more than 175 children and exposing them to a loving Christian family and church for the past 12 years. Prior to dedicating my professional and personal life to shaping young minds and hearts, I worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years.

I enjoy being involved at Seeds of Greatness Bible Church and serving on the Events Team. I love spending time with my husband, children, family and church family. I am a board member of New Castle County 7, Inc., a non-profit focused on improving the lives of foster children in Delaware. In my free time, I enjoy eating crabs and drinking Pepsi with my friends and family.

Mrs. Deborah Santos

Food Service Coordinator

I love helping and serving others and working at Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center allows me to use my love for Christ Jesus to inspire and teach our most precious gifts from God--children. I have successfully completed the necessary classes needed to work as an Intern at the Center.

I am excited about this new chapter in my life. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and wisdom while learning new skills and while having fun with the children. Every day when I get up to go to work, I cannot help from thanking God for the opportunity to share His Love, Joy, Peace and Happiness.

Ms. Vernell Lester

PM Receptionist

Hi, I am Lisa Nicholson the Accountant for the ELC. I am a Washington DC native and I hold a B.S. Degree in Accounting from George Washington University. I am also a licensed CPA. I previously held several finance positions with the Johnson and Johnson Corporation. In addition, I was an auditor with several regional accounting firms in the Washington, DC area. In 2000, I decided to leave corporate America to focus on and spend more time with my family. After 19 years of serving my family, the Lord showed me that it was time to enter the workforce again. I am excited about my new role and the opportunity to lend my skills and knowledge to the Seeds of Greatness Ministry. In addition to my position at the ELC, I am the owner of Lisa Nicholson Design, Inc., an interior design company based in Middletown, DE. I live in Middletown, DE with my husband and three children.

Mrs. Lisa Nicolson

Accountant

Siani was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. In 2019, she graduated from Middletown High School where she was involved in several drama programs such as musicals and choir. She currently lives in Middletown, DE with her parents and 2 younger siblings. Ever since she was little, she always had a passion for working with children and teaching. She is currently a student at Delaware State University working toward her Bachelors in Elementary Education. Throughout her journey, she has had experience working alongside teachers and observing various classrooms. After college, she hopes to teach in the public school system. When she’s not working with children, she loves to travel the world, shop, and spend time with family and friends.  

Ms. Siani Whitaker

Floater

I have enjoyed being in the childcare field for 25+ years. At the age of 14 I began working as a Jr. counselor for inner city youth at Camp Josiah, a Christian camp in New York. During my last 2 years of high school as a co-op student, I worked at the YMCA Childcare Center in the infant room. After graduating from Newark High School in 97’ I received my certification as a Childcare Assistant Teacher through the Professional Career Development Institute. Shortly after, I also attended Ashworth College where I received my Teachers certificate for Childcare. 

 For 5yrs I owned & operated a small family daycare in my home. There I was overjoyed to care for children ranging from 6wks to 5yrs of age. 105 children received daycare, night-care or drop-in care. I can’t believe I even fit in a part time job at the Children’s Place, I can’t get enough of little people! I later worked as a Nanny & Secretary for a local nanny agency helping coworkers match with families to find care for their children. 

Years later as Administrative Assistant at a Childcare Center I assisted staff in completing all daily task. 

Additionally, as an Army wife & mother of 2 wonderful children that now look at me in my eyeballs,

I am learning to get in where I fit in & do my best, all with the help of the Lord! My ultimate goal working with young children is to turn every not so good situation into a better one, while showing that I genuinely care.

At COTLW my church, I have been the Praise team leader for years & worked with the children’s youth ministry as a teacher & youth choir director. 

 

Seeds has also been a Blessing to my family as well. We have enjoyed different events there geared towards children & couples. I love that we can grow here spiritually as a family and get built up so we can be all that God intended us to be. 

It’s truly a gift to be able to pass on the love while teaching our little pumpkins here at SOGELC!

Faith Lane

Two-Year-Old Teacher

Ms. Rita Lewis

Preschool Teacher

Since I was thirteen, I have enjoyed working with kids. I babysat and also volunteered at Church events to help with caring for people's children. A lot of my free time was spent caring for children. When Camp Seeds at Seeds of Greatness Bible Church opened up, I volunteered there until I was old enough to become an official camp counselor and I really enjoyed it. I am thankful for the opportunity to work at the early learning center as I continue to care for children and increase my knowledge and skills in the field. 

Anaiya Pierce

Floater

Asata Bamba

Preschool Teacher

Hello, my name is Shanae Miller. I was born and raised in Delaware. I graduated from Delcastle Technical High school. I have completed training in TECE 1 & 2. I have experience as an Early Childhood Educator and have worked with a variety of age groups from infants to school age. I am a fun, gentle, loving, patient, and creative person. I have always had a passion for working with children. Teaching them to have fun and interacting while learning. I grew up baby sitting and helping my grandmother in her home daycare. In my down time, I love playing and doing arts and crafts with my son.  My goal is to further my education by obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Development.

Ms. Shanae Miller

Infant Teacher

Hello, my name is Mrs. Carolyn Figueroa 

I have been a member of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church for about twelve years now and have participated in several ministry events as a volunteer. I really enjoyed being an assistant teacher for the Seeds Vacation Bible School as well as having the opportunity to work at the Seeds Summer Camp After School program.  

I am married to Rafael Figueroa, and we are the parents of two adult daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandson.  I am originally from New York City and was relocated, by my company, to Delaware in November of 1998. 

I retired from Corporate America after 36 years of service in November 2015. My work experience is in Banking Operations. I stayed home for three years before seeking part-time employment.  In the three years at home, I did lots of fun things, like taking dance classes, cooking classes, started baking, traveled, met lots of wonderful people and even took the H & R Block tax preparation course. I basically did most things I never seemed to have the time to do while working fulltime.   

I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, watching old movies and television shows, and traveling.  

I wake up each day with a heart filled with gratitude for all the Lord has done, is doing and will do in my life.  He has done GREAT things for me! 

Mrs. Carolyn Figueroa

AM Receptionist

My name is Michelle Allen. I worked in the field of Social Services for over 40 years. I worked as a program manager with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities at agencies in PA. and DE.  In the community residential setting, my job responsibilities included completing required paperwork, preparing my team for annual state inspections, advocating for the individuals served, and developing relationships with stakeholders.  I interviewed staff, supervised staff and ensured that all job required trainings were completed in a timely manner.  In August 2020, I retired from Elwyn, Inc. in Media, PA.  

    Within a years’ time, I wanted to continue to serve and became a staff member at Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center in July 2021. I am a member of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church and I participate in the Hospitality and WIM Adult Dance ministries.  I enjoy traveling, dancing, baking, and cooking meals for my family and friends.  I love to serve and care for others.  I am also the proud mother of three daughters; Ayana, Alana and Aanika and I have two grandchildren; Aiden and Evie and one grand dog, Naya.

Ms. Michelle Allen

Floater

 Hi, my name is Nancy Davis and I was born and raised in Delaware. I graduated from Howard Career Center and continued my education on to college. I hold an Associate Degree in Business Administration, from Goldey-Beacom College and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Wesley College. I have experience teaching 3rd graders and 6 graders. I've also worked in several childcare facilities. I love teaching younger kids as they are always so excited to explore new concepts while learning.   

 

I have been married for 18 years, and we have 1 adult daughter and 1 adult son and 2 grandkids (1 boy and 1 girl). In my free time I like to take photographs and baking. 

Mrs. Nancy Davis

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Orreyon Minta

Floater

My name is Dani, short for Danicia and I am a toddler teacher! I've been teaching professionally for about 3 years prior to the ELC. I love to sing, dance, and play pretend! I also love to help our students understand the world around them, whether it be through sensory or interactive play. Ultimately, we are grooming our students for greatness and we believe that with God's help we will make that possible! I am thankful to be here and so excited to be able to pour life, hope, grace, and fun into their future!

 

"So let's take chances, make mistakes, and GET MESSY!"- Ms. Frizzle 

Mrs. Danicia Thorpe

Two-Year-Old Teacher

Hi, my name is Shaunee McLaurin. I started working with children during my high school career at William Penn, where I helped the children with disabilities. After graduation, I interned at a home daycare. In 2020, I made the switch to public schools as a paraprofessional. I worked in various schools across the colonial school district. In 2021, Seeds of Greatness Early Learning Center became my home. I am enjoy working with the two-year-olds as an assistant teacher. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help your children grow and learn all that they can!


Ms. Shaunee McLaurin

Two-Year-Old Teacher

Ms. Tiana Pratcher

Toddler Teacher

Ms. Taylor Ansley

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Charnell McIntosh

Infant Teacher