Meet our Lead Teachers

Portia Allen – Lead Teacher – Pre-K 4-5

Hello, my name is Mrs. Portia. I am excited to be the new Acting Lead Teacher for the Pre-K 4/5 classroom. I have worked at Ascension Day School since the opening in 2009. I attended Shaw University in North Carolina and have over 15 years experience teaching children. In my spare time I enjoy watching films and spending time with my husband. I am so looking forward to working with and teaching your children.

Khadija Hoskins-Flemming – Lead Teacher – Pre-K 3-4

Welcome Pre-K3 Parents! It is so wonderful to have you join our room which is full of love, fun, and learning. I am Khadija Hoskins-Flemming; however, I go by Mrs. Deedee simply because it is easier for the kids. I am the Lead Teacher in Pre-K3, and I’ve been in early education for seven years. I began my career as a substitute in the infant room, then I moved a year later to the toddler room as an afternoon assistant for about three years. Later, I was promoted to Primary Assistant in the toddler room for two years where I learned and trained to be the best childcare provider. Altogether, I was a toddler teacher for six years, and I was ready to move and grow more as an educator. I earned the lead teacher position in Pre-K3, and it has been rewarding and fulfilling. This is my second year as a lead teacher, and I remain excited for each day. I truly have a heart for God’s people, and I believe in serving in any way I can. I believe in helping children grow at their own pace and demonstrating unconditional love and care.

Moreover, I am a graduate of Regent University. I have a BS in Psychology, and I am finishing up MA of Human Services with a Concentration in Student Affairs. I consider myself a life-long learner, and eager to gain more knowledge. Furthermore, I have always had a heart for children, especially this age, because it’s all about developmental milestones, and ultimately the basic tools children need as they move on to Pre-K4 and kindergarten. It is at this age we can see their personality burst and experience growth physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and verbally. I am blessed to be able to work here, providing a safe, calming, and loving environment for your children. Thank you so much for choosing Ascension Day School!

Kathryn Doty – Lead Teacher Preschool

My name is Katy Doty and I am excited to introduce myself as the Lead Teacher for the Two’s at AEDS. I have had the pleasure of teaching at Ascension since the summer of 2012 and I have been teaching preschool since 1998. I can tell you whole-heartedly that my passion is teaching. 

I am a native of Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk Collegiate. I obtained my Early Childhood Associate Degree from TCC with highest honors. I attended Longwood University for Art Education and I am finishing my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Elementary Education at old Dominion University. In my spare time I can be found around Hampton Roads enjoying life with my daughter and family.

Kiara Brady – Interim Toddler Lead Teacher

Grace Hattler – Infant Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Grace Hattler and I am the Lead Teacher in the Infant Room. I have been here at Ascension for 6 years, primarily in the infant and toddler rooms, as well as working with elementary school-aged kids at other congregations on the weekend.

I am originally from Vermont but graduated from Maury High School in Ghent. After completing the two-year transfer program at Tidewater Community College, I now attend Old Dominion University, finishing up my Bachelors’ Degree in Child Psychology and Development. I don’t have any children of my own yet, but I have a fur baby named Keanu at home!

Meet our Primary Assistants

Eboni Trice – Infant

Silvana Rodriguez – Toddler

TBD – Toddler

Dior Barksdale – PreSchool

Breanna Hood – PreK-3

TBD – PreK-3

Montana Martyn – PreK-4


Meet our Afternoon Assistants

Ona Howerton – Infant

TBD – Infant

TBD – Toddler


Lauryn Robinson – PreSchool

TBD – PreK-3

Finesse Adams – PreK-4


Meet our Substitutes

Myles Baynard

Alyssa Coleman

Catie Haines

Cameron Scott

Tiffany Harris

Dorothy Tomlinson

Jadayia Jordan

Cryssi Winters

Meet our Staff

MARK HAT TLER – Director

I received my BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1985. I have been working as an educator since 1986 when I started tutoring English as a Second Language in Berkeley, California to elementary school students from Asian countries.

More about Mark

DEBBIE BAKER – Operations Manager

My husband and I moved here from California in 2011 to be able to watch our 3 granddaughters grow up, which happens way too fast! I have over 20 years’ experience in bookkeeping and payroll. Working in the office at Ascension has been a wonderful, new learning adventure.  I am able to use my organizational, crafty and life skills to assist with helping the DaySchool run as smoothly as possible. Every day there is something new. And the bonus is that I get to love on the children. In my free time I like to read, garden, sew and raise Black Swallowtail butterflies.