Meet our Lead Teachers

Jenny Brown – Lead Teacher – PreK4

Our Pre-K Lead Teacher, Mrs. Jenny Brown, has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University and has taught for over twenty years in some of the most well known preschools in the area.  Her winning smile and fun attitude make the Pre-K classroom a warm and exciting place to be.

Tiffany Harris – Lead Teacher – PreK3

Tiffany Harris, the Pre-K3 Lead Teacher has worked in the early childhood field for 8 years. She has a BS degree in Occupational Technical Studies from Old Dominion University. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Education. Her love for working with young children started as a Sunday school teacher and her passion for teaching grew from there. Tiffany was the lead assistant before moving into the Lead position at Ascension. She loves to let the creativity and curiosity of her students thrive in her classroom.

Kathryn Doty – Lead Teacher Preschool

Kathryn is a Norfolk native. She studied Art Education at Longwood College for over three years. Returning to Norfolk, Kathryn received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with the highest honors from Tidewater Community College. She fell in love with teaching preschoolers by working alongside her role model and mother. Before coming to Ascension, Kathryn worked as a teen aide, Toddler Teacher, an assistant teacher, and Lead for two year olds. She has been working at Ascension as a Primary Assistant, before becoming the Interim Lead Pre-School Teacher. She currently is working towards a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time she can be found outside spending time with her daughter and playing with her dog.

Chinaza Williams – Toddler Lead Teacher

Chinaza is the lead teacher for the Toddler classroom. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from TCC and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 17 years in childcare centers in New York, where she grew up, Spain and here in Virginia. Chinaza loves what she does; inspiring young children and she is looking forward to new adventures in the Toddler room.

Jennifer Wilson – Infant Lead Teacher

Our Infant Lead Teacher, Jennifer Williams, has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years. She received her BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Norfolk State. Teaching and caring for young children brings joy to her life. She feels communication and building a strong relationship with her infant’s parents is very important to ensure them that Ascension’s youngest children are receiving the very best, high quality care.

Meet our Primary Assistants

Kiara Brady – Infant

Khadija Hoskins – Toddler

Tyesha Hancock – Toddler

Alyssa Brickhouse – PreSchool

Barbara Teske – PreK-3

Nicole Albrecht – PreK-3


Portia Hyman – PreK-4

Meet our Afternoon Assistants

Grace Hattler – Infant

Monika Jefferson – Infant

Jillian West – Toddler


Ashley Butts – PreSchool

Montana Martyn – PreK-4


Meet our Substitutes

Courtney Stallings

Imani Onwukwe

Katie Haines

Metiya Cole

Cryssi Winters

Vanessa Carmichael

Emma Brown

Eboni Trice

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 – Administrative Assistant

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 work with Middle School girls at our church, read, garden, sew and raise Black Swallowtail butterflies.