Meet our Lead Teachers

Jenny Brown – Lead Teacher – Pre-K 4-5

Our Pre-K 4-5 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 4-5 classroom a warm and exciting place to be.

Tiffany Harris – Lead Teacher – Pre-K 3-4

Tiffany Harris, the Pre-K 3-4 Lead Teacher has worked in the early childhood field for 10 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

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.

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 Wilson, has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 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

Ashley Butts – PreSchool

Barbara Teske – PreK-3

Nicole Albrecht – PreK-3


Portia Hyman – PreK-4

Meet our Afternoon Assistants

Grace Hattler – Infant

Navia Walden – Infant

Rosa Pope-Harris – Toddler


Alyssa Brickhouse – PreSchool

Montana Martyn – PreK-4


Meet our Substitutes

Courtney Stallings

Imani Onwukwe

Catie Haines

Shy Hudgins


Cryssi Winters

Rebecca Gabos


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.