Meet Our Staff
Our center is staffed by an outstanding group of dedicated teachers and professional caregivers. They are educated and trained in early childhood education, above and beyond what is required by the state of Tennessee. Additionally, a staff member is each room is trained in CPR/First Aid. Our teachers work diligently to provide a learning environment full of age-appropriate activities in an effort to help each child learn and grow to their fullest potential.
Our staff members promote a cooperative relationship between the Center and parents to help establish the highest quality program possible for each child's benefit. They regularly keep parents informed about their child's daily activities and developmental achievements and also ask for parental insights and strategies to keep each child progressing.
APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center's administration provides its teachers with opportunities for in-service training through conferences, workshops, and online training throughout the year. They foster an enthusiasm for teaching young children. They give aid in establishing a foundation in child development, an appreciation of each child's individuality, and an ability to stimulate a child's natural curiosity. They lead by example to be sensitive to each child's needs and are responsively involved with the children in their care.
Claudia Rodriguez, Director
Mrs. Claudia is the Director of the Little Govs Child Learning Center. She has 25 years of experience with young children and families. Her education consists of being a Registered Nurse in Germany, having her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Technical Early Childhood Teaching Certificate, AAS Early Childhood, BS Sociology with Emphasis in Child and Family Studies, and a MS in Family and Consumer Sciences with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education. In addition to working at the Little Govs Child Learning Center, she is also an Adjunct Instructor for Nashville State Community College.
She has been married to Steven since 1989 and has two boys, Marco (20) and Rico (27). She enjoys reading, the UFC, yard sales, and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. Her hopes and goals are to mold young children’s minds so that they can thrive to achieve their fullest potential and to love and care for them unconditionally.
Elizabeth Dennis, Office Assistant and Classroom Substitute Teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth is our Administrative Assistant and has worked at APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center since April 2017. She has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and a Master's of Art in Teaching. She also has a daughter, Hazel, who attends the center in the four-year-old classroom. Mrs. Elizabeth is originally from California but moved to Clarksville in 2014 with her husband.
Angie Denton, Little Acorn Two-Year-Old Classroom Teacher
Mrs. Angie has been with the APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center for twenty-five years and has the biggest heart for the two-year-old classroom. As one of our two-year-old teachers, she enjoys seeing the children develop and grow and is particularly skilled in encouraging children to have confidence when they begin their potty training journey. She believes it is important to talk with children and reassure them that they are unique and loved. Her own son used to go to the Center and is now a nineteen-year-old Sophomore at APSU. Mrs. Angie has been married for twenty-six years and loves to go visit her home country, Canada, whenever she can.
Lillian Odongo, Little Acorn Two-Year-Old Classroom Teacher
Better known as “Miss Lily” to the kids, Lillian has two years of experience in childcare. She teaches in our two-year-old Little Acorns Classroom and has her Associate’s Degree in Child Development. Currently she is working on a Technical Certificate towards her Bachelor’s Degree. Lillian is originally from Uganda, is married, and has three children. She enjoys traveling and trying new things.
Frances Cook, Squirrels Three-Year-Old Classroom Teacher
Mrs. Frances teaches in our three-year-old Squirrels classroom. She has 20 years of experience in childcare and has her Child Development Associate Credential and Technical Certificate. Frances is from Clarksville, TN and has been married for 28 years with two children. She is a jack of all trades and does many extra projects around the center!
Ronda Harris, Willow Tree Four to Five-Year-Old Classroom
Mrs. Ronda teaches in the four-year-old Willow Tree Classroom. Ronda has fourteen years of experience in childcare and is currently working towards her CDA, Technical Certificate, and Associates Degree. She is married and has three children and three grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren who know her as “Gama Apple”.
Stacey Devirgiliis, Willow Tree Four to Five-Year-Old Classroom
Mrs. Stacey is one of the teachers in our four-year-old Willow Tree Classroom. Stacey has 10 years of experience in childcare and has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood. She is married and in her free time she enjoys being outdoors and specifically likes to kayak.
Gina Smith, Classroom Substitute Teacher
Mrs. Gina is a substitute teacher in all of the classroom. She has eighteen years of experience in licensed home/group childcare as well as having her Child Development Associate Technical Certificate. Gina is currently working towards her Associate in Science in Teaching in Early Childhood Education. She is originally from Kankakee, IL and has been married for 19 years. Gina has five children: four boys and one girl. They are ages 27, 18, 14, 13, and 9. She also has one granddaughter that is 2 ½ yrs. old. She enjoys reading and creating things in her free time.