Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center


Administration and Staff

 Libby Johnston serves as Executive Director of the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center. A veteran of thirty-plus years in early childhood education, she has degrees from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte at the bachelors level (Human Services/Child Psychology) and the Master's level (M.A.T. in teaching).  She is no stranger to the community, having attended  elementary school in Davidson as a child. 

Libby fully understands the challenges of parenting and education, with children of her own ages 23, 21, 20 and 18. She states her goal for DCCDC  "to continue to providing high quality child care and education for the children of the North Mecklenburg area. Our desire is to enhance the learning environment for all the children of the center." 

Libby is a resident of Cornelius and is always ready to hear from you no matter what questions you may have. She can be reached at  [email protected]   Phone: (704) 892-1228. 

Michelle Balch  is the Program Coordinator for DCCDC. and has been with the center since January, 2015.  She is a native of Dallas, TX and has lived in the Charlotte area for three years. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education., and in her position works to ensure her children continue to reach their age-appropriate developmental milestones. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan, family and friends, trying out new recipes, traveling and playing with her dogs Enzo and Gunner. She says, "I enjoy working at Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, seeing constant growth with the kids and watching them discover new things."  

Gerri R. Holland is presently teacher of the Infants I class, which is comprised of the center's very youngest charges.  She is one of the center's longest-serving employees, with over twenty years of continuous dedicated service to DCCDC, beginning in 1993. Gerri has been involved in childcare in the North Mecklenburg area since 1979. She possesses her NC Childcare Credentials and has furthered her education at CPCC and Stanly Community College where she completed Childcare Administration I and II coursework. In her childcare career Gerri has served as a teacher, cook, an assistant director and interim director. 

She is passionate about giving children a loving, nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure, and where they reach their developmental milestones appropriately. 

When not caring for her children in class, she has a passion for her home and pets, especially her Himalyan cat Eli and his friend, a rescued shorthair cat named Simba. She lives in Mooresville. 

Martha Houston is responsible for the Twos class, continuing the children's developmental growth when they move from the Toddler's classroom. 

She is a graduate of Mitchell Community College and also of Carolina Beauty School. She holds a cosmetology license in addition to her child care credentials. She is another long-term employee of the center, with well over twenty years experience, beginning as a part-time teacher and eventually becoming the center's cook. She now enjoys working directly with the young children in her classroom. 

She enjoys traveling, reading and being with her family in her spare time. She states, "I like working here because I like seeing the smiles and happy little faces." 

Terry Little  teaches the Threes class. has been a member of the DCCDC family for over fifteen years, and has over thirty-five years experience as a caregiver.  She is rated  CCC I and II and has over 100 hours of child care training. 

Her work with the young children in her class is geared towards  preparing them for the Pre-Kindergarten classes. 

Her hobbies are gardening and flowers, and she states what she likes best about working with the children of DCCDC: "The smile on every face when I walk into work, it's a very happy and 'pick-me-up' feeling!" 

Jena Schwob-Nelson serves DCCDC as a teacher for the Threes classroom. She has her NC state Childcare Credentials and is in the process of going back to school to further her education. 


She has worked at the center since 2013 and has been in the childcare field for ten years. She has been married to her husband, Cody Schwob-Nelson since 2003 and they have two children together. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, working out, and spending time with her family. 

She says of her job, "I love teaching children because it is so rewarding. They are like sponges soaking up our words. There is no other job that's more important than being a teacher." 

Emma Alexander  serves as a  Toddler teacher at DCCDC. She has been involved in child care for over thirty years, beginning in 1982. She is not a stranger to Davidson, having been born here. 

She has her credentials in early childhood education and is presently a student at Rowan-Cabarras Community College, where she is pursuing her Associate's degree. 

She has two daughters, ages 30 and 24, one of whom was a student at the center. She is active in her church and loves singing in the choir. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing and word search puzzles. 

She states, "Kids are my passion and I love working with them." 

Betsy Verhey is the chef of DCCDC. An important facet of child development is, of course, nutrition, and Betsy is well-suited to the task of preparing delicious, wholesome meals every day. A native of Michigan, she is a graduate of Hope College  where she majored in English and Communications. She then decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts, completing a two-year apprenticeship in a hotel in Indianapolis and followed that with a position as a restaurant chef for twelve years. Following that she worked as personal chef and a caterer. She began working at DCCDC in 2013 as the center's chef. 

She states, "I love food and I love kids. I consider it a huge privilege to feed kids and I am trying to set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating."  

In her spare time she enjoys reading, eating, sports of all kinds, especially Detroit Red Wings hockey, Detroit Tigers baseball and Duke basketball, and also spoiling her five nieces and nephews.