Leadership

Mrs. Monica Howard

Mrs. Monica Howard
Founder & CEO

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Melanie Booth

Mrs. Melanie Booth
HR/Business Operations Manager,
Sunshine Schools NC

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Tiffony Atilien

Ms. Tiffony Atilien
Intern School Administrator,
Sunshine Scholars Academy
Compliance Director,
Sunshine Schools NC

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Angela Sutton

Mrs. Angela Sutton
School Administrator/Director,
Sunshine Bright Academy - Morehead City

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Karmen Mack

Ms. Karmen Mack
School Administrator/Director,
Sunshine Scholars Academy - Ayden

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Ashley Perkins

Mrs. Ashley Perkins
School Administrator/Director,
Little Sunshines Academy - Winterville

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Timara Becton

Mrs. Timara Becton
School Administrator/Director,
Little Sunshines Academy - Greenville

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Mrs. Monica Howard

Mrs. Monica Howard
Founder & CEO

Mrs. Monica Howard shines brightly as a pillar in the realm of early childhood education. As the visionary founder and CEO of the esteemed Sunshine Schools in North Carolina, Monica blends entrepreneurial spirit with a heartfelt dedication to fostering the growth of young learners.

Guided by Mrs. Monica’s passionate leadership, the Sunshine Schools have blossomed into a family of five distinguished campuses: Little Sunshines Academy, Little Sunshines Academy-Winterville, Sunshine Scholars Academy, Sunshine Scholars Academy-Ayden, and Sunshine Bright Academy. Together, these institutions stand as beacons of educational excellence, enriching the lives of more than 600 families across North Carolina.

At the heart of Mrs. Monica’s educational ethos is the belief in the transformative power of early learning spaces that are both enriching and welcoming. Her talent for upholding rigorous educational standards, all the while ensuring a caring environment, showcases her dual expertise as an educator and a leader. Mrs. Monica’s steadfast dedication to the field of early childhood education is a testament to her vision of a world where every child is nurtured to discover, learn, and flourish in a setting that celebrates their unique selves.

Mrs. Monica’s leadership style is characterized by inclusiveness and teamwork, fostering a climate of mutual respect and creativity among her staff. Her approach has not only cultivated a dedicated team but has also created enduring connections with the families her schools support, making Monica a cherished ally in their children’s educational paths.

Mrs. Monica Howard is more than just a successful entrepreneur; she is an inspirational figure whose impact reaches beyond the confines of her schools, encouraging all who cross her path to value and invest in the promise of early childhood education.

Melanie Booth

Mrs. Melanie Booth
HR/Business Operations Manager,
Sunshine Schools NC

Bringing over 25 years of Human Resources and Operations experience, my diverse background in Social Services and Healthcare offers a fresh perspective to Sunshine Schools NC. With degrees in Elementary Education, Social Work, and Business Administration, and graduate work in Psychology, I’m committed to enhancing our workplace. As a New Yorker turned North Carolinian, Certified Personal Trainer, and mother of three, I’m passionate about wellness and positivity, ensuring every day at Sunshine Schools is brighter for our community.

Tiffony Atilien

Ms. Tiffony Atilien
Intern School Administrator,
Sunshine Scholars Academy
Compliance Director,
Sunshine Schools NC

In my pivotal role as Compliance Director for Sunshine Schools NC, I uphold our commitment to excellence and integrity across all centers. My journey in this noble field spans over two decades, complemented by my ongoing education in Early Childhood Education (ECE). More than a title, I embody the essence of a Sunshine Ambassador, shining positivity and fostering a nurturing atmosphere that enhances our collective journey towards enriching young lives.

Angela Sutton

Mrs. Angela Sutton
School Administrator/Director,
Sunshine Bright Academy - Morehead City

With over 26 years dedicated to nurturing young minds, I, Angela Sutton, am honored to lead Sunshine Bright Academy in Morehead City. My journey in childcare, enriched by my own family experiences as a mother of three and grandmother to five, fuels my passion for early education. Witnessing the transformative journey of growth in children is not just a job; it’s my calling, allowing me to contribute profoundly to their developmental milestones.

Karmen Mack

Ms. Karmen Mack
School Administrator/Director,
Sunshine Scholars Academy - Ayden

Originating from Philadelphia and settling in NC due to my family’s naval background, my path in childcare began in high school through a pioneering teaching cadet program. With a solid foundation in Early Childhood Education and Medical Administration, including a CDA and an AAS, my 8-year tenure as a teacher paved the way to my current leadership role. As a mother of four and a resident of Winterville, NC, my passion lies in witnessing the blossoming of young minds.

Ashley Perkins

Mrs. Ashley Perkins
School Administrator/Director,
Little Sunshines Academy - Winterville

With a 12-year tenure in childcare, primarily in leadership roles, my educational background spans from an Early Childhood and Childcare Administration Credential in NC to specialized certifications in Washington State. My journey has taken me from NC to Washington State and back, driven by my family’s military commitments. Now, back in our home state, my family and I relish creating cherished memories, as I continue to advance my educational pursuits.

Timara Becton

Mrs. Timara Becton
School Administrator/Director,
Little Sunshines Academy - Greenville

With a robust foundation in Early Childhood Education from Wilson Community College and the University of Mount Olive, coupled with an Admin level 3 certification, my 6.5 years in childcare, including leadership roles, equip me to lead LSA Greenville with dedication and innovation. My educational journey underpins my commitment to fostering an enriching environment for both children and staff.