Building Blocks is extremely proud of all its teachers, directors and support staff. Our dedicated, professional and consistent team works together to build happy and healthy children in a caring and nurturing environment. All Building Blocks staff members are required to become CPR & First Aid certified within their first 90 days of employment and are re-certified yearly. Infant and Toddler staff are certified in SIDS prevention, our school age staff is trained in Basic School Age Care and every staff member completes the required yearly in-service training.

As a strong advocate of education, Building Blocks offers scholarships to provide tuition assistance and other benefits to all staff in order for them to pursue their higher education.

Many teachers are already degreed, and those who are not are actively pursuing their degrees at both the community college level and the four-year college level. All Building Blocks Lead Teachers have their North Carolina Early Child Care Credentials and several years of relevant experience in the education of young children. Each classroom is staffed with the same teaching team on a daily basis in order to further provide the consistency that is so important to our children and families.

     Lois Stephenson - Owner      


“Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

Proverbs 22:6 KJV

At age 51, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own childcare business—Building Blocks Child Care and Development Center. Since then my faith, hard work, and dedication to our clients has allowed for me to prosper from one childcare center in 1993 to four in the summer of 2010. In 1992, I became aware of Governor Hunt’s early child care initiative, and decided that with the populations of both the Town of Clayton and Johnston County hitting a growth spurt the area needed improved child care and that’s how Building Blocks was born. Read more on Lois Stephenson.

     Ami Medlin - Director, Center #1

I have been employed at Building Blocks since December 10, 1996.  I have always had a passion for children and knew this was the career for me.  I began taking course work in Early Childhood after my employment here and have since achieved my Associate Degree in Early Childhood.  I completed my Bachelor Degree in Early Care Education in May 2010 and became a Level 3 Administrator.

Through my years at Building Blocks, I started as a floater in a preschool classroom and then became a Lead Teacher in the Toddler Room.  A short time later, I worked my way to Lead Teacher in the Three’s room and was promoted to Assistant Director.  I am now the Director at Building Blocks #1.

I enjoy working for Building Blocks and feel we provide the highest quality of care to the children.


     Karen DeWolf - Director, Center #2

In 2003, my family and I moved to North Carolina from New York. I have been in the childcare field for over ten years. I began my journey with Building Blocks in March of 2007. I started out as the Assistant Director. I also worked in one of our NCPK rooms to complete my co-op for my second associate’s degree. I then began working on my bachelor’s degree. I received my bachelor’s degree in management in January 2011. I became Director in the spring of 2011. I love interacting with people and most importantly children. They have such an innocence and willingness to learn.

I have two children. My daughter is in college and my son is finishing up high school. Family is very important to me. We often take vacations together and spend a lot of quality time with one another.

Building Blocks is like a second family to me. I love the family orientated environment our center provides. I can honestly say that I love my job and co-workers!

     Sonya Shearer - Director, Center #3

My love for working with children began at the age of thirteen.   I started babysitting children in my neighborhood.  As I reached high school I knew I wanted to go into a career working with children.  Giving birth to my son in February 2003, finally gave me that extra push to seek the education that I needed to do the career I was born to do.   Holding that buddle of joy gave me so much drive that I went on to complete my Bachelor of Science in Early Child Education in December 2009 at Mount Olive College.  After completing my Bachelor Degree I receive my level 3 Administration Credentials. 
My journey with Building Blocks Center 1 started in August 2004.  I started out in the two’s room as a closer and then on to becoming an assistant and bus driver in the NC Prek classroom.  After advancing my education in early childhood I became a lead teacher in the NC Prek classroom.  I have worked in the NC Prek program and school-age program for over 8 years.  The best moments in NC Prek is seeing the difference you make in those children from the time they start till the last day of school.  School-age children have always been one my favorite ages to teach because I could help with homework or with sportsmanship.  My career would not have been this complete without the encouragement and support of my mom, Michelle Jones, Marilyn Agnew, and so many more important people.    In June 2013; I took the next step in my career and became the Director at Center 3.  It is such a blessing to wake up and love to come to work.
My goal professionally is to do my best at all times.  I plan to protect and love the children at the center as if they were my own children.  I will listen to parents’ concern and help them in any way that I am able to.  It is such a great feeling when you have parents tell you how much they miss you or their child misses you.  Even if I am having a bad day coming to work can turn my day around with the hugs, the smiles, and the “I love yous” I get from the children.  Building Blocks is my second family, and I am truly blessed to work with some of the most amazing people, parents, and children.  

     Wanda Toole - Assistant Director
     Center #3

Hello, my name is Wanda Toole.  I am the Assistant Director at Center #3.  I’ve been working at Building Blocks since January, 2001, and as a “people person,” I love interacting with the children, teachers and parents.

As a mother of three, I understand and realize the importance of education in a child’s life.  I love watching the children grow and mature and helping them in any way that I can.

While at Building Blocks, I returned to college and received my Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.  I am thankful to be a part of the Building Blocks family and look forward to making a difference in the lives of children.

     Camille Altman - Director, Center #4

My adventure with children began in March 2001, when my first daughter was born. At that time, I was the sales manager for a wholesale nursery that sold plants in twelve different states along the East Coast. My second daughter was born in December 2002. I had a little boy in November 2004, and he has given me a whole different experience than the girls have! My love for watching things grow blossomed even more as I watched my own children develop. 

The changes that children make in their early years are nothing short of magical. Watching my own children grow left me feeling passionate about working with young children, which led me to my working at Building Blocks in February 2004. Here I am privileged to work with my mother (Lois Stephenson) and my sister (Michelle Jones), as well as many other incredible people.

I began working towards an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management soon after I started to work. I earned my Associate’s Degree in May 2008, and finished my Bachelor’s in 2009. After I completed the Bachelor’s Degree I became a Level 3 Director, and since August 2010 I have been the director of our 4th center.

Professionally speaking, my goal is to be able to fill any position that Building Blocks needs me to. Personally, I simply enjoy working with people, especially children. I like to bring a smile to someone’s face. There is nothing like the feeling I get when a child sees me and comes running to give me a hug, a teacher stops me to tell me how a technique that I showed them worked, or a parent calls years after their child has graduated from Building Blocks to tell me how much the child still thinks about me even after they have grown. Building Blocks is truly a blessing to me and I am humbled to touch the future that these children are.
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