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Ms. Nina and her staff have over 20 years of experience in childcare and withhold a 4 Star Child Care Facility rating.

Ms. Nina originally chose family childcare as a profession when her son was small. After having to put him into childcare, she found that her work hours did not match the childcare facilities hours. This made things much harder, trying to juggle all the challenges of working and finding quality daycare.

Academy of Angels meets that need!

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Academy of Angels Staff

Our staff members are CPR, First Aid Certified, SIDS and BSAC trained and members of the Family Child Care Association & The National Association for Family Child Care.
  • Ms. Nina Jacobs
  • Mrs. Danielle Mattox
  • Ms. Precious Smaw

Meet Our Staff

Virginia​ ​Cortez
I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Bowling​ ​Green,​ ​Ohio.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​town​ ​called​ ​Grand​ ​Rapids​ ​Ohio.​ ​I graduated​ ​high​ ​school​ ​in​ ​1975.​ ​I​ ​started​ ​working​ ​when​ ​I​ ​was​ ​16​ ​years​ ​old​ ​in​ ​a​ ​nursing​ ​home. When​ ​I​ ​was​ ​20​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Florida.​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​in​ ​2006.​ ​​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​married twice​ ​and​ ​divorced​ ​twice.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​3​ ​children,​ ​2​ ​boys​ ​and​ ​1​ ​girl.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​6​ ​grandsons​ ​and​ ​2 granddaughters.​ ​The​ ​2​ ​granddaughters​ ​and​ ​1​ ​grandson​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Florida.​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​to​ ​see​ ​them much.​ ​The​ ​oldest​ ​is​ ​13​ ​and​ ​the​ ​young​ ​ones​ ​are​ ​2.​ ​I​ ​started​ ​working​ ​in​ ​daycare​ ​in​ ​2007.​ ​I​ ​have my​ ​credentials​ ​and​ ​many​ ​class​ ​such​ ​as​ ​SIDS,​ ​CPR,​ ​First-Aid,​ ​BSAC​ ​and​ ​many​ ​more.  
Teresa​ ​Brown
My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Teresa​ ​Brown.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Pitt​ ​County.​ ​I​ ​come​ ​from​ ​a​ ​large​ ​family​ ​in​ ​which​ ​I​ ​am the​ ​second​ ​of​ ​10​ ​children.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​CPR,​ ​First-Aid​ ​Certified,SIDS​ ​and​ ​BSAC​ ​trained.​ ​My​ ​favorite thing​ ​about​ ​working​ ​with​ ​children​ ​is​ ​having​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​them​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​develop.​ ​It​ ​is very​ ​inspiring​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​an​ ​infant​ ​become​ ​a​ ​toddler​ ​and​ ​then​ ​a​ ​preschooler​ ​and​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was fortunate​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​play​ ​a​ ​role​ ​in​ ​their​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​development.​ ​My​ ​compassionate​ ​and​ ​love for​ ​others​ ​has​ ​driven​ ​me​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​working​ ​in​ ​the​ ​childcare​ ​field.​ ​I​ ​do​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​the​ ​children​ ​are the​ ​future.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​my​ ​heart. 
Elizabeth​ ​Strickland
My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Elizabeth​ ​Strickland​ ​better​ ​known​ ​to​ ​the​ ​children​ ​as​ ​Mrs.​ ​Liz.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​and​ ​raised in​ ​Nash​ ​County.​ ​Before​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​Clayton​ ​I​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​Rocky​ ​Mount,​ ​NC.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​the​ ​fifth​ ​oldest​ ​child from​ ​a​ ​family​ ​of​ ​12.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​divorce​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​1​ ​daughter​ ​and​ ​1​ ​grandson.​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​at​ ​Nash Edgecombe​ ​Economic​ ​Development​ ​better​ ​known​ ​as​ ​Head​ ​Start.​ ​There​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​pre-k​ ​teacher,​ ​I retired​ ​from​ ​substitute​ ​teacher​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Wake​ ​County​ ​School​ ​System,​ ​before​ ​joining​ ​Academy​ ​Of Angels.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​my​ ​greatest​ ​passion​ ​is​ ​children,​ ​I​ ​love​ ​children​ ​and​ ​love​ ​what​ ​I​ ​do​ ​because children​ ​are​ ​our​ ​future.  
Precious​ ​Smaw
My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Precious​ ​Smaw​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​Pre-k/​ ​After School​ ​teacher,​ ​however,​ ​I’ve​ ​also​ ​worked with​ ​infants,​ ​toddlers​ ​and​ ​preschoolers​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​working​ ​with​ ​children​ ​and​ ​will​ ​always​ ​do my​ ​best​ ​to​ ​see​ ​them​ ​succeed.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​past​ ​year​ ​and​ ​four​ ​months​ ​I’ve​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to experience​ ​working​ ​in​ ​a​ ​childcare​ ​facility.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​a​ ​job​ ​for​ ​me​ ​but​ ​something​ ​that​ ​I​ ​have a​ ​passion​ ​for.​ ​I’m​ ​currently​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​my​ ​second​ ​year​ ​of​ ​school​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​my​ ​Associate’s​ ​in Early​ ​Childhood.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​things​ ​that​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​doing​ ​on​ ​my​ ​off​ ​time​ ​are​ ​spending​ ​time​ ​with friends​ ​&​ ​family,​ ​movies,​ ​shopping,​ ​dining​ ​and​ ​just​ ​relaxing. 

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