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Our Team

Quality care for your child

Holly Ridge Quality Childcare & Preschool is honored to have one of the most exceptional teams in the industry. Each teacher goes through comprehensive training, enrolls in higher education to obtain their ECE Credentials or higher and work collaboratively with their fellow coworkers to ensure we are providing a safe and engaging learning environment for all students.

Shannon Pope

Owner and Director

Ms. Shannon Pope has worked as a teacher and administrator in the fields of elementary and early education since 2009.  She taught elementary school students and coached fellow educators in Baltimore County Public Schools prior to moving to North Carolina. Ms. Shannon spoke and presented to thousands of fellow education professionals at conferences throughout the state of Maryland from 2012 to 2018.  Originally from Long Island, New York, Shannon has always had a passion for educating and caring for children.  After completing her two Master's Degrees in Maryland, Shannon continued her education to receive her Level III Administrator Credentials and Early Childhood Educator Certification for North Carolina.  After working with the Murphy family to open two other preschool and childcare centers in the area, Shannon is proud to provide another quality ECE program to the Holly Ridge and surrounding communities.


Joyce Murphy

Owner and Office Staff

Ms. Joyce Murphy has been in the childcare business for over thirty years. She brings a tremendous knowledgebase to the SFQCC and HRQCC family.  Ms. Joyce originally began with her own in-home centers while residing on Long Island, New York with her family.  Ms. Joyce built her Long Island childcare centers from the ground up and was the driving force behind the new ownership of SFQCC, SFQCC II and now, Holly Ridge Quality Childcare & Preschool.


Barbie Alligood

Administration and School-age Program Coordinator

Possessing a contagious enthusiasm, Ms. Barbie Alligood has been an amazing asset for SFQCC, SFQCC II and Holly Ridge Quality Childcare & Preschool. Her warmth, creativity and drive makes her a great colleague and a perfect fit as our School-age Program Coordinator.  

Ms. Barbie has worked with the SFQCC family for over ten years.  She continues to be committed to strive for excellence in all avenues.  Ms. Barbie is currently working towards obtaining her Administrator Credentials and furthering her career as an ECE Administrator.  


Jasmine Chansuolme-Smith

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Jasmine discovered her passion for early education several years ago. She has 4 years of experience raising two nephews (5 and 3) and has worked in the Preschool setting for almost 2 years. She is eager to grow as an educator and is actively working towards earning an Associates Degree in Early Education. Ms. Jasmine prides herself on patience, dedication, open mindedness, maturity and compassion. She understands how much of a difference a quality teacher can make in a child's life, and she is determined to provide the best care possible for each and every student. Ms. Jasmine strives to make every child feel understood, comfortable, and secure in their classroom environment so they can work on their individual learning needs.


Liberty Lee

Lead Preschool Teacher

Originally a teacher at our Sneads Ferry location, Ms. Liberty has worked with students from ages 2 to 5 in a variety of classroom settings.  She brings her experiences from working outdoors at a local nature preschool to HRQCC.  This previous experience as a preschool teacher, combined with her unwavering patience and thoughtfulness when working on the individual learning goals of each student, create a quality learning environment for the preschoolers in her care.  Ms. Liberty continues to add to her degrees by taking additional coursework in Early Childhood Education.  We are thankful Ms. Liberty chose to work at HRQCC!


Whittany Smith

Preschool Co-Teacher

Ms. Whittany loves working with children of all ages and thrives in the early childhood environment.  She brings a strong understanding of childhood development from her previous preschool teaching experiences.  Ms. Whittany shows compassion, care and consideration for each child's individual social, emotional and academic needs.  As one of our preschool teachers and school-age group leaders, Ms. Whittany values communication and in turn, develops strong relationships with the families of students of all ages at HRQCC.  By making students feel at home and comfortable in their learning environment, she is able to help each student grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  We are so glad Ms. Whittany is a part of the HRQCC team!


Interested in Joining our Team?

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