Meet our Family

Caring, professional, creative, and devoted -- our team is all that and more. They each have a true gift for teaching and a love for children, which makes Ramah seem more like family than staff. Everyone here is committed to providing a well rounded curriculum and a safe learning environment for your children.

 Alice Howerton,

our director

Alice is a native of Virginia, born and raised in the Martinsville area where she still has family.  She studied at Radford University, where she met Scott, her husband of 21 years. They made Huntersville their home 17 years ago and have been active in the community ever since. They are often on the go with their three wonderful children who are all active in area athletics and school activities. In her free time Alice enjoys baking and decorating cakes and cookies, spending time outdoors, and cheering on her children's teams.  Alice's love for children and love for teaching through Christ brought her to Ramah, first as a teacher and now as our director.

Mel Liebler,
Three-year-olds Teacher

Mel moved to Huntersville in 1978 while still in high school.  College and marriage moved her to several other places before returning to Huntersville in 1999. with her husband, daughter (a student at North Meck), and two dogs. She has worked with children in Sunday school, Mother’s Morning Out programs, Vacation Bible Schools, summer camps, mission trips, and preschool. Mel thoroughly enjoys teaching them that they are loved, especially by God.  She was raised in a home where that was not only taught, but lived through example.  She feels children need to be in a safe loving environment to explore their thoughts and actions through play and learning.  Mel believes that every child is unique and has their own gifts and talents. It is her  hope that at preschool they feel loved and safe so they may start to understand a small fraction of the possibilities that lie within them. Mel serves as chairperson for North Meck's Speech and Debate Booster Club and  serves on the Youth Council at Davidson United Methodist Church, where she is a member. She enjoys spending time in the mountains and hanging out with family, friends, and especially her dogs.  She is an animal lover of all kinds and really appreciates any time she can spend in nature.

Kenina Santom
Three-year-olds Teacher

Kenina grew up in central Massachusetts but has lived in the Charlotte area for eight years with her husband and two daughters, who are about to be seven and nine. We became part of the Ramah family in 2017 when we signed our girls up for the 3 year old and TK class. We quickly came to love the school and I signed on to be a substitute teacher. In 2018, I became one of the teachers for the two year old class. I have also worked as a private nanny and am a registered radiologic technologist by degree.

When the pandemic began in March of 2020 I found myself at home helping my oldest with virtual first grade. We continued virtual learning for both girls for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. During that time, I spent hours listening to my youngest's kindergarten teacher and realized that teaching preschool is where I wanted to be when things were back to "normal."

Terri Dutiel,
Four-year-olds and T-K Teacher

Terri is a native of Northeast Ohio and travels back there often. She has lived in Huntersville since 2014. She and her husband, Michael, have two teenagers who keep her busy with sports teams and community events. In her free time she enjoys thrifting for old furniture to upcycle, traveling, boating, discovering new trails, and teaching her children to cook and bake.  Terri's love of teaching has taken her from the world of corporate training to volunteering in schools to leading childcare for several church ministries.

Terri is excited to be at Ramah and brings an energy and enthusiasm for making learning fun.  Her passion is creating a visual craft that teaches several skills at once. "There is no better sound than a child's laughter, as those are the cherished moments that stay with them, and us, a lifetime".

Staci L. Ritchey,

Assistant Director

Staci is from central Pennsylvania, where her parents and older brother still reside. She earned a BA in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In 2016 she and Jason, her husband of 23 years, and their two daughters moved to Huntersville. Their daughter Kayla attends Appalachian State University and Leah is a student at Hough High School. Staci first found her passion for educating children while working as a preschool teacher and working with at-risk families and children with mental health and behavioral issues.  When her daughters were younger, she volunteered with the PTA and as a soccer and basketball coach. and served as a substitute teacher.  Most recently, she worked for a nonprofit organization that focused on local families and children. During her free time, you can find Staci outside running, walking, or at the gym. She enjoys crafts, watching her daughters perform in the band or running track, and spending time with family and friends.

Ramah Presbyterian Church Preschool

704-875-6683

14401 Ramah Church Road

Huntersville NC 28078