Meet Our Team

Our team at Little Beginnings is made up of caring Christian adults with years of combined experience. Each of our team members is passionate about teaching and ministering to both the students and their families. Our teachers participate in ongoing training, both in house and away at specific training seminars, including First Aid and Infant-Child CPR training. A background check is required of every team member.

  • Ms. Rebecca Caviness

    One Year Old Teacher

    Rebecca joined the Little Beginnings team as a teacher's aide and substitute in the Fall of 2014 and soon after became the 2 year old class teacher. She and her husband, Dallas, along with their two daughters are active members at Genesis Church.

    Becca says that one of her favorite passages from the Bible is Isaiah 42:7... "I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will mak eyou to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeons those who sit in darkness."

  • Cindy Ahonen

    2 Year Old Class

    Cindy is married and has three children. In addition to reading certification, she has a Bachelors degree in Art Education. Cindy comes to Little Beginnings with three years experience teaching preschool as well as experience teaching in the public schools. Cindy is excited to join the amazing team at Little Beginnings . This year, her teaching will focus on the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. CIndy says, "Preschoolers minds are such little sponges and I can't wait to see how far we can go this year!"

  • Emili Thompson

    3 Year Old Teacher

    Emili is married with one daughter who will be attending little beginnings this year. She has a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from The University of South Alabama. Emili has 3 years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She joined Little Beginnings early in 2015 as a substitute teacher and teachers aide. Ms. Emili says her heart is with children and God and that she is so excited to get to be a part of the Little Beginnings ministry full time.

  • Ms. Tressa Watson

    3 Year Old Class Teacher

    Mrs. Tressa Watson has been following her passion for teaching children since her first job and continued to work in a preschool while attending college in her home state of NJ. After graduating with a bachelor's in Sociology she taught Pre-K for an additional 5 yrs.

    he is married to her husband, Jake, and they have been raising their 3 boys while living in Foley for the past 5 years. They are active members in the children's ministry of a local church.

    One of her favorite verse's: "Nothing in all creation will ever separate us from the love of God that is revealed to us in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:39

  • Ms. Barb Young

    K4 Class Teacher

    Ms. Barb has been teaching the K4 class at Little Beginnings since Fall 2005. She is married to Pastor Bob Young and they have three grown sons, Brien, Rob, and Dan.

    Ms. Barb attended Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania and majored in Christian Education. She has been serving in childrens ministry since that time.

    One of Ms. Barb's favorite verses is Romans 8:28..."And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."

  • Miss Caitlin Thrift

    Teachers' Aide

    Caitlin joined the Little Beginnings in 2013 as a teachers' aide for our Summer Camp program. Being a high school student through Baldwin County's Virtual School Program, Caitlin is available to spend the first part of her day enjoying our sweet little children while assisting the one and two year old teachers. Caitlin is a senior and will finish up her classes this December.

  • Ms. Kathy Thrift


    As Director of Children's Ministry at Genesis Church, Kathy has been with Little Beginnings from it's "beginning" in 2004. Many things have changed at Little Beginnings throughout the years, but her passion for children and their families remains the same. Prior to 2004 Ms. Kathy led in childrens' ministry with a Mom's Day Out program both in the classroom and in leadership.

    Ms. Kathy says her favorite two passages are Philippians 4:13..."I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." and Romans 10:14-15..."But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? " She says these are special to her because God has called her to share Jesus' love with all the children God puts in her path and that He will give her the strength she needs daily!

  • Reviews

    "I love Little Beginnings because I feel safe with my son attending a school where I know he is treated kindly. I chose Little Beginnings for my child because they have fantastic classrooms and fun activities!" M.A.S.

    We love the size of the classes and the caring teachers at Little Beginnings. When I drop my child off, I know that he is loved and cared for. We chose this preschool because of the Christian atmosphere and for the staff's love for God. We are also vey pleased that they use the ABeka curriculum."   Amy T.