I'm Tracy Bryant, the Deputy Program Officer with Signal Centers. My background is in Social Work and I've spent just over twenty years working in the non-profit sector in Chattanooga, primarily with children and youth. I believe that providing a high-quality early education for children from all walks of life and with all abilities is one way that we can create a more equitable community, promote lasting social change, and make the world a better place for everyone--when the children do well, we all do well. When I'm not at Signal Centers, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking pretty trails, and reading great books.
Meet Our Team
I manage the staff and services for children ages six weeks through Pre-K to assure high quality early learning standards are met and exceeded. I was the first Special Education preschool teacher hired by the Hamilton County Department of Education. I went on to become the Director of Exceptional Education and responsible for providing programs to 7,000 children and students with disabilities in 80 schools. After retiring, I consulted and taught at Orange Grove. I have been with Signal for eight years. Our program embraces my professional and philosophical goals of providing early care and learning in an inclusive environment.
I’m Jenni Edge, the Assistant Direct of Children Services and have been with Signal Centers for almost 10 years. My journey started out with several years in the classroom, followed by providing Direct Services. My passion is working with all children. With teaching Special Education as my background, working with children with special needs is close to my heart. I love that we have an inclusive program and that we get to see and celebrate all the progress made and milestones met. It is a good feeling when you see the work that we do make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families we serve.
Special Education Coordinators
Signal Centers employs Special Education Coordinators to ensure that each child who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) has their needs met and that all children are supported within the classroom setting. Our Coordinators work with individual teachers and children and with small groups as needed, and hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Special Education.
I am one of the Early Care and Education Coordinators in Children's Services. I serve children who have special needs in the classrooms, and I work with their teachers throughout the year. I started at Signal Centers in June 2017 as a teacher in a 3-5 year old classroom after 2 years teaching Pre-K in Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a B.S. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. I love how involved Signal Centers is with the community and am so passionate about the work we do to mitigate ACES in the lives of our children and their families. My husband and I play in a Jazz Band called "Scenic City Sound" here in town and have two dogs, Peach and Mario!
Hi! I am Alycia Montgomery and I am one of the Special Education Coordinators here at Signal Centers. I have now been working with Signal Centers for a little more than four months and every moment I spend getting to know your child makes my love for this spectacular center grow! My passion to work with children of all ages came once I graduated with my undergrad in Child Development and Family Studies. Obtaining my graduate in Special Education pushed my drive to work with and become knowledgeable of every type of child. I strive to continue to pursue my passion in childcare and cannot wait to see where my goal takes me!
Hello! I am Danielle Bekeza and I have been an Early Childhood Coordinator with Signal Centers since December 2019. I have my Bachelor’s of Science in Exceptional Education K-12 and taught special education in Hamilton County for 3 ½ years before coming to Signal Centers. I have a passion for inclusion for all children which is one of the many things I love about Signal Centers. When I am not here at Signal Centers, I enjoy reading, yoga, cooking, and spending time with my boyfriend and dogs!
I have been with Signal Centers as the school nurse for one year. I have a Masters of Education degree in counseling, was a counselor for children and youth for 7 years and I have been a nurse for the last 6 years. My nursing professional passion is to be a change agent who promotes health and wellness inside the school inclusion setting and to help children live the healthiest life possible. I decided to join Signal Centers work family after experiencing how my twin daughters excel and thrive at Signal Centers.
Hello! I am Taylor Reed and I have been the Administrative Assistant at Children's Services for the past two years. I have worked in two different county school systems as well as working as a Secretary at a healthcare clinic. I love my position at Signal Centers because I am able to use my organizational skills while helping to impact the lives of our children and families! I love getting to see the children learn and grow in an environment filled with bountiful amounts of love and encouragement for them! There is nothing like seeing a child blossom into their own little person and watch as they exceed any and all expectations of them. On the weekends you will find me antique shopping or going on hikes with my husband, dog, and cat. While shopping and hiking bring me great joy, there is truly no place like home and I am certainly happiest cuddled up on the couch with my little family!
Early Childhood Educators
Our Children’s Services team is made up of a wide body of highly skilled educators. Our teachers receive ongoing training on topics including but not limited to:
- CPR/First Aid
- ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience) and Trauma Informed Care
- Positive Discipline
- Healthy and Safety
- Identifying & Reporting Child Abuse
- TNELDS (Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards)
- Safe Sleep Practices
Each of our classrooms is staffed with a Lead Teacher, a Teacher Assistant, and a well-trained Paraprofessional. Our Lead and Assistant Teachers all exceed the State of Tennessee’s requirement for infant, toddler and preschool educators, and the majority hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development or Early Childhood Education, or a CDA.