About Us

Laurie Harrell - Executive Director and Lead Teacher

Laurie PerryBefore founding Wee Care, Laurie taught in the Wake County Public School System for seven years, including three years as a first-grade teacher at Hunter Elementary. While at Hunter she served as a member of the Student Support Team, which identifies and supports at-risk children. For three years she served as the lead teacher for a class of two-year olds at nationally-accredited Hayes Barton United Methodist Preschool, and in the summers created and ran a camp for preschool-age children. A member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Laurie organized the church’s Vacation Bible School summer program, which served more than 250 children, and serves as the church’s coordinator of elementary-age activities. Laurie holds a B.S. in psychology from N.C. State University and a teaching certificate from Meredith College.

Ellen Safrit - Administrator and Teacher Assistant

Ellen SafritIn addition to her role with Wee Care, Ellen served as the Director of Children's Ministries at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church for eight years. Her responsibilities included managing the department's budget of more than $50,000; selecting Sunday School curricula and training Sunday School teachers; publishing a monthly newsletter; planning meals and activities for preschool and elementary-age children; and providing weekly children's sermons. Ellen also worked as an Employment Administrator for Sprint Mid-Atlantic Telecom, where she hired and trained technical staff. She hold a B.A. in Industrial Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill.