Einstein’s Playground is led by highly experienced and trained professionals from the education industry.
Meet Our Team
With an unparalleled commitment to God and her family, Dr. Ty Moody is a woman who knows no limits. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Moody’s dedication to education has been relentless. With an extensive background in community leadership, elementary education, educational leadership and instructional reading for grades K-12, her desire to develop and implement strategies to help student’s achievement greatness and increase in knowledge and skill have taken her from the role of Substitute Teacher to College Professor. As a student at University of Florida in Gainesville, Dr. Moody attained both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Education. Her pursuit for higher education with obtaining an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership in 2003 and continued in 2008, she achieved her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Having spent much of her life in the state of Florida, Dr. Moody has worked tirelessly with others to develop strategic plans for school success, create initiatives for school-wide reading awareness, and chaired forums to encourage stakeholders to work together for continuous school and process improvement. Now a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Moody assists her husband, Pastor Vanable H. Moody, II, with many facets of their ministry, including but not limited to, ministry development and management and opening and developing Einstein’s Playground. As leader of The Worship Center Christian Church’s Women’s Ministry, Dr. Moody teaches classes, hosts The Worship Center’s Women’s Empowerment Weekend, and is the Director of Einstein’s Playground. In addition to her full-time responsibilities as the wife of the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Worship Center Christian Church, her greatest joy is the having the ability to nurture and care for their two young children, Eden Sydney and Ethan Isaiah.
Site Director-Derby Location
Monica Patton began her career in the healthcare industry. Her experiences included managing clinics, project management and software development. With many years in the healthcare industry, Monica decided to follow her God-given passion and entered into the field of childcare. With over 7 years of experience, Monica is dedicated to promoting education and helping children build a biblical foundation. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham and attends The Worship Center Christian Church.
Site Director-Bessemer Location
Mrs. Shackelford is the Site Director at our Bessemer location. Mrs. Shackelford believes that every child has a purpose and we are accountable for our role in how we help them find out what God’s purpose is for them. Born in Birmingham, Al., Mrs. Shackelford has 23 years of experience in the field of education including but not limited to, early childhood/elementary teacher, program specialist, curriculum specialist and director. Mrs. Shackelford currently serves on the CDA (Child Development Associate) Council for Professional Recognition as a Certified Professional Development Specialist in Washington, D.C. and was just named as a Gold Standard Specialist for Early Childhood Education degree programs. She is also an Early Childhood/Elementary Education professor for graduate students at Rasmussen College and a member of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and NAC (National Accreditation Commission). Mrs. Shackelford has a B.A. in Child Development, B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood with a concentration in Teaching/Learning Leadership, an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and will graduate with her Ph.D. in September of 2018. Cindy is a member of the Worship Center Christian Church. She is married to Johmari Shackelford and they have three children. .