Meet our Staff



William Hooper
Child Development Center Director

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration

Currently pursuing a PhD in Early Childhood Education

will@highlandsumc.net | 205-933-8751, ext. 111

 Valerie Nash, Child Development Center Administrator at Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Valerie Nash
Child Development Center Administrator

Valerie Nash grew up in Mobile and attended the University of Alabama before coming to work and marry in Birmingham. Valerie had the good fortune to be on the initial planning group that formed the Highlands Child Development Center in the early 90s. She has served as the Director of Children’s Ministries and is now the Administrator of the HCDC. Valerie also serves on the Altar Guild, coordinates weddings, and is a Catechist in the Atrium, our children’s Sunday School program. Valerie is married to Rev. Warren Nash who currently serves at Canterbury UMC in Mountain Brook. They have three boys – Wilson, Graham, and Dixon – whom Highlands has helped raise. Valerie is happiest being the Gigi to Ann Harper, Luke, and Libby who are graduates/students in the Highlands Child Development Center

Valerie@highlandsumc.net | 205-933-8751, ext. 110


Cailin Kerch
Child Development Center Curriculum Specialist

Cailin Kerch is the Educational Specialist at Highlands Child Development Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Cailin joined the Highlands team in January of 2016 bringing experience as a former administrator and teacher. She is certified as an Early Childhood and Elementary school teacher in the state of Alabama and Pennsylvania. In addition to her duties at the HCDC, Cailin is an Early Childhood adjunct instructor at UAB in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a doctoral student in Early Childhood. Her research focuses on play, the importance of the classroom environment, and the role of the responsive teacher in the classroom. Cailin’s role at Highlands is to support the staff with implementing the Creative Curriculum, NAEYC, and DHR standards, in addition to supporting HCDC families.

Cailin@highlandsumc.net | 205-933-8751, ext. 112

 Cailin Kerch, Child Development Center Curriculum Specialist at Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama