We are proud that, over the years, Growing Room has made a real difference in the lives of many families. Our roots are deep in the community. That is evidenced by the many aspects of community service our company and its leaders and employees provide. Parents can also rest assured that decisions are made locally, and we are available to listen to concerns and suggestions.
Meet the Growing Room Leadership
Sheree Mitchell, Founder
Sheree is a graduate of Columbus State University. She has over 14 years experience as a professional registered nurse with a concentration in pediatrics. Sheree founded Growing Room Inc. in 1988 in response to a need in the Columbus, Georgia area for personalized and quality early childhood education and care. She began with one local school and continued from there, adding additional local schools. As parents across the country repeatedly requested for Growing Room schools in their areas, Sheree founded Growing Room Franchise System, Inc. She felt this would allow her to continue her mission of providing quality early childhood education and care across the country. She has always believed it is important to treat children with respect and to provide them with an enriching environment with nurturing teachers and a planned, developmentally-appropriate curriculum for all ages, beginning in infancy.
Sheree was named the National Small Business Person of Year, as well as the Georgia Small Business Person of the Year in 2004 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was honored with the Thomas Y. Whitley Award by Columbus State University and the Concharty Council of Girl Scouts named her a Woman of Achievement in 2004. In 2000, she earned the honor of being named Women in Business Advocate of the Year in Georgia and in the Southeast.
Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Growing Room Franchising System, Inc.
Pat and his wife Sheree started this company in 1988 from the ground up, opening their first school in 1989. He continued his career in construction management for many years while helping Sheree with the business on nights and weekends. He has over 20 years experience in project management. Pat attended Troy State University where he received his B.A. in Business Administration. He has acted in many roles over the years, and began working at Growing Room full time in 2001. Prior to his role as CEO of Growing Room Franchising Systems, Inc., he was the Chief Financial Officer for Growing Room Inc. Pat views Growing Room as his and Sheree’s finest achievement of a lifetime and it continues to grow as they positively impact the lives of children, families, and employees.
Brittany Haines, Chief Executive Officer, Growing Room Inc.
Brittany was born and raised in Columbus, GA. She and her husband Brad live there with their three children, ages 18, 13, and 13. Brittany has been with Growing Room for the past 14 years. She is intimately involved in the daily operations of Growing Room. Brittany has a passion for children and believes in a strong foundation for their educational success. She believes that children learn best when there is a strong partnership between home and school and therefore it is important to her that Growing Room promotes a wonderful family atmosphere.
Brittany graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Columbus State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Columbus. She possesses her real estate license, national administrator credentials, and has been a certified outdoor play inspector. Brittany is active in her community and believes in giving back. She currently serves on the American Cancer Society Leadership Council, the Muscogee County Relay for Life Event Leadership Team, the Bark for Life Committee, the Education and Training Advisory Committee at Central High School, and the Preschool2Me Advisory Board. Brittany is a member of the Georgia Childcare Association. She has served in the Miss America Organization, the DECAL Faith Based Advisory Committee, Georgia Childcare Association Advisory Committee and the Hands on Columbus Board.
Brad Haines, Chief Operating Officer, Growing Room Franchising System, Inc. Senior Vice President, Growing Room Inc.
Brad began his time with Growing Room as one of the first students of the original Growing Room. In 1998, he started his career with the company as a School Age teacher. He attended Columbus State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Columbus. Brad has literally worked in almost every role in our company.
Married and father of 3, Brad has always been a family man. He coached all 3 of his children in little league baseball and then coached several years of youth football. Now, you will find him at the middle school games on the side lines as part of the chain crew where his daughter (cheerleader) and youngest son (football player) are playing. His passion for working with children carries over to his career with the company. The way he has always looked at hiring employees was a pretty simple concept. “Would I want this person teaching/caring for my children?” If it’s not good enough for his children, it’s not Growing Room.
Jennifer Carpenter, Vice President of Early Childhood Education, Growing Room Franchising System, Inc.
Jennifer Jarrell Carpenter is Vice President of Early Childhood Education for Growing Room Child Development Centers. Jennifer has been employed by the Growing Room Child Development Center since June of 2001. She graduated from Troy State University, with honors, with a degree in Elementary Education K-5. She earned a Master’s degree from The University of Phoenix, graduating with honors, in Curriculum and Instruction.
Jennifer is responsible for writing and overseeing curriculum for all preschool classes. She strives to provide the best education possible for the children and to make the curriculum interesting and suitable for all children to achieve success in their work and learning. Jennifer believes that all children deserve to have a safe educational environment where they can learn and grow in. Jennifer lives in Butler, Georgia, with her husband, Keith, and daughter Anna Beth.