Director's Message


Teri Oberg, Director, is responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of the Center, including curriculum, budget, and enrollment decisions. Mrs. Oberg taught elementary school for 18½ years in various states, including South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia obtaining both a Master’s Degree in Education as well as National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching, she worked at University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) facilitating cohorts of teachers to support them through the National Board process in initial certification, advanced candidacy and renewal.  

Mrs. Oberg came to the Center as director in July 2016. She is collaborating with the staff in maintaining and setting goals for the Center which include opportunities for family involvement, continuing accreditation by Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and exploration of best practices in preschool curriculum.  South Rome Early Learning Center is housed in the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School and is a partnership with Berry College, South Rome Redevelopment Corporation and Rome City Schools.  

In her own words “SRELC is a place where parents can be assured of the very best beginning for the education of their children, not only the child's preschool experience, but laying the foundation for years of learning. Our program is based on the Berry College child development model of teaching and learning through exploration, discovery and hands-on experiences. The strengths of our program include engaging parents as partners in their child’s education, the assistance of our student workers, and the resources we appreciate as a laboratory school within Berry College’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. This is an extraordinary program allowing for 3 year olds to get a running start to their education as we work to foster social, emotional and academic growth in each child. The overarching goal is to get these littles reading ready by kindergarten and reading on grade level by third grade. An early start is critical for their success in school."    

Mrs. Oberg welcomes calls and visits and will be happy to answer email inquiries about the Center.