Emily is a former teacher, turned stay at home mom. She grew up in Birmingham and attended Samford University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with teaching certification. She currently resides in Riverchase with her husband and four young kiddos. She is passionate about providing creative, fun, hands-on learning experiences to children which is what drew her to Itty Bitty Bakers! When Emily has downtime, she enjoys party planning, fostering puppies for a local animal rescue, learning to play tennis, and listening to audiobooks.
Brittany Dollar, Meadowbrook, Birmingham, AL
Brittany's love for baking started at an early age while baking with her mom and grandma. Christmas was her favorite time of year as they always baked dozens of different kinds of cookies together. As her love for baking grew, she decided to attend culinary school and became a Certified Working Pastry Chef. She worked in multiple resorts in Pennsylvania and Florida before having her first daughter in 2018. While on maternity leave she started her own business called Dollar Pastry. She went on to work at Dreamcakes Bakery in Homewood, Alabama as a cake decorator. Now as a stay-at-home mom of two, she teaches classes for Itty Bitty Bakers in her free time. Her specialities include advanced cake decorating skills, macarons, and her grandma's favorite recipe of nut streudel.
Jeni Warram, Riverchase, Hoover, AL
Jeni began teaching Itty Bitty Bakers classes in 2019 and since then has taught the most! That's surprising given that she is also a pediatric nurse and busy mom of three! Her daughter Sarah is one of our Youth Helpers. Together, they love baking and trying new recipes! Mrs. Jeni has a very easy-going, laid-back personality and kids LOVE baking with her.
Hillary Ryan, Inverness, Birmingham, AL
Hillary is a stay-at-home mom of four residing in Inverness with her husband Andrew. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Hillary is passionate about early childhood development and loves to create memories in the kitchen with her children. Her love of cooking stems from a passion for entertaining others and creating a welcoming atmosphere in her home.
Heather Farmer, Abington, Boston, MA
Heather is a middle school home economics teacher and resides in Abington, MA. She grew up on a farm in upstate NY and moved to Boston in 2009 to begin her teaching career. Her love of baking prompted her to start her food blog, Bostongirlbakes.com where she loves sharing her from scratch dessert recipes. Since the start of her blog, she has become a published author (3 times!). When she isn’t in the kitchen baking up a storm, and teaching she loves spending time with her dog,husband, and new baby boy!
Maryjayne Herring, Eagle Point, Birmingham, AL
Maryjayne has lived in Birmingham over 18 years and has raised her four children, three boys and one girl. Maryjane has a business degree from Huntingdon College and an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. She loves cooking and baking and believes it is an important skill to pass onto the next generation. Her family enjoys cooking together on family night and some of their favorite things to make are build-your-own pizza and make-your-own pasta from scratch. She loves her role as an Itty Bitty Bakers teacher!
Jamie Russell, Greystone, Birmingham, AL
Jamie is a former sales executive turned stay-at-home mom of three. She is involved in several community organizations including the PTA at her kid's school. Jamie loves how baking brings people together whether they are just enjoying a treat or making a treat together. Jamie has perfected the best Banana Pudding recipe you'll ever taste!
Sarah Eubanks, Rocky Ridge, Birmingham, AL
Sarah graduated from Samford University in 2021 and is currently the Pre-K teacher at Riverchase Elementary. She got married in September 2022 and lives off of Rocky Ridge with her husband, Austin, and their puppy, Gus. While working with children is Sarah’s greatest passion, baking is her favorite hobby. Itty Bitty Bakers is the perfect match for everything she loves!
Brooke Rierson, Heatherwood, Birmingham, AL
Brooke is a recent graduate of Oak Mountain High School where she was on the student council and cheerleading squad. She is now studying Culinary Arts at Auburn University but comes home often to see family and return to the kitchen with her Itty Bitty Bakers.
Ally Castaldo, Irondale, AL
Ally is a stay-at-home mom of two girls and part time podcast editor for an independent publishing company. Ally has a background in psychology and counseling and has worked with youth and college ministries over the last decade. Some of her favorite memories from childhood are cooking and baking, figuring out new recipes, and learning to make new recipes with friends in college. She has been letting her daughters help in the kitchen since they were old enough to learn to stir.
Kayla Johnson, Huntsville, AL
Kayla is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to four little ones. Her love for baking developed after her parents gave her a Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas when she was in college. Kayla moved to the Madison/Huntsville area in 2022, and she is excited to share her love of baking with the students she teaches!
Stephanie Rothoff, Pell City, AL
Stephanie is a Homewood native now living on the lake. She drives into the city every day to be a full time Speech-Language Pathologist at Greystone Elementary where she has worked since 1999! In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, trying out new restaurants, and watching Auburn sports. As a child, Stephanie always baked with her grandmothers and is looking forward to imparting her baking knowledge to the next generation. She and her husband and their fur babies have the perfect home to welcome children in to bake!
Ashley Kauffman, Auburn, AL
Ashley is a former middle school science teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She received her bachelor's degree from Auburn University and her Master of Education degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. She lives in Auburn with her husband and three children. Ashley loves to spend time baking, crafting, and creating science experiments with her own kids, as well as her nieces and nephews. Ashley is passionate about teaching and working with children, and she loves being able to do that through Itty Bitty Bakers!
Katie McCreless, Gardendale, AL
Katie is a third grade teacher living in Gardendale, Alabama with her husband and two children. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master's degree from the University of West Alabama in 2020. From a young age, Katie loved baking Christmas cookies with her grandmother and helping her mom make family dinners. She attributes this time in the kitchen as a formative time in her life, allowing her the opportunity to learn important life lessons. She now shares that same bond and connection with her own children in the kitchen. They love making everything from chocolate chip cookies to homemade sushi! Katie is excited to bring Itty Bitty Bakers to the Gardendale area!
Emily Cutt, Mountain Brook, AL
Emily was born and raised in Birmingham, and she has been baking since she was a little girl. After college, she moved to Utah where she met her husband. She is now back in the Birmingham area, where she is raising her two awesome kids. Working in the kitchen is one of her favorite pastimes, and currently her favorite dessert to bake is Banana Pudding Creme Brulee.
Celeste Ward, Trussville, AL
Some of Celeste's best memories from childhood were made in the kitchen, alongside her mom and grandmother. Now, she adores baking with her own little sous chef, her daughter Caroline. Celeste feels that the kitchen can be such a great source of cherish memories, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of baking with Itty Bitty Bakers students. Celeste is a UAB graduate and works in the relocation industry. Her internships with Southern Living magazine while at UAB fueled her love of baking and led her to start her own food blog, Sugar & Spice by Celeste. When not in the kitchen, Celeste loves hiking, traveling, and gardening. She lives in Trussville, AL with her husband, daughter, and springer spaniel, Ava.
Amanda Knight, Ross Bridge, Hoover, AL
We are so excited to add to our teaching team Amanda Knight, Alabama's Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2022! Amanda inspires her elementary school students every day to reach their full potential in creative expression using art in various forms. She believes food and the culinary arts offer students not only a way to express their creativity but also develop skills that will serve themselves and those around them throughout their lives. Amanda lives in Ross Bridge with her husband and two budding artists and bakers, Avery and Audrey. Her free time is spent on the go, traveling and taking in all the wonderful local opportunities Birmingham has to offer!