Mom to a rambunctious boy, Jessica spends her time between wrangling him in and managing Itty Bitty Bakers. She's a dietitian by trade and preceptor for dietetic interns at the University of AL and Samford University. She's lived in New York City and Japan, traveled to Bosnia and Thailand, and if you let her, she'll tell you all about it!
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.
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 cherished memories, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of baking with her 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 even more and eventually led to the start of her food blog, Sugar & Spice by Celeste. She loves sharing her baking adventures on the blog and has photographed a cookbook, The Complete Guide to Northern Gulf Seafood. When not in the kitchen, Celeste loves hiking and traveling with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys vegetable gardening and currently serves on the PTO Board of her daughter’s elementary school. They live in Trussville, with their springer spaniel, Ava.
Hillary Ryan, Teacher/Admin Assistant, Inverness
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.
Jeni Warram, Teacher, Riverchase
Jeni began teaching baking classes in 2019 and has since then 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!
Brittany Dollar, Teacher, Meadowbrook
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.
Candice Butterfield, Teacher, Bluff Park
Candice is an Art Director and Graphic Designer who has worked in the advertising industry for over a decade. She is a University of Alabama graduate, wife, and mom of two itty bitty bakers. Candice has a passion for making celebrations and holidays truly special, whether with adorable cupcakes or cute party favors. In 2019, she started Celebration Day Studio, an online space and baking blog where she shares party and holiday ideas, sweets, recipes, crafts, invitations, printables, and more! She has been baking her entire life and comes from a long line of southern home bakers and cake decorators. She grew up learning to bake and decorate cakes from watching her mother, who had a home cake business, and taught her the art. Candice loves baking with her two daughters and views baking with little ones as an excellent learning tool that stimulates and encourages sensory development, increases curiosity, and enhances cognitive skills! She is a firm believer in making memories, keeping traditions, and celebrating life to the fullest!
Teresa Huynh, Teacher, Hoover
Meet Teresa! She is a Samford graduate, wife, mom of four and currently homeschools her youngest child. Teresa has always loved baking and learning new recipes. She also loves to see children learn and enjoy their own capabilities as well as share them with others. She enjoys teaching children the art of creating something from start to finish. She joined the team of teachers for Itty Bitty Bakers because it provides a wonderful hands-on opportunity for children to learn.
Ally Castaldo, Teacher, Irondale
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.