MEET OUR OFFICE STAFF AND TEACHERS!
Ms. Tara: Preschool Director
Born in Kansas, Ms. Tara is married to high school sweetheart Derryl. She is the mother of two, Alisha and Brandon and grandmother of five boys, Cody, Gavin, Clayton, Remmington and Cooper.
She and her husband moved to Florida in 1983. Some of her close family resides in Jacksonville, Florida and Georgia.
During her spare time she loves to scrap book, refinish furniture and add more wonderful items to her Wizard of Oz collection. She also finds that doing coloring pages helps to relax her mind. Her favorite moments however are spent with her family and going to her grandchildren’s various sporting events.
Ms. Tara worked in an administrative position as a manager for Mc Donald’s while working as the three year old teacher at The Church of God of Prophecy in Winter Garden Florida. She also volunteered in children’s ministry and occasionally did some temp work in assisting the church’s preschool office before deciding to make child care her full time career. She earned her CDA in 1999 and in 2001 her director’s credentials.
Later on she became the preschool director at the Antinoch Worship Center in Oakland Florida. She was there for eight years before taking the position as our FCCPS director in 2006.
In her position Ms. Tara feels blessed that she has an opportunity to help build a strong foundation for children and their families. Her goal as our director is to build lasting relationships with the families, colleagues, and teachers. To not only be there for them in a professional capacity but to also minister in fellowship as they face challenges in their personal and professional lives.
Ms. Christy: Assistant Director
Ms. Christy was born in Winter Garden Florida and has been married to best friend and love of her life James for 16 years.
She enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching movies and relaxing while getting a massage at the spa.
Ms. Christy has 16 years of experience in child care starting fresh out of high school in 1999. “It was suppose to be a summer Job” as she puts it,” however she fell in love with her profession and the rest is history.”
She later earned her CDA and director’s credentials from Lake Technical Center in Tavares Florida and had the opportunity to work with the ones, twos and threes. In 2006 she came to be part of our FCCPS family where she continued to teach the three year old class. She later felt called to the more administrative side of her career in 2008 when she became FCCPS’s assistant director. Through her position she feels that she is better able to welcome families as they drop off their little ones in the morning.
Ms. Christy’s goal is to help them feel secure in the knowledge that their children are in a safe and loving learning environment with experienced and caring teachers. She believes that FCCPS is just the school where children can learn important developmental skills with a strong Christian foundation to carry them successfully into their future school years.
Ms. Janet: Communication and Media Specialist
Born in Habana, Cuba Ms. Janet moved to the US at the age of 12. She has been married to husband Chuck for 21 years and is the mother of two teens, Tanner and Evangeline. Her free time is spent with family going to the movies and finding new places to visit and explore, such as Art and History Museums. Her hobbies are reading, dancing and listening to music. She also volunteers her time in family Ministry at her church.
Ms. Janet has twelve years of experience in child care. She worked in a Montessori school with the infants, twos, and threes and also as a full time nanny.
Three years later she made a career change to the retail and corporate world where she worked for companies such as Victoria’s Secret, The Limited and Estee Lauder. After working in retail and management for four years she continued to feel called to children’s ministry and joined the team at FCCPS in 2006 when she worked as an aid in the Kindergarten class. She later became the lead teacher in her three year old class and while teaching, earned her CDA credentials and graduated with highest honors from Lake Technical Center in Tavares Florida in 2010.
Ms. Janet has decided to take a break from teaching but wants to remain a part of our FCCPS family in an administrative position as a communications specialist. She believes that keeping a clear and concise line of communication with families, school staff, and teachers plays a key role to helping our preschool families feel comfortable and secure in the knowledge that their children’s safety and happiness is our number one priority.
She looks forward to helping our Administrative staff maintain a bridge of communication that can help build lasting and strong relationships with our teachers and office staff.
Ms. Linda- Teacher in the Two Year Old Class:
Born in Michigan Ms. Linda moved to Florida twelve years ago and is married to her husband Paul of 21 years, she is the mother of two: Franklin and Abby.
She has 8 years of experience in child care and started working at FCCPS five years ago and at present she is working toward earning her CDA certification.
In her spare time she enjoys jer family and decorating and painting.
She loves art and it is one of the many skills she shares with her little ones in class.
As a teacher her goal is to provide a safe loving environment in which the children can learn and play. One of her favorite things is to watch their progress throughout the year as they reach each milestone. Her fervent wish is to plant a seed that will help them grow in God’s way in future years.
Ms. Carrie- Teacher in the Two Year Old Class:
Born in Wisconsin, Ms. Carrie is married to Dennis Sacca. She has one son, Nick 9 and two step children Paul 20 and Madison 10. She moved to Florida in 1999 and started with our FCCPS family in 2009 where she taught the infants, was also a VPK aid, then later became the lead teacher in the twos. She earned her CDA at Lake Tech and graduated with high honors. Ms. Carrie is also our Chapel Worship Leader. She especially enjoys sharing her love of God with our little ones through songs and worship.
During her spare time she enjoys traveling and going to sporting events with her family. The Green Bay Packers is her team!!
She feels great fulfillment in knowing that she can make a positive impact in a child’s life.
Her main goal is to help her students grow in a Christian, loving environment as well as working with their parents to teach them the necessary skills they need for their next stage in their young lives.
Ms. Tonya- VPK Aid:
Born in Kansas, Ms. Tonya moved to Florida in 2009 and is the mother of one son Cole.
Some of her hobbies are photography, quilting and arts and crafts. She also loves the outdoors and her love of nature is something she enjoys to share with her class. During her spare time she likes to go hiking.
Ms. Tonya joined FCCPS in 2010. She has been with the twos and threes but primarily the VPK class. Growing up as an introverted and shy child herself, she feels that she can better understand those children that have difficulty in the social and emotional areas of growth. Taking Psychology courses at Butler Community college in Kansas gave her a better knowledge and ideas on how to help children that struggle in this area.
Ms. Tonya especially loves to give children an interactive learning experience that enables them to overcome their shyness, (e.g.) role playing and performing in Biblical stories during Chapel. She also believes that this is a great tool to teach children the Bible stories. Her goal is to give them a better understanding of the scriptures and the good news of the Gospel which is God’s love for us.
Ms. Denissa- VPK Teacher:
Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Denissa moved to the US in 1979 when she was one. She met and married her high school sweetheart Kevin in 1997. She is the mother of two boys, Joseph 13 and Gabriel 9. During her free time she is the quintessential “sports mom”. Both her boys play baseball and practice Karate. She also loves the outdoors, enjoys traveling with her family and going to the beach.
Ms. Denissa has 18 years of experience in child care. She earned her CDA certificate and Director’s credentials from Lake Technical Center in 2002 and joined our FCCPS family in the fall of 2009. She taught the ones her first year and later became one of our VPK teachers.
As a preschool teacher her goal is to establish parent-teacher communication and offer parents the comfort in knowing that their children are in a safe and loving learning environment. She also believes that the more informed she is about her students’ home life, the easier it is for her to get to know them and meet their individual needs.
She loves that technology has facilitated parent-teacher interaction and the role that parents can play in their children’s education. Ms. Denissa has been able to accomplish this with her classroom Facebook page called Wild Wonders which gives parents the opportunity to have an inside look into their children’s learning environment.
Ms. Isabel- Office Staff /Teacher Aid:
Ms. Isabel was born in Mexico and moved to the US when she was 18 years old. She has been married to husband Shawn for twenty years and is the mother of three children, two girls and a boy.
During free time she loves to stay active and work out. She also enjoys playing basketball and running.
Ms. Isabel has six years of experience in child care. She joined our FCCPS family in the fall of 2009. She started in the one year old class and later became an aid in the VPK class. While working at FCCPS she earned her CDA credentials from Lake Technical Center in Tavares Florida in the summer of 2010.
Ms. Isabel believes in a structured learning environment where children are provided with clear visual and physical structure in a variety of learning activities. Her favorite moments with her students are circle and music time. One of her goals is to focus in the social-emotional side of their growth and development. She uses pre-planned resources and learning tools with simple instructions and a variety of music and movement activities that will allow for opportunities in the social interaction that they need at this stage in their lives.
Ms. Lydia- VPK Teacher / Resource and Curriculum Director
Ms. Lydia was born in Bluffton, Ohio and moved to Florida in 1969. She has been married to husband Gilbert for 26 years and is the mother of three children Christopher, Austin, and Irene. She is also the proud grandmother of two, Addisyn and Christopher jr.
She loves to spend time with her grandchildren going to the playground, swimming, and reading.
Ms. Lydia has twenty four years of early child care and earned her CDA credentials from Polk Community College in Lakeland in 1991 while working as an aid in the four year old class. She later became a lead teacher for the Polk County School system in 1993.
As a teacher in her field, one of her favorite things she says is to watch “that light bulb go on in a child’s mind that says I got it”!
Her goal as an educator here at FCCPS is to get her students academically and socially ready for Kindergarten.
Ms. April- Teacher in the Infant Room:
Born in Wisconsin, Ms. April moved to Florida in 2005. She is married to husband Matthew of 12 years and is the mother of a son, Cameron. She and Matthew are also foster parents. Family is very important to her and she believes it is the most important foundation in a child’s life. She feels that she can be a loving caregiver and provider who is a consistent presence for those children whose families are struggling through hard times.
During free time she and her family love to go swimming, and the movies.
Ms. April has 19 years of experience in child care. She was a full time nanny before came to FCCPS in January of 2013. She was in the one year old class before going to the infant room where she enjoys “loving on her babies” as she puts it.
Her focus as a teacher is to instill Jesus in children’s hearts at the start of the formative years. Loving on them and holding them is what she believes gives a child the assurance that they are safe and cared for. This in turn makes them happy and provides the opportunity for future physical, social-emotional and cognitive development.
Ms. Angela- VPK Teacher:
Born in Maracaibo Venezuela, Ms. Angela came to the US in 2004. She has been married to her husband Luis of 21 years and is the mother of three, Luigi, Andrea, and Luis.
During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, loves to go dancing, and traveling. She is also a collector of unique gift boxes.
Ms. Angela has ten years of experience in child care. She worked at Sweet Dreams and Star Child Academy preschool before coming to FCCPS in the fall of 2012. She has worked with the twos, threes and VPK classes. She feels that her extensive experience with different age groups has given her the necessary skills that can help teach children of various ages. She believes that through fun play and “hands on activities” a child is better able to learn and relate to the world around them. She also feels that an important key to successful teaching is to strive for a better understanding of each child’s individual needs and personalities in order to provide the appropriate learning tools and activities that will maximize their learning in all the important areas of their growth and development.
Ms. Brigitte- VPK Teacher:
Ms. Brigitte was born in Kentucky where she met and married her best friend and high school sweetheart Mark. They have been married for 20 years and have two girls, Alexia and Ally.
In her spare time she and her family love to vacation at their family condo in Clearwater beach and going to the Disney parks. During the summer she visits her family in Kentucky and visits Pawleys Island South Carolina where her entire extended family gets together for a family reunion. She also enjoys the outdoors and staying fit by going biking.
Ms. Brigitte has seventeen years of experience in child care. She became a part of our FCCPS family in 2005 when she started with the four year old class.
One of her goals as a teacher is to develop good readers using age appropriate tools that implement phonetic awareness and emergent literacy. Her favorite subjects to share with her students are music and movement time and cooking. She also uses manipulative tools in her curriculum that help reinforce sensory awareness and help strengthen fine motor.
Ms. Brigitte feels blessed and privileged to instill in her students the knowledge of Biblical scripture that will help cement a strong Christian foundation not just in the formative early years but in their adult lives as well.
Ms. Danny- VPK Aid:
Ms. Danny was born in Nicaragua and came to the US in 1995. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Ariel for 15 years and is the mother of three handsome boys Christian, Nicolas and Giovanny.
During her free time she loves to spend time with her family going to picnics and fishing.
Ms. Danny has six years of experience in child care and came to be a part of the FCCPS team in 2010. She was with the infants for six years but is now with the VPK class. Her favorite part of being with this age group is to give “her babies” as she puts it “love, love, and more love”! She especially feels blessed to witness how children first discover new ways to learn and play while developing new relationships with their piers throughout their early years.
As a teacher, she is grateful and feels privileged that parents put their faith and trust in her ability to give their children a loving and safe learning environment in which their children can grow and develop.
Ms. Danny is excited to be a part of the FCCPS family and looks forward to playing an intergral role in instilling the knowledge of God’s word in children’s lives.
Ms. Mary Anne- VPK Teacher:
Born in New York, Ms. Mary has been married for 39 years to husband Lenny. She is the proud mother of four children, two of which have a doctorate degree in Education, one in Law, and the youngest daughter who is pursuing a Masters degree in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. She is the grandmother of ten grandchildren who keep her very busy! However, during some of those “alone times which are few” she enjoys walking, cruising and reading.
Ms. Mary Anne has a BA degree in Liberal Arts from Suffolk Community College in NY and her CDA credentials from Sheridan Vocational School in Hollywood Florida. She has twenty three years of experience in child care and has taught primarily the threes and fours.
She became part of our FCCPS family in 2010 when she started teaching the VPK class.
As a preschool teacher she loves seeing the world through children’s eyes! She enjoys bringing out her “inner child” and seeing her student’s faces as she acts silly and becomes part of their active play and learning time.
Her main goal is to give her students the academic and social skills in the early formative years that will help build a strong foundation going into Kindergarten and early years of elementary school.
Ms. Joanna- Teacher in the Infant room:
Born in Ottawa Kansas, Ms Joanna is the mother of two, Baiden and Kayden.
Her spare time is spent with family and she also enjoys scrap booking, reading and going to the movies.
Ms. Joanna has nine years of child care experience. While living in New York and New Jersey she worked as a nanny. She later moved to Florida in 2001 when she decided to take a break from the outside work force and be a “stay-at- home mom”. In 2011 she joined our team at FCCPS. She started in the infant class and later moved to the ones and this year is back to the infants which is where her heart is.
As a teacher she loves to see the many changes in this age group, as they happen very fast, from their first sounds, beginning to sit, crawl and attempt to stand up.
Ms. Joanna enjoys sharing her love of books with her little ones. She believes that through reading stories, children are able to develop emergent reading and language skills that she feels are strongly connected to all other learning areas and will ease the way to the next stage in the preschool years.
Ms. Ligia- Teacher in the Three Year Old Class:
Born in Nicaragua and raised in Costa Rica, Ms. Ligia moved to the US when she was 13 years old. She has been married for nineteen years and is the mother of two, Romeo Jr. and Isabelle. They also have a dog name Paloma. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family. She also loves to cook and scrapbook.
Ms. Ligia has eight years of experience in child care. She worked for Lake County schools and Disney’s YMCA as a teacher’s assistant before joining our Family at FCCPS in the fall of 2014 as our three year old lead teacher.
Growing up as a teen in a new country she feels that she understands the challenges that children face when learning to communicate and believes that a patient and loving teacher that understands those challenges is the key to a child’s social-emotional and physical development.
As a teacher, Ms. Ligia feels blessed to be a part of our FCCPS family and looks forward to growing new relationships with her students and their families and to make a positive impact in their formative years.
Ms. Melania – VPK Aid:
Born in Dominican Republic, Ms. Melania moved to the US in the 1980s. She is the mother of three, Karina, Grabiela and Mauricio. During her free time she loves to stay home and relax or go out for nature walks.
Ms. Melania has an associate in Liberal Arts from Urban College in Boston. After receiving her CDA she became an assistant for Nurtury Learning Center where she worked for ten years and received a certificate of recognition and excellence for her commitment and dedication to her profession. She later moved to Florida and is now a part of our FCCPS family.
As a teacher Ms. Melania enjoys reading stories that will capture a child’s imagination. She loves to see them take part in the story and get excited while listening for the different voices she portrays for the characters of the stories.
Her goal as a teacher is to have each child reach their highest potential and help them feel secured in the knowledge that they will have the necessary learning tools to move forward to the next stage in their school years.
Ms. Jackie- Teacher in the Infant Room:
Ms. Jackie was born in New Jersey and moved to Florida in 1989 . She is the mother of three: Emily, Nicholas and Matthew. During her free time she enjoys being with her family, going to the park with her children, bike riding and swimming.
Before becoming a stay at home mom for a while Ms. Jackie also worked on administrative positions as office assistant and also in the medical field as a chiropractor’s assistant.
Prior to joining our team in January of 2016 she worked as the infant room teacher at All About Kids (aka Apple Seed) learning center as their infant room teacher. She was there for two and half years before the center closed.
Ms. Jackie’s favorite part of being with the youngest babies is the unconditional love she receives and she is able to give as well. Her goal is to give “her babies” as she calls them, a safe and happy learning environment in which to grow and flourish. She feels blessed to be a part of our FCCPS family and looks forward to getting our babies ready for their next step of growth and development in their early years.
Ms. Nerissa – Teacher Aid:
Born in Guyana, Ms. Nerissa moved to the US at the age of 15. She has been married to husband Naven for 9 years and is the mother of one little girl: Annabelle. Her spare time is spent with family. She especially loves to spend mother-daughter time doing some of her daughter’s favorites: Going to movies, shopping and painting.
After living in the US for little while, she moved back to Guyana to teach elementary age children for about 5 years. She believes that this experience was a great way to better understand the needs of children at various ages and stages of growth. She also learned some Spanish and French which has been helpful here in Florida. Currently she is working toward finishing her bachelors in Health Services Administration.
Ms. Nerissa loves working with children because she feels they are eager to learn and she wants to share in their knowledge as well in order to help meet their individual needs. She feels the special relationship between teachers and students is a necessary and unique connection needed for children to grow and learn in those very important formative years.
Her goal as a teacher is to use Christian based lessons that will instill God’s love for others and build that strong Christian foundation which will help pave the way for positive learning opportunities and experiences in their young lives.
Ms. Veronica- Teacher in the Three Year Old Class:
Born in Chicago Illinois, Ms. Veronica moved to our sunshine state in the year 2000. She is the mother of a little girl, Yaelis and her spare time is spent with her little girl visiting some of their favorite places such as the beach, Disney and especially the water parks. She also loves to make crafts, as well as bake and cook some of her favorite dishes which she loves to share with friends and family.
Ms. Veronica has 15 years in the field of early childhood education and earned her CDA certification from Orlando Tech in 2005. She has worked with VPK age children but has primarily taught the three year old class.
One of the many things she enjoys about the teaching profession is to help children learn how to use hands on learning tools and activities that will allow them to experience the world around them. She especially loves to see the progress they make as they discover fun and new ways to learn through play and their social interaction with others.
Ms. Veronica is very excited to have joined our team here at FCCPS and her goal is to give children under her care a safe and happy learning environment in which they can start to develop a love of learning.
She believes that a teacher with a positive attitude and an open heart plays a key role on how children of this age strive to reach their full potential with the academic, physical and social skills needed to build a strong foundation in the early school years.
Ms. Rebecca- VPK Aid:
Ms. Rebecca was born in Ft Lauderdale and has lived in Florida all her life.
She has been married to husband Justen for almost 7 years and is the mother of two boys Elijah and Noah. Her free time is spent with her husband and children going to the beach and visiting one of her favorite cities: Savannah, GA. Her hobbies are decorating and making crafts.
While starting her new family, Ms. Rebecca felt called to join the teaching profession and attended classes at Lake Sumter Community College where she took the para professional exam to become a certified teacher’s assistant in 2011. From there she took a position as a teacher’s assistant at Windy Hill Middle where she was able to interact with all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
In 2015 she joined our team at FCCPS and she is looking forward to building lifelong friendships and relationships with her students’ families and preschool staff. Her primary goal is to make a positive impact in children’s lives by teaching them a love of learning in a safe and happy learning environment.
At present, Ms. Rebecca is working toward earning her CDA certification and looks forward to implementing all that she is learning in her field of work.
Ms. Ashley- Teacher Aid:
Ms. Ashley was born in New York and moved to Florida in 2009. She is the oldest of six siblings in a beautifully blended family. She is in her senior year of High School and plans to go to Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida where she hopes to study Sonography.
During her spare time Ms. Ashley loves to spend time with friends at the beach. She’s also artistic and enjoys collecting most of the popular types of make-up brands. However the one thing she truly loves is her volunteer time in children’s ministry at her church.
She started with the one year old age group since her freshman year in high school and fell in love with “her babies” as she calls them. The joy and selfless love they show her and others so unconditionally is the highlight of her day.
As a new member of our FCCPS family she looks forward to helping our teaching staff with the important tools needed to give our children a safe and happy learning environment.
Ms Joselyn – Office Staff:
Born in Chicago Illinois, Ms. Joselyn moved to Florida in 2006. She is the a proud mom of a baby girl, named Adalyn.
In her spare time she loves to spend time with family and travel so it is very important for her to visit them back home in Illinois at least once a year.
During her high school years, Ms. Joselyn attended the Littlest Knights pre-k program at East Ridge High which initiated her interest and love in early child care. While in this program, she worked with ages 3 through 5 and was able to learn how to assist and lead teach as well as create her own lesson plans. One of the many advantages of this program that she mostly enjoyed was the one-on-one interaction with the children. This gave the children the necessary help needed to work at their own pace, reaching their milestone before moving on to the next learning stage of growth and development.
This year she looks forward to continue on with our FCCPS family and use her skills to make a difference in each child she is blessed to know.
Ms. Nancy- Teacher in the Two Year Old Class:
Ms. Nancy was born in New York. As an infant she and her family moved to Puerto Rico where she lived most of her young adult life. In 1983 she and her husband Juan Ramon who was in the army at the time moved to Hinesville Georgia and they have been in the US ever since.
Ms. Nancy is a mother of two daughters: Luna Denisse and Sol Denisse and the grandmother of three little ones: Gabriel, Adrian, and Leilani. In her spare time she loves to garden, cook and read, and most importantly spend time with family. One of her favorite times in the year she looks forward to is her wedding anniversary when all of her family get together and travel to different places to celebrate.
While living in Puerto Rico, Ms. Nancy hosted her own health and nutrition show for a radio station called Wado Umacao, where she discussed the topic of health and nutrition.
Later on she moved to the field of early childhood education and as a teacher Ms. Nancy has 20 years of experience under her belt. While in Georgia she owned a home day care center: “Little Star Christian Academy” which she later continued with in Long Island. Her services were a great help to the young and developing Hispanic community at the time.
Throughout her childhood, Ms. Nancy faced many health challenges which forced her to face and overcome some obstacles during her early childhood years. With the help of many wonderful educators in a program called Club 4-H, she was able to rise above those challenges and find not only a love of learning but teaching as well. Early on Ms. Nancy knew that as a teacher her goal was to make every child feel loved and cared for no matter their background or circumstance.
As a teacher here at FCCPS, she hopes to share her faith in God and love of teaching with her peers as well as build lasting and binding relationships with all the children she is fortunate to teach.
Ms. Isari– One Year Old Lead Teacher
Ms Ilsari, known to most as Ms. Sari was born in Orlando but was raised in Groveland. She is now living in Clermont and is married to husband Kenneth who is also part of our FCC family.
In her spare time she loves to go to the movies, go shopping and spend time with her family traveling or cruising when the opportunity presents itself. Her favorite place to travel to however is Tennessee where she goes to every year.
As a daughter and granddaughter of pastors, her life has been very involved in children’s ministry. She spent a great deal of time with elementary age children and also volunteered in her church’s media and communication department.
Ms. Sari’s favorite moments while teaching are interacting one on one with each child but most especially teaching them about God through her love of arts.
As a member of our team she looks forward to helping each child meet his/her individual needs as they meet each milestone. She also hopes that in helping our teachers build a safe and happy learning environment, the children can maximize their learning experience to the best of their ability.
Ms Jennifer- Teacher in the Crawlers’ Class:
Ms Jennifer was born in Miami Florida and raised in Kissimmee. She currently resides in Groveland with husband Michael and son Bradley.
In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and going to Disney.
Prior to joining our team Ms Jennifer was a nanny for several years and has found a strong passion for working with children. As a teacher she will strive to help each child develop a love of learning through play and exploration which in turn will help develop that strong foundation needed to excel throughout each stage of their growth and development. One of the many things she hopes to accomplish this year is to teach her little ones the needed skills that will help them with social awareness and sense of independence, (e.g.) feeding themselves and sharing with friends.
Ms Jennifer’s goal is to provide a loving and happy learning environment in which the children will feel safe to learn and play.
Ms Marilyn- Teacher in the crawlers’ room:
Born in New York City, Ms Marilyn lived there until the year 2001 when she and her husband Angel moved here to Florida. She is the proud mother of a son Edwin who is an officer in the Navy.
She calls herself a “proud homebody” who during her spare time loves to catch up on her favorite movies and TV shows. She also loves to collect old coins and dollar bills.
Prior to working with children Ms Marilyn was a Central Service Tech at the surgery department in Celebration Hospital in Kissimmee Fl. While working there she also volunteered in children’s ministry here at Family Christian Center and felt called to join our team here at FCCPS as a co-teacher in the Crawlers class.
Ms Marilyn enjoys seeing children in this age group excel and develop their own individual personalities. She feels that as an educator it is not only important to teach but to also learn from each child she has the privilege to meet. Her goal is to make them feel loved and cared for as they grow and prosper in a safe learning environment.
Ms Nidia- Teacher in the one Year Old Class:
Ms Nidia was born in Cali Colombia and moved to the US in August of 2005. She is married to husband Jeremiah who is also one of our bible teachers here at Family Christian Center School. She is the mother of two, Luisa and Felipe and step mom to Isabella and Gaylah.
During her spare time Ms Nidia loves to read her bible, spend time with her family, go for walks and go shopping.
Before moving to the US Ms Nidia worked for an import company in Cali Colombia for thirteen years. Prior to joining our team here at FCCPS she worked at Target for a while but decided that her true calling was early childhood, so she is now teaching our class in the one year old room.
One of her favorite things to do with this age group is to share her love of art and music with them. She loves to see their reaction and excitement as they discover new colors, textures and sounds.
Her goal this year is to provide a safe and structured learning environment in which each child can develop a strong foundation from which to build on in the formative years of early preschool.
Ms. Santana- VPK Aid: Born in Naples Florida, Ms. Santana moved to Clermont in 2005 as a freshman in high school. She is married to husband Israel and is the
mother of two little ones, Noah and Penelope. During her spare time she loves to catch up on her reading, going to the park with her children, and once in a while
take some time to paint.
After obtaining a degree on cosmetology, Ms. Santana decided to start her little family. At the time she felt called to a different career path and started working at RCMA Preschool in Mascotte, FL as a VPK teacher aid where she stayed for 7 years.
Ms. Santana’s favorite part of teaching this age group is to share her love of reading with her class. Story time is where she feels children have the best opportunity to use their imagination, communicate their feelings and develop those very important literacy skills they will need in their future formative school years. She is very excited to be a part of our team here at FCCPS as a VPK aid where she hopes to be an integral and positive influence in each child she has the privilege to teach.
Ms. Kathy- One Year Old Teacher: Ms. Kathy was born in Arkansas. She moved to Florinda in her elementary years where she resides with her husband George. She is the mother of three: Daniel, Santana and George Jr. and grandmother of two: Noah and Penelope.
In her free time, Ms. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, loves to go to drive-in movies, the flea markets and yard sales.
Ms. Kathy has twelve years of extensive experience in child care. She obtained her childhood credentials in 2016 from Lake Tech in Tavares, Florida and worked with all age groups from infants to VPK at Redland Christian Migrant Association in Mascotte, FL.
One of the many favorite things Ms. Kathy loves with the age group she is with now is to see the speed at which they learn what she teaches. Seeing them grow, develop their social skills with one another, and the amazing results by the end of the school year.
Her goal as a teacher is to make sure that by the end of their time with her they are set with the right tools to move on to their next stage of their growth and development.
Ms. Stephanie- One Year Old Aid: Born in Lakeland Florida, Ms. Stephanie moved to Clermont in 2010. She married her husband Josh in 2015 and is the proud momma of her little boy Landon. She loves to spend her spare time with her little one going to the park and especially the beach in the summer time.
Her work experience was in retail management but after becoming a mom herself she wanted to dedicate her time to her child and felt called to work in the field of early childhood.
She believes that a mother-child bond is imperative to that child’s safety and well-being. She wants to offer the parents of the children she cares for the assurance that their little ones will have the next best thing as they entrust their most precious cargo to our preschool where she will make sure they will feel safe and loved.
Ms. Sobeiti- One Year Old Assistant: Ms. Sobeiti was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the US in 2017 after hurricane Maria. She is married to husband Ramon and is the mother of two Jafet and Nayaira. Her spare time is spent with family and working on arts and crafts.
Ms. Sobeiti comes to us with a secretarial background but felt called to be in the field of childcare.
Her favorite part of working with “her babies” as she likes to call them, is to get on the floor with them and become a part of their small world, see it through
their eyes and learn from them as much as they learn from her.
She feels blessed to be part of our FCCPS team and looks forward to being an asset to other teachers she works with as well as make a positive impact in all the
children she is blessed to meet.
Ms. Sol- Lead teacher for VPK: Ms. Sol was born in New York and moved to Puerto Rico as a young girl of five. She later moved back to New York as a young adult where she met and married her husband George who served in the army at the time. She lived there for twenty years until she and her family moved to Florida in the year 2000.
She is a proud mother of four boys George, Jorge, Ricardo, and Jonathan and grandmother of eight: Five girls: Brianna, Andrea, Carmen, Sophia, and Aria plus three boys: Joseph, Brandon, and Adrian.
In her spare time Ms. Sol loves to relax by reading, meditating, exercising, and walking with her dogs.
Ms. Sol obtained her CDA National from the YMCA in 2009. From 2001 through 2005 she worked as activities director of the aftercare program with elementary and middle school age children. In 2006 she started working as a VPK aid at the YMCA and three years later she became a lead teacher where she stayed until 2017 when she became a part of our FCCPS team as a lead teacher in the VPK class.
One of her main goals as a teacher is to “plant a seed” as she calls it, to see each child who comes into her class grow and flourish while learning and discovering the world around them. Each year she looks forward to teaching the young minds of tomorrow.
Ms. Annette- VPK Aid: Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Annette moved to Central Florida at thirteen years of age. She attended East Ridge High School, graduated in 2007 and later obtained her associates of science degree from Lake Sumter. In 2012 she married her husband Joel and is now a proud momma of two: Jayden and Olivia.
In her spare time, she catches up on her reading, spends time with family and loves to go to the Disney parks. She also enjoys cooking.
Ms. Annette came to us in 2017 as a VPK assistant and feels blessed for the opportunity to give the children one-on-one experiences that helps her focus on each child’s individual need. She believes that documenting and charting their progress is the best tool to help her aid in the planning of age appropriate activities that will maximize her students’ learning experience.
Ms. Sheymy- VPK Aid: Ms. Sheymy is from Caracas Venezuela. She moved to New York in 1989 at age ten. She met her husband Jaime in 2007 and married in 2011. She is the mother of one girl: Gabriela. At the start of their young family they moved to Florida where Ms. Sheymy decided to focus on her family and be a stay at home mom. In her spare time she loves to catch up on her reading, listen to music and teach a Zumba class for CF Fitness here in Clermont.
Ms. Sheymy’s career background was primarily in the medical field as a dental assistant up until the start of her family. As a young mom herself she felt called to share her experiences in the early childhood field. One of her favorite things to do is share her love of art and music. She believes that any shy child has the potential to flourish if given the opportunity to express themselves whether through music and the arts.
In 2017 Ms. Sheymy became a part our FCCPS team as a VPK teacher where she feels she feels she can help in getting children prepared and equipped to face the
challenges of the early school years.
Ms. Alyssa- One Year Old Aid: From Twinsburg Ohio, Ms. Alyssa moved to Central Florida in 2004. She attended Lake Minneola High and graduated in 2017.
She is the youngest of five siblings: Corey, Kyle, Timmy and Heather.
Currently she is attending Lake Sumter college here in Clermont and hopes to earn her degree in Elementary Education. She remembers wanting to be a teacher since kindergarten age.
She uses her spare time for her pets which are many and range from pigs, dogs, and cats to bunnies, hamsters, etc. She also loves to visit the Disney parks. Epcot is her favorite because of the multicultural scenery and foods.
Ms. Alyssa enjoys working with our youngest ones here at FCCPS, especially the crawlers whom she says “never stop surprising her because of how fast they learn and absorb everything she teaches them.” She looks forward to playing a integral role in helping children excel in every capacity and is excited at the opportunity that being part of our team will afford her to maximize her experience for her future career as a teacher.
Ms. Valentina- One Year Old Aid: Ms. Valentina was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. with her parents at the age of four. She is the oldest of two siblings
and her younger sister’s name is Elianna.
Ms. Valentina attended Dr. Phillips High School and graduated in 2015. She is currently attending Lake Sumter and plans to earn her degree on Elementary Education.
In her spare time Ms. Valentina loves to paint, go to the beach with friends and she also volunteers her time as a cheer leading coach with young elementary age girls.
Ms. Valentina’s career in education started early on in her teen years when she worked at Real Life Christian Academy as an assistant to age groups pre-k 3 through 12th and at their aftercare program with ages 3rd through 4th.
Working with children Ms. Valentina has learned that understanding each children’s individual needs is key to facilitating age appropriate activities that will maximize each child’s learning experience. She also feels that learning from children is just as important as teaching them.
As part of our team here at FCCPS she looks forward to building strong lasting relationships with her students and their families.
Ryan Patterson – Preschool Resource Officer & Security: Officer Ryan is part of our security team here at FCCPS. Thank you officer Ryan!