All of our teachers are highly qualified. The majority enjoy years of experience teaching and caring for young children. Our lead teachers are VPK certified and have been trained in early childhood education. Our teachers continuously use different strategies in order to improve language development. They expose children to as many vocabulary words as possible to build children’s language skills. Strong language skills will allow children to effectively communicate any of their needs, wants or ideas. One of our main goals is that children have a strong foundation in language. This, in turn, will help to later reading success in school.
Director of Academics
Frendolyn Mills, fully certified VPK Director and teacher with over 20 years of experience in the field. She has implemented teaching strategies for our teachers such as Language Scaffolding throughout the day in the classroom, and Hands-on Learning Activities and continuous Assessments throughout the school year.
"I consider myself to be a compassionate teacher who is not afraid to always be learning and teaching. My motto is to educate our kids academically and give them the necessary social and life skills that will help them in the future. I like to help them understand that they need to be responsible and intellectually ready for life challenges".
Administrative Manager, Teacher
Javier Valencia has more than 15 years in the Education Field here in the US and in Latin America. He also brings to LSA a wide range of managerial skills. When asked about why Education he said:
“Education is both my calling and my business, specially, if I can help to teach young minds and hearts to become proactive members of our community”
Roseclay Martins is expirienced, certified 3-4 year old and VPK Lead Teacher.
“My mother was a teacher… I followed in her footsteps and studied to be a teacher in Brazil. There I taught preschool all the way to 4th grade for 15 years! I really like kids and I like helping them grow academically.”
Donnamarie Tilligkeit is our 2-3 year old and Aftercare Teacher
"I started volunteering at a local preschool. The owner liked how I interacted with children and then she hired me initially to teach 2 year-olds and then later the 3-4 year old year old group. I worked there for 4 1/2 years. We had some kids with special needs and I really enjoyed working with them. I had a chance to develop strategies to help them recognize letters and colors and to help them improve their vocabulary. These are smart and talented kids. In the future I would like to study and develop myself professionally in order to teach VPK"
Roshani Bheecham is our Teacher Assistant for our 2-3 year-old class. She is very responsible and enthusiastic. When asked about her profession she answered:
“ I simply love children and also love to teach them life skills and academic skills so that can become good citizens in today’s very challenging environment.”
Italia Georges is our lead VPK teacher. She has her Florida Child Care Credential and when asked why she chose teaching to preschoolers she said:
“Teaching young children has been my passion. I have been doing it as a volunteer before graduating from High School…I chose in this field because I am able to contribute to the children’s foundations on how to learn and how to interact with others.”