Administrative Staff

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Pamela Pallas

Director

Favorite Book:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Dr. Pallas has been the Director of Baby Gator since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Science degree in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education. In her 25 years in the early childhood field she has been a teacher, early interventionist, inclusion specialist, director, college professor and author. Her research has focused on the process of change in the school setting and the implementation of inclusion. As the Director, she addresses daily challenges and the delights of helping children and teachers grow, learn and achieve their dreams and desires.

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Rayne Morency

Office Manager

Favorite Book:

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

Rayne joined Baby Gator in September of 2010.  She has her Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Santa Fe College.  Rayne comes to Baby Gator with over 10 years of experience working with young children.

Rayne got her love of seafood and nature by growing up on the coast of Maine.  She enjoys being with friends and family on the lake, attending Gator sporting events and going out to eat.  Rayne loves photography, music and travel.

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Wendy Melchior

Assistant Director for Administration

Favorite Children's Book:

Nora’s Stars by Satomi Ichikawa

Wendy joined Baby Gator in 2011 as a Team Teacher. She has a BA in Education with a major in Special Ed from the University of Florida and is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Dutch.   In 2012 she helped open Baby Gator at PK Yonge where she worked as a teacher/on-site director and in 2013 Wendy became Assistant Director of Baby Gator at Newell Drive. Wendy has gained some of her experiences working in Belgium at the International School and teaching VPK classes before coming to Baby Gator.

In her free time Wendy enjoys traveling, cooking, martial arts and day trips.

 

 

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Robin Stabel

Secretary

Favorite Book:

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Robin has been a Baby Gator teacher since 2005 and has enjoyed working with a variety of age groups.  For the past two years she has been working in the infant room and loving every minute of it.  In the past, Robin worked at a shelter for children ages birth to 14 years old and a transition home for teenaged homeless pregnant mothers.  She has a total of 19 years experience working with children and young adults.  Robin earned her National Child Development Associate Certificate from Sante Fe College and continues to be active in trainings and conferences relating to infants.  In her free time she likes going to the springs, playing pool, BBQ’s and spending time with her family!

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Diane Oakman

Assistant Director for Educational Programming

Favorite Book:

Merrylegs by Paul Brown

Diane joined the Baby Gator team in June of 2011.  She holds BS in Social Studies Education from Florida International University.  Diane has over 30 years of child care experience.  She has owned her own preschool for 26 years in Homestead, Fl, was the Director at CCLC and has joined the Baby Gator team as the Assistant Director of Educational Programming.

In her spare time, Diane enjoys being athletic as a swimming instructor, owning and riding horses, living a healthy life and loving everything about school and learning new things every day.

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Stacy Thomas

Assistant Director for Educational Programming

Favorite Book:

The Secret River by Marjorie K. Rawlings

Stacy rejoined Baby Gator in the summer of 2008 after completing her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Development and Master of Science degree in Family and Child Development all from the University of Florida.

Some of her past experiences working with young children include team teaching in the Little Gator classroom and working a variety of preschools in the area. Stacy has also taught social development, early childhood curriculum, math and science, and creativity to pre-service teachers in the Early Childhood department at the College of Education at the University of Florida.

Stacy brings creativity and imagination to her teaching by challenging the children she works with. In addition to enjoying her days with the children in Future Gators, she enjoys reading fiction novels, playing golf, and cooking.

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Kelly Jamison

Assistant Director for Administration

Favorite Book:

The Day the Teacher Went Bananas by James Howe

Kelly has been with Baby Gator since 2005. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth and Community Science and a Masters degree in Health Education and Behavior.  Kelly started Baby Gator as a teacher then became the Health Education Coordinator where she developed the P.H.I.T. Kids program (Physical, Healthy, Interactive Training for Kids).  She has been working with children of all ages for over 15 years and has a real passion for helping children and families develop healthy lifestyles.

Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, reading, cooking, and enjoying life.

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Joni McReynolds

Assistant Director for Educational Programming

Favorite Book:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Daint-Exupery

Joni joined Baby Gator in October of 2012.  She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Florida as well as a Child Development Associate Credential.  Joni has over 15 years experience owning her own preschool as well as working in other centers in the Gainesville area.  She believes in gaining a child’s respect while simultaneously providing them with comfort and confidence to learn.

Before opening her preschool, Joni and her husband started a recreational gymnastics business.  Joni is the oldest of five children and the mother of two.  In her spare time she loves attending gator sporting events, listening to music, and quilting.

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Keri Stacey

American Sign Language Coordinator

Favorite Book:

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
by Don Wood

Keri came to Baby Gator in 2007 from the Alachua County School Board.  She has worked in the Alachua county school district as a Head Start teacher and as a paraprofessional in a deaf/hard of hearing program.  Keri has created a full time sign language program at Baby Gator that allows her to work with the children, teachers and families to inform them about the benefits of using American Sign Language (ASL) in a preschool setting.  Keri works with both centers and visits the classrooms weekly.  As a sign language facilitator Keri is also able to offer parent training sessions and has given presentations on sign language and the benefits of using ASL in the classrooms to early childhood professionals on local, state, and national levels.  Keri has recently graduated with her AA in Elementary Education, and is continuing her degree in Early Childhood Development.  Keri’s talents include teaching sign language, singing, and drama.  She enjoys spending time her family and friends, and being outdoors.  She loves to make learning fun through laughing and having fun.  Happy Signing!

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Anne Roberts

Music Coordinator

Favorite Children's Book:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Anne has been a Baby Gator teacher since 2000 and has been teaching preschool for 30 years.  She has her Associate of Arts degree as a music major from Miami-Dade College, an Associate of Science degree from Santa Fe College in Child Development, a national Child Development Associate Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Child Development from Charter Oak State College in CT.  Anne is the full-time Music Coordinator at both Baby Gator centers and regularly brings her talents on the guitar and piano to the classrooms.  Helping children to develop a love of singing, playing rhythm instruments, and an appreciation for a variety of musical styles has been a passion of hers throughout her teaching career.

In her spare time Anne enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

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Philip Calvert

Senior Accountant

Favorite Children's Book:

Mooses Come Walking by Arlo Guthrie

Philip has been the Senior Accountant/ Business Manager since 2007. Philip is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor in Arts degree in English and a Masters degree in Accounting. He is also a certified public accountant. When not at Baby Gator, Philip enjoys cooking, fishing and photography.

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Carol Flowers

Office Manager

Favorite Book:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Carol joined the Baby Gator administrative staff in November 2008 and oversees the daily managerial operations at the Lake Alice center.  Her previous administrative career was in such varied fields as broadcasting, interior design, IT staffing and real estate development.  She has an Associate’s degree and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration at Santa Fe College.  Carol enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, music, hiking, and reading.

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Courtney J. Coleman

Office Manager

Favorite Book:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Lauren Joffe Numeroff

Courtney joined Baby Gator in November of 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Sciences degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Education and Behavior. In August of 2012, she helped to establish Baby Gator at P.K.Yonge Developmental Research School, where she worked until May 2013. Currently working at Baby Gator at Newell Drive, she is excited for what the future brings. She spends much of her time at church singing, mentoring young adolescent girls, and participating in social events supported by the young adult group. Courtney brings a positive outlook, warmth, and determination to her job. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, social outings, good food and good people.