Teaching Staff

Angela Ankrom

Team Teacher

Angela joined Baby Gator in March of 2012. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education. Angela has taught children ranging from one to five-years-old for over 20 years in a preschool setting. She held the administrative role of Lead Teacher for nine years. She is passionate about fostering the development and success of young children and enjoys meeting children and their families.

Angie

Angie Avelino

Team Teacher

Angie joined Baby Gator in May 2011. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in History. Angie has worked with ones, twos and threes as a teacher for three and a half years, as well as volunteer work with elementary aged children and high schoolers with special needs. She loves watching the children’s personalities develop, and helping them process and enjoy all their new emotions and experiences.

Dewaynique Barton

Team Teacher

Dee joined Baby Gator in March 2015. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Dee has worked with ages birth through five-year-olds for 10 years as a classroom teacher and afterschool aide. She loves how children are carefree.

Kathleen Boylan

Team Teacher

Katie joined Baby Gator in February 2015. She holds a CDA. Katie has worked with infants through 12 year-olds for over five years as a teacher. She enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. Katie loves to help build a strong foundation within each child with her fun and interactive teaching style to encourage the children to have a lifetime of learning.

Tamika Bright

Team Teacher

Miss Tamika Bright joined Baby Gator in March 2016. She holds a Degree from UCF in interdisciplinary Education and Psychology as well as a separate art degree from Santa Fe College. Miss Tamika has worked as a volunteer babysitter and nursery helper since 2008. She has worked with all ages professional for 5 years, and specifically early childhood for 3 years as both an assistant and full time teacher. Before working at Baby Gator, Tamika was a VPK teacher in Orlando. Tamika uses her free time to seek out new adventures every day. She has a passion for art and music, exploring new artistic mediums, and teaching others the joys of art. Tamika loves children because they remind her of the simple things in life that as adults, we often forget about. A child will marvel at how a tree grows big and strong or how a mixture of colors in a sunset makes them feel. Children make time for the things that they love, and so should we.

Symoine

Symoine Butler

Team Teacher

Symoine joined Baby Gator in May of 2011. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Rehabilitative Services. Symoine has worked with infants to eleven year-olds for over five years in a classroom and school setting, and also as a babysitter and tutor. She is passionate about helping children to reach their full potential.

Latanya

Latanya Carter

Team Teacher

Latanya joined Baby Gator in August of 2011. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Latanya has worked with infants to 12 year-olds for the past 17 years in a classroom and administrative setting. She is passionate  about helping children to develop their social and emotional skills.

Dagmire

Dagmarie Colon

Team Teacher

Dagmarie joined Baby Gator in October of 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Dagmarie has worked with Preschool to 12 years-old for the past 10 years. She enjoys being a part of the children’s education and loves to help them with their development in all areas.

LaQuanda

LaQuanda Coney

Team Teacher

Angelique Empinado

Team Teacher

Angie joined Baby Gator in October of 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Angie has worked with ages birth through 12-year-olds for five years as a classroom teacher and babysitter. She enjoys how children try and make sense of the world.

Ronnie

Ronnie Francois

Team Teacher

Ronnie joined Baby Gator in May of 2013.  She holds a Bachelors in Religion. Ronnie has worked with children ages two years-old for less than a year as a Teacher. She is passionate about being a part of the developmental milestones and educational process of young children.

Ari

Ariadna Guerra

Team Teacher

Ari joined Baby Gator in September of 2011 as a full time teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.  As a undergraduate student at UF, Ari volunteered at Baby Gator and later became a substitute .  Over the years, she has gained experience taking care of young children and providing a loving and learning environment.

Ari Brings her love of music and dancing into the classroom.  She also enjoys integrating Spanish and other cultures into the lesson plans.  In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, creative photography, boating and spending time with her family and friends.

Lisa

Lisa Gurule

Team Teacher

Lisa joined Baby Gator in October 2009. She holds a CDEA degree. Lisa has worked with infants and one year-olds for 13 years. She is passionate about the children learning to talk, use silverware, and become independent.

Debbie

Debra Havlik

Team Teacher

Debbie joined Baby Gator in July of 2012.  She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education. Debbie has worked with children infants through school age for 25 as  a teacher, summer camp counselor, a TSS (therapeutic staff) art teacher, and after school counselor and presently preschool teacher at Baby Gator. She is passionate that the childhood years and the learning that occurs during this time should  be a positive and fun experience.

Lily Hutchinson

Team Teacher

Lily joined Baby Gator in the December of 2014. She hold B.A., B.Ed., M.A., degrees and pursuing M.Ed. Lily has worked with Elementary and Middle School children for over 12 years, as a lead and as subject teacher. She is very passionate about building a positive attitude in her students and inspire them to become life-long learners.

Todd Ireland

Team Teacher

Todd joined Baby Gator in March of 2015. He holds a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies and Early Childhood Education. Todd has worked with children aging from four to five-years-old for 8 years as an environmental educator, park ranger, and substitute teacher. He is passionate about allowing children to be creative, think for themselves, and introducing children to the outdoor environment and science.

Julie

Julie Johnston

Team Teacher

Julie joined Baby Gator in December of 2012. She holds a B. A. degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Psychology and a CDA. Julie has 25 years of experience working with many age groups from infants through adolescence, and with adults as a parent educator in classroom and administrative settings.  She is passionate about helping children develop early literacy skills and supporting parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.

Marlana

Marlana Rawls

Team Teacher

Marlana joined Baby Gator in November of 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Youth and Community Sciences. Marlana has worked with infants to five year-olds for the past 3 years in a classroom setting and several years prior through volunteering. She enjoys building a nurturing bond with children as well as witnessing their social and emotional development.

Cathy

Cathy Reedy

Team Teacher

Cathy joined Baby Gator in May of 2013. She holds an A.S. in Early Childhood Education & a Director’s Credential. Cathy has worked with infants to six year-olds for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and as a nanny. Cathy’s first priority is making sure parents feel their child is in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment while they are away at work. 

Yecenia

Yecenia Rincon

Team Teacher

Yecenia joined Baby Gator in September 2013. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering and her CDA. She has worked with children four and five years old as a VPK teacher for nine years. She feels a strong commitment to her children preparing in them for all the challenges that they will have to face in the future.

Anne

Anne Roberts

Music Coordinator

Anne joined Baby Gator in May of 2000. She holds a B.A. in Child Development. Anne has worked with children ages six weeks to 11 years-old for 33 years as a music teacher and Prekindergarten teacher. Anne is passionate about sharing her love of music and literacy with children and helping them to develop their own styles of creative expression.

 

Rene

Rene Rybacek

Team Teacher

Rene joined Baby Gator in September of 2004. She has an AA degree and CDA .She has worked 21 years with children, ages infants through 2nd grade as a teacher and preschool Director. I have also worked as a preschool director. She likes watching infants learn about the world around them.

Maris Smith

Team Teacher

Maris N. Smith joined Baby Gator in August 2015. Maris has worked with children from infant to 5 year old for the past 4 months as a teacher’s assistant. She loves watching them grow and develop into unique little people.

Katie Stanley

Team Teacher

Cheryl

Cheryl Suarez

Team Teacher

Cheryl has joined Baby Gator in July, 2011.  She brings with her over 40 years of child care experience working with children of all ages.  She holds and Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth University.  What Cheryl offers to the Growing Gator team is a love for teaching, enthusiasm for learning, and sharing with the children the importance of exploring different experiences.  In her free time Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bicycle and walking.

Shy Thony

Team Teacher

Shy joined Baby Gator in July 2014. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Shy has worked with ages birth through ten-year-olds for four years as a classroom teacher and afterschool aide. She enjoys children’s vibrant personalities and innocent spirits.

Becky

Becky Venditti

Team Teacher

Becky joined Baby Gator in August 2014. She holds an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. Becky has worked with children of all ages from infancy to second grade for the past 20 years. She is most passionate about helping children learn and grow in an independent environment, focusing on their social and emotional skills.

Tina

Tina Vilca

Team Teacher

Tina Vilca joined Baby Gator in October 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Tina has worked with toddlers to five year-olds for more than 10 years in a classroom. She loves being part of children’s growth and development as they move through different stages and is passionate about making learning the most fun experience.

Vanessa Villavicencio

Team Teacher

Cyarah Welch

Team Teacher

Sharon Williams

Team Teacher

Sharon joined Baby Gator in June 2015. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University. Sharon has worked with children from infant – high school seniors for 20+ years. She likes to partner with parents in providing a great foundation for the children with an emphasis on supporting children’s motivation to learn and helping them develop positive attitudes towards learning.

Karen Wilson

Team Teacher

Karen Wilson joined Baby Gator in February 2015. She holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy and Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Education. She has 25 years of experience teaching, mostly in early elementary education. Karen enjoys working with children because they are so open to learning almost anything!  She hopes to provide a good base for their future and encourage them to be inquisitive about all things.

Madelyn

Madelyn Yurko

Team Teacher

Madelyn joined Baby Gator in November of 2012. She holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education. She has worked with preschool children for the past 16 years as a teacher. She loves working with children of all ages and especially enjoys discovering new ideas to help them grow and reach their potential.