Meet Our Childcare Team | The Learning Experience

Meet our TLE® Center team

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Ms. Simmons

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Meet Ms. Simmons! I have been working here at TLE Astoria since they first opened, back in 2019. I've been a floater, an assistant in preschool, and have recently found my passion working in the infant classroom. I have over 15 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field and I love every second of it! In my free time I love to do yoga- which I incorporate into the infants' day as well!

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Ms. Khanijah

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Meet Ms. Khanijah! Hi there! I have worked with toddlers and school aged children in processional setting and I also helped raise my younger siblings at home as well. I have previously worked in Early Childcare facilities along with working at Chuck E. Cheese as a party host! I enjoy being around kids and want to be a positive role model for them. I am currently in school for Psychology with a specialization in child development.

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Ms. Amy

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

Hi! My name is Amy and I have been with TLE-Astoria since November 2019. I have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and over five years of experience in the early childhood education field. I enjoying honing my Chinese writing skills in my free time.

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Ms. Yvette

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

Hi there! I want to start by saying I love children! They are such positive pieces of light in the day. Before joining TLE Astoria I ran an at home daycare for 12 years and absolutely loved it. After the pandemic I was looking for something with more interaction throughout the day with my peers. I enjoy connecting with others, making friendships, making people smile, and most importantly providing a loving environment for children. I even have 2 boys of my own!

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Ms. Mahagani

Floater

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hi there! Though I am in college studying criminal justice, I love working with children. I've previously worked as a camp counselor and loved the experience. My goal is to be a role model in whatever I do while working with children and on my path to my degree.

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Ms. April

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Meet Ms. April! I have been in the early childhood education field for almost 5 years now! I believe that all children are truly amazing in their own unique ways. To work with young children you must be patient and understanding, so fully be able to support their needs. My favorite subject to teach is sign language, because it is so useful and teaches inclusion.

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Ms. Christina

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Meet Ms. Christina! I have been in the early childhood field for 4 years now. I believe that children should be encouraged to explore and be their silly selves. In the classroom I love to be nurturing, encouraging and positive. My favorite part of the day is when we take the children to the playground. You really get to see their personalities shine through when they have all of that open space and fresh air!

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Ms. LaShawn

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hey! I have been working in Early Childhood for the past 8 years and have loved every bit of it! I fell into early childhood when a friend of mine asked me to work at the same center as her. One month into it- I absolutely loved it, and never turned back. In these past 8 years I have moved from an assistant to a lead teacher and even got my CDA Certification. Working with children has been the best decision I've made!

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Ms. Vida

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Hey! I have been working work children for just about 20 years now. I love early childhood education because it brings me so much joy to see the look on my student's faced when they learn something new. Watching the progress the children make throughout the year always amazes me! As a side note- I love poetry and I like to incorporate it into my classroom as well!

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Ms. Antoinette

Floater

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

Meet Ms. Antionette! I have been with TLE-Astoria since July 2019. I have a Masters Degree in Education and over 10 years of experience in early childhood education. I love seeing little ones learn and grow, I even have twins of my own! I enjoy walking, reading, and learning new things!

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Mr. Ralph

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello, I'm Mr. Ralph! I have taught children of different ages. I enjoy teaching, going to movie theaters, going out for dinner/placing orders for delivery, listening to 80s and contemporary music, and trying to be careful of the foods I eat so I can maintain my weight.

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Mr. Anthony

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Two Plus Toucan

Hey! I'm Mr. Anthony- some things I like to add into my classroom schedule is meditation, music, and movement! Everyday I have my students start off their morning with some quiet meditation to get their minds and bodies ready for the day. Movement is also super important because they have so much energy at this age and it's important they get it out in a safe way.