Meet Our Childcare Team | The Learning Experience

Meet our TLE® Center team

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Maribel

Chef

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I am a mother of 4 kids, I have been married for 24 years and I have three brothers and 5 sisters. I have worked with children for 16 years, and started as a Headstart teacher. My favorite color is red. I am very picky when it comes to food. My favorite age group is the infants. I love Bubbles, because I love elephants, they are strong and pure of heart. I am very friendly, I enjoy helping anyone in need. My hobbies are Zumba, hiking and shopping

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McKayla

Floater

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Hello! I am a college student, who loves working with children. The baby room is my super favorite because they love to be held and snuggled. Seeing them grow is bittersweet! I love dogs, cooking and painting. I am excited to continue my education, and I never turn down the opportunity to hike.

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Colleen

Assistant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

I love that I have gotten to start my career here at The Learning Experience. I used to drive by it all the time and wanted to be a part of the school because it looked so fun...and it is! Every day the kids surprise me with how much they can learn and do. I am from Phoenix, I have two siblings and a boyfriend. My hobbies include reading and cooking.

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Debbie

Assistant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

I have worked in childcare for 26 years. I enjoy seeing the world through children’s eyes, because they are so creative and they have great ideas. I love reading and helping the next generation learn how to read. At home I enjoy painting and watching movies.

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Rachel Beckwith

Assistant Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

I have always loved working with kids, I am the oldest of five, and have always been a big help to my parents and siblings. I have worked in preschools for two years. I love working with all ages. I am from small town in Maine. I love to play softball, singing and reading. I am an outdoorsy person who loves to hike.

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Debra

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

My name is Debra. I have been working in childcare for 6 years. I enjoy teaching children songs, art, colors, numbers, shapes, new discoveries and watching them grow. I have lived in Mesa my whole life. I am married and have a daughter. I love to travel, eating all kinds of foods, dancing, art and reading. My favorite color is green, I like frogs and my favorite number is 3.

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Monique Simon

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello there my name is Monique Simon and I am the Lead Toddler Teacher here at TLE. I am born and raised here in Arizona, woot woot! I have been in the childcare field for fourteen years and have loved every minute of it. In my free time, I love to read and spend time with my kids. I’m a happy and bubbly person and I have a positive outlook on everything! I am looking forward to working with TLE and what the future has in store for me.

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Danae

Assistant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

I am the assistant teacher in the Twaddler class. I love my position because my co-worker, Ms. Angie is so fun and she has taught me a lot. At two the kids have so much personality. They know what they want to do! I love making art with them. I am in school currently getting my Bachelor’s in early childhood education and I come from a long line of educators. I speak Spanish and love cooking!

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Angela Freeman

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Hi my name is Angie Freeman and I have been in the Early Childhood industry for 20+ years. My greatest moments are spent sharing laughs and experiences with my three daughters! I also enjoy relaxing in my comfy chair watching my television and eating chips!

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Jessica Santana

Assistant Prepper Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Two Plus Toucan

I am a 22 year old former nanny, with a certificate to care for those with special needs/disabilities. I have always had a passion for caring for children. Even as a young girl, I always found myself trying to help kids who were younger than me. I want to help as many children flourish in their education, mannerisms and wellbeing. My goal is for all of our friends to be able to say what they are thinking and to be able to have a clear conversation.

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Jolyne

Prepper

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I have been working with children for 26 years, I started working in the industry just after I got married and loved it so much that I never want to do anything else. I have one son who is carrying on my legacy and works in education. He will soon be a certified teacher. We love cooking together. I love collecting spiritual things, and rocks/crystals.

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Valeria Manzanares

Administrative Assistant

I love to learn, working with kids is my favorite because I get to let my inner child out. I can’t pick a favorite age because I love them all! From infants to preschool they are awesome. In preschool they tell such funny stories, and watching the babies grow is such a treat. I am a mom of one, my daughter is 6. My hobbies include, baking and creating crafts with my cricut machine. I am here to help anyone who needs it!

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Christina

Teacher

I was born and raised here in the valley. I've been raising/taking care of children since I was 20 years old. Working with children is what I love to do, I’m a mom of 4 and a grandma of 5 so I’m always babysitting. I love to cook, go shopping, watch movies and football. My favorite character here at the learning experience is Miss Chievous. Being active is good for kids.

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Vanessa Thomas

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I have been working with children for ten years, and have helped a lot with my own siblings. The best part of working with children is that they always surprise you, every day is different. I have a four year old daughter and a love in Texas. I like to model, and have done a variety of work in that field and I love to read.