Meet Our Childcare Team | The Learning Experience

Meet our TLE® Center team

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Ms. Destany

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Hello! My name is Destany. I have been working in childcare for four years. I am a Tampa native. My favorite age group is infants! I have an Associates of Arts in Marketing. My favorite color is purple. When I am not working, I like to go shopping, my favorite designer bag is Coach. I enjoy Pinterest and playing with my nephew.

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Ms. Maria Elena

Preschool Teacher

My name is Maria Elena. I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I lived in Connecticut for 29 years where I attended college for Early Childhood Education. As a wife, mentor, florist, mother, grandmother, and educator I always chase the heart of a child. The passion that I have for this field has opened my mind to discover new horizons. I also enjoy reading and singing in my free time.

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Ms. Cenedra

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

My name is Cenedra but people call me "Cece." I am a loving mother of 4 and have been in the early childhood field since 2014.

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Ms. Johanna

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

My name is Johanna. I am a proud military spouse and blessed mother of two. I have an Associate degree in Early Childhood Management. Working with young children has always been a passion of mine.

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Ms. Stephanie

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

My name is Stephanie and I have recently moved to Florida from New York. I love it here already! I am a mother of one. I come from a very large family, full of children. I would babysit family members often, which sparked my interest in pursuing early childhood education as a career. I truly love what I do.

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Ms. Katherine

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

My name is Katherine but people call me Katie. I have working in childcare since 2018. I love working with infants and my hobbies include gardening and trying new recipes.

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Ms. Emma

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Sonar

My name is Emma and I am 18 years old. I am a new member of the TLE family. I have always had a passion for taking care of children.

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Ms. Filomena

Cook

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

My name is Filomena Laudando but you can call me Mena. I am the kitchen chef at TLE- Riverview, providing delicious meals for all of our wonderful students. I’m originally from Naples, Italy, and traveled here to America with my parents in search of a new life. I’ve worked many jobs, in just about every industry you can imagine, but found my true calling in life when I began cooking for school children. I’m a proud mom of 3 daughters and wife to the most loving husband. I love to cook; however, my free time is spent enjoying my family, swimming with my 4 grandsons, or just hanging out at the beach and enjoying the ocean breeze and warm salt water.

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Ms. Jaslynn

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello my name is Jaslynn. I am 24 years old. I have worked in childcare for seven years and have loved every minute of it. My future plans are to be a RN in Pediatrics.

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Ms. Meghan

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello, my name is Meghan. I am a new member of the TLE family and I couldn't be happier to be a part of this program. I love to watch the children in my care grown and learn.

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Ms. A'shanti

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

My name is A'shanti and I am 19 years old. I have worked in childcare for almost two years and I love it. I am currently working towards my CDA. On my free time I enjoy sewing, reading, and traveling. Animals are another passion of mine.

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Ms. Heather

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hello, my name is Heather and I am 23 years old. I am a mother of two who recently moved to Tampa from North Dakota. I have worked in childcare for 3 years prior to coming to TLE.

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Ms. Simone

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

My name is Simone. I have been working with children for over 10 years now. I enjoy being in the classroom and watching children learn and discover new things. I love movies, reading, and video games.

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Ms. Moriah

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

My name is Moriah Coles. I began volunteer work with children when I was just 12 years old. I loved it and started working in childcare when I was 17. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at USF.

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Ms. Zhaliyah

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Two Plus Toucan

My name is Zhaliyah and I have been working in childcare for 5+ years. I am currently pursuing my degree in education. I love working with children to help expand their minds and express their feelings by using words.

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Ms. Bella

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

I go by Miss Bella. I am the oldest out of seven, so caring for children is something that always came easily to me. I love my job; better yet I love my daily play dates, story times, sing-alongs, dress up parties, crazy days and all. I’ve worked in child care for 4 years and plan on continuing my career geared around “our future”.

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Ms. Cassidy

Prepper Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Hello! My name is Cassidy and I am 20 years old. I am a student at USF. Go Bulls! I have worked in child acre for almost a year and I love it.

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Ms. Mikale

Prepper Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

My name is Mikale and I have been working in childcare for 4+ years. Working with children as always brought me joy. I am currently pursuing a degree in nursing but in my free time I enjoy baking and drawing.

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Ms. Shirley

Prepper Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hi my name is Shirley, and I have been part of the TLE-Riverview family for 6 years. I started in Twaddler class, but for the last 5 years I have been a teacher in Preppers. As a Prepper teacher I go above and beyond to ensure the children who pass through my class get the most out of their experience. I enjoy fishing, camping, and spending time with my family.

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Mr. Tyrone

Preschool Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello, my name is Mr. Tyrone Dukes. I go by the name Mr. T. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I started working with children overseas and opened my own preschool business in Okinawa, Japan. My wife has retired out of the Air Force serving 20 years. We have three children and now live in Florida. I enjoy working with children and helping them grow.

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Jarica Brown

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello my name is Jarica. I am a true Floridian born and raised here in this beautiful sunshine state. I became interested in volunteering with children after taking Child Development 9th grade year in high school with after school daycare work. Although I am attending college as a full-time double majored student for Hospitality Management in Business and Event Management, I absolutely have a passion for working with children!

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Ms. Lorena

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

Hi! I'm Lorena. I've been working with children for about 7 years. I am currently a nursing student pursuing a future career in pediatric nursing. I love spending time with my friends and family, playing soccer, and fishing. I am a Tampa native. Go Bucs!

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Ms. Angelina

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

My name is Angelina and I am 19 years old. I have been working at TLE for three years and am going to college for Business Administration. In my free time I enjoy art and watching movies.

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Ms. Chandra

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

My name is Chandra Anderson but you all can call me Ms. C. I have a genuine passion for working, teaching and coaching. I am very athletic and love the outdoors. I honestly believe that it takes a special teacher to understand what a child cannot say.

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Ms. Shyanne

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

My name is Shyanne McFalls and I am new to the team! I have my Associates in Early Childhood Education and currently working on getting my Bachelor’s in teaching. I have worked in child care for 5 years and love it. One big goal I have is to open up my own childcare center and help shape little minds of my own. I am excited to see how well I grow as a leader and teacher.