Meet our TLE® Center team

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Karina Finklestein

Infant Techer

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I have worked with TLE since October 2016 and have loved every single day with the little ones. My favorite activity to do with my class is art, especially painting.

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Maggie D'Amato

Toddler Teacher

MissChievous

Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

Expanding children's minds and watching them grow are the reasons I decided early childhood education was for me. I love my class and enjoy seeing what they do new everyday.

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Leah Gagliardo

Toddler Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Making learning fun is what I strive to do! I have been with TLE since 2014. During that time I have loved teaching and interacting with all of my little learners.

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Patty Alvarenga

Twaddler Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I have been with TLE since 2015 and it has made me so happy to be a part of this team. I love my class and the parents I get to meet. I enjoy nurturing all my little ones as they grow.

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Stephanie Casiano

Prepper Teacher

PennyPolite

Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Being a teacher is more than just teaching a child their ABCs and 123s. I believe it is about creating good citizens that will help build a better community for all. That is what I strive to do each day when I am with my little learners!

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Crystal Sloan

Preschool Teacher

MissChievous

Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

I love being a preschool teacher because preschoolers have a lot of energy and so do I! In my class I love to teach using music to help make everything fun.

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Liz Thoreson

VPK Teacher

FlexiFlamingo

Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

I have been with TLE Lakewood Ranch from the very beginning and I love it so much. I have taught three year old preschool and VPK here and I just enjoy all of my little learners. In my class I work had to make sure all of my students are given the best foundation for a bright future.

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Mercedes Martinez

VPK Teacher

Lionstein

Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

My time with TLE has been the best years of my teaching career. I love teaching my class while keeping them safe and happy. We work and we play hard as we grow together!

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Sara Birklund

VPK Teacher

PennyPolite

Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

My goal as a teacher is to encourage a fun, healthy, and productive learning environment. I love seeing the smiling, happy faces that enter my class each day!