Meet Our Childcare Team | The Learning Experience

Meet our TLE® Center team

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Karina Finklestein

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I have been working in childcare for over 30 years and joined the TLE family in October 2016. My favorite activity to do with my class is art, especially painting. I graduated high school with art and design, I also have my 45 hours, and CDA. I enjoy every moment with my babies and watching them reach new milestones every day!

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Sarah Martin Vasquez

Infant/ Toddler Float

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I was born in Brazil and moved to the United States as a teenager. I have a son who in now a teen. I have been a part of the TLE team since 2018 and have loved every minute of it. I have my 45 DCF hours and CDA.

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Leah Gagliardo

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

I started in childcare at TLE in 2014. I have worked with infants and toddlers and have loved helping them reach new milestones everyday. I have my 45 hours and CDA. I love to create a safe learning environment for my kids to explore and learn. I love music and playing instruments with the kids. I am a mom of one and enjoy taking my son to Disney world.

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Rachel Dickens

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

I started working at TLE in October of 2021 and have 2 years of experience. I have 3 kids of my own who I love spending time with along with my husband during my free time. I have an associate's degree from Indiana Tech for elementary education.

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Crystal Sloan

Preschool Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

I have been working and playing with kids most of my life. From babysitting to a career, I've always loved it. I have two amazing kids of my own who are now teens. I am currently learning the bass guitar in my spare time. I love music and incorporating it into my class to make learning fun! I have 25 years of experience. I have my 45 hours, directors credentials, CDA, and in the process of getting my RBT.

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Denise Capparella

Preschool Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

I started working at TLE in February of 2020 and love being a part of the team. I enjoy creating a safe learning environment while having fun. My favorite activity with the kids is story time and making the characters come to life. I have a bachelors in social work and my 45 DCF hours.

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Liz Thoreson

VPK Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

I was born and raised here in Florida. I am married and have 2 children of my own. I love animals and have 2 miniature daschunds. I was a Certified Dental Assistant before switching to childcare and now have over 13 years of experience. I have my 45 hours, CDA certification, and VPK certification. 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 hard to make sure all of my students are given the best foundation for a bright future.

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Jessie Hernandez

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

I am from Miami, Florida and have a beautiful family with 3 children and 5 dogs. I love traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I am very outgoing and love to laugh. I like to help others and go out of my way to be kind. I like to create a fun but safe learning environment for my children and enjoy doing hands on experiments with them. I have my 45 DCF hours and over 20 years of childcare experience and have loved everyday working at TLE.

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Jessie Hernandez

Assistant Director

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

I am from Miami, Florida and have a beautiful family with 3 children and 5 dogs. I love traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I am very outgoing and love to laugh. I like to help others and go out of my way to be kind. I like to create a fun but safe learning environment for my children and enjoy doing hands on experiments with them. I have my 45 DCF hours and over 20 years of childcare experience and have loved everyday working at TLE.

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Jessie Hernandez

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

I am from Miami, Florida and have a beautiful family with 3 children and 5 dogs. I love traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I am very outgoing and love to laugh. I like to help others and go out of my way to be kind. I like to create a fun but safe learning environment for my children and enjoy doing hands on experiments with them. I have my 45 DCF hours and over 20 years of childcare experience and have loved everyday working at TLE.