Meet our TLE® Center team

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Melody Hamby

Assistant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

Experience: 7 years Credentials: CDA Why you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love working with kids and making a lasting impact on them. Hobbies: Fishkeeping

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Kristina Hodel

Assistant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Experience: 22 years Credentials: CDA Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love making a difference in the world of a child and the memories created Hobbies: Crafting and photography

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Tracy Hartz

Chef

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Experience: 6 years Credentials: 45 DCF hours, certified medical assistant, Food Safety Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love to help children learn. I love when they smile as they meet a goal. Hobbies: I like to read, ride my bicycle and walk.

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Kelsey Ross

Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

Experience: 6 years Credentials: CDA Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love to watch each child grow and learn throughout their time at TLE. Also, the relationships you make with the children and their families. Hobbies: I love sports! I love my Tampa teams! God Bolts, Bucs, Rays, Bulls and Gators! I love being with my family and being outdoors.

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Cathie Cabral

Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Experience: 20 years Credentials: CDA, BA Psychology Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love watching children develop, learn and grow into little people. I love the relationship that develops between the children's parents and teachers. Hobbies: walking, cats, anything Canadian and reading.

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Kristal Stephens

Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Experience: 12 years Credentials: AA degree Why you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love the joy it gives me on a daily basis to see each child learn something new! Hobbies: Doing nails & Cleaning.

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Adriel Antoine Bland

Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Experience: 14 years Credentials: BA Hospitality Management, MA Organizational Behaviors, MA Special Education Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love to watch children grow up to love learning. Hobbies: I love painting, being outdoors and to BBQ.

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Shondra Darius

Lead Teacher / Mentor Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Experience: 12 years Credentials: CDA, AA in Occupational Therapy Why do you love being in Early Childhood Education: I love to nurture and help children reach their creative abilities. I also love to be a positive influence. Hobbies: Crafting, I love the outdoors, exploring new places, spending time with my family.