Ms. Michelle is the Director at My First Place. She has a deep love for children and a passion for education. She obtained her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Specialization in Mathematics in 1993. Since then, she taught children of all ages in private, charter, and public schools. This experience has brought the best practices of her career to My First Place Preschool. Ms. Michelle cherishes the opportunity to foster early learning education here at MFP. She believes that preschool is a great way to begin building the foundation of a child’s future. She enjoys working closely with the teachers to provide a highly nurturing environment that enables the children to blossom and grow while developing a lifelong love of learning.
Ms. Tiffany is our Assistant Director. She has worked as a teacher and Assistant Director since 2006. She has been the assistant director at My First Place for three years now, but has 10 years of early education experience. Her main duty is to keep the teachers and children's files up to DCF standards and office work in general. In addition, Ms. Tiffany loves to greet our parents and students, and to spend time in the classrooms supporting the staff. Every day she is in and out of our seven classrooms. She supports teachers, spends time with the children and gets to know the families. We love her kindness and humbleness, and the love she extends to the children every day.
This is Ms. Jodi’s 24th year at My First Place. She is currently the Pre-K 4 Teacher and has been working with children for the last 28 years. Her dedication to the children is relevant everyday as she presents her lessons. Ms. Jodi knows that young children learn through their senses and experiences, so she engages in a variety of hands-on activities. She takes into account the interests and strengths of each individual student which is so important for toddlers learning to socialize and become life-long learners. Ms. Jodi is certified by the Florida Department of Education with her Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and the Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Certificate.
Ms. Arlin is our Pre-K 2 Teacher. She has been a preschool teacher since 2005, 15 years now. She has a passion for educating children and enjoys watching them grow and flourish. She is a very creative and loving teacher who teaches in a way that is developmentally appropriate while keeping it fun. Ms. Arlin makes her classroom a place where learning is evident every day! She focuses daily in the areas of social skills, the use of small and large motor skills and academics, engaging them in arts, songs, dance and body movements. Most of all, she is dedicated to bringing out the best in their students. Ms. Arlin is certified by the Florida Department of Education with her Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and the Child Development Associate (CDA).
ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
Our experienced teachers are nurturing and highly qualified to prepare your children for Kindergarten. Their goal is to expose the children to music and movement, literature, Science and Math; as well as to enhance their learning through hands-on experiences, exploration and dramatic play.
Our staff has taken the childcare training courses required by Miami-Dade County, as well as the First Aid and CPR course. Furthermore, all the teachers hold a Bachelor’s degree, Associate in Arts degree or an Early Childhood certificate.
All of them are required to undergo a background screening and fingerprinting process monitored by The Department of Children and Families and Childcare Licensing and Enforcement. They are also required to attend in-service classes throughout the school year as part of their continuing education.
Ms. Arelis has been a preschool Teacher for 15 years. She is working in our older 2's classroom. The children love her and she loves to spend time with them. She is a very caring and loving teacher, who is always looking out for the safety of the children. She is passionate about preschool education and literacy and she thinks she has the most fun job of anyone she knows. To her, the most amazing thing is to see or hear one of her students apply the skills that she has taught them and see the excitement on their face! Ms. Arelis has her FCCPC credential and the Director Credential. She is certified by the Department of Children and Families with the Child Care Professional Certificate.
Ms. Judy has 22 years of experience working with children at the elementary and preschool level. She has her Bachelors in Psychology and Elementary Education and her Masters degree in Education, and enjoys every aspect of teaching. Through the years, she has realized that the children can teach us just as much as she teaches them. She loves getting messy in the classroom, laughing, and being silly with the children all while discovering things together along the way. Ms. Judy encourages active learning where the students make choices so that they can explore, play, and problem solve. Teaching children and helping them to grow emotionally and academically is her passion!
Ms. Erika started working with children in 2005 and has been in the field ever since. She possesses three very important qualities…patience, flexibility and love. It is no wonder that all the younger Pre-K 2 children connected instantly with her. She believes in the importance of early literacy, so she reads to them daily and engages in questions and conversation about the book to help them become readers. Ms. Erika is certified by the Florida Department of Education with her Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and the VPK Certificate.
Ms. Benjany, better known as Ms. Benny, has 7 years of experience working in an early learning center. She is originally from Venezuela and decided to make early learning her life’s work the moment she started to work with children in 2013. Ms. Benny believes that knowledge is power and recognized that the earlier it begins, the better for the child’s future academic life. She is very creative and is devoted to enhancing the life of every toddler under her care. Ms. Benny obtained her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, she has the Conscious Discipline Certificate and Professional Child Care Certificate.