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Julie Banks, director, has a Bachelor's degree in education and Spanish from the State University of NY at Geneseo. She also has a Master's Degree in education and language arts from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas. Mrs. Banks has worked as a teacher since 1991 and we are pleased to have her as a leader of staff development and educational policy at Playtime.
Emily Brushwood, director, has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education from Auburn University and a Master's degree in Elementary Curriculum from the University of South Florida. Mrs. Brushwood was previously a teacher in the Hillsborough County School system and we are pleased to have her creativity and enthusiasm as she leads our curriculum development and center design team.
Rosie Marte - Ms. Rosie has her CDA, as a child development specialist. Before coming to Playtime Learning Academy in 2018, she owned and operated her own child care program. She is organized and knowledgeable; but what parents really love is how kind she is. In her patient and kind ways, she is always willing to take the extra steps to meet the needs of each family. Her classroom is always buzzing with activity and she never seems to run out of energy for her class. She meets every challenge with a smile and works cooperatively with all her team.
Rita Rosado - Miss Rita has both her CDA as a child development specialist and her Administrator Credential to lead in a child care setting. She is currently working on her degree in education. Her experience as a teacher and as an administrator is a great asset to the Playtime family. She has a classroom environment in which children can easily manipulate their learning tools because everything has a place and a purpose. She teaches the whole child in everything she does. Her children grow academically and socially by leaps and bounds. Although Miss Rita is a preschool administrator, her primary role at Playtime is as a teacher and a mentor. This is the role she has chosen and by the smile on her face each day; we all know it brings her great joy. Any child would be lucky to grow and learn with Miss Rita.
Klotilda Braho - Ms. Klotilda has her BA degree and her CDA. She originally taught social science before specializing in early childhood education. She has a broad base of knowledge to bring to her students. She is infectiously cheerful with a smile to share every day. She sings, she dances, and she makes learning through discovery fun. Her creative approach always keeps the children engaged. She has been at Playtime Learning Academy since 2012 and has become a mentor to other teachers. Parents enjoy how easy it is to be involved in her class as she always welcomes participation.
Ovita Dove – Miss Dove, has been working in childcare since 1992. In addition to her CDA in early childhood education, she has specialized training in guidance, behavioral science, emergent literacy, special needs education, and administration. She has an open heart and a kindness of spirit that is contagious. Her caring ways and sweet singing voice are a few of the things that parents remember most about her creative classroom. Her organization and dedication to children are among the many qualities that make her uniquely suited to the complex environment of a toddler classroom and greatly appreciated.
Susan Culumber - Ms. Susan has Bachelor's Degree and has been working at Playtime since 2012. She has worked with many different age groups and ability levels from special needs children to advanced learning gifted programs. She has a unique ability to assess children's individual needs and work with small groups to advance learning for each child. She is kind, patient, and loving. Her classroom is always full of wonderful examples of open-ended, creative play-based learning.
Ania Reytor - Ms. Ania earned her Associates Degree in early childhood education in 2015 and has been working with children for many years before that.Parents appreciate her loving manner, flexibility and the time she spends listening to their needs. She has a family focus attitude that helps ease the home to school transition for younger children. Her many years of experience and her patience help her to foster her students' growing independence and encourage persistence as they move toward more challenging goals.
Yadira Rivera - Mrs. Yadi has her CDA (child development accreditation) and has been working at Playtime since the start of 2011. She has grown with Playtime, starting as an assistant teacher and working her way up to a lead teaching position. Her firm, but friendly teaching style leads to a wonderful learning environment where children feel safe and loved every day. Her strong work ethic and positive spirit keep the class always on target toward reaching their preschool learning goals. She can always be seen smiling and laughing as she helps her students grow through discovery-based learning.
Phylicia Clarke - Miss Phylicia has her CDA (child development accreditation) and has been working at Playtime since 2009. She has a kind, gentle personality, but knows how to gain the respect and cooperation of her students. Her extensive sports background and creative energy make her a favorite teacher among Playtime children. She can often be seen organizing and playing games with the children. Her constant encouragement and social interactions with children lead to growing vocabularies and increased critical thinking among her students.
Teaching Assistants - Playtime Learning Academy has a staff of twenty dedicated professionals. Each lead teacher has an assistant teacher or in some cases several assistant teachers that help accomplish our goals. Playtime Learning Academy is an academic school and child care center, but in many ways it is like a family with each member of our staff playing a valuable role. We are very fortunate to have such a well-trained dedicated group of professionals assisting in the classrooms.