All of our teachers have had background checks performed and participate in ongoing childcare training. As a licensed child care provider, we are regularly and rigorously inspected by the Pinellas County Licensing Board and the Pinellas County Health Department.
Ms. Susie has known from the time she was young that she wanted to work with young children, she started babysitting when she was 11. She has been a preschool teacher for the last 27 years, a Director for the last 14 years, and the Owner/Director of her namesake, Ms. Susie’s Learning Center, for the last 12 years. Teaching has always been her first love and she likes to be a “hand’s on” Director. Every week she is in every classroom of her preschool. She personally knows all the children, and strives to nurture an open and positive relationship with their parents as well. As a parent of a 2nd grader herself, she knows firsthand about the challenges of being a parent today.
Ms. Susie strives for a smoothly functioning preschool. The school is always stocked up on needed supplies and learning tools. Cleanliness is a top priority, and she employs excellent staff with minimum turn over. In addition, the school has great inspection records.
Ms. Kathy, our long time two year old teacher, retired in April 2014, but she will be back from time to time as a guest teacher. In the meantime, she’ll be travelling, going on cruises with her hubby, and generally enjoying her retirement with her family.
Ms. Kathy started babysitting at age 11, and has been with us since Ms. Susie’s opened in 2002. She has been a preschool teacher since 1992, earned her CDA in 1996 and earned her Director’s credentials in 2003. Her two sons are grown and have successful careers of their own. She also has four grandchildren. She walks or cycles daily.
Ms. Kathy has a calm, gentle approach that emphasizes consistency and redirection.
Certified to work with young children for the last 14 years has afforded Ms. Chari the privilege and joy of doing what she finds most rewarding, working with young children. She has her CDA and is working toward her Associates in Arts in Early Childhood Development. She is an active member of National Association for the Education of Young Children, a national organization whose sole mission is ensuring high quality early childhood education. This is her third year of receiving hugs and kisses from her students at Ms. Susie’s.
Ms. Cindy was a busy, devoted, Stay At Home Mother for many years, volunteering with her children’s schools, activities and in the community. She has lived all over the country, travelling to support her husband’s career. A native Floridian, Ms. Cindy is very glad to be back. You can find her visiting with her friends from high school, or at the beach with her dogs. Even though she possesses a medical coding and billing diploma, she chooses to work with pre-schoolers. Ms. Cindy came on board at Ms. Susie’s in February 2014 and loves working with children. Her position here suits her youthful, high-energy, hands-on style.
Meet our VPK teacher! Ms. Debbie came on board May 2014. She has been teaching preschool since 1994, and VPK since 2008. Ms. Debbie is also working on completing her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Originally hailing from Illinois, she moved here in 1988. When she’s not educating preschoolers at Ms. Susie’s, she’s busy having fun with her seven grandchildren, two dogs, cat, birds and fish. She reads for pleasure in the spare time that she has left over.