Infants Lead Teacher
Mrs. Sofia is one of the most beloved members of our team! As one of our longest tenured teachers, Ms. Sofia loves teaching the babies (and only the babies!) With a Florida Professional Child Care Certificate and twelve years of experience, she most enjoys her time talking with the infants and using her knowledge to introduce them to the wonders of the world around them. Along with her husband J.C., she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Ailen, and her granddaughter, Lucia, and watch FC Barcelona (Go Leonel Messi!)
Infants Assistant Teacher
Ms. Ana hails from Holgin, Cuba, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She has made Early Childhood Education her passion, and is currently pursuing her Florida Professional Child Care Certificate. Her favorite part about working with the infants is watching them learn something new every day. She is constantly surprised by how quickly the advance from one stage to the next! In her free time, she loves to bake, spend time with her three children, Carlos Roberto, Ramon Arturo, and Ana Cristina, and go on vacation to Georgia to visit her grandson, Daniel Alejandro!
Toddlers Lead Teacher
Mrs. Angela is originally from Central Havana, Cuba. Before moving to Miami, she studied Child Pedagogy in order to pursue her goal of becoming a teacher. After raising her two children, Heidy and Douglas, she pursued her goal by completing her Florida Child Care Professional Certificate and becoming a teacher. Ms. Angela loves working with the little ones and watching their eyes fill with wonder and amazement when they learn new things. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Andres and Javier, random family barbeques, and resting!
Toddlers Assistant Teacher
Ms. Maria was born and raised in Chinandega, Nicaragua and spent time in California before moving to Miami. It was in California that she began pursuing a career as a preschool teacher, achieving a Child Care Associate Equivalent. Ms. Maria’s creativity abounds; in fact, one of her favorite pastimes is preparing crafts and activities for her students! She also enjoys her weekends with her grandchildren: Samantha, Alyssa, and Brandon.
PK2 Lead Teacher
Mrs. Walkiria was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where she studied and received her Bachelor of Arts in History Education. Ms. Walkiria is truly a teacher who makes a difference in every classroom she steps into. Her favorite part about teaching is leaving an imprint on the lives of her students. Our resident poet, Ms. Walky loves reading novels, writing, watching historical and science fiction movies, and spending time with her son Jose David.
PK2 Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Gretel grew up in Havana, Cuba, where she always dreamed of being a teacher. Always quick to offer a friendly hug, our families love her energy and sweet demeanor towards the children. Ms. Gretel is currently pursuing her Florida Child Care Professional Certificate. She has three children, Ariel, Dariel, and Michael. In her free time, she loves free diving and swimming at the beach!
PK3A Lead Teacher
Mrs. Mayra is a native of Havana, Cuba and is a fully certified preschool teacher with a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate. After a successful career in Accounting, Mayra changed her career path upon returning to Miami. Her desire to teach stems from the love that she receives from her students. Mayra is married with three children, Mayra, Jessica, and Ruly. She enjoys the beach, gardening, and open-air restaurants.
PK3A Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Leti was born and raised in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Florida National University. Ms. Leti also works as a board certified Registered Behavior Technician, or RBT, where she helps children reach their behavioral and developmental goals. She enjoys listening to music, shopping, and spending time with her family, especially her nephew, Brayan.
PK3B Lead Teacher
Mrs. Vero was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a fully certified preschool teacher with a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate. She began teaching due to her love of children, particularly their innocence and honesty. She loves to spend time with her son, “the best son ever”, Diego. Mrs. Vero enjoys bringing her love of the outdoors into the classroom through activities such as gardening. She enjoys yoga, riding her bicycle, and wide open spaces.
VPK Lead Teacher
Mrs. Carmen was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she grew up dreaming of being a teacher. She is a fully certified preschool teacher with a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate and a Director’s Credential. Mrs. Carmen has been teaching for 11 years now, mainly with four year old students. She is fascinated by seeing how much children grow academically and socially at this age. She sees the same natural passion for teaching in her granddaughter, Angelina, who she enjoys spending time with. In her spare time, she also enjoys playing cars with her grandson, Ayden, and traveling the open road of the United States.
VPK Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Milly, as she is known to her students, is our jack-of-all trades at A Sunny Start Preschool! She is a fully certified preschool teacher with a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate. Mrs. Milly fondly remembers her childhood in Cuba, where she would join her sister in emptying out their armoire and setting up a mock classroom in their bedroom. These early moments of chalkboards and yardsticks planted a seed of teaching in Milly’s heart which was realized as she began her teaching career 11 years ago. Milly enjoys going out for a great meal and spending time with her husband and two children, Nelson and Erika.
VPK Assistant Teacher
Ms. Janelle is a Miami native and an alumni of Coral Park Senior High School. She holds a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate. Our students would describe her as playful and fun to talk to, and she is always flexible and willing to lend a helping hand. On the weekends, she enjoys going fishing on her father’s boat and watching movies.
Mrs. Madelin is known to be very loving and nurturing to her students. She was born in Havana, Cuba and has one child of her own. Mrs. During her free time she enjoys to read and dance. She feels that what she loves most about working with children; is what she, herself is able to learn from them.
Mrs. Ana is well-known for her caring-loving ways with the Infant children. She was born in Cuba and has two grown boys of her own; Andy and Silvio. She loves to spend her weekends shopping and with her family. She enjoys seeing how the infants progress with time and loves to be their first teacher.
Mrs. Evelyn is famous for her patience and tolerance with the children. She was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She is the mother of a beautiful girl, Victoria and a handsome boy, Victor. On her free time she enjoys cooking, conversing, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves to see the progress that children in her care make throughout the year.
Mrs. Madeleyne recognized for her ability to cultivate a love for learning in each of her students. She is able to love, comprehend, and enrich her students with educational memories. She has two boys of her own, loves to read, watch movies, and travel with her family. She believes that a good teacher never stops learning; that’s why she continues her own education.
Mrs. Chanel is distinguished for loving each and every child as if it were her own. She is a proud mother to two beautiful daughters. On her spare time she likes to read, clean, and travel. She enjoys watching how children learn and loves the care they show her.
Mrs. Mabel is noted for her captivating charismatic attitude. She has two beautiful children of her own which she loves with all her heart. She loves to be in the mall and loves to go to parties. She appreciates the time that she is able to spend with all the children in the school.
Mrs. Dairene was born and raised in the Havana, Cuba. She has one son and loves to spend time with him and her family. She finds peace in listening to the ocean, visiting church and traveling. She currently is continuing her education and loves to teach children.
Mrs. Celia is responsible for keeping our school so squeaky clean! Originally from Las Tunas, Cuba, Ms. Celia has found her home her at A Sunny Start Preschool. She feels that her position at her preschool combines her love of children with her passion for helping others. Outside of school, she loves reading novels and spending time with her daughters, Juliane and Yujailec, and her granddaughter, Victoria.
I recommended A Sunny Start Preschool to all whom have children from birth to 6 & more if they would take older. I am a proud mother of very bright and advanced children thanks to the tutelage of Teacher Carmen, Milly, Angela, & Sofia. As you can see I have had an experience with every level of teacher in the school. I have a Kindergarten boy which I am proud to say is in K- 1 in his school. For those who do not know what K-1, this is where Kindergarten students are also being taught with 1st graders. My four year old is still at A Sunny Start Preschool and she is extremely bright. The curriculum in her class is incredibly advanced and even though I hate homework she is always excited and eager to do it. She can identify words and knows her numbers this also has to do with the fact she loves her school. All this and she has not yet started VPK because of her birthday, but she will be starting come this school year. Thank you Jennifer, Carmen, Milly, Angela, Sofia & Tatiana you guys are the best.
– Gaby, mom of Zander and Amanda