Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2nd - May 6th 2016

The building blocks of our school.....

are our Early Childhood Educators whom deserve a huge applause! Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner and we'd like to celebrate them! Ashley and I are so very proud of the staff at The Learning Cottage. This set of educators have not only put their full heart and early education knowledge into the bodies and brains of your little ones each day, but they continue to grow professionally and we are proud of the amazing early educators they are! Their dedication to the school and your child is apparent as you walk through the halls and enjoy the sounds of happy and smiling children.


We would like to kindly ask that you join us during the week of May 2nd in celebrating their dedication and hard work. An extra hug will do the trick :). Below is a list of each teacher and their role(s) at The Learning and Little Cottages. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about them... they are truly special!


Thank you, FAMILIES for your support! Thank you TEACHERS for your love and knowledge shared each day.


With Love & Appreciation,


Aimee Muldoon & Ashley Cabe- Yerkovich

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The Learning Cottage (and Little) Educator Team.............

Ms. Kate

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Fusion Green Room Teacher

Ms. Kate is the Green Homeroom teacher where she enjoys teaching children 3-5 years of age. Her teachings are focused on Science, Social Studies and Math. Ms. Kate has always enjoyed sharing knowledge and sharing encouragement. In previous jobs Ms. Kate was a trainer for her peers and wanted the chance to do the same for young minds where enjoyment comes from discovery lead learning. Ms. Kate says her favorite part of teaching is watching the enjoyment on the faces of her students as they accomplish tasks, creating a sense of pride for the young child. Outside of her role at The Learning Cottage, Ms. Kate enjoys anything that involves being outdoors such as riding her bike, taking pictures, swimming and watching baseball.

Ms. Victoria

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Fusion Red Room Teacher

Ms. Victoria came to The Learning Cottage last summer. Prior to working with us she enjoyed being a nanny for young children and volunteering her time in the nursery which led her to the childcare field. Ms. Victoria is the Red Room teacher, focused on Arts. She enjoys witnessing a child's growth and development and the connections made with each student. In her spare time she does yoga and enjoys running, reading and painting.

Ms. Alana

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Blue Room Assistant Teacher

Ms. Alana came to The Learning Cottage during the school year and acts as an assistant Blue Room teacher to Ms. Aimee. She also supports Ms. Victoria & Ms. Kate as needed. She says she has always had a passion for working with children, so Early Childhood was a great fit! Ms. Alana is currently in her last year of her Education degree from University of South Florida! Ms. Alana enjoys making connections with the Fusion children and making a positive impact on their future. In her spare time she is also a cheerleading coach and loves crafting and being outdoors.

Ms. JoAnne

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Jr. Preschool I Teacher

Ms. JoAnne. The one born on Earth Day.... and that... explains it all :). This peaceful teacher uses her love for the earth to teach the children in her care each day (we DO love that!). Ms. JoAnne has a son, Dylan, who is also a Learning Cottage student. She is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys creating and observing the beautiful nature of childhood in her classroom each day.

Ms. Carly

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Little Cottage Floater Teacher

Ms. Carly began her Early Childcare Career with us in October of last year. From a very young age Ms. Carly had a passion for working with young children. Ms. Carly attended Sarasota PolyTech where she earned her certificate in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Carly enjoys the bonds formed and trust created between the child and teacher/caregiver. "They teach me as much as I teach them" Ms. Carly shared. She added, "I learn so much from them in their genuine, in the moment, presence. When not working with the children at The Little Cottage, Ms. Carly enjoyes bikes rides, church, yoga, drawing, writing and painting. She also enjoys spending time at the beach, being with family and traveling.

Ms. Kerri

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Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms Kerri is the lead toddler Teacher in The Little Cottage. When asked about her hobbies she stated she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach,watching sports, photography and traveling. She enjoys helping children learn new things and sharing with them as they explore the world around them and interact with each other. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her daughter and going to the beach.

Ms Alex

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Infant Co-Teacher

Ms. Alex is our infant co-Teacher. When asked about her hobbies, she says she enjoys dancing, an occasional work out and horseback riding. Her love for children is what brought her into the child care field. She enjoys helping the children learn and grow. Her spare time is spent enjoying her own two children, ages 6 years and 6 months.

Ms. Amy Hanna

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Main Building Assistant Director

Ms. Amy is our main building assistant director. She loves spending time with her family and friends and exercising. Dirt track racing, specifically sprint cars and modifieds, are hobbies of hers. She has loved caring for children since she was very young. She chose to pursue a career in early childhood education in the 11th grade. Watching the children grow physically, emotionally and cognitively through their early years brings her great joy. Her spare time is spent with family, staying in contact with friends in PA and planing racing trips! Ms. Amy came to The Learning Cottage with a Child Development Assoc. This year she earned her Administrative Credential!

Ms. Sami

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Current Infant Teacher with Promotion to Jr. Preschool II Teacher

Ms. Sami is currently our lead Infant Teacher whom is also excited to make her way into the Jr. Preschool II classroom as she recently received this promotion. When asked what her hobbies were, Ms. Sami responded, "running, cooking, running, cooking, running cooking- Oh! .. and SLEEPING". She feels she has always had a special bond with small children and feels grateful that has carried over into her career. She believes the smiles on the children's faces and seeing them discover the world around them with excitement makes every challenge worth it. Ms Sami enjoys spending her spare time outside, discovering new places and with family and friends. Ms. Sami is currently working towards her Child Development Assoc.

Ms. Andrea

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Little Cottage Asst. Director

Ms. Andrea is the Little Cottage assistant Director. When asked about her hobbies she stated she enjoys gardening, putting together photo albums and cooking. As Ms Andrea watched young minds explore, learn and grow she developed a love for early childhood teaching. She loves seeing the results of each individual child. In her spare time she loves going to the beach, having family time movie nights with her boys, working out and eating at new places. Ms. Andrea came to The Learning Cottage with her Child Development Assoc. and earned her Administrative credential this year!
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