Ms. Graciela was born in Queens, New York. When she turned nine, her family moved to Florida. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of South Florida in 2019 and recently earned her Master of Science degree in Developmental Trauma from Texas Christian University. She has a true passion for child development and is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for children. During her graduate school career, she became a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (TBRI®) from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. TBRI® is a holistic, evidenced-based, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention that is designed to care for the unique needs of children. Moreover, Ms. Graciela’s family is of Dominican descent, and she speaks English and Spanish fluently. She comes from a big family, which gave her the opportunity to work with children at a young age. Graciela is excited to be part of the Winter Park Day Nursery!
“When you connect with the heart of a child, everything is possible.” – Dr. Karyn Purvis
Ms. Salome was born in South Carolina and attends Winter Park High School. She loves working with children because they are so loving and have great personalities.
“It makes me happy seeing children grow up to be amazing.”
Ms. Brittany was born and raised in Orlando, FL. In 2005, she graduated from high school. Over the last 7 years her love for children has always made her want to become a teacher. When she is not loving on her students at WPDN, she is spending time with her two children.
“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”
Ms. Tiara was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, she became very responsible at an early age. Nurturing, caring, and giving was like a second nature to her and Ms. Tiara knew that she wanted to be in early childhood education. By 2021, she had 3 children, moved to Orlando, and knew she wanted to have a career that she was passionate about. Ms. Tiara stated that God has opened so many doors for her and placed the right people in her life. She loves being a mother but also a mother figure and is thankful for her nurturing gift, not just for her children but every child.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Ms. Vanessa graduated from Valencia College with her A.A degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in childcare since 2016 and has done volunteer work with local elementary schools.
“Accept children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.” – Rudolf Steiner