Experienced Educators With Passion And Talent
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Quality Preschool and Daycare serving Central Florida
Maria Dos Santos
Owner and CEO
Maria has worked in early childhood education since 1997, and is continually analyzing the field’s evolution to update the school’s curriculum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Metropolitan University of Caracas, Venezuela, and an Advanced Level Director’s Credential in Florida. Since 2001, Maria has served in many capacities in the United States and positively shaped the lives of more than 1800 children through preschool operations.
Michelle Dos Santos
Director at My First Academy 2
Director at My First Academy 3
Working in early childhood education since 2011, Angelica has served in many capacities in a preschool setting and brought her diverse skill set to every role. She holds her Director’s Credentials in Florida and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Helping wherever she can and seeing children with smiles on their faces is the most rewarding part of her job.
Director of My First Academy 1
Nicole has worked in the Early Childhood education field for over 10 years. She began her career in Early Childhood as a Teacher throughout all the different age groups. Nicole holds her National Child Development Associate as well as her National Director’s Credential with VPK Endorsement. Since a young age she knew her passion was working with children and striving to give them the best quality and nurturing environment and education she can provide. She believes the first years of a child’s life are the most important as they learn to be compassionate, confident, and curious, building skills that will change the world. Her goal is to continue to grow as an Early Learning Education professional providing the best possible learning experience for both the children and parents.
Director of My First Academy 1
Director of My First Academy 2
Eliana has worked for over 23 years in the Early Childhood Education field. She received her Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the José Antonio Paez University of Valencia, and in 2013, she received her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Carabobo University while also earning the same Degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Eliana holds her Director’s Credential for the state of Florida. She has worked for over 15 years in the nationally recognized Educational Institution Juan XXIII, who are accredited with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, supporting teachers, management, staff members, parents, and the community as an Academic Coordinator and Teacher. Eliana is so excited to come back to the My First Academy Family to continue to live out our mission and core values.
Director of My First Academy 3
Lizmar has worked over 16 years in the Early Childhood Education field. Working as a teacher for toddlers and VPK, and earning the position of Assistant Director, she has showcased her abilities of being passionate, determined, and hardworking. Lizmar is an advocate of the importance and benefits of Early Childhood Education in the success of all children. She believes that Early Childhood Education is the foundation children need to begin their unique and individual journeys towards their own success while developing their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Lizmar has an Associate’s Degree in National Child Development and obtains her Directors Credentials for the State of Florida. In her 16 plus years of experience, she has supported teachers, management, and staff members across many different educational functions within the field.