Kimberly Sineath, Director
Ms. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in program administration from Florida State University. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for 14 years. She began her career working with 2-1-1 Big Bend, providing telephone counseling & information and referral. This experience fueled her passion for prevention and early intervention services. From there, she went on to work for Prevent Child Abuse Florida within the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. During this time Ms. Sineath focused on parent education and support by implementing Circle of Parent support groups throughout the state. In 2008 Ms. Kim transitioned to The Learning Pavilion, and is dedicated to providing a continuum of services to our community from early intervention and parent support to internships and community education. In the future she would like to expand TLP’s services throughout the Big Bend area and share our program model with child development centers across the state. Ms. Kim is actively involved in community advocacy groups such as the Leon County Infant Mental Health Community Action Team, Whole Child Leon, and Gadsden- Leon P.A.C.T. Parents, Providers, & Community Advocating for Children Together on behalf of TLP. She grew up in Deltona, Florida and moved to Tallahassee in 1999. She is married and is the mom of two boys that keep her busy in her spare time with sports and extra circular activities.
Kathryn Schmidt, Educational Coordinator
Ms. Kathryn earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Flagler College and a Director’s Credential. Prior to earning her bachelor’s degree, she earned a CDA and A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Tallahassee Community College. She is certified to teach Pre-K – 8th grade. Ms. Kathryn has worked since 1987 as a preschool teacher, home child care provider, teacher trainer, child care grant coordinator, DCF Child Care Inspector and preschool director. Ms. Kathryn joined The Learning Pavilion administrative team in August 2014 as the Educational Coordinator. She is originally from Ohio, but grew up in Naples, Florida. She and her husband have two grown children. They love to go camping, canoeing and on nature walks.
Jamie Singleton, Junior Director Infants & Toddlers
Ms. Jamie earned the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) and holds a current Director’s Credential. She has taken many advanced courses including Department of Education’s Florida Early Learning and VPK Standards, Implementing Screening and Assessment in the Early Childhood Setting and extensive coursework in working with children with special needs. She began working in the early childhood field in 2001 as a preschool and VPK teacher in an inclusive setting and has been a preschool director. She is so excited to be a part of an elite preschool. Ms. Jamie was born and raised in Tallahassee and is currently pursuing a BA in Early Childhood Education.
Hillary Hopkins, Junior Director Preschool and VPK
Ms. Hillary earned a B.A. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and holds a current Director’s Credential. She began working in the early childhood field as a summer camp counselor while still in high school and college. Since that time, Ms. Hillary has worked as a preschool and VPK teacher, center director and family advocate. Ms. Hillary grew up in Bradenton, Florida and has been living in Tallahassee since 2012. She believes whole heartedly in The Learning Pavilion’s early childhood mission and philosophy and strives to help each child reach their full potential as they move into elementary school and beyond.
VPK Teachers and Classroom Assistants
Ivory Miller, VPK Lead Teacher
Ms. Ivory has completed all required Department of Children & Families courses. She graduated from Florida A & M with a B.A. in Social Work in 2015. Ms. Ivory is currently pursuing a MSW. She’s been working with children of all ages for since 2005. She plans to use her degree in Social Work and background working with young children to work with families that are at-risk of abuse and neglect in order to ensure that children are well cared for and get the best start in life. Ms. Ivory grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is interested in fashion and loves to dance and shop.
Te’Neja “Ms. T” Rodgers, VPK Lead Teacher
Ms. Ta’Neja earned her B.A. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. She has been working in the early childhood field since 2012 and is working toward becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. Ms. Ta’Neja is originally from Madison, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee since 2010.
Ms. Amy has earned an A.A. in Early Childhood. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Education and would eventually like to earn a Master’s in Secondary Education. Ms. Amy has been working with children most of her adult life. She began working with The Learning Pavilion in 2011 when she moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, Florida. Ms. Amy describes herself as a loving, happy and easy going person, who loves to read, shop for shoes and roller skate.
Ms. Michelle has earned an A.S. in Early Childhood Education. She’d like to pursue a bachelor’s in nursing. Ms. Michelle has been teaching at The Learning Pavilion since 2010, where she’s worked with all age groups. She is a strong proponent for early interventions and the inclusion of children with special needs. She loves to be silly and spontaneous with the children and finds talking with parents about their children to be the most rewarding part of being a preschool teacher.
Rebekah “Becky” Miller
Ms. Becky earned a B.S. in Child Development from Florida State University. She’s worked in the early education and care field since 1998. Over that time, she’s completed many courses in early childhood. Over the many years, she’s worked with children of all ages, though her focus has been mainly with 1 year olds. Ms. Becky grew up in Blountstown, Florida and her future goals include becoming an Early Childhood teacher trainer, helping other teachers to grow and develop skills that will help them provide quality care for other children.
Ms. Asia earned her A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Tallahassee Community College. She is working toward becoming an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, so that she can assist children with special needs. Ms. Asia grew up in Tallahassee and has been working with young children since 2009.
Ms. Tomeka earned the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) in 2010. She is also proficient in Baby Sign Language. She has worked in the child care field since 2008, specializing in working with infants and toddlers. Ms. Tomeka is from Monticello, Florida and is currently working on completing a degree in the education field.
Ms. Doris attended Gadsden Vocational School and completed the Child Development Associates program with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She’s been working with young children since 1995. During those years, Ms. Doris has worked as a Para-Professional for Leon County Schools Pre-K, as well as an After-School Assistant before coming to work for The Learning Pavilion in 2004. She is married with three grown children and four grandchildren. Her future plans include retirement and becoming a primary caregiver for children with disabilities.
Ms. Samantha has completed the 45 hour Department of Children and Families courses. She has been working in the early childhood field since 2015. She is working toward becoming a Kindergarten teacher and is passionate about working with young children and helping them grow and learn. Ms. Samantha is originally from Palm Bay, Florida and has also taught children under 5 years old to swim.
Tameka German, Occupational Therapist
Photo and Bio coming soon!
Rachel Quinn, Speech and Language Pathologist
Christi Rider, Early Intervention – Wobblers, Toddlers & Preschool
Ms. Christi has completed all required Department of Children & Families courses, including many advanced course work in Early Literacy, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Special Needs. She began working with children while in high school. Ms. Christi has worked at The Learning Pavilion since 2011 with a focus on children with special needs. Her future plans are to retire to Panama and open an avocado farm. She considers herself to be very creative, compassionate and loving and that children are the living messages we send to the future.
Jessica Michaelsen, Early Intervention – VPK and School Age
Ms. Jessica holds a B.A. in Literature and is currently working on Early Childhood training. She is thinking about pursuing a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She’s been either volunteering her time in elementary schools, working as a youth swim instructor or a preschool teacher since graduation from high school. She’s worked with The Learning Pavilion since August 2014. Ms. Jessica is originally from Palm Bay, Florida but spent a significant amount of her childhood in Arizona. She has a love for learning, is usually the happiest person in the room and loves to talk.
Claire Ancheta, Accounting Clerk
Ms. Claire earned an A.A. from Tallahassee Community College. Before coming to The Learning Pavilion, she worked in healthcare. She has always worked with sick children and has a passion for helping. Ms. Claire joined The Learning Pavilion team in August 2013. Ms. Claire is originally from Hereford, England, but was raised in Queens, New York. She moved to Tallahassee in January 1990. She married her high school sweetheart and is the mother of two young boys who attend The Learning Pavilion. She is an animal lover and enjoys going to see live music and camping at festivals.
Mary Ashley Garcia, Receptionist
Ms. Mary Ashley earned a B.A. in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University. She began working in the early education field in 2010. She loves working with children. Ms. Mary Ashley is originally from Miami, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee since 2012.
Maylore “Ms. May” Demesmin, Classroom Aide
Ms. May has completed all required Department of Children & Families courses. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Though she is young, she’s been taking care of children (siblings) as well as professionally for most of her life. She loves working at The Learning Pavilion because she’s able to gain more insight and knowledge into the development of children socially and emotionally. Ms. May is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her future plans are to open her own preschool. She views the children she cares for as part of her family and provides the best quality care possible.
Emanie Mompremier, Classroom Aide
Ms. Emanie has completed 45 hours of DCF required training. She is originally from Pompano Beach, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee since 2013. She’s worked with young children since 2010 and would one day love to become a preschool director. Ms. Emanie loves the responsibility of working with young children and helping them learn….it’s her heart’s passion.
Ms. Charvese Williams, Chef
Chef Charvese holds an A.S. in Culinary Management and has completed the CDF 45 hour training. She is originally from Sanford, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee since Spring 2016. She not only has culinary experience, but has also worked as a teacher in a child care center, giving her the knowledge and expertise to cook great meals for the The Learning Pavilion children and staff. Her dream is to own a personal chef business and teach culinary classes. She loves working at The Learning Pavilion because she gets to interact with the children and cook great food with wonderful ingredients.