CDRC Staff

Pamela Bell

Pamela C. Bell, B.A., M.Ed.


Our Director, Pam Bell, joined the University of North Florida Child Development Research Center staff in August 1996 as Lead Teacher for Class Three. She has been the director since 1998. Ms. Bell has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in special Education from the University of North Florida. Ms. Bell also has her Advanced Director's Certificate and has been an adjunct professor at Florida State College of Jacksonville and is currently adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.


Sharon Miller


Sharon Miller, B.A.

Assistant Director

Sharon Miller is Assistant Director and previously worked at the CDRC from August 2003 through December 2004 as a lead teacher. Sharon has a B.A. in Sociology/Elementary Education from Bridgewater College and has worked in the Early Childhood field for over twenty years in both private and non-profit agencies. Before returning to the CDRC she worked with at-risk children at the Don Brewer Center in Jacksonville.


Judy Vaesa

Judy Vaesa

Office Manager




 Jayne De La Rosa



Jayne De La Rosa, B.S.

Bears Teacher

Ms. Jayne De La Rosa has her Bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island in Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She received an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Rhode Island. She has her 45 hours from the Department of Children and Families training; Director's Credential with a VPK endorsement, and she has her Training Certificate from the Department of Children and Families. She has been trained in various topics in Early Childhood and Family Studies, a Lead VPK teacher, and an Assistant Director at accredited centers. All of these experiences have helped her to fully understand what Quality education means. She has also received formal training in "Conscious Discipline" which trains teachers to provide choices to children and to redirect children in a positive manner. Ms. Jayne has recieved "Teacher of The Year" at Alfurqun Academy in 2010. Ms. Jayne is currently attending Graduate School here at UNF for Special Needs Services.


Mahreen Mian


Mahreen Mian, BBA, FTC in Pre-K through third grade and CDA

Cardinals Teacher


Ms. Mahreen Mian is the Center Supervisor and Lead Teacher in the Cardinals classroom. She has a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of North Florida and a second Bachelor in English Literature and Geography from Kinnaird College in Pakistan. She also has a Florida Teaching Certificate in Pre-k Primary through third grade and a National Child Development Associate (CDA). Ms. Mahreen has also completed her Director’s Credential with a VPK endorsement. Currently she is working on her Master in Health Administration. Along with a multitude of certificates and trainings in early childhood, Ms. Mahreen has also received formal training in "Conscious Discipline" which trains teachers to provide choices to children and to redirect children in a positive manner. Ms. Mian has assisted UNF faculty and staff in research related to curriculum and has also had the opportunity to present on various topics in Early childhood classes at UNF.  In 2010 Ms. Mian received the Spot Award from UNF for her extraordinary leadership skills.



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Anjum Naeem, C.D.A.

Floating Teacher

Anjum Naeem has a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from Pakistan and has earned her National CDA since working here in the states. She has worked with children for 15 years and has served under numerous roles such as teacher, assistant teacher, and paraprofessional.


Denise Hyatt

Denise Hyatt, B.A.

Dolphins Teacher

In the fall semester 2013 CDRC will be welcoming Denise Hyatt as the new lead teacher in the Dolphin’s class.  Ms. Hyatt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  She has worked in private centers and several NAEYC accredited centers on military bases.  She has experience using Creative Curriculum and is familiar with Conscience Discipline so the transition should be seamless.  Ms. Hyatt recently moved to Jacksonville following her husband’s retirement from the service.  She is very excited about working at CDRC and she is anxious to start the beginning of August.  We look forward to having her here and becoming part of our CDRC family.


 Nancy Winckler-Zuniga

Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, C.D.A.

Manatees Teacher

Nancy Winkler-Zuniga has always been drawn to young children and has worked with them in a variety of settings for over thirty years. She studied Early Childhood education at Syracuse University before moving to Boston in 1981. She taught at-risk children in Title XX funded programs before moving on to Harvard Law School Childcare Center. During the 80s she and her husband moved to Belize where they established a small primary school. Since 2001, she has been back in the childcare field in Jacksonville and is pleased to be taking over as lead teacher in the Manatee Class.

Our Full-Time Teaching Assistants


  Sabina Rahman C.D.A.

   Cardinals Assistant Teacher

Sabina Rahman ran a home daycare and preschool for 11 years in Chicago prior to moving to Jacksonville. She worked at a learning center for two years in Saint Augustine and has her National CDA (Child Development Associate). Sabina strives to provide children with a wide variety of experiences through fun and educational activities while simultaneously valuing the individuality of each child.


Patty Pineda

 Dolphins Assistant Teacher



Belinda Rudolph

 Manatees Assistant Teacher


We are here to provide the best care and education for your children!

Hours & Info

Classroom Hours:

Monday - Friday,

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


 Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



1 UNF Drive

Building 49

Jacksonville, FL 32224



(904) 620-2372




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