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.
Ms. Mahreen Mian is the Assistant Director at CDRC, she has a Master in Health Administration and a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of North Florida. She also has a second Bachelor in English Literature and Geography from Kinnaird College in Pakistan. Ms. Mian 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. 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.
Brianna Pollock, C.D.A.
Bears Lead Teacher
Ms. Brianna is the Bears lead teacher. She was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. She moved to Jacksonville in August 2013 to attend school. She is currently working on her bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working at CDRC for two years, and loves it! She enjoys being outside and loves running at all the beautiful nature trails.
Melissa Leone, C.D.A.
Dolphins Lead Teacher
Ms. Melissa is the Dolphins lead teacher, She has a National CDA. Ms. Leone has also received formal training in "Conscious Discipline" and believes in providing children choices and redirecting them in a positive manner.
Cardinals Lead Teacher
Ms. Anjum is the Cardinals lead teacher, she 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.
Dolphins 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.
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