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UNF Preschool Staff

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Director

Mahreen Mian, MHA, BBA, FTC (Pre-K - 3rd Grade) & CDA

mahreen.mian@unf.edu

 

Ms. Mahreen Mian is the Director of the UNF Preschool, 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.

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Office Manager

Luci Tappin

l.tappin@unf.edu

 

Mrs. Luci Tappin is the Office Manager at the UNF Preschool. She has an Associates in Arts from Florida Community College of Jacksonville. She has worked the past 23 years as the Business Administrator for Palms Preschool & Chilc Care Center. She looks forward to working at UNF Preschool for many years to come.

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Office Assistant

Karen Seabrooke

Mrs. Seabrooke has been working at the UNF Preschool since March of 2018 and absolutely loves it! She enjoys working with children, parents and staff alike. Mrs. Seabrooke is thrilled to see children grow and learn in a positive and nurturing environment.

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Office Assistant

Shanel Sims

TBD

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Office Assistant

Latoya Harris

TBD

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Office Assistant

Melanie Bryant

TBD

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Manatees Lead Teacher

TBD

 

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Dolphins Lead Teacher

Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, C.D.A

Ms. Nancy has worked with young children and families for over 40 years, including ten yeas as a lead VPK teacher here at the UNF Preschool. Her international experience includes over 13 years establishing and running a primary school in the country of Belize. One of her passions is writing and telling stories of the people in our community who give back to others. Nancy has one grown son and is a grandmother of a almost-one-year-old!

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Bears Lead Teacher

Sheila Mastriana, C.D.A.

Mrs. Sheila Mastriana, has a child Development Associate (CDA), CPR and First Aid training and has worked with young children for over 28 years. She is proficient in all our curricula and assessment systems and has been through NAEYC accreditation. She is originally from Dunoon Scotland, UK but has lived in Florida for over 21 years with her husband. She has four daughters, 1 son and 14 grandchildren.

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Cardinals Lead Teacher

Maria Beattie, Bachelors in Elementary Education

I graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor in Elementary Education and a concentration in Anthropology. I have worked with children of all ages but my favorite is preschoolers. When I am not teaching I enjoy fitness and being creative outdoors, theater, dance, music, reading and eating good food. I like to incorporate some of these interests into the classroom. I use a lot of music and movement, including dance, active games and yoga.

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Dolphins Assistant Teacher

Louis Ashley

I began my working life in the military, and various supervisory roles in management. Six years ago I began working in the childcare field in West Virginia. I held various positions in the county and school system and headstart, including Lead and Assistant teacher, long and short term aide for Pre-K-12th grade, and instructional support for all ages of special needs. I have an Associate of Arts degree from FSC of Jacksonvile, Austism 1 & 2 Certificates from Marshall University, and I am a former UNF student.

 

I am a married, father of two sons, who enjoys traveling, sports, and any family time activity. Raising a son with special needs has fostered a strong passion for working with children of all background and abilities.

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Manatees Assistant Teacher

Kristine Skinner, A.A.

Hello! I am really excited to be joining Manatees class as the new assistant teacher. I grew up here in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated with an AA degree in Child Psychology from Florida Community College of Jacksonville. I began my teaching career in Charlotte, North Carolina and have over eight years of teaching experience with Preschool aged children. I enjoy cooking, reading, football and spending time with my two daughters.

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Bears Assistant Teacher

Lashley Milligan, A.A.

I have my A.A. degree currently but am continuing to pursue a degree in Education and related fields. I have several years of experience working with young children and greatly enjoy teaching them about natural wonders and history.

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Cardinals Assistant Teacher

Melissa Leone, C.D.A.

I began my career in childcare in 2011 by working with children ranging in age from six weeks old to sixth grade. My primary focus has been with preschool age children. I recently celebrated my first year at CDRC since being hired January 2015. Beyond holding a National CDA since 2012, I plan to continue my college education. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two sons.

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Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Carrie Mosley

Ms. Carrie has worked with CDRC for over 15 years and has loved the way the children at the UNF Preschool have grown and learn so much while they have been here. She's happy to be apart of such an amazing staff!

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Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Alexis Eyler

TBD

Farris Sani

Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Farris Sani

TBD

Gabrielle Cuevas

Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Gabrielle Cuevas

TBD

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Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Mary Tappin

TBD

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Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Olivia Meier

TBD

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Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Sophie Leb

TBD