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UNF Preschool Staff

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Director

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

mahreen.mian@unf.edu

 

Mahreen Mian is the Director of the UNF Preschool, she has a Master in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a second Master in Health Administration. Mahreen has 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. Mahreen also has a Florida Teaching Certificate in Pre-k Primary through third grade and a National Child Development Associate (CDA). Mahreen has also completed her Advanced Director's Credential with a VPK endorsement. Along with a multitude of certificates and trainings in early childhood, 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. Mahreen 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 Mahreen received the Spot Award from UNF for her extraordinary leadership skills. Mahreen has also received formal training in Mentorship from Early Learning Coalition and mentors other directors and UNF students.

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Assistant Director

Jayne De la Rosa

MS. Jayne Is the Assistant Director of our Center. She Graduated with her Master of Special Education with a concentration in Disability Services from UNF. She has a BA in Family studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from University of Rhode Island and an AA in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Rhode Island. She has her 45 hours from the Department of Children Families training and her VPK Credentials with her Director Credentials. She is trained in the CLASS assessment and CATCH curriculum. She has received formal training in "Conscious Discipline". She has her certification for Infant and Toddler Development Specialist (ITDS). She promotes development and learning, including designing learning environments and activities to promote development across all domains using a parent coaching model from Early Steps program. She has been working with young children and their families for 20 years. Jayne is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently. 

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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

Sarah Stewart

 Ms. Sarah Stewart is a student at FSCJ studying business management with a minor in childhood education. She enjoys working with children as well as working in the front office. She looks forward to watching the students and the program grow over the next several years. She also loves working with animals and has a cat, chickens, and guinea pigs at home. 

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Manatees Lead Teacher

Tasha Felder

My name is Ms. Tasha Felder and I have been teaching pre-school aged children for 15 years. I love teaching children, especially the little ones. I am the only child of two retired Navy parents. I have lived in Jacksonville most of my life, but was born in Hawaii and lived in Europe for 6 Years. This is my first year teaching at The UNF Preschool and I am excited to learn and grow with the Manatees! I feel very privileged to be joining this amazing team of teachers and staff.

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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

Yajaira Hausman

 I am from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I am a Navy Wife and have two dogs. I am also a full-time student at Southern New Hampshire University where I will be completing my B.S in Psychology in May of 2020. I have worked with children for over 6 years as a Behavioral Therapist, of which 3 years have been primarily working with children with Autism. I also worked in a school setting before as an assistant teacher for special education. I am very excited to join the UNF Preschool school family.  

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Cardinals Assistant Teacher

Erica Cardenas

I am currently in school to get my degree and have been working with children for nearly seven years now. I have worked with all ages, but the age I most enjoy working with is VPK. My mother is a teacher, so I have always been taught to value education. I enjoy reading, art, and spending time with my family.

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Bears Assistant Teacher

Aleris Roa, A.A.

I am currently finishing my A.A as well as my CDA. I'm enrolled to start in the spring at UNF to complete my Bachelor's in Early Childhood. I've been working with children for about four years and that's when I fell in love with what I do and never want to stop. I would like to continue my education with a Masters in Special Education. My motto in life is It's not about how small or how big the venture is. It's about doing something that's yours. I'm happily married and desiring a puppy. I just moved to Jacksonville and it couldn't feel more like home. My hobbies are watching movies on Netflix with the worst ratings. I love to travel back home to Puerto Rico. 

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Manatees 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

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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