Meet The Staff

 Infant Teaching Team

Maribel Rodriguez  (Team Leader) FCCPC

Damaris Romero NCDA

Sara Anton BA in Psychology, Staff Credential


Toddler Teaching Team

Kristahl Daum AA, BA in Elementary Education in progress


June Baucom  AA in Early Childhood Education

LeighAnn Jordan  AA 

Twos Teaching Team

Claudia Leyva  (Team Leader) AA in Early Childhood Education, FCCPC

Miranda Pages CDA in progress

Vanessa Sheffield




Young Threes

Kayla Omoregie NCDA, BA in Early Childhood Education in progress

Preschool Teaching Team

Jacqui Soto (Team Leader) AA in Early Childhood Education, Staff Credential

Naomi Centeno NCDA, Staff Credential

Lynn Kapp AS in Early Childhood Education, Staff Credential

Jamie Larson AA in Liberal Arts, Staff Credential

Perla Morales FCCPC in progress

Darinka Saveva FCCPC



Pre-Kindergarten / VPK Teaching Team

Jo-Ann Navarro (VPK Program Coordinator) FCCPC, NCDA in progress

Erika Garcia FCCPC

Maria Romero FCCPC, AS in Early Childhood Education

Teresa Harwood NCDA, AA in Liberal Arts

Taylor Santillo BA in Early Childhood Education

Lori Forbush FCCPC, AA in Liberal Arts, CDL

Victoria Padron AAS in Early Childhood Education

Lyndsie Yarnell NCDA, BA in Early Childhood Education


Adventure Club Coaches

Isabel Shaw (Program Coordinator) Bachelor of Architecture

Natasha Bowman

Raquel Garcia AA in Early Childhood Education in progress, CDL

Nerma Vera (Assistant / Substitute) NCDA


Administrative and Support Staff

Pauline Barry (Assistant / Substitute) AA in Early Childhood Education

Lindsey Solots (Atelierista /Art Teacher) BFA

Debbie Garrigues (Nutrition Specialist, Cook, Outdoor Classroom Designer and Coordinator) NCDA, CDL

Layne Mazursky (Maintenance)

Tami Howell  (Coordinator of Community Life) BS in Marketing, NCDA

Susan Miller Director, NCDA, MS


Joe and Susan Miller Owners

Joe and Susan Miller, Riverview residents, opened Tutor Time Learning Center of Brandon on October 2, 2000 after a long search for a business that would be meaningful and fulfilling to them as individuals. After a successful ten-year run as a Tutor Time, on December 1, 2010, they decided to separate from the franchise. The Village Early Learning Center was conceived as the “new” school for the community, and the Millers and their team continue in their effort to establish a school community where children thrive in all areas of their development and families support their children, the school, and each other in a nurturing atmosphere of respect and positive regard.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Physical Science from San Francisco State University in 1982, and after working in the field of meteorology for a few years, returned to SF State for a high school teaching certificate in science. He taught in the classroom for more than 12 years and then expanded into research opportunities in education. Susan completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Florida in 1981 and a Master of Science in counseling and human development in 1983 from Troy State University. She worked with disabled veterans as a licensed mental health counselor and case manager for the Veterans Administration, and then expanded into developing outpatient brain injury rehabilitation programs and other physical rehabilitation programs for clinics in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Joe and Susan are passionate about exceptional customer service, high quality care and education, and developing meaningful, productive relationships with the students, parents, and staff. Through independent study and continuing education, they have been inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education, and have moved forward with the physical environment changes and staff training. They feel honored and humbled that so many parents and caregivers continue to choose them to care for their precious children. Accordingly, they believe in the African Proverb, “It takes a Village to raise a child” and want to partner with you to do so.