Welcome to The Learning Center!

Curriculum & Activities

At The Learning Center, we have crafted a dynamic approach to early childhood education that prioritizes the individual needs of each child. Our curriculum uses the comprehensive Frog Street curriculum for kindergarten readiness and a customized teaching methodology inspired by our founding director. Our approach allows our teachers to harness a variety of learning styles, including Montessori and play-based approaches, tailored to the specific developmental requirements of each age group. We believe in a nurturing learning experience that accommodates diverse learning styles, creating an engaging and enriching educational journey for all our young learners.

 

Feeding Our Bodies & Minds

 

At The Learning Center, all meals and snacks are included, and we prioritize the health and nutrition of your child. We believe that the act of dining together, even at a young age, is an essential social experience that can nurture positive relationships. We partner with Cypress Palms to provide a carefully curated menu for snack and meal time that caters to your child’s dietary needs.

Our Team

Leadership

Bonnie Mota

Director

Ms. Bonnie joined The Learning Center team in March 2024. Seeing different generations integrate and connect is one of the many reasons she chose to join our team. Bonnie started her teaching career in 1993 at a preschool in Clearwater. She earned her Child Development Associate® credential and Director credential at Pinellas Technical College. Her hobbies include listening to music of all genres, antique cars, gardening, and traveling, with Greece as her bucket list destination!

Jessica Peplinski

Assistant Director

Ms. Jessica joined The Learning Center team in May 2007. Her favorite part about working at The Learning Center is building bonds with the kids, their families and her fellow team members. She loves seeing the children master things that were really hard for them at the beginning and see their confidence blossom. Jessica started teaching in 2005 at Operation PAR. She’s worked with every age, but voluntary prekindergarten has had her heart for the past 10 years. She got her Child Development Associate® credential at Pinellas Technical College here in Clearwater. Her hobbies consist of traveling, spending time with family and all things spooky!

Infant Teacher

Mrs. Michelle

Teddy Bear Teacher

Mrs. Michelle has worked for The Learning Center since 1999. She is currently the longest employed teacher at The Learning Center. The Teddy Bears Classroom is one of the infant rooms, and she absolutely adores her children, and she loves her job. Michelle has taken classes with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Early Learning Coalition over the years, and she has her Child Development Associate® credential. She loves all things Disney and tries to make trips to the parks as often as possible.

Mrs. Mernalyn

Teddy Bear Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Nancy

Teddy Bear Teacher

Mrs. Nancy has worked at The Learning Center since 2002. She is the second longest employed teacher at The Learning Center. The Teddy Bears Classroom is one of the infant rooms, and she absolutely loves spending time with her children! Nancy has taken classes with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Early Learning Coalition over the years, and she has her Child Development Associate® credential. She has a sweet tooth, so she loves chocolate, and she has a good sense of humor!

Toddler Teachers

Ms. Anna

Ducks Teacher

Ms. Anna has been working at The Learning Center since September 2022. Her favorite part of her job is that she loves being able to get new toddlers and be the beginning of their learning journey. Anna started teaching in 2020. She went to the Art Institute of Tampa where she received her bachelor’s degree. Anna is currently attending St. Pete College and pursuing her degree in English literature. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing books, painting and photography.

Ms. Whitney

Ducks Teacher

Ms. Semiya

Ducks Teacher

Mrs. Jenn

Bunnies Teacher

Mrs. Jenn has been at The Learning Center since 2009. Her favorite part of her job is helping these amazing little people with their own unique personalities become independent preschoolers. It brings joy to her life every day to see them learn new skills and information and to receive their unconditional love. Jenn started teaching preschool in 2008, but she has been working in various forms of childcare since 1995. She received her Child Development Associate® credential from Pinellas Technical College and has continued her education through many avenues such as at the Early Learning Coalition, Pinellas County Licensing Board, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children and care courses. When Jenn is not at The Learning Center, she spends her time as a Girl Scout leader, being with family, singing, and putting together garage sale fundraisers for a variety of causes.

2-3 Year Teachers

Ms. Gina

Zebras Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Annebil

Frogs Teacher

Mrs. Annebil has been at The Learning Center since 2022. Seeing her students grow and learn is her favorite part of the job. She started working with elementary-aged children in 1990 in the Philippines. Annebil went to Glory National High School and graduated at Saint Vincent’s College in the Philippines with a bachelor’s in elementary education. In her free time, she enjoys going out for an adventure, shopping, traveling, blogging and crafting.

Mrs. Mary

Bugs & Bees Teacher

Mrs. Mary has been at The Learning Center since 2009. Her favorite part of her job is helping her children develop their humor and imagination. She started teaching in 1992 and never turned back. Mary has her Child Development Associate® credential. In her free time she loves eating and reading.

Voluntary Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Katie

Chameleon Teacher

Mrs. Katie started at The Learning Center in June 2023. Her favorite part about her job here is teaching new and exciting things that make kids eager to learn. She started working with kids in 2004. She went to school at St. Pete College and Pinellas Technical College. Katie has her Child Development Associate® and Directors credentials. Some of her pastimes include reading, playing video games and going to Busch Gardens and concerts.

Mrs. Teresa

Chameleon Teacher

Mrs. Teresa has been at The Learning Center since 2021, and she absolutely loves being a voluntary prekindergarten teacher. She started her profession teaching kids in 1990. Teresa went to school at the Philippine Normal University. She has her bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in education. In her free time she loves doing arts and crafts, singing and dancing!

Float Teachers

Ms. Denise

Float 3s - VPK Teacher

Mrs. Denise began working at The Learning Center in the spring of 2022. She considers herself lucky to be a part of a great team. Everyone cares deeply about the children and their families. She has worked with children of all ages for many years. When she’s not at The Learning Center, Denise enjoys spending time at the beach and parks in the area.

Ms. Jelisa

Float Toddler Teacher

Ms. Jelisa started teaching in 2023, and she couldn’t be happier than here at The Learning Center. Her favorite part about her role is getting to spend time with the amazing team at The Learning Center and the wonderful kids! She loves seeing them learn and grow everyday with nothing but love and smiles! Jelisa graduated from Gulf Coast Academy. When she’s not teaching, she is cooking, traveling, reading, collecting, drawing and shopping.

Support Team

Melissa Wojewnik

Executive Director, Cypress Palms

Peter Sala

Director of Plant Operations, Cypress Palms

Alan Cunningham

Culinary Director, Cypress Palms

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