The staff and teachers here at Children’s Nest Preschool are fully equipped, trained and qualified. They are all professional and experienced individuals in the field of childcare and early childhood education. Some even have experience working with children for decades now!
Our Staff Screening Process
- Level II Background Screening
- Certification of First Aid and CPR
- 20 in-service hours per year
- Continuing Education Plan
- 40 clock hours childcare training Plus 5 (Literacy)
- Personal Interviews
- Reference Checks
- Ongoing Performance Assessments
- Attestation of Good Moral Character
We, at Children’s Nest Preschool, will provide endless opportunities to give your child the greatest experience and services suitable for their developmental growth.
Meet the Staff
Hello, my name is Ruth Howle. I am one of the toddler teachers here at Children’s Nest Preschool. I teach the younger one-year-olds. I have been a preschool teacher for 2 years and I enjoy every minute of it! The first year, I filled in for the 2 and 3-year old’s and after that, I worked with the infants. I have come to realize they can teach us just as much as we teach them. I am so happy to be a part of your child’s learning experience as it is challenging yet rewarding seeing your child’s development. I am always available for questions if you have any.
Hello, my name is Ms. Marisol. I have been teaching for 18 years. I took Early Childhood Education while in high school and fell in love with the children and the field. I am thrilled to be at Children’s Nest where I have been working now for 3 plus years. I have experience with all ages. I found that I love working with children and would not have it any other way!
I have a 20-year-old daughter that I love to the moon and back. She is now in her 2nd year in college. My favorite color is green and one of my favorite hobbies is art. It takes a big heart to shape little minds.
Hello, I am the server and substitute here at Children’s Nest. I moved here from Cuba 10 years ago and began working here 3 years ago. I am the parent of two birds who just made me a grandmother. I am the one who keeps “The Nest” clean. My husband, Guillermo, is now also employed by Children’s Nest to help transition the classrooms on Monday morning.
I love the working environment here.
Director and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Hello to all my parents out there. As many of you know I have not always been in childcare. I have previously been in corporate management predominantly working with staff/employee development for many years before finding what I believe is my true calling. In 2003, I took a position working with Headstart and believe me it was rough and tough and everything else in between. But I found my niche. I found that I was naturally good at it.
I have three basic goals with Children’s Nest:
- To be able to give parents, the confidence and self-assurance that you are leaving your children with family.
- To ensure that your child has the self-esteem, resilience and knowledge to know that they can be whomever they choose to be and it is not predestined by society.
- To encourage professional and personal growth amongst my staff.
I am very grateful that you have entrusted your most precious treasures to Children’s Nest. Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum and standards. Our goal is to enthuse and fill every child with a lover for learning.
Hello! My name is Mr. Greg and I cook the food for the children. I was born in Los Angeles and served in the army for 4 years. I went to USF and received my bachelors in Psychology and masters in Linguistics. I substituted in Manatee County as well as taught over seas. Mrs. Johnston and I have been married for 26 years and counting. We have have 4 kids: Jereme, 25, our oldest, is a 1st LT in the army; Silas, 20, is working and currently enrolling at SCF; Halleigh, 16, is a junior in high school at SCFCS taking college classes and Zechariah, 15, is a freshman in high school at SCFCS. In my pastime I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with my kids.
Hello parents, my name is Rosana Cress or Mrs. Cress! I have three beautiful children, two in high school and the oldest is about to graduate college as an elementary school teacher. I have been working in childcare for the last 15 years as a teacher and a director. I retired about 3 years ago and continue to go in and assist at Children’s Nest. Ms. Rosana Cress recently opened up her own preschool, Children’s Nest 2, at 600 7th Ave West, Palmetto, Florida. If you wish to contact her, her contact number is 941-479-7789. She accepts ages from infants to VPK. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in the Palmetto area!
My name is Denise Coney and I am the second of eleven children consisting of five girls and six boys. I was born on December 31, 1956 in Dublin Georgia. I have one child, Monique Burns and live with my grandchildren.
I moved to Manatee county after Hurricane Andrew came through and devastated Miami. I have no regrets moving here because through that move I began to walk closer with the Lord. I have been working with children for over 20 years and its has been a rewarding experience. I love the staff and children I work with. Through all my experiences, I knew that I had a purpose in life and that was to be a role model in young children’s lives, teaching them, working with them and watching them grow. I have my certificate in Early Childhood Development and continue even at this age to grown professionally.
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