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Meet Our Faculty

kimKim Benedict

Kim is the owner and director of The Learning Tree Preschool. She handles our two-year-old and three-year old play groups. She believes that kids learn better when they are given opportunities for experiences, which is why the curriculum she created for The Learning Tree greatly involves experiential learning.

Elementary Education Degree from FAU in 1991. I’ve been working with Early Childhood children since then and bought The Learning Tree Preschool in 2000. I’m originally from new Jersey. I have two teenage children of my own, one boy named Kamden and one girl named Kallie. I love coming to work everyday…where can you sing, dance, play and give a lots of love all day long.

larissaLarissa Leander

Larissa is experienced in handling The Learning Tree Preschool‘s infant care class. She is well-loved by kids and trusted by parents to watch over their child during the day. She has extensive experience in an infant care center with a degree in Early Childhood Education that allows her to competently facilitate Learning Tree’s unique Infant Care program.

“I have worked at The Learning Tree Preschool since 1998 in this time I earned my CDA in Early Childhood education. I work with the Baby/Toddler class where I get to watch my students discover something new each day. I love children and take a lot of pride in my work.”

aymeAyme Plasencia

Ayme is our Toddler Class teacher. She is fun-loving and loves to handle lots of activities for kids. Knowing that toddlers can be naturally curious and will tend to explore their environment, she prioritizes the safety and comfort of the kids in her class. She makes sure that their learning environment is secure and will be conducive to the learning processes that are part of the Toddler Group curriculum.

“I graduated Medical School in 1992 and I was a general practice doctor for my town of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. I came to the United States in 1999 and started working in Early Childhood Education, in 2006 I started working at The Learning Tree Preschool as a toddler teacher. Since then I have earned my CDA in early childhood education. I love working with children and watching them grow.”

indexBeatriz Betancourt

Our VPK teacher is Beatriz and she is ready to facilitate activities that will help your child become prepared for kindergarten. She has a degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education with several years of experience in handling a Pre-K class. She loves to inspire kids into becoming the very best they can be. She leads by example in practicing respect, honesty and cooperation which she believes are important values that should be developed at an early age.

“I’ve teaching young children since 1986. I am currently from Venezuela, and I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana (University of Southwestern Louisiana (1960 – 1999)). After coming back to Venezuela, I started teaching English to four and five years old. On 2004, I came back to the States and since then I’ve teaching 3 & 4 years old children. On 2006, I got my CDA and became a VOK lead teacher, I’ve been working at “The Learning Tree” since 2006.”


Ivis Gonzalez Rivero, Marleny Canoto and Mailedys Concepcion-Reyes

Ivis, Marleny and Mailedys are teacher aides at The Learning Tree Preschool. They help the faculty in facilitating day care programs for the kids. They also take charge of keeping the classrooms clean and safe for the kids to explore during their activities. Our teacher aides are loving, caring and fun-loving individuals who are experienced at handling the needs of group and individual children. They are fully qualified to take part in The Learning Tree team.

Ivis Gonzalez Rivero
“I was born in Cuba, where I became a veterinarian, I came to the states on 2008. On 2011 I studied Phlebotomy, I’ve been working at “The Learning Tree” as an Assist. and teacher for the Infant Room since 2014.”

Marleny Canoto
“I have been working for “The Learning Tree Preschool” since 2007 as a teacher’s aide in the toddler room. I am a mother of three and I love working with children.”

Mailedys Concepcion-Reyes
“I have a Degree in Early Childhood education since 1999, I’ve worked teaching kindergarten in Cuba. I’ve working at “The Learning Tree” since 2011 as an Assistant teacher for VPK and other leads.”

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