Christy has been in the Early Childhood Field for 20 years and has worked in a variety of preschool settings. Her experience includes being a preschool teacher, program coordinator and assistant director for a national corporate child care company; teaching Early Childhood Education at a local high school, where she managed the lab preschool in addition to teaching the high school students the basics of Early Childhood; working for Nova Southeastern University as an Early Childhood Training Specialist where she provided training, coaching and technical assistance to preschool directors and teachers seeking to become accredited or improve overall quality of their center; working as an Inclusion Specialist for the Early Childhood Council providing teachers with strategies and implementation plans to help all children in their care be successful. Christy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Florida State University, a Florida Director’s Credential, and is a NAC Validator. She has been married to her husband Chris for eleven years and they have three beautiful children.
Lead Teacher - Infants
Hi! My name is Natalie Owens and I am the lead teacher in the infant room. I obtained my Assistant Group Supervisor certificate in 1998. I went back to school in 2006, and obtained my Child Development Associate Credential in 2007. In 2010, I became a nanny to a child with special needs. In the 5 years I was with her, I was very blessed to be involved with Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy. My husband John, our two daughters – Madison and Kirsten- and I moved to Florida in August 2015. Our dog, Darla, joined the family in October 2015. We attend Fishhawk Fellowship Church. My favorite verse from the Bible is Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Assistant Teacher - Infants
My name is Ann Samuel. I am a wife to a wonderful Godly husband, a mother of four beautiful girls, and a grandmother - or as they call me, "Mimi" - of two wonderful exciting, exasperating grandkids.
We attend First Baptist of Dover and have for 11 years. My favorite Bible verse used to be Philippians 4:13 and it is still important to me in my daily walk with God. But as God takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me this upcoming school year, He has brought to mind and heart a new Bible verse, Luke 1:45 - "Blessed is she who believes that the Lord would fulfill His promise to her!" I am currently working on finishing my AA in Early Childhood Education at Liberty University.
Assistant Teacher - Infants
Hello! My name is Kirsten Abel and I am one of the assistants in the Infant room. I am currently enrolled at HCC and am working to obtain my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Management. I go to Fishhawk Fellowship Church and my favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 31:25. "Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come." I live at home with my mom, step-dad, little sister, dog and cat. I am so excited to be working at God's Garden Preschool.
Lead Teacher - Toddlers
Assistant Teacher - Toddlers
My name is Michelle Wingate. I am the assistant teacher in the one year old class with Mrs. Sandy. This is my 2nd year at God's Garden. I have been working in preschool for about four years and I absolutely love it! I am currently completing the process of earning my A.S. degree in Ear;y Childhood Education from Hillsborough Community College. To share a little bit about me, I am 23 years old and come from a Christian family. I have an older brother and an identical twin sister. I am a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Plant City. I clog on a competition clogging team and have for the past 14 years. My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10 - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand." Sometimes life can get tough but with God as our strength we can get through even life's toughest battles!
Lead Teacher - Two A
Hi. My name is Shannon McClellan, I am the Lead Teacher for the Two A class. I attend Plant City Church of God. I have been serving the Lord for over 20 years now. I taught Rainbows (Preschool age girls) for 15 years and now teach Stars (3rd-5th grade girls) on Wednesday nights. I have three children whom are grown and one granddaughter. I love animals of all kinds, Disney and cartoons. I am a big kid at heart. My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Assistant Teacher Two A
Lead Teacher - Two B
Hi! My name is Amanda Jones. I am the Lead Teacher for the Two B class. Here is a little info I would like to share with you. I attend two churches on a regular basis. The Crossing Church and Springhead Pentecostal Church of God. I have taught Children’s Church at Springhead for the past two years. My all-time two favorite Bible verses are Psalm 127:3, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I graduated from Brandon High School and married my high school sweetheart, Joshua. We have two beautiful children, Olivia, 6 and Cash, 2. We also have a family dog named Bella. I have my 40 hour Child Care course certificate through Division of Children and Family and am currently going to school to get my Florida Child Care Professional Credential. I love to sew, embroider and read. I also have an obsession with buffalo sauce – I eat it with almost everything. Dunkin Donuts is my go-to for iced coffee!
Lead Teacher - Three A
My name is Stephanie Knight. I am the Lead Teacher in the Transition class. My favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” I attend Bell Shoals Baptist Church. I graduated from Brandon High School in 2005. I am married and in March we will celebrate ten years. We have three children, Lauren 8, Mason 6 and Ryan is 3. In my spare time I love to relax at the beach and spend time with my family.
Lead Teacher - Three B
Hi. my name is Chrisy Anglin. I am the teacher for the Three B class. My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I currently attend First Baptist Church of Dover. I have been married to my husband Bobby for 13 years. We have two children, Zackery and Alana.
Assistant Teacher - Three A & B
Hello, my name is Louise Eaton. I have worked in the childcare field for over ten years. I hold an Associates degree and my CDA. I was born in Middletown New York, but after moving around with my husband of 21 years, with the US Army, I now call Plant City my home. We have raised three wonderful children together.
Children are our treasure. To watch them learn and grow is my greatest love. "God created you to do amazing things." Ephesians 2:10. That is what I hope to help my students achieve.
Lead Teacher - VPK A
My name is Melissa and I am a VPK Lead Teacher. I have an AA in Elementary Education as well as my Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. I attend First Baptist Church of Dover and have attended here since I was a little girl. I have two beautiful children, 10 year old Mackenzie, and 9 year old Marshall. I enjoy running, spending time outside and I love relaxing at the beach. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Assistant Teacher - VPK A
Lead Teacher - VPK C
Assistant Teacher - VPK C & Toddlers
Hi, my name is Victoria Winters and I'm the assistant teacher for Mrs. Karen's VPK class in the mornings and the assistant teacher in the one year old class in the afternoon. I'm currently studying for my Associates Degree at Hillsborough Community College and I plan to pursue my Bachelor's in English at USF. My favorite Bible verses include Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." My home church is Fellowship Bible Church in Mango where I assist with congregational worship and children's Sunday School.
Candice Tripi Scott
Lead Teacher - VPK B
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