I am blessed to have been married to the most wonderful man for 43 years.
We have 2 children and 2 adorable grandchildren. I've been working here at Park Lake since July 2019, but served as director for 19 years at Aloma ECLC. And before that I was a Music and Movement teacher at Aloma for 5 years.
I have a BS in Sociology from Asbury University. And my Child Development Associate's degree from South Seminole College.
I like to say that I'm the "Grandma" of the school because I get to go play with the children, rile them up and then give them back and return to my "quiet" office (which sits right next to the infant room, so not quiet at all!). Being in childcare has been such a wonderful experience for me and I truly enjoy it!!
I have worked at Park Lake for over 20 years and truly love my job! Being able to work in such a loving, supportive environment is a blessing. I have a BS in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences from Louisiana State University. Currently, I serve on the Orange Technical College Childcare Operations/Apprenticeship Board. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 30 years. We have 2 wonderful young adults we are so proud of! They both attended Park Lake Childcare many years ago and have wonderful memories of their experience here!
I have had the privilege of working in the Early Childhood profession for
the past 40 years. For the past 2 1/2 years, I have enjoyed working with infants - VPK at Park Lake. My chosen profession is more than just a job to me. It is my calling, my ministry, my way of contributing to
the well-being, growth and development of young children and providing love and security to children in my care and support
I have been teaching in childcare for over twenty years. Before coming to Park Lake, I taught children of all ages and enjoyed all of that time working with children. Currently I am in the infant class and love cuddling and nurturing these little ones every day. I have two sons who are now grown and flew the coop. I am happy to be here at Park Lake.
Monica Cardenas Lugo
My name is Monica. I was born in Columbia. I used to work with premature babies in my home country and I really love it. I had just moved here to the United States when I found the school and felt that it was my calling to work with kids again. I am the mother of two kids and grandmother of two sweet children. I consider myself a patient, good listener, friendly and generous person. My hobbies are going to the movies, learning new things, going to museums and on nature walks. My favorite holiday is Christmas and I love to watch birds and the sky.
I have been working in childcare for about 13 years. I have a national CDA for infants and toddlers. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and change. I enjoy the toddler room the most because you get to watch them grow from needing lots of help to becoming little independent people.I am married and have 3 boys of my own.
.Everyone calls me Mimi and the most important thing for me is to transmit love and provide the feeling of security when mom and dad are not there. I have two years degree in social work and four years of experience working with children.
My Name is Ronesha. I am from Orlando. I am an auntie to thirteen, six nieces and seven nephews. I am the last child and my most current dream is to get my LPN license so I can work back in the healthcare field again, taking care of kids and occasionally elders. Working at Park Lake is helping me to reach my goal of becoming a pediatric nurse.
My name is Sierra. I worked with one-year-olds at my previous center before arriving at Park Lake. I’ve always loved being around kids because of their imagination and silliness. I have a creative imagination as well, which is why I believe I do well working with kids. Although I am working in daycare, I am not quite sure what I want to do but I do have an idea. I feel very passionate for the children who have suffered or are suffering in this world. I want to work with children who were or are victims of abuse, neglect, or trauma. I believe it is up to us to help them to be the best version of themselves that they can by being the best we can and giving them love.
I have been working at Park Lake for years. I started right out of high school. I currently have my CDA and my director's credential. During my years at Park Lake, I have gained experience working with children ages infant - VPK. There have been many
challenges during these years, but I have learned personal development strategies that have helped me along the way.
I'm a retired Army wife widow. I have my C.D.A. as well as many hours of early childhood training classes that have spanned over 20 years. My early childhood training started with the U.S. Army. I love to read, go to the movies, watch sports, enjoy a latte now and then. I like dark chocolate and
my favorite color is blue. I'm blessed to be at Park Lake working with young children. They are my passion!!
I graduated from Colonial High School, where I made some great memories and friends. I am also a musician and play many kinds of instruments. Throughout my childhood I enjoyed caring for children and I love being a teacher at Park Lake.
.I am dedicated to my work and put 100% into what I am doing and although I have just started my professional training in childcare, I do have personal experience with the children of friends and family. I enjoy dancing, flying drones, time at the beach and spending time with friends and family.
I am a Florida native raised in Orlando, I come from a two-parent household, and I have eight siblings. I am the oldest girl and the third born. I am also the only left-handed child born to my parents. I am Bajan-American on my father’s side. One fact about my family is that twins run in my DNA. I have two sets of twin brothers. My mother’s side is from Eatonville, the first historically black community in our area. My youngest sibling is even named after Zora Neale Hurston. My favorite colors are blue and pink, I hope someday to be a philanthropist, and to have a big family. Having six younger siblings has given me some experience with younger children. I enjoy working with the children here at Park Lake.
I have been working with kids for more than a decade now. I love working with ages 3 - 5 years old. My favorite thing is to see all the individual personalities develop over the years.
I am the mother of two beautiful children. In my spare time, I love to play with her. I also love to read, cook, paint, dance and do arts & crafts.
I have 2 children and have been a preschool teacher for 22 years and handled Pre-Kinder and Kinder classes. I have dedicated myself to teaching children. in April 2017, my family and immigrated to the United States. I love sharing my talents and knowledge with the children in this country!
I was born in Nicaragua and left my country due to civil war.
We moved to Costa Rica when I was 13, where I finished high school and got engaged to my childhood sweetheart. We were married in Canada, where I went to Community College and graduated as a licensed Practical Nurse.
My husband and I have 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy.
I have been teaching children for almost 25 years. I started straight out of high school where I was a teacher's assistant at Magnolia School and worked with special needs students. I took a short break and went to cosmetology school and began hairdressing. After about 5 years of being a cosmetologist, I decided to go back to teaching. I have been married for 25 years and have 3 children.
I have worked at Park Lake for 32 years. I received my VPK credentials in 2011. I am hoping to earn my Director's credentials in
the future. I love working with the VPK age children. They absorb so much that we are teaching and are such a delight to be able to help shape their lives. I love being a part of this wonderful school.
I have been teaching at
Park Lake for almost 33 years.
I am passionate about animal
rights and participate in many events that support
animal rights. I am a proud mom of a Park Lake alum who is now a
I have been teaching in childcare since 2012. I started out teaching
a Spanish class once a week
during an extended care
program at Aloma ECLC.
Over the course of my career,
I have developed a passion for working with early
2's, 3's and 4's. I am a proud single mother of 4 awesome kids,
3 girls and 1 boy.
I'm also a grandmother of
2 terrific grandsons.
I met and married my high school sweetheart in the 80's. We have 2 sons who followed in their father's footsteps and graduated from Rollins College. I have an AA degree in Legal Studies, an AA in Child Development and had worked in a number of fields before I found my current career in Childcare. I have my Director's Credential and have now been working in Childcare for about 10 years now. I am very happy to be here at Park Lake.
I am happy to say that I have found great opportunities to work with the children and staff here at Park Lake. I'm so grateful to have a school family. I look forward every morning to come to work with the children. One of my goals is to finish up my credential and to become the best teacher I can be. I am also working towards my goal of getting my CDA and maybe a director's credential someday. Teaching is a never-ending experience and I'm happy to be a part of Park Lake.
Infants and VPK
I am new to Park Lake and enjoying my time here with the children. I have many interests and would like to go back to school to earn a degree in psychology. I would like to work in a public service field. I am also interested in learning about business, investments and the stock market.
I am the oldest of 4 children and have spent most of my life caring for children. First as a sibling, then as a nanny and now as a teacher.
I am in the process of renewing my National CDA and have worked at Park Lake since 1999. I love what I do and where I work and hope to continue for many years to come.
Food Service Coordinator
I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I have been married to 2 years and I am a mother of 3 daughters and 1 son. I have 3 step children that I love dearly. I have been a Food Service Coordinator for 4 years. For the past 2 years I have taught in the classroom and enjoyed working with the Infants and Toddlers. Now I am back to working in the Kitchen and I get to see all of the children everyday.
Early Childhood has always been a big passion of mine and I look forward to many more years here at Park Lake
Instructional Coach and Substitute Teacher
Hi, my name is Lala Patrick. Here at Park Lake, I work part time as an Instructional Coach and Substitute Teacher. I earned a BS degree in Early Childhood / Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. I taught for 10 years in Orange County Public Schools and 18 years at Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center as a Teacher and Instructional Coach. Teaching has been my passion my whole career.