Good Beginnings That Last A Lifetime
Flora Oynick, M.A. and a B.A. in Education, with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Flora’s background is rooted in over 30 years of Early Childhood teaching and management. After moving to Sarasota from Mexico City, Flora has worked in Early Childhood settings as an administrator, developing curriculum, finding and creating opportunities for professional development for her staff and herself, and building relationships with children and families. Prior to becoming the Preschool Director, Flora most recently worked as a Forty Carrots Parenting Educator at the Sarasota and Manatee County Libraries. When Flora is not at Forty Carrots she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and traveling.
M.A. in Psychology, Elementary Education (K-6), Certified Elementary K-6 and VPK, Management and HR Training and Development. Amanda joined the Forty Carrots staff in 2005 and has enjoyed teaching in the Charlie, Dart and Davis rooms. She has also taught kindergarten and middle school science. Prior to working at Forty Carrots, Amanda worked as a caregiver for special needs preschoolers. When Amanda is not at Forty Carrots she enjoys cooking, traveling, swimming and spending time with her two school-age daughters.
Ashlyn Wallace, B.S. in Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University, was raised in Sarasota and has been teaching for six years. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast so she is always looking for opportunities to incorporate movement through learning. Ashlyn has been trained in Conscious Discipline, a classroom management and social-emotional approach to learning. She has been focusing on the benefits of Conscious Discipline in the classroom– especially the opportunity to teach critical life skills while responding to daily conflicts. Her classroom goals are to create a connection with each child and to foster a connective bond between children to promote a classroom family.
Barbie Spraker, M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado and B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. This is Barbie’s second year at Forty Carrots. Barbie taught preschool and kindergarten classes in Colorado before moving to Sarasota in 1998. She taught grades 3, 4, and primarily grade 5 for 20 years at Sarasota Christian School. She also taught elementary school art and worked with learning support students. Barbie supports all the teachers at Forty Carrots as she is the Wing 2 and Wing 3 floater. Barbie adores teaching and introducing children to our wonderful and amazing world. She is currently spending her free time taking tennis lessons, spin and barre classes, and watching beautiful birds coming to her bird feeders. She also enjoys biking around Sarasota on her tandem bicycle. She is married with three grown children. She also loves to play with her dachshund named Daisy.
Brittany Stevenson, M.A. in Early Education PreK-6 from Old Dominion University, is originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia. Brittany joined the Forty Carrots team in 2015 after relocating to Sarasota. Before moving to Sarasota, Brittany worked on a sailing school ship teaching scuba diving, leadership, seamanship and personal growth to an array of ages from middle school to college students. Through this experience it has enabled Brittany to bring new and exciting ways to discover and explore concepts inside and out of the classroom. Brittany looks forward to making a connection with each child and family and helping the children develop lifelong skills and passions that they will carry with them in their future. When not at Forty Carrots Brittany enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, her daughter and two dogs.
Courtney graduated with honors in psychology and family and child sciences from Florida State University in 2001. She has taught preschool for most of the last two decades with some time spent working in child welfare and foster care/adoption, and as a contract manager for early learning programs in Pinellas County, Florida. She recently returned to Forty Carrots after two wonderful years at home with her baby- who is now a preschool student! Courtney loves bringing music and movement into the classroom, helping children develop self-regulation and social-emotional skills, and fostering a love of learning.
Debbie has been with Forty Carrots since it opened in 1993. Her passion is working with children and their families. Debbie loves her job and looks forward to every day. She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. When not in the Grace room, Debbie loves to read, boat, cook and spend time with her family.
B.S. in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Currently enrolled in M.A. Human Development program at Pacific Oaks College. Jaana began her career in early childhood in her hometown of San Francisco in 1990 and has taught in many schools in California After moving to Sarasota in 2003, she taught at Children First, Swiss Day Preschool and now at Forty Carrots in the Dart room. Jaana is passionate about teaching in early childhood because it is the beginning of a lifetime of learning. She enjoys creating an environment that is inclusive and child centered with an emphasis on building relationships that bridges home and school together for families. When Jaana is not at Forty Carrots she enjoys being with her husband and daughter or traveling to visit family and friends.
Lana, B.A. in Education from the National University of Kiev, Ukraine and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. She joined Forty Carrots Family Center in Spring 2017. While teaching, she likes to incorporate multicultural diversity and positive attitudes towards our differences through active engagement, communication and play. When not at Forty Carrots, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends reading, traveling, and exercising her mind, body and soul.
Lauren joins our team with a B.S in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and has been teaching at Forty Carrots since 2009. She has taught children from Pre-K through 3rd grade over the past 15 years. Teaching is her passion, ever since she used to ‘play teacher’ as a child. She loves to get messy in art, have fun, incorporate music, read stories, and keep children engaged while learning through play! Her everyday goals in the classroom are to keep the children challenged and involved, while still maintaining a fun and entertaining learning environment.
Mary Jane Hathaway has been working at Forty Carrots since 1996. During this time she has facilitated classes in the parenting center. She has been a classroom teacher in the preschool and is the floater for the Charlie and Dart Class. She also is an early care provider in the mornings. Mary Jane enjoys interacting with the children while watching and helping them grow. Mary Jane has two grown college graduate children.
Molly Bowbeer, B.F.A. in dance has recently joined the Forty Carrots family in the Charlie classroom. She was born and raised in Bloomingdale, NJ where she studied dance from the age of 5. At the age of 13 she performed professionally with the touring show of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show. She continued on to study dance, multimedia, and theater arts at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. She then earned her degree from the Rutgers State University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Molly has worked with children for over ten years as a dance instructor and a program/operations director for children’s camp programs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter.
Rebecca Lockwood, M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a child/family concentration and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in PreK/Primary Education has been employed at Forty Carrots since 2006. Rebecca’s background includes a strong emphasis on PreK/Primary years and Montessori training, as well as child development and family systems. Rebecca was the former Preschool Director and has also worked as a Parenting Educator and Preschool classroom teacher. Rebecca brings with her a long history and firm commitment to the mission of Forty Carrots.
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida. This is Therese’s fourth year at Forty Carrots. While teaching, she likes to share and incorporate experiences from her native Sweden and other places she has traveled while working in the fly-fishing industry. When not at Forty Carrots, Therese enjoys spending time with her family.
B.A. in Elementary Education from Elon University in North Carolina. She joined the Forty Carrots in Spring 2014. Prior to that she was home with her twin boys for six years and worked part time as an aide at their preschool. Her background includes work in the fields of elementary education, early childhood development, child protection, and adult education. She loves working with children and enjoys seeing them learn and grow through a variety of experiences including play, exploration and creativity. When she is not at Forty Carrots, Trish loves spending time with her family, reading, crafting, cooking and walking.