Administration

Jeff Turner Founded in 2011    Founder, Executive Director   Jeff Turner is the founder and Executive Director of Treetop Academy. Following the birth of his two children Jeff took an interest in early childhood education. After conducting some research on the topic he quickly realized that there was a gap between well researched best practices in early education and what was generally available in the community. That realization led to more research and to the creation of Treetop Academy and its vision of providing a rich, child centered learning environment.

Jeff Turner Founded in 2011

Founder, Executive Director

Jeff Turner is the founder and Executive Director of Treetop Academy. Following the birth of his two children Jeff took an interest in early childhood education. After conducting some research on the topic he quickly realized that there was a gap between well researched best practices in early education and what was generally available in the community. That realization led to more research and to the creation of Treetop Academy and its vision of providing a rich, child centered learning environment.

Cassandra Keller TTA Since 2013    Director, EdD in Education   Cassandra Keller is the director of early learning at Tree Top Academy and an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. She has been teaching in higher education since 2000 both at Lynn University FAU. She earned her Doctorate degree in teacher education in 2003. She has had 9 publications and presented at 28 national and international education conferences.

Cassandra Keller TTA Since 2013

Director, EdD in Education

Cassandra Keller is the director of early learning at Tree Top Academy and an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. She has been teaching in higher education since 2000 both at Lynn University FAU. She earned her Doctorate degree in teacher education in 2003. She has had 9 publications and presented at 28 national and international education conferences.

Tammy Ostuni TTA Since 2005    Office Manager   Tammy Ostuni, a 14 year veteran at our preschool, manages the Front office. She is responsible for the school tuition and fees, attendance, the VPK program, student files, the planning and implementation of Book Fairs and graduation.

Tammy Ostuni TTA Since 2005

Office Manager

Tammy Ostuni, a 14 year veteran at our preschool, manages the Front office. She is responsible for the school tuition and fees, attendance, the VPK program, student files, the planning and implementation of Book Fairs and graduation.

Jen Rivera TTA Since 2014    Admissions Coordinator   Jennifer Rivera is our Admissions Coordinator. She maintains our wait lists and helps new families get acquainted with our school. She also assists current families with the enrollment process. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education and has been at Tree Top Academy for over five years.

Jen Rivera TTA Since 2014

Admissions Coordinator

Jennifer Rivera is our Admissions Coordinator. She maintains our wait lists and helps new families get acquainted with our school. She also assists current families with the enrollment process. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education and has been at Tree Top Academy for over five years.

Thais Pernia    TTA Since 2014    Curriculum Coordinator   Thais is our Curriculum Coordinator and part-time VPK teacher. Certified teacher and graduate of business, Thais has been an early childhood educator, since 1998. She assists teachers with Conscious Discipline, curriculum and assessments. She also plans projects and summer activites for camp and assists with administrative calenders and design work.

Thais Pernia TTA Since 2014

Curriculum Coordinator

Thais is our Curriculum Coordinator and part-time VPK teacher. Certified teacher and graduate of business, Thais has been an early childhood educator, since 1998. She assists teachers with Conscious Discipline, curriculum and assessments. She also plans projects and summer activites for camp and assists with administrative calenders and design work.

Megan Martin    TTA Since 2017    Creative Director   Megan James is our Creative Director. She designs our nature-inspired aesthetic and collaborates with teachers on art and Visible Thinking projects and displays. She teaches art as a special to Kindergarten, and curates the monthly school publication, "The Chatter", along with the Tree Top website and social media. Her works have been featured in Kinfolk Magazine, Rhythm of the Home Magazine and Oh Joy.

Megan Martin TTA Since 2017

Creative Director

Megan James is our Creative Director. She designs our nature-inspired aesthetic and collaborates with teachers on art and Visible Thinking projects and displays. She teaches art as a special to Kindergarten, and curates the monthly school publication, "The Chatter", along with the Tree Top website and social media. Her works have been featured in Kinfolk Magazine, Rhythm of the Home Magazine and Oh Joy.

 

Our Team 1's - 3's

Miss Michelle | TTA Since 2012 Conscious Discipline Training |  CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Reggio Classroom Training | FAU Project Approach

Miss Kristin | TTA Since 2016   Anticipated Graduation Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education | Conscious Discipline Training |  CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Early Childhood Math

Miss Carmen | TTA Since 2005  Master's Degree in Law, Motolinia University, Mexico City | Preschool teacher for 20+ years | Bottega Child Development Center School |
The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit in Miami
Harvard University Online Course

Miss Jenny | TTA Since 2014  Associates in Arts Degree, Miami-Dade College | Certified Yoga Instructor, So-Yoga Miami | Early Childhood Education Certification | Early Childhood
STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Chelsea | TTA Since 2014  Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University | Associate Degree Early Childhood Education, Indian River State College | CPR Training | FAU Project Training | Conscious Discipline Training

Miss Elizabeth | TTA Since 2015   Anticipated Bachelor's Degree Education & Radiation Therapy | Licensed Practical Nurse, St. Mary's Medical Center | Early Childhood Education Certification | Early Childhood STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Marcia | TTA Since 2018   Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education | Early Childhood Education for 15+ years | Director's Credential | AA Degree |  Conscious Discipline Training

Miss J | TTA Since 2019 Associates Degree in the Arts | 25+ Years in Early Childhood Education | First Aid and CPR Certification | Implementing FL Standards in Preschool Classroom | Language Development Training
 

Miss Ashleigh | TTA Since 2016   CDA Credential | Conscious Discipline Training | CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Harvard : Learning to Talk by Talking

Miss Cortia | TTA Since 2018   Florida Child Care Professional Credential | Conscious Discipline | DCF Caseworker | CPR Training | CDA Certification | Conscious Discipline Training

Miss Egly | TTA Since 2016   Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Dominican Republic | Florida Child Care Professional Credential  | Volunteer, MyClinic |  Conscious Discipline Training |  CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Vicky | TTA Since 2018     VPK Math Training | Conscious Discipline Training CD Conscious Crew | CPR Training | Early Childhood STEM | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Franzi | TTA Since 2018  Master's Degree in Education | Special Needs Education Training | Conscious Discipline Training

Miss Alva | TTA Since 2019 Anticipated Educator’s Certificate in Preschool Education | Conscious Discipline Training |

Miss Sandra | TTA Since 2018 Florida Child Care Professional Credential  | Anticipated Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Palm Beach State College | Conscious Discipline Training

 

 


Our Team VPK

Miss Elliott | TTA Since 2005  Associate Degree, Tallahassee Community College | Presenter at Visible Thinking South Florida Conference 2015, 2018 | Florida Child Care Staff Credential | Early Childhood STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline |

Miss Thais | TTA Since 2014  Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, URBE Venezuela | Florida Child Care Staff Credential | Teaching Since 1998 | Early Childhood STEM |  Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Shavon | TTA Since 2018  Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology | Director's Credentials | Certified Music Together Teacher | Conscious Discipline Training

Miss Wendy | TTA Since 2008  Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies, Minor in Psychology & Sociology, Southern Connecticut State University | Associates degree in Medical Assisting, Melbourne FL |  Presented at Visible Thinking South Florida Conference 2013 & 2015 | Conscious Discipline | Early Childhood STEM | CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline 

Miss Hicks | TTA Since 2017  B.A. Biology University of Rhode Island | Basic Conscious Discipline Training |  CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss April | TTA Since 2017  Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies, Western Governors University | Associate's Degree in Math and Science, Cayuga College | Early Childhood
STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Molly | TTA Since 2019 Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama | Conscious Discipline Training | CPR Training

Miss Juliette | TTA Since 2017   Associates in Education Florida Child Care Professional Credential | Conscious Discipline Training |  CPR Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Implementing the Florida Standards in Preschool Classrooms | Early Literacy 5 Hour Training | Staff Credential Verification Birth-Five

Miss Kim | TTA Since 2009   Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Minor in Psychology, Kent State University | Certified Teacher for 18 Years, TTA Teacher for 10 years | Teaching Staff Credentials, State Of Florida | Early Childhood STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Nature Summit Conference

Miss Hays | TTA 2001  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & Management, UWI Trinidad | Teaching 25+ years | Early Childhood Education Certification | Early Childhood STEM | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline 

 

Kindergarten

Miss Lori | TTA Since 2012  Anticipated Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education | Associate's Degree, Palm Beach State College | Florida Child Care Staff Credential | Teaching Preschool since 2008

Miss Matthews | TTA Since 2012  Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University | Primary Education Certificate (PreK - Grade 3) | Harvard Visible Thinking Course | Presenter ICOT International Conference on Thinking 2018 | Harvard : Daily Leadership to Promote Development and Buffer Stress | Graduate level coursework at F.A.U. towards Gifted Endorsement; Erikson Institute, Chicago, BIG IDEAS in Early Learning: Language and Literacy Summer Institute
 


Substitutes

Miss Nicola | TTA Since 2016  Music Together Certified | Early Childhood Education Certification | Early Childhood STEM |  Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Kimberly | TTA Since 2018 Bachelor's Degree in Communication

Miss Giselle | TTA Since 2018 Conscious Discipline Training

Miss Kat | TTA Since 2016  Masters Degree, UCF | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline | Early Childhood Math | CPR

Miss Betty | TTA Since 2018 Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline

Miss Carol | TTA Since 2015 Bachelor's Degree, FAU | Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline


Aftercare

Miss Lori | TTA Since 2015  Anticipated Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education | Associate's Degree, Palm Beach State College | Florida Child Care Staff Credential | Teaching Preschool since 2008

Miss Stacy | TTA Since 2019  

Miss Meg | TTA Since 2019

Miss Betty | TTA Since 2018 Conscious Discipline Training | School Family Conscious Discipline