Our Staff

Keri Dunn - Director

Keri Dunn

 Keri has 25 years’ experience in the early  childhood education field, and has worked extensively with every age  group.  She is a curriculum and behavior specialist.  She holds The  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ with Level II Director  Credential. She also holds a Basic and Pediatric CPR and First Aid  certification.

Nycole Followell - Director

Nycole Followell

 Nycole has 21 Years’ in the early childhood education field, with  experience in every age group.  Her specialties are Infants and  Toddlers.  She holds a The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™  with Level II Director Credential. She also holds a Basic and Pediatric  CPR and First Aid certification 

Fran Neale - Owner

Fran Neale

 Fran has a Bachelor’s degree from University of London England and  postgraduate certificate in education from Cambridge University.  She  has 36 years’ experience as owner and operator of preschools in Pinellas  County.  She holds a The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™  with Director Credential. 

Emily Neale - HR and Food Program Manager

Emily Neale

 Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Miami.  She has 23 years’ experience in the child care field, including teaching art to ages K-5.  She oversees our Childcare Food Program, which includes our commercial kitchen.

Our Teachers

Ranita Laramee

Ranita Laramee

 Ranita Laramee has been at Write Start since 2014.  She holds a The  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. She works primarily with  the twos and threes age groups. 

Natalia Manuele

Natalia Manuele

 Natalia Manuele has been at Write Start since 2015.She has an Associates  Degree with Specialization in Early Childhood Education. She works  primarily in the one’s age group. 

Elissavet Makris

Elissavet Makris

 Elissavet Makris has been at Write Start since 2002. She holds a The  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, and an Associate Degree  in Advanced School of Business Management.  She is a VPK lead teacher. 

Maria Feliciano

Maria Feliciano

 Maria Feliciano has an Associates in Arts Degree with specialization in  The Bilingual Child.  She is a VPK lead teacher and has been at Write  Start since 2006. 

Tina Giordano

Tina Giordano

 Tina Giordano has been at Write Start since 2011.  She holds a The Child  Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ and a Diploma from Teachers  Training School. Tina works primarily in the infant room. 

Barbara Stanton

Barbara Stanton

 Barbara Stanton has been at Write Start since 2009.  She has an  Associates in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is a  Staff Member in Charge. 

Leigha Barela

Leigha Barela

 Leigha Barela has been at Write Start since 2010.  She has a Bachelor’s  of Science Degree in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies.  She  holds The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ with Level II  Director Credential. She has a CDL license to drive our Buses for Before  and After School and Summer Camp. She is a VPK lead teacher. 

Crystal Kiefer

Crystal Kiefer

 Crystal Kiefer has been at Write Start since 2009. She has an Associates Degree in Arts.  She holds The Child  Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ with Level II Director  Credential.  She is a Staff Member in Charge and the Infant/Toddler Specialist. 

Lishuang Zhou

Lishuang Zhou

 Lishuang Zhou has been at Write Start since 2000.  She holds a The Child  Development Associate (CDA) Credential™.  She is a specialist in the  two’s age group. 

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

 Brooke Smith has been at Write Start since 2013.  She holds a The Child  Development Associate (CDA) Credential™.  She works primarily in the  infant room. 

Kathie Gentry

Kathie Gentry

Kathie Gentry has been at Write Start since 2016. She holds a The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ . Kathie is a lead teacher in our infant classroom.