Early Childhood Center/VPK Staff

Randi Nash-Ortiz
Early Childhood Center Director

Randi has been in the Early Childhood profession as a teacher, mentor and director for over 20 years. She has been the Director at Temple Beth-El Early Childhood Center for 10 years.Throughout her many years working with children and families, her passion for this profession continues to grow. Randi's level of energy and experience make her suitable for the Early Childhood Center Directors position. Randi brings a wealth of experience to Temple Beth-El as she has held positions at some of the finest facilities, including the University of Alaska's Child Care Center, Director of a Preschool in Anchorage, and Assistant Director at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami. Randi has a Birth-Five certification from Miami Dade College School of Education, Florida Child Care Director Credentials, she has served on the ECA Pinellas Board and is affiliated with numerous other organizations. Randi and her husband, David, have 2 amazing children, Danielle and Brandon.

 For more information please contact Randi Nash-Ortiz at (727) 350-5885



Ms. Alice

3's Teacher

Ms. Alice has been at the Early Childhood Center since 2007. She has one daughter and a wonderful son-in-law with three grandchildren. She is actively involved in her church, working with children from 3-18 years old where she orchestrates the theater, praise dance and stomp. Her biggest pride and joy is watching the kids perform. She loves shopping, spending time with her family and spoiling them too! She holds a Birth Through Five Credential.





Ms. Ardra

2's Teacher

Ms. Ardra has been at the Early Childhood Center since 1999. She grew up in St. Petersburg and loves to go fishing, bike riding and do anything outdoors. She is family oriented, with two great kids and four beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys home decor and is always redecorating her home. She holds a Birth Through Five Credential and Director's Credential.






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Ms. Charlotte

1's Teacher

Ms. Charlotte graduated from Roehampton University in London, and came to the Early Childhood Center from teaching Kindergarten at the American School of Paris. She is fluent in English, Italian and French. Ms. Charlotte enjoys spoiling her chihuahua, Frieda, sailing and traveling. She has been to almost all of the countries in Western Europe!


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Ms. Dani

1's Assistant Teacher

Ms. Dani has been working with children since 2007 in the Religious School, Youth Group and Early Childhood Center. She has a great kissy dog named Bandit. She loves photography, traveling, music and trying new foods. Ms. Dani attends St. Pete College in the College of Education. 



Ms. Terri

Y2's Teacher

Ms. Terri is a crafting, DIY, Pinterest, gardening guru. She started at the Early Childhood Center in 2007. She is the queen of her house, where her husband and son take great care of her. She is a proud mom of a talented, handsome, musically inclined son. Ms. Terri is working towards her Birth Through Five Credential.





Enrichment & Area Specialists 

Quentin Mondello

Ms. Q's Mobile Gymnastics

Ms. Q has lived in Florida for over 12 years, and has been teaching for more than 18 years. She provides a foundation to help your child become physically fit while learning the basics of gymnastics in a safe, exciting and energetic environment.





Abigail Smith

Creative Movements

Ballet Classes

Abigail is a Licensed Territory Owner/Director of Creative Movement and Dance, and owner of Pirouette, Inc. Her love of dance began at age four, under the direction of Kim Ozier’s School of Dance. She later went on to train and study with Nancy Robinson School of Dance and Studio D, under the instruction of Mitch Flanders. During her high school years, Abigail was heavily involved in both dance and theater, landing starring roles in Sleeping BeautyCats and many other productions. After graduating high school, Abigail continued studying dance at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and graduated with a bachelor€™s degree in Sociology. In 1999 her teaching career began at the Kim Ozier School of Dance.

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