The VPK Staff

Ms. Donna

Ms. Heather

Ms. Robbie

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I'm Ms. Donna and I have lived in the Venice/Engelwood area for 47 years.  I am originally from Buffalo, NY.

My husband and I have been married for over 30 years and we have two children; Daniel and Nick.  Both of our sons live locally.  I have two grandchildren whom I adore and one on the way that I can't wait to meet!

I love boating, the beach, going to the movies and reading.

I started working here in 1992.  I have worked with every age group but have been with VPK since 2005.  VPK is my favorite age to teach.  The children learn so much and it is very exciting to see them grow as they prepare for Kindergarten.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.  Let the learning begin!

Ms. Robbie

Ms. Heather

Ms. Robbie

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Hello!  My name is Ms. Robbie.  I have been teaching VPK for 19 years and have been in the childcare business for 26.

I moved here from Acworth, Ga in 2014 with my family.  I am married to the love of my life and have two adult children and one grandchild.  Our daughter Tori and grandchild Aiden live in Texas.  Our son Trevor graduated from Lemon Bay in 2017 and currently works for T-Mobile.  He is studying to become a Property Appraiser.

Some of my interest and hobbies are reading, boating, swimming, and gardening.  I enjoy these most when I am doing them with family.

VPK is my favorite age to teach because I love to be a part of the transition and learning experience this age goes through in just one school year.

Ms. Heather

Ms. Heather

Ms. Lacey

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Hi, I'm Ms. Heather.  I am happily married to my husband Neil.  We have two boys and two fur babies.  I truly love to spend time with my family.  We are big Disney fans so we try to go whenever we can to make memories and be together.

I have been working in childcare going on 13 years now.  This is my first year working in VPK but have experience through the different age groups.  I have been at Foundations for 5 years now and this school has become like a family to me.  I really love working here.  I am always furthering my knowledge by taking courses or attending classes to better prepare me as a professional in this field.

I truly have a passion for working with children.  I love when you teach a child something new and the look they get on their faces says it all.  In my classroom we get creative, children have such an imagination that it's amazing to look at and see what they can create.  They have so much room to grow and become someone truly unique.  I encourage children to embrace themselves and be who they are, teach them to love one another and be kind.  Children are a beautiful gift from god and I love that I can help shape them, teach them to use tools and skills to help them succeed in life.

Thank you for letting me share my time and days with your children to help them grow.


Ms. Lacey

Ms. Mikayla

Ms. Lacey

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  HI!  I’m Mrs. Lacey

Teaching has been a very strong passion of mine! I am very thrilled to be able to work alongside you with your child to encourage growth and strengthen many core values. This year is full of lots of fun and learning. I thought you would like to know a little about me. 

I am married to my high school sweet heart, Carlos. We have one daughter together (Brielle) who also attends Foundations and 3 pets. They take up majority of my free time but some of my hobbies include, baking, road trips and going to theme parks with my best friends.

I was born and raised in FL but have only lived locally for 5 years, which is when I fell in love with learning. I graduated in 2016 and perused my CDA in February of 2019.

This is my 5th year of early child care, but my 1st year teaching VPK. I absolutely love teaching this age group because this is such an important time in their growth, academically and socially. My intentions are to purvey my excitement for all of my lessons so the children are equally excited about learning. The possibilities are endless with each child!

A few of my favorites:

Color: Purple

Candy: Reece’s

Food: Mexican, Italian

Drink: Sweet Tea or Coke Cola

Book: Anything from Ellen Hopkins

Movie: Titanic

Ms. Mikayla

Ms. Mikayla

Ms. Mikayla

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Hello, my name is Ms. Mikayla.  I am a mother to a beautiful daughter who also attends Foundations and I have lived in Florida since 2012.  I am originally from Illinois.  

In high school I used to volunteer at local YMCA's working with younger children, I then graduated in 2014.  I started working at Foundations in October of 2016.  I love working with children and I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with your children this year!

Fun Facts About Me:

I love to read

Coffee is my favorite drink

My hometown has a population of only 3,000

Ms. Chris

Ms. Mikayla

Ms. Mikayla

I am excited to be a part of the VPK team.  It's going to be a fun year, full of lots of learning and new adventures!


I am from Buffalo, NY.  I have two sons Dennis and Brian.  I've been a Teacher's aide in various school settings for over 25 years, been a cub scout leader and Sunday School Superintendent.


A few of my favorite things:


Color:     Ming green, pink, yellow

Season: Spring

Food:      NY Pizza

Drink:     Red Rose tea, water

Song:     Contemporary Christian

Book:      I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me - Philippians 4:13

Sport:     I enjoy making quilts and plastic canvas crafts