MEET OUR TEAM
Egle Mateo has a degree in Arts from Lithuania. She specializes in drawing, painting, basket weaving, glass and pottery. She teaches private classes for all ages. She is also known for her cookie decorating arts. She has a daughter in high school and an energetic toddler.
Teresa Restom Gaskill has a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Ecology from Brazil. She teaches Biology at Saint Petersburg College as a full time faculty. She has a son in middle school and a daughter in high school.
Tara Kok has an AS degree in Environmental Science Technology, with specialization in Water Resource Management, from St. Petersburg College. She currently is working on her Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Policy at USF. She is involved in local craft art festivals and makes hand-stitched embroideries. Tara has been teaching with us since 2017.
Bridget Newell has an Associate in Art degree from Bergen Community College, and is a certified Yoga teacher from YogaMatrix, Orlando. She has taught as a volunteer at Eola Charter School, Lakeview Fundamental, and at the YMCA. Bridget is a mother of two teens. She has been teaching with us since 2017.
Allison G. Redd is a licensed child care professional with more than 12 years of experience. She is an accomplished artist having done pieces for Nina Harris Exceptional Center, The Bolesta Center, Chairs for Charity, Outdoor Arts Foundation, the Art Arbor at Boyd Hill Nature Park, and has exhibited her art in London. She is a proud Girl Scout troop leader and has a very creative daughter in elementary school. She has been teaching with us since 2017.
Lauren Sternis a teacher and a happy hippie mama! She has her degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been teaching for over twelve years. She has experience in First Grade, Kindergarten, and as a reading specialist, in addition to mothering her son! Lauren is also a certified Kidding Around Yoga instructor and enjoys bringing yoga, mindfulness, and art into her classroom. She has been teaching with us since 2018.
Karina Mudafort is a local entrepreneur, artist, gardener, writer, and lifetime member of learning. She is pursuing her bachelors in Education at Saint Petersburg College."I am passionate about creating with my community with mindfulness, knowledge, and love. I solely strive to bring light into the world of my viewers. We all hold a value that is unique and necessary in our world today.".
Henny Kartika has a Masters in Food Science from the University of Hawaii. In addition to teaching with us, she is a preschool teacher at First Presbyterian Day School. She has three boys in elementary and middle schools. She has been teaching with us since 2016.
Christina Miller has a degree in Elementary Education from Saint Petersburg College. She is a dedicated, student-focused professional, who is committed to providing a well-balanced, supportive, and engaging environment for all students. She is mother to a beautiful toddler girl.