Brandon ELC

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy


The Early Learning Center program at Brandon provides a variety of classes for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to meet our families needs.  Three day and five day a week programs with either a half or full day schedule are available.  This flexibility allows you to choose a program that will best suit your child's needs and development.

BSBA offers a well structured, exciting and fun approach for our youngest students.  At our school children are always learning and developing.  Each day is expected to bring new opportunities to play, investigate, and express ideas.  Our monthly themes are appropriate to the age of the child. Specific skills such as the alphabet, number awareness, phonics, fine and gross motor skills, and written communication will be integrated into these units.  Organized play will be an important component of our units. 

The Early Learning Center uses

  • group discussions to encourage self-expression
  • art to encourage creativity
  • dramatization to fully enjoy stories
  • field trips to explore the world around us
  • language arts to experience foreign languages and cultures
  • music to participate in a variety of musical experiences
  • health and safety to acquire an understanding of healthy habits and safety rules

Our teacher-created curriculum is supplemented by several formal teaching tools such as The Creative Curriculum and Wee Learn. The multi-sensory Handwriting Without Tears, an adopted curriculum by our Early Learning Center, uses magnetic boards and clay to help young children develop those important fine motor skills for elementary school.

The Brandon Early Learning Center offers our students a wide variety of special classes on a weekly basis. The children enjoy Physical Education, Music, Chapel, Cafeteria, Computers, Media Center, and the 4-year olds enjoy learning Spanish. Each day our children are taught God’s word through Bible stories, singing, sharing, and Bible verses. Each month we highlight a special virtue.

Meet the ELC Faculty

Interested in applying to the Brandon ELC or VPK program? 

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Gyia Carney
Brandon Campus Early Learning Center Director













ELC Faculty

Gyia Carney
ELC Director



 ELC Specials Teachers

Melissa Baker
ELC Computer

I joined Bell Shoals Baptist Academy as a substitute teacher in January 2016. I am excited to now be a part of the teaching team. I started working as the Early Learning Center Computer Teacher in August 2016. I work with young two’s and three’s and also the three and four year old classes. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in December 1998. I worked at a wireless carrier for ten years as an account manager, then, after having my second daughter, I had the privilege to be a stay at home mom for eight years. Both my daughters attend the Academy and are extremely happy here. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges. I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy.


Amarilys Camilo
ELC Music

 I have been a member of JesusChurch since 2013. My husband and I have been in the praise and worship team of different churches for the past 15 years helping build up teams spiritually and instrumentally.  I have been the Early Learning Center music teacher since August 2016 and really enjoy having fun with all the children. I have two wonderful boys, one that is enrolled in the ELC program.  Before working at Bell Shoals I worked at The Law Office of Daniel C. Consuegra for 8 1/2 years until their doors were closed. I love working at Bell Shoals because it gives me the opportunity to be closer to my oldest child and flexible with my schedule in order for me to be a mom.  I feel part of a family with all the incredible teachers and aides I work with.


Paola Garcia
ELC Spanish



ELC 2 & 3 Year Old Teachers

Tina Denton
ELC 2 year olds



Natalie McCartney
ELC 3 year olds



Marijio Plott
ELC 3 year olds



Valerie Rolle
ELC Young 3 year olds



Brenda Stull
ELC 3 year olds



Cynthia Weaver
ELC 3 year olds



VPK / 4 Year Old Teachers

Gina Akos
ELC 4 year olds



Wendy Campa
ELC 4 year olds



Alison Coleman
ELC 4 year olds



Diane Gregory
ELC 4 year olds



Niki Koutz
ELC 4 year olds



Patti Lusk
ELC 4 year olds



Heather Milligan
ELC 4 year olds



Kimberly Oates
ELC 4 year olds



ELC Aides

Alison Freda
ELC Aide



Thuy Kubler
ELC Aide



Nakisha Ruggiero
VPK Aide

I have been a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church since 1997, a parent at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy since 2011, and a staff member at the Academy since 2015. I love Bell Shoals! Even more so I love serving the Lord. I graduated from USF in 2004 with a Bachelor's in Education, and I now serve in the Academy as a teacher's aide in VPK. Every day is an adventure with this age group, and the same goes at home with my handsome husband of 11 years and two joyful girls who attend the academy.

Lindsay Wright
ELC Aide



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