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

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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

Amarylis Camilo
ELC Spanish



Heather Ochalek
ELC Music

Nicole Geisler


ELC 2 & 3 Year Old Teachers

August Warde
ELC 2 year olds

Jessica Wilson
ELC 3 year olds

 Amarylis Camilo  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

Diane Gregory
ELC 4 year olds



Wendy Campa
ELC 4 year olds



Allison Coleman
ELC 4 year olds



Niki Koutz
ELC 4 year olds



Patti Lusk
ELC 4 year olds



Kimberly Oates
ELC 4 year olds



ELC Aides

Thuy Kubler
ELC Aide



Nakisha Ruggiero
ELC Aide




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