A note from our Principal:
Welcome to Michelle’s International Learning House, where we are committed to providing the best pedagogy from around the world in a safe, nurturing environment where a child’s passions are cultivated and differences are celebrated.
I am the proud owner and Principal of Michelle's International Learning House. My background and degree are in Early Childhood Education. I have more than thirty five years of experience with nearly 30 years focused entirely in infant to 5 year olds and the remainder in kindergarten through second grade. I knew right from the start that being an educator was what I was meant to do. Working with children affords me a chance to see things through their eyes, to learn something new each and every day, and to see a better future through your children. Your child is like a precious gift that we get to unwrap a little more each day. Each day brings a new discovery, a new idea, shared explorations, and lots and lots of laughter.
In addition, I have five children and seven grandchildren (so far) of my own, so I am acutely aware of how difficult it is to entrust your child to someone else’s care. For that reason, our promise to you is that your child will become an integral part of our school family and receive the attention, love, and education they need to build a strong foundation. Our faculty is focused on your child’s happiness, wellbeing, and success.
We educate our children through play and engaging activities in all the core subject areas (reading, math, language arts, science, social studies, emotional and physical development), as well as instilling values, independence, problem-solving skills, and responsibility.
The environment at Michelle’s House is warm, cozy, family oriented, and positive. Michelle’s House is a
family owned and operated learning center. Feel free to stop in at any time and catch a glimpse of our magic in action. We look forward to making you a part of our school family.
Sincerely, Jill R. Cerchione
Meet Our Faculty
Our faculty consist of experienced, trained professionals chosen for their warmth, creativity, experience with children, and commitment to excellence. We employ individuals who are nurturing, who understand child development and developmentally appropriate practices, and who respect each child as an individual. We seek employees who value collaboration with parents and colleagues and are passionate about the role they play. Our faculty encourages mutual respect for an individual’s personal characteristics. Many of our staff members are bilingual, exposing our children to different languages, cultures, and traditions.
Your child’s safety is our priority. Each faculty member has gone through a stringent screening process which includes fingerprinting and FBI background checks, as well as screening through the Sex Offender Registry under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
You want the best for your child. High quality early childhood education programs have a huge impact on your child’s future. Children enrolled in programs like ours,
- Are nearly half as likely to be retained in elementary school
- graduate high school at higher rates
- are 24% more likely to own their own home
- 18% more likely to be employed
- 53% less likely to have multiple arrests
- Earn more money
- Are able to maintain healthy relationships
Here at Michelle’s International Learning House we are committed to giving your child the best possible early childhood education experience. Your child will be provided with fun, memory making days that will inspire a life-long love of learning. You can be assured you are giving your child the best possible care because we have been doing this for more than 35 years.
A Note from Our Director:
Welcome to Michelle's House, my name is Cara Cerchione. I am happy to serve as the Director of Michelle's House. It is honor to be able to work every day surrounded by smiles and laughter! As a working mother of four children, I know the stress and worry that comes with being away from your child. My priority as Director is to ensure that every child feels welcome, safe and learns in our friendly, home-away-from-home environment. I also strive to make sure that each parent knows that we here at Michelle's House are a part of their village, because after all it does take a village to raise a child. We welcome parents to participate in our many yearly activities and send home pictures and messages throughout the day! I started in Child Care as an assistant teacher and worked my way up through the ranks. This allows me to truly understand all the inner workings of the preschool environment and better support both the staff and families. I hold an Advance Directors Certificate and use my eight years of Director experience to bring the best of both curriculum and fun to your students. We hold a Gold Seal Quality Rating and are fully accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
I have worked with Kindergarten, Pre-k and VPK students for many years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Texas A & M University. I am a mother to two beautiful children who are now grown. I am blessed to be a grandmother to my grandson Jake. My husband Bill just retired from the Aviation Industry. My passions are gardening, reading and cooking. I enjoy bringing these passions into the classroom and sharing them with my students. I am a native Floridian from Pensacola. I enjoy teaching because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I see my students grow, develop their skills and learn each day!
I have been teaching here for many years and invite you to be a part of our learning experience. Get ready for purposeful, meaningful experiences with a healthy dose of fun!
Hi! My name is Ms. Gladys, but the children call me Mrs. G. I was born in Colombia on the 4th of September. I have been married for 19 years. I have two daughters, the oldest is 18 and the youngest is 13. I love working with children and my passion has always been teaching.
My hobbies are cooking and enjoying time with my family.
I am a lifelong resident of South Florida and love the opportunity to work with the children here at Michelle's International Learning House. I received my degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College and am fluent in English and American Sign Language. I am a collector of all things giraffe, an amateur photographer in my spare time and would paint the world purple if I could!
Teaching children is an opportunity about which I am truly passionate. I am so excited to be here!
Hi! My name is Melissa Perez and I was born in Columbia. I speak fluent Spanish and, of course, English. I am the after school facilitator and I am working on my degree in chemistry and education. Tennis is one of my favorite hobbies to engage in outside of work and college. My family, and my two puppies, are very important aspects of my life. I enjoy working in the nurturing environment of Michelle's House, where children experience new challenges that build skill and confidence while they play.
I look forward to working with you and your child to further their developmental growth and education at Michelle's House.
I'm Ms. Roxanne and I was born and raised in Florida. I am super excited to be teaching at Michelle's International Learning House where I can put my creativity and love of children to good use. Michelle's House has a unique sense of community that is important to me. Teachers and families work together to ensure the growth of each individual child. I am the mother of a young son who means the world to me. He attends school here at Michelle's House. Having a young child myself, I know how important these early years are to their development.
I look forward to giving your child a lifelong love of learning through fun hand-son experiences!
I am originally from Connecticut where I earned my Bachelor's Degree and began my teaching career. As a state certified teacher, I taught 3's, 4's, and Pre K for fifteen years before moving to Florida. I am the proud mother of "Baby Lexi" who attends Michelle's House. I am enthusiastic about literacy for young children and I value the theory that "childhood is a journey, not a race." I thoroughly enjoy my three year old class here at Michelle's House and I am proud to have been chosen the first place winner of the 2018 Teachers Make A Difference nation-wide contest.