2701 54th Ave South
St. Pete, FL 33712
Jody Gonzalez has been in the field of Early Child Education since 1990. Jody started her education with a pre-school teaching certification at Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Along with being certified she also completed an internship at Pace Head Start in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After working in Boston with children with behavioral difficulties, she moved to Florida and began working as a lead teacher in the Christian community school system. After her time in the Christian schooling community, Jody moved over to two other private schools in the area where she worked as the acting director and then as curriculum specialist. At St. Petersburg Pediatrics Day School, Jody took on the role as director of the Lakewood school as well as being the head designer and coordinator of our program.
- Fisher College, Boston, Massachusetts; Child Development
- Child Development Associates Degree
- Level Two active Director Credential
- Pre-school/Infant first aide CPR certified
- Blood Born Pathogens certification
- Behavior Management Certification
- All Pinellas County Licensing Board required trainings for Infant-VPK
- VPK endorsed Director
- Active member of NAEYC
- Shaken Baby SIDS training
- Brain Research certification
7510 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
At a young age, I knew I was highly interested in the education of young children. I started my career in the business world, which provided me with a strong background in that area. I have had the honor to work with children for 28 years, ranging from infancy to 17 years of age.
In 2010, I joined St. Petersburg Pediatrics Day School, which is dedicated to children ages 3 months to 5 years. I feel that this is the age group that needs education the most. My philosophy has grown out of my education and my experiences as a teacher. As a child care provider/teacher/director, I am actively involved in guiding, stimulating, and encouraging growth in young children.
Throughout the years, I have learned that childcare needs to go beyond learning. Before a child can learn, they must feel comfortable in a safe, nurturing and healthy environment. When the child feels safe and healthy, it positively fosters children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. I feel that a positive environment is needed in order for children to fully understand love, encouragement, and respect. Although it is important to teach curriculum, we owe it to the children to understand them as an individual.
Education, Honors, and Certifications
- Child Development Associate (ECE)
- Completed more than 40 Units in Early Child Care Education
- Currently attends courses in the Early Child Care Education Program at St.Petersburg College
- Member of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH)
- Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certified Earned several certificates from various workshops and conferences specifically for Child Care Providers