Mrs. Mero is originally from Long Island, New York. She moved to Florida eight years ago with her husband and four sons. Her family enjoys spending their extracurricular time outdoors in sunny South Florida. Mrs. Mero has worked in Early Childhood for five years. She is certified by the Florida Department of Child and Family Services as a Child Care Professional and certified as a Child Development Associate. She attends many continuing education classes to keep abreast of new Early Childhood developments and information. Mrs. Mero is dedicated to the education and development of young children.
Stephanie Wrona, Lead Teacher (Seedlings 1 Year Old Program)
Mrs. Wrona is originally from Connecticut. She moved to South Florida with her family in 1977. Mrs. Wrona became a part of the St. Joseph’s community in 2006 when she began working with the children at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. She moved on to St. Joseph’s Episcopal School in 2007 and became the Assistant Teacher in the One Year Old program. Mrs. Wrona was asked to take her expertise with infants and toddlers to the ECA, when it opened in 2008, and become the Assistant Teacher in the One Year Old program. She is certified by the Department of Children and Families as a Florida Child Care Professional. When Mrs. Wrona is not helping the children grow, you can find her nourishing her love of plants, bird watching, or crafting with her daughter, Addie. Her love of God, nature, and watching small things grow is what gets her up in the morning.
Nancy Covault, Instructional Aide (Seedlings 1 Year Old Program)
Nancy is originally from Ontario, Canada and moved to Florida with her parents when she was a teenager. She spent most of her professional career at Florida Power & Light, retiring after twenty years. Nancy has always wanted to work with children which brought her to the ECA. She is currently seeking her DCF Child Care Certification. Her greatest pleasure comes from spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Gabrielle Choute, Lead Teacher (Sprouts 2 Year Old Program)
Gabrielle has lived in Palm Beach County since 1998. She has attended both private and public schools, accumulating many community service hours in the child care industry. She is currently enrolled in Palm Beach State College pursuing a degree in education. Gabrielle comes to St. Joseph's from Palm Beach County's after school program, where she gained much experience working with children. She is currently seeking her DCF Childcare certification.
Emily McCarthy, Instructional Aide (Sprouts 2 Year Old Program)
Emily Rose McCarthy is a Florida native with a passion for connecting with children in order to encourage them in their growth and development. Emily holds an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) and a certification in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED. She has had the privilege to hold both volunteer and professional positions in childcare in the following ways: preschool teacher’s assistant, certified after school/summer camp counselor, lead Sunday school teacher for preschoolers, and community center kids club group leader. Her free time is spent creating art, learning how to cook new foods, traveling, spending time in nature, and playing with her dog, Hazel. Emily is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the St. Joseph’s ECA staff, students, and their families to help provide a safe, welcoming, and enriching environment for all.
Clemencia Rosado, Lead Teacher (Blossoms 2 Year Old Program)
Mrs. Rosado, a Christian wife and mom of two girls, is originally from Ecuador, where her dream of being a preschool teacher started as a teenager. In 2001, she began to pursue her teaching career in Early Childhood education. Mrs. Rosado is certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Care Professional, and she is also a Certified Child Development Associate in the state of Florida. Mrs. Rosado is still attending many continuing education classes in the Early Childhood field. She is very happy to be a part of the Saint Joseph’s community.
Cassandra Epps, Instructional Aide (Blossoms 2 Year Old Program)
Cassandra was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a loving caregiver for her mother. Cassandra holds her certification with Florida Department of Children and Families. Her passion for teaching has lead her to St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Academy. Cassandra is currently attending Palm Beach State College for her CDA credentials and would like to further her education in Early Childhood Education and special needs in the future. She loves to travel, and her dream is to help children all over the world.
Dolores de la Torre, Lead Teacher (Sunflowers 2 - 3 Year Old Program)
Mrs. de la Torre is originally from New Jersey. She relocated to South Florida in 1990, and in 1994, she began to pursue her teaching career in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. de la Torre started in the public school system as an Assistant Teacher working with Special Needs Children in the ESE Pre-Kindergarten program. She then moved on to the private school system where she worked as Lead Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten program, and soon after became Lead Teacher in the VPK program. Mrs. de la Torre is certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Care Professional, and she is also a Certified Child Development Associate in the State of Florida. Most recently, Mrs. de la Torre has earned her VPK-endorsed Director’s Credential, and she is now actively pursuing her Associate’s degree at Palm Beach State College. Mrs. de la Torre is the Lead Teacher of the two- and three-year old program at the ECA. She is very happy to be a part of the St. Joe’s community, and she is committed to each student’s’ happiness, growth and development, while providing a supportive and fun learning environment.