Meet the Staff

Lead Teacher – Tocarra Lusk







Teaching Assistants

Jenn Riolo
Jennifer Riolo has been working for SCEIC for over a decade.  She attended Brevard Community College, where she obtained a Child Development Credential (CDA).  She first became interested in early education in her senior year of high school.  One of the requirements for her Palm Bay High childcare course was to visit real childcare centers.  When she came to SCEIC, she asked if she could volunteer.  Jenn volunteered every single day, until she was offered a job!

For Jenn, the most rewarding part of the job is seeing the progress the students make, “When a child comes in with barely any language, no social skills and won’t play with others, it’s amazing to see them progress to playing with everyone and talking up a storm!  It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Jenn looks forward to one day getting married and having children of her own, but for now she plans to stay at SCEIC where she says, “I learn something from the kids every day.”

Denice Kowalski

With over 14 years of teaching, Denice has worked in early education and in the elementary schools teaching kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
graders. She originates from New Hampshire and recently moved to Florida in December 2012 when her husband retired. After moving to Florida, she completed the 40 hour child care credentialing program.

She joined SCEIC as an assistant in our aftercare program, and is excited to be joining the 3 year old classroom. Denice has two grown sons who still live up North.