Meet the Staff

Ms. LisaLead Teacher

Lisa Heller

Lisa Heller  has over 15 years of teaching experience.  She has been with SCEIC since 2005.  She works with young toddlers to develop self-help skills such as using a spoon and fork for eating, drinking out of an open faced cup and using words to communicate with friends.  The young toddler class lays the foundations for skills such as potty training and learning colors and shapes.

Ms. Lisa holds a Child Development Credential (CDA) and has also had some Montessori training. She utilizes a team approach to teaching in the classroom. Each member of the toddler team plays an important role in the education and care of each student.   Ms. Lisa says, “I provide the same care and love for each student as I would for my own son or daughter.”

Teaching Assistants

Karen Pelkey

Karen joined SCEIC first as a classroom volunteer. She soon discovered that working with children was a career she was well-suited for! She earned her Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and has been with SCEIC  since 2001.

Karen has spent several years working directly with toddlers. “Toddlers get more individualized attention and the day is jam packed with learning opportunities. There is always something to do or see!”


Ashlee Auchter

Ashlee has been employed at SCEIC since 2006.  Her love of teaching started at an early age. By the time she was 13, she was already babysitting for friends and family. She enjoyed putting together reading activities and art projects for the children she watched. Ashlee has a Florida Child Care Professional Certification (FCCPC, is VPK certified and holds an AS is in Early Childhood Education. She is joining the toddler room after stepping down as a lead teacher at SCEIC as she focuses on her Bachelor’s degree.

Ashlee finds teaching an enjoyable field because there is always something new to try and learn. She strives to stay up-to-date on the latest research and teaching methods so she can incorporate them into her classroom. Ashlee recognizes that learning is more than just abc’s and colors. She says, “A strong focus on social skills is essential for students. It is a building block for all learning”.