Meet the LPS Staff
– Have a local, state and federal background check completed before hire
– Are CPR and First Aid certified and are current in this certification
– Have completed the required DCF 45 hour Childcare Courses and at least 10 hours of in-service training per year.
– Are trained how to recognize and report child abuse and are mandatory reporters.
Jennifer Lange – Owner/Director/Lead VPK Teacher
Jennifer is the mom of two (son 26, daughter 22) and step-mom of two (son 32, daughter 34). She came to Naples from Pittsburgh 26 years ago with her husband of 27 years. Jen has been the owner of LPS for over 24 years having worked with the previous owner for 1 year. Jen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Penn State University (WE ARE …) and was certified in Pennsylvania to teach children grades Kindergarten through 6th. She has earned an Advanced Level Director’s Credential and holds a Child Development Associates Degree Waiver from Edison Community College. She has more than 300 hours of continuing education in the area of early childhood education and related curriculum areas to include preschool administration. She has been a Collier County Parks and Recreation Cheerleading coach and team sponsor. She is an active JDRF volunteer, past JDRF Hope Gala and Walk to Cure Chair and past JDRF board member where she has had direct experience raising over $6 million for diabetes research in honor of her daughter. Jennifer is a past Board Member of The Early Learning Coalition of SWFL and before her employment at LPS worked in the Collier County Public Schools as a substitute teacher. Jennifer brings a unique perspective to LPS as she has built a successful program on what she knows to be important for children not only as a seasoned educator but also as an experienced mom and step-mom. She believes in making learning exciting and purposeful while keeping in mind the fun traditions of the families who attend our school. She believes that developing the whole child is key to future educational success and is dedicated to helping each child meet their potential by identifying strengths and possible deficits and delays. She is passionate about making LPS a fun and exciting place to learn, play and grow! This school year will ma
Ms. Jaclyn – VPK Assistant Teacher and Director’s Assistant
Jaclyn is the energetic mother of two terrific kiddos (son18 and daughter 16) and is the guardian of her sweet nephew (4). All of her children have attended LPS so she is well versed in what to expect as a parent of a preschool and strives to give our current families the same sense of belonging and comfort she felt when her children attended . This year Jaclyn will be moving on to the next phase of parenthood as she sends her Barron Collier grad off to USF. This will be Jaclyn’s twelfth year on the LPS staff. Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies/Psychology from FL Gulf Coast University. (GO EAGLES!) Jaclyn’s psychology background and interest in and affinity for helping children with special needs balances our staff’s knowledge and interest base. She has been involved with our community as a past cub-scout leader and devoted NPE parent volunteer. After 8 years as the Naples Park Elementary PTO President, Ms. Jaclyn has relinquished her post, for now. Jaclyn’s can-do, positive attitude allows her the ability to handle whatever comes her way. She is terrific with our kiddos and is well respected by our parents. She has proven to be an excellent disciplinarian using positive reinforcement to help each child meet success in the classroom. Jaclyn expertly uses her experiences as a mom, and a seasoned preschool teacher to give our students a loving, nurturing educational experience while relating and implementing relevant life lessons. Jaclyn has accumulated over 150 hours of continuing education in the area of early childhood education with a focus on VPK literacy and standards for four-year children. All of this good stuff combines to make Jaclyn a very important part of our VPK class’s success.
Norma Mendez Hernandez – Preschool Threes Co-Teacher
This will be Ms. Norma’s fourth year on the LPS team. Norma is a local graduate from Naples High School where she has completed course work in early childhood education and has had guided hands-on training to earn her Child Development Associates degree. Norma has come to us with the highest recommendations from her Naples High early childhood program advisor. Currently Ms. Norma is attending Florida South Western working toward a dual degree in Early Education and Psychology. She most recently received her Associates of Arts from FSW while continues to work toward her Bachelors. Ms. Norma is soft spoken, incredibly kind, patient and very much enjoys working hands on with the little ones. Her calm, easy-going demeanor balances the excitement in the classroom. She is an excellent classroom manager and enjoys developing new and exciting lessons and projects for her students.
Lynda Hoff – Preschool Threes Assistant-Teacher
Ms. Lynda came to Naples from Cape Cod, MA 21 years ago. It is here in Naples where she met and married her husband and where they together are raising their children. They are the parents of two adorable teenagers (son 14, daughter 17). Lynda comes to us with lots of experience working with young children and holds a Child Development Associated degree. Lynda comes to us with highest recommendations from her previous employers at FBA and Livingston Academy. I think you will find her easy to speak with and will enjoy her sense of humor. She enjoys mingling with your kiddos at center time helping them to work a puzzle or other manipulative while helping your little ones expand vocabulary and learn new skills. The children will enjoy her pleasant demeanor, and will appreciate her silly sense of humor. Lynda’s experience as a preschool teacher, patience of a mother and her love of anything crafty make her the perfect Teacher’s Assistant for our Threes.
Emily Iverson – Preschool Twos Assistant Teacher
This will be Emily’s fourth school year with LPS. Ms. Emily is a Naples native and has graduated from Naples High where she earned her Child Development Associates degree through coursework and hands on caring for young children in the high school’s preschool program. She comes to LPS with highest recommendations from the Naples High CDA program advisor. Emily is currently attending Florida South Western and has earned her Associate of Arts degree there while continuing to work toward a dual degree in Elementary Education and Health Sciences. Emily’s classroom is always an upbeat and inviting place for her students to learn and play. Emily’s experience, bubbly personality and love for all things silly along with her caring attitude and experience make her the perfect preschool assistant teacher.
Katrina Derby – Preschool Twos Lead Teacher
Katrina comes to us with much experience as a mom and as an educator. Katrina came to Naples from Okalahoma 19 years ago. She and her husband are the blessed parents of three beautiful boys, ages 2, 4, and 9. All three of her children have attended LPS. Katrina is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and is a certified K-6 teacher in Florida. Katrina taught elementary aged students for 9 years in Naples before deciding to stay home with her babies. She grew up in a home daycare, which instilled her love of teaching young children. She hopes to bring that same positive experience to the children in her classroom. Katrina has completed her 45-hour DCF training courses and is certified in first aid and CPR. She also has over 100 hours of continued education in her field, including completion of S.T.E.M training and has her gifted student education endorsement. Katrina’s patience, and caring nature make all children feel safe and loved at school. She especially loves hands on learning activities and believes that children should learn best through play and exploration. Katrina very much enjoys the opportunity to use her experience and passion for the education of young children to implement an exciting, age-appropriate education for our littlest learners.