Alicia Mumma (STAECC Director)
Hello, my name is Alicia Mumma, and I am the Director of St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. All 3 of my children attended STAECC, so this is officially my 10th year as a part of this wonderful school, but only my 4th year working here. I earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida in 2003 and worked for a few years in the sports and entertainment industry. I got married to my husband, Jimmy, and after having our first child, we decided it would be a better fit for me to stay home. Now that our children are older, a career in education works better for for our family schedule. I went back to school and took more college courses to earn a staff and Director’s Credential from the state of Florida. I thoroughly enjoy every day I get to spend here with our preschoolers. I feel blessed to be a part of such a special place.
Kari Glenny (STAECC Administrative Asst.)
Hi, my name is Kari Glenny and I am the administrative assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. I grew up in New Port Richey and returned after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida. I have three children, who all attended preschool at St. Thomas. I loved St. Thomas so much that when an opportunity arose to work at the preschool, I jumped at the chance. I truly love working with our amazing staff and families every day!
Holly Slaughter (EC3 Teacher)
Hello, my name is Holly Slaughter and I am the teacher of the EC3 children. I am going on seventeen years teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. I have been married for twenty-four years and have a beautiful twenty-year-old daughter, who is a proud graduate of St Thomas Aquinas ECC. In 2002, I started as a teacher assistant working with the two and three year olds, I then got an opportunity to teach a class of my own. At that time I pursued the Child Development Associate (CDA) to become a nationally accredited teacher. As of October 2004, I was awarded a National CDA. In 2008, I began classes at Tallahassee Community College working on my AS degree in Early Childhood. By August 2010, I earned my early childhood degree. I plan on furthering my education with continuing training within the early childhood field.
Janine Penland (EC2 Teacher)
Hi! My name is Janine Penland and I am an EC2 teacher. I am looking forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventures.
I am a graduate of the University of South Florida. I began my career as a social worker and after seven years I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I earned my teaching certificate while working as a Special Education Teacher in a middle school. In 2002, I switched gears and began teaching preschool at St.Thomas Aquinas ECC. I earned my National Child Development Associate as well as my Director’s Credential while working here. In 2008 I decided to open up my own school in Spring Hill, Florida. I opened with 25 children and it grew with great success to serving 250 children, annually. Recently, I sold my business to go back to what I love, which is being a teacher in the classroom.
I have been married for almost 22 years and have two children that are graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas ECC. My son is a sophomore at the University of South Florida and his major is Engineering and my daughter is a sophomore at JW Mitchell High School. You may see my daughter volunteering here from time to time, as she still remembers wonderful things about being a student here!
I am so thankful for my return to St. Thomas and look forward teaching your children to love learning!
Pam Stein (VPK Teacher)
Hi, I’m Miss Pam and I’m excited to share with you a little bit about myself as well. I am married and have two boys. My son Michael, who attended STA, graduated from USF with a B.S. in Marketing. He returned for two semesters and earned a B.S. in Economics. My younger son, Adam has an A.S. degree in Computer Programming and Analysis. I am entering my twentieth year teaching at STA. I received my National Child Development Associate in October 2007.
Adrianne Wilson (VPK Teacher)
Hi, I’m Miss Adrianne and I’m excited to share with you a little bit about myself. I am married and have two boys. Zachary is 19 years old and attends the University of South Florida. Blake is 16 years old and going into 10th grade at J.W. Mitchell High School. Blake attended STA for two years. I hold a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida and have worked in the Pasco County School District as a Speech Therapist at the elementary school level. This will be my eighth year teaching at STA.
Kristin McGrail (VPK Assistant)
Annette Marchant (EC2 Teacher)
My name is Annette Marchant and I am honored to be your 2 year old teacher this year.
I graduated from Blackhawk College in Moline, IL with a degree in Liberal Arts and
Library Studies. Before starting as a preschool teacher, I worked for many years in Libraries in the children’s department and as a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I combined my love of children, books and God to become a preschool teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas ECC. This is the fifth year I have been teaching here and I love it!
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Rob for 27 years. Thankful to be a
mother, I have Spencer, 21, and Parker 18. Both my children are active musicians, playing in college and professional bands. I also am a proud mom to Charlie, our dog, 2 chickens and two turtles.
Amanda Brandenburg (EC3 Assistant)
Hi, my name is Amanda Brandenburg and I am the EC3 assistant. I was born in South Bend, IN and moved to Florida after graduation from Ball State University in Muncie, IN., with a Bachelors degree. After graduating college, Amanda worked as a pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) technician at a local hospital. After finding the love of her life, Marcus, she married and had three children. Sam, Sara and Paige are all graduates of STAECC. Amanda joined STAECC in 2018 as a teacher assistant to the 3’s class.
Lauren Alaimo (VPK Teacher)
My name is Lauren Alaimo. I am married and live in Odessa. I have been a member of St. Thomas for over 20 years. I graduated from the University of South Florida in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education (K-6). Since then I have added two additional areas to my certification which include Birth through age 3 and Pre-K through 3rd grade. In the past several years I have taught many different grades in Pasco County Schools, 4th Grade at Bishop Larkin Catholic School and joined STAECC again to teach EC3 & VPK. This is my 8th year teaching VPK! I have 3 children. A 16 year old daughter, Isabella attends Marchman Technical College. My 5 year old twins attend Mother Theresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Lutz. All of my children attended STAECC as well!
Kim Reed (VPK Teacher)
Kim Reed is the co-VPK teacher with Miss Lauren. She has been teaching VPK for 11 years and enjoys it immensely. Kim received her National Child Development Associate in 2010 and renews it every three years. She has been married for 20 years and has two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Emily. Hannah is a senior in high school and Emily is heading into the 9th grade. Emily attended VPK at STAECC and Kim couldn’t be happier with the education she received at this school.
Katie Dolatowski (EC3 Teacher)
Hello, my name is Katie Dolatowski and I am the teacher of the EC3 MWF children. This is my third year at St Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. I was born in Palatine, IL and moved to New Port Richey when I was 13 years old. After graduating from River Ridge High School, I attended Coker College in Hartsville, SC on a soccer scholarship. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology with minors in Counseling and Criminology. After graduating in 2000 I took a year off before attending Valdosta State University to pursue my Master’s in Criminal Justice. I have two boys, Ruud who is six and Rijkaard who is 3. Ruud is a proud graduate of STAECC and Rijkaard will be in Miss Holly and Miss Amanda’s class this new school year. I joined STAECC in 2017 as an assistant VPK teacher. Last year I completed the additional course work needed for my teaching credentials. I plan on continuing my education and training within Early Childhood Education.
Deanna Azzue (EC3 Teacher’s Assistant)
Miss Katie’s teacher assistant is Deana Azzue. She has lived in New Port Richey for over twenty-five years. She is married to Vincent Azzue and they are both from Upstate New York and have dated since high school. While her husband attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry, she worked as a dental assistant. They started a practice here in New Port Richey in 1995 and became part of the community in which they raised their two children. Because she had such love and joy while her children were young, she decided to become a preschool teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center and earned her National CDA. Due a traumatic incident 5 years ago, Deana took some much-needed time off from teaching preschool. Just recently she decided to return to St Thomas Aquinas ECC in 2018 as a volunteer in the 2’s classroom. She is so excited to be back and be part of the STAECC family again!
Kelly Bouffard (EC4 Teacher)
Hi! My name is Kelly Bouffard, and I am an EC4 teacher. I am looking forward to a terrific year of fun and learning!
I grew up in New Port Richey and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in education. This will be my 14th year teaching at STA. I am married to Craig and am the proud mom of three young adults: Ryan, Danny, and Jacquelyn.
My goal is to encourage a love of learning in the children through sharing, singing, playing, and exploring! I especially love reading to the children and seeing the fabulous art projects they create. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to teach four-year-olds at this wonderful school!