Our Teachers

We are fortunate to have a teaching staff that is passionate about your child and their learning. Each of our teachers is encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in Early Childhood Education. To that end, they attend conferences and seminars, have monthly professional development activities, along with hands-on practice to learn new strategies and skills to implement in the classroom. This training gives them new techniques and new information on what is important to the children and families who access our educational services.

The Academy  is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our Staff

Geralyn Sosinski


Academy Preschool Director

Academy Preschool Director

My name is Geralyn Sosinski and I am the Director of Early Education at Academy for Children. I am a life long resident of Kansas City, Kansas. I have a B.S in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas, an Infant -Toddler Certificate from the Erickson Institute, and a MA in Early Childhood Studies. I have over 20 years of experience working with children birth through 5th grade. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 38 years. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. It is a great privilege and honor to work with the wonderful children, families and staff of the Academy.

gsosinski@elcentroinc.com

Christina Santoyo


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

My name is Christina Santoyo. I am 30 years old. I have been working for El Centro for almost 10 years and have been working as a preschool teacher for 15 years. I received my Associates from KCKCC in General Studies and continue to take classes to get my Bachelor’s Degree from KU in Developmental Psychology. I enjoy working with children because it is less stressful than working with adults!

csantoyo@elcentroinc.com

Erica Britt


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

My name is Erica Britt and I am from Kansas City, Kansas. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently completing my B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of St. Mary’s. I have been teaching for over 18 yrs. I like to teach because I believe that next to the parents, we are the child’s first teachers before they enter Kindergarten. I believe children are like little sponges and we as teachers are their water supply giving them the knowledge to be prepared for life. Knowledge is like a gift that keeps on giving. To have the opportunity to do something I like to do everyday…tell and show students something I know, and watch them as little blossom into beautiful little flowers and know I have made a difference in that child’s life. I have taught at AFC for a year and love the experience!

ebritt@elcentroinc.com

Irma Lara


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

I’m a native of Kansas City, Missouri and have two daughters and two grandchildren. One of the things I love to do is be with them at their different sporting events and watching them play. I’ve been with the Academy for 10 years now and love working here because of both the children and my great co-workers. I am working towards my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and will finish soon! When I’m not working, studying, or with my family, I love being at home and relaxing in front of the TV.

ilara@elcentroinc.com

Katherine Angel


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

I’m a native of Kansas City, Missouri and am a mother of four boys, grandmother of 20, and great-grandmother of nine! I’ve been a teacher at the Academy for three years now and really enjoy working there because of the children and my wonderful co-workers. One of the things I love is learning something new every day. By working at AFC for the past three years, I’ve learned more and accomplished more as a teacher than I have in all my previous experience. One of the things I love to do outside of work (besides being with my family) is watching classic movies with my mother and sister.

kangel@elcentroinc.com

Leonora Tzic


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts, but the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) I have realized how much I have accomplished in life, and how much more I aspire to do in the following years. I also feel there are a few people who helped form and guide me during my continuous journey through life. One of the first events that I feel made me who I am for sure was the birth of my son, Orlando, and my daughter, Astrid. My life is divided into two parts, the first half I lived in Guatemala where I graduated as a teacher in secondary education. The second half is when I moved to the U.S. Learning the language was one of my goals and I achieved that. However, my last goal is to finish my Master’s in Education in Teacher Leadership and will be starting it the next semester at Park University. Since my passion has always been to help children and adults improve their lives I would like to continue sharing my passion at The Academy for Children.

ltzic@elcentroinc.com

Sandra Elizondo


Academy Preschool Teacher

Academy Preschool Teacher

My name is Sandra Elizondo. I was born in Durango, Mexico. While I lived in Mexico, I studied Business Administration. I am taking classes at KCKCC in Early Childhood Education and I’m very close to receiving my Associates Degree. I have worked at Academy for Children for five years. I like working with children because they are a very important part of the community.

selizondo@elcentroinc.com