Our mission at Mid Pinellas Learn and Play is to provide an educational, nature based immersion program. This program allows children to be empowered with their learning through what we find in nature, imaginary play, or unstructured playtime. By learning this way, each child is free to learn in a way that is best for them. This further promotes a positive self image, emotional, and physical development for each child. By having our next generation of children out in nature we are further connecting them to our environment and our community. We aim to foster learning in a fun, and innovative way. We are creating a community of people who believe in learning through sensory immersion in nature. We strive to build on the natural experience to foster a life-long love of learning We are open to everyone regardless of their race, religion, language, or any other factor.
Stacey Diaz, Leader
Stacey Diaz is a mom to a 3 year old daughter, who became a member and teacher with Mid Pinellas Learn and Play since 2018. Her background is in elementary education and is a Florida certified teacher with over 12 years experience working in Pinellas, both for public schools and homeschool. She loves to travel and explore the outdoors She is an owner and educator of her own local business and is happy to be a part of helping families and inspiring children.
Nicole Goncalves, Leader
Nicole Goncalves is a stay at home homeschooling mom of 4.Her kids ages range from 8 down to 1. Before becoming a SAHM she worked in the medical field for about 13 years. She loves learning and has a passion to spread a love of learning! Child-led learning has been one of my favorite parts of homeschooling my kids.
Mariel Gallagher, Leaders
Mariel Gallagher is a mom to a 9 year old boy. While she is not working from her home-based business as a freelance graphic designer, Mariel loves exploring new places and doing new things. Growing up in her native country, Venezuela, fave Mariel the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature and finds joy in the little things. She has been a Cub Scout leader for her son's pack since 2016. Mariel truly enjoys teaching children to appreciate all of the wonders that nature offers while creating a positive impact on the environment and our community.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"My family moved to Florida in April from Wisconsin, not having any knowledge of the area at all. Elizabeth Fallon, her awesome son LJ and the Mid Pinellas Learn and Play group made us feel so welcome. My son and daughter made new friends, and learned so much about the amazing parks and flora and fauna of the area. I'm so grateful for the friends we have made and all of the amazing fun we have had! I tell every mom I meet about this incredible group. Elizabeth's energy, and enthusiasm for exploring the outdoors is inspiring! Also, Stacey Diaz's science classes are super cool as well!
Samantha, Homeschooling Mom
"Elizabeth is an amazing mother and group organizer! I've learned so much about patience, nature, our local area, and educating outside of the classroom in the short time I've been following her. I look forward to seeing her grow this community and having her as a mentor."
Stacey Diaz, Science Teacher
"We play and learn everyday! We go to different parks & playgrounds where we live with Mid Pinellas Learn and Play. Today we saw 12 different species of birds.
We started in this group with me babywearing her buring the long walks and when the summer hit had to utilize a stroller because this big girl just wouldn't commit to walking. well that may be all behind us as this girl has walked all events the last 2 weeks! She loves holding my hand as we trek mile after mile."