Our Director


Our Director: Frances Brown Cerniglia
Owner/Operator Brown Academy

Frances Brown Cerniglia has been an educator for over twenty years, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursery School through Sixth Grade Education, with a minor in Developmental Child Psychology, In addition to her Florida State Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in gifted education, and she also has a Florida State Director's Credential. After teaching for several years in the Palm Beach County School District, Mrs. Cerniglia had her first child, which prompted her to change her focus to Early Childhood Education. She accepted a position as an Executive Director with a family-owned and operated mega-preschool center. Mrs. Cerniglia spent the next ten years developing her faculty of over ninety educators and working with over five hundred children and their families. In 2000, a leading public corporate childcare provider acquired this preschool center.

Mrs. Cerniglia assisted with the transition and in 2004 was promoted to Regional Manager overseeing three large community based preschool centers. As a leader in the industry, Frances Cerniglia was recruited by Palm Beach Community College to teach the Child Development Associate Program as well as the Child Care Center Management Class. In 2005, she relocated to Southwest Florida, where she now resides with her husband and their three children in Fort Myers. She has served on the Lee County High Tech Center Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee since the fall of 2008 and has been the chairperson for the past year and a half. In addition, she teaches the “Child Care Center Operations Course” for educators striving to become center directors. Mrs. Cerniglia enjoys serving the families in her community and is committed to having a school of excellence because she believes “Your child is worth it!”