Registration is open for our Fall #2 session! Classes begin October 29.

The Brats Club SRQ

Staff

Julie Guirguis

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Founder/Director


After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Julie worked in commercial banking for 10 years.  As an independent entrepreneur, she established a  healthy vending franchise in Sarasota.  She brings this invaluable organizational and public relations experience to The Brats Club, where she facilitates scheduling and registration, and maintains the accounting aspects of the business.  She also works closely with staff, and manages personal relationships with parents and caregivers to ensure that every child is placed in a developmentally appropriate class.  

Rachel Benderson

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Founder/Director


 With a strong background in sales, event coordination, client servicing and marketing, Rachel is a top producer at the prestigious Michael Saunders & Company. Prior to real estate, Rachel helped oversee the planning and execution of events held at the world class venue, Nathan Benderson Park, establishing strong community connections and in-depth knowledge of the local area. With a Bachelors Degree in liberal arts, and a number of years working professionally in the musical theatre industry,  Rachel is excited to bring her creativity and ideas to The Brats Club team!

Barbara Leverone

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Founder/Educational Director


Barbara designed the curriculum to support the development of infants and toddlers through active play with their parents. Drawing on 25 years as a Feldenkrais movement specialist,  Child’Space educator and international trainer, she integrates gross motor play with fine motor, cognitive and early language development. Using concepts from her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and training in Infant Mental Health, she ensures that the classes promote social-emotional growth through strength-based instruction and building positive relationships. Barbara personally trains and supervises the teachers to maintain the highest quality of infant/toddler programming.



Shayna Resnick

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Senior Teacher


Shayna has a Bachelors Degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports medicine, and is Board Certified and State Licensed in Athletic Training. She serves in this capacity at Bayshore High School, covering all sports practices and athletic events, and is responsible for the care and prevention of athletic injuries.  In 2016, Crunch Fitness named her Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.  Her experience in youth to semi-professional sports, as well as her long-term apprenticeship with Barbara, has earned her the position of Senior Teacher at The Brats Club. 

Casey Navarro

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Yoga Teacher / Assistant


Casey has been a practicing yogini for 18 years.  After a 200 hour training in Costa Rica,  she was certified as a yoga instructor and is currently enrolled in a 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training.   She is also certified in Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) as well as Cosmic Kids Yoga and is thrilled to offer Mommy & Baby Yoga as well as Parent & Toddler classes at The Brats Club.

Bonnie Brown

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Teacher / Assistant


Bonnie is a mother of one and teacher to many.  She has been teaching dance in Sarasota for over ten years and is most well known for her skills in hoop dance.  You can find her around the community teaching several children’s and adult dance classes. She is also a preschool teacher for the Capoeira academy, CapoKids.  She brings experience of teaching as well as her sensitivity to the movements of one’s body.  She is fascinated by the growth and learning process of little ones and always curious to learn more herself as a mother and teacher.

Kathy Varsalona

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Music Teacher


Kathy has her Child Development Associate credential and her Florida credential in Early Childhood Development.  She has 20 yrs experience in the field facilitating parenting classes, leading Mommy & Me and toddler music classes and teaching preschool at two of Sarasota's finest preschools.  She also serves as a client advocate at Carenet Manasota where she facilitates parenting & pregnancy classes.  She is a Sarasota native and has been married for 37 yrs and has two grown children.  She is thrilled to be teaching interactive music classes at The Brats Club!