Put Them First Academy was formed in March 2014 by founding members Shanell Washington and Lorna Washington. PTF Academy is a subsidiary of Put Them First Inc, a Florida corporation. Our purpose is to provide 24 hour child care services for the residents of Lee County. PTF Academy's mission is provide families with an uncompromising early education program done in a spirit of Excellence. Our 2,400 square foot indoor facility is comprised of 4 classrooms customized for each age group. The large playground area enriches your child's experience with outdoor activities that will assist in their development. Our motto is "Putting the needs of your family FIRST"


Shanell Washington - Director - Shanell holds national, state and local early childhood certification and VPK certified. She is currently pursing her Bachelor's degree in Early Education. She brings with her 6 years teaching experience in the public and private sector  working in the class room as a Teacher and in administration as a School Director. Most recently she worked for The Goddard School, a nationally and  internationally recognized early childhood learning school. She holds her 45 Early Learning Child Care Certification, Staff Credentials, FCCPC Birth to Five Certification and Director's Certification.



Lorna Washington - Manager - Lorna  is a graduate of Barry University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Professional (Business) Studies. She has work in senior management for over 30 years.; her career spans major organizations; Macy's, Robb & Stucky Inc, Dex Media and most recently The News-Press Media Group. Her experience and strong credentials lies in the areas of leadership, purchasing & acquisitions, marketing, advertising, public relations and sales.


She volunteers her time with various community organizations; Accelerated Learning Solutions Board President  2011 - current, Women United For Women Vice President 2013 - current, Dunbar Festival Committee Treasurer 2011 - 2013, Healthy Start Coalition of SW Florida Board Member 2009 -  2012, 2014 - Current Ft Myers Jr Firecats Volunteer 2001 - 2005. She holds her 45 Early Learning Child Care Certification, Staff Credentials, FCCPC Birth to Five Certification and Director's Certification.



Teachers and Staff - Put Them First Academy is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families. Our staff comprised of Three Certified Directors who are experienced, trained and hold strong credentials in area of their expertise. Our philosophy is to provide every child with the opportunity to grow intellectual, social and emotional.



Annette Powell - Infant & One Year Old Teacher - Annette comes with over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She has worked in the private sector and has provided professional support to individuals learning to live, learn and work in their communities. Her daily duties are to provide our infants ages 1 month to 1 year with bottle feeding, playtime, motor and language skills. She holds her 45 Early Learning Child Care Certification, Staff Credentials, FCCPC Birth to Five Certification and Director's Certification.