Owner, Sarah Brown, graduated in 1997 from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she landed her first teaching job in Gadsden County where she was awarded Teacher of the Year her second year of teaching. While teaching at St. John Elementary in Quincy, Florida, Sarah became an expert in teaching reading using phonemic awareness, educating fellow teachers on this widely accepted method to teach young children to read. Sarah started Timberlane Arts and Dance Academy in 2013. This music and dance school offers lessons to all ages two through adult in many dance genres and musical instruments and has been named Best Music Lessons Studio as well as Best Dance Studio. Sarah is married to KC Brown who helps run TADA and has two children, Emily (20) and Collin (14).
Director, Nancy Witter, graduated in 2003 from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Development. In 2007, Nancy obtained ESE Certification allowing her to teach children with special needs. She attended Capella University in Minnesota, graduating in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Subsequently, Nancy began working in the local school districts to include Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Taylor and Madison Counties. She focused on play therapy techniques for behavior modification for children in preschool through fifth grade. Nancy has two children, Shelby (11) and Rhett (8).
Ms. Cinda is in her eighth year of caring for Tallahassee's little ones. She's rocked and loved on infants, helping them take their first steps and say their first words. She's read stories to toddlers and sang songs to them peaking their love of learning and she now works with all ages at TADA preschool. Cinda also enjoys spending time with her family and rooting on the FSU Seminoles.
Miss Cleo was born in Florida and raised in Georgia and New Hampshire. She is in her third year working with children, living her dream of teaching little ones. In her free time, Cleo likes to crochet, learn American Sign Language, go to the beach and spend time at the local Monticello coffee shop.
Miss Emily graduated from Florida State University School in 2019 and is currently attending FSU pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. She began dancing at the age of three and has continued throughout her life. During high school she performed in several musicals as Sandy in Grease, Fiona in Shrek and Madame Darque in Beauty and the Beast. Her love of performing is evident every time she takes the stage. She currently serves as an afternoon teacher in our TADA Preschool and teaches Teen Tap.
Ukulele & Piano Instructor
Angel earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2020, where she studied with Sally O’Reilly. She then ventured to Florida State University to study with Dr. Benjamin Sung. She completed her Masters in Violin Performance in 2022, and is now pursuing her Doctorate. Angel enjoys performing and advocating for new music. Through her doctoral studies, her research will explore the strategies and resources for teaching beginner students. She also frequently participates in pedagogical workshops and trainings to expand her teaching approaches. Since 2021, Angel has been teaching private lessons in violin and piano at TADA. She also teaches violin and piano to the preschoolers aged 3-5 at TADA’s Performing Arts Preschool.
Angel is the President of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chapter at FSU. Under her leadership, the chapter was awarded Most Outstanding Student Chapter at the 2023 National Conference. ASTA National also awarded Angel the Student Exemplary Service Award. Angel is passionate about providing comprehensive music education with a compassionate and flexible approach. Her mission is to make a positive impact and help others discover the best versions of themselves through the joys of music and all that it has to offer.