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Legacy Academy Franchise Owner

Susan Collins

Owner / Co-Director

Susan is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a double major in Economics and Political Science. Her career has spanned Management, Marketing, and Finance with Fortune 100 Companies to Legacy Academy for Children where she envisions creating the premier child learning center in Central Florida. She returned to Seminole Community College to study Early Childhood Education and obtained a CDA as well as a Director’s Credential. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Association of Child Care Professionals to keep up to date on learning activities to assist the children and to be an active member in the community. Susan also served on the Seminole County Early Learning Coalition Board of Directors to represent For Profit Childcare Centers.


Legacy Academy Franchise Director

Cheryl McLeod


Cheryl McLeod is the Director for Legacy Academy Lake Mary. Cheryl has over 25 years of experience in this role, directing centers in both Georgia and Florida. Cheryl’s Director Credential combined with many years in early childhood and her experience as an LPN make her a tremendous asset to our team. Cheryl has opened many facilities from ground up and has led the accreditation process for both NAEYC and Apple. Cheryl is married and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling both domestic and abroad.  Cheryl was named 2012 Director of the Year in the Legacy Academy Franchise System.


Legacy Academy Franchise Assistant DirectorDarlene Esquivel 

Assistant Director/Curriculum Coordinator

Darlene is a native of Delaware but has made Florida her home since 1992.  She served in the United States Air Force as an Information Manager and while that was a very rewarding job, her first and most favorite career has been as a mother of four wonderful children.  Darlene also managed an elementary school cafeteria in the public school system and originally came on board with Legacy Academy as the Cook.  She has a love of learning  and thrives in a fast paced environment.  Darlene is looking forward to many more years of serving our Legacy family!