Meet Our Team

The management team of Discovery Point Seven Hills consists of the two co-owners Tim Sabba and Cary O’Donnell, plus the Center Director Mercedes Fernandez. The owner’s split their time between their two centers in Spring Hill, Discovery Point Silverthorn and Discovery Point Seven Hills, so that both centers have an owner-presence each day.

Mercedes Fernadez

Mercedes Fernadez


Our Director at Discovery Point Seven Hills is Mercedes Fernandez. She started working in childcare in 2000 but it wasn’t until 2014 that she made it her career. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Florida State Child Development Credential, Director Credential, and is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Management.

Mercedes joined the Discovery Point family in 2016 as a floater and later became our Preschool 1 (P1) teacher. Since then, she quickly climbed up the ladder to our management team as Assistant Director in 2018, and promoted to Director in early 2022.

On her time away from work, she enjoys time with her husband Charles and her two children, Charles Jr., and Isabella.

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff provide a safe, loving, and educational environment for your children. All are CPR and First Aid Certified, and are required to take 24 hours of continuing education courses per year. Most of our teachers hold a CDA and many have Bachelor’s Degree, Associates Degree and or Staff Credentials.

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