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New Faculty & Staff

Andrea Agnew

  • Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
  • Education: HS
  • Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
  • Fun Fact: Andrea has been to Hawaii. 

Nicole Alibrandi

  • Lower School Spanish
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Languages
  • Hometown: Monte Carlo
  • Fun Facts: Nicole speaks 4 languages and loves to Zumba.

Melissa Armstrong

  • Middle School Language Arts & World Cultures
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education
  • Reading & Gifted Endorsed
  • ESOL, English, & Social Science Certified
  • Hometown: Miami, Florida
  • Fun Fact: Melissa didn't start her 7th grade year until mid-October due to a skateboarding accident that left her in an upper body cast.

 

Ugur Baslanti

  • Upper School Math
  • Education: Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Fun Fact: Ugur loves to play soccer & basketball.

Carolina Bohn

  • 1st Grade Assistant Teacher
  • Education: Currently attending Santa Fe College
  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • Fun Fact: Carolina is a local musician. 

Debra Brown

  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Education: Master of Elementary Education
  • Master of Science in Theatre History
  • Master of Fine Arts in Acting
  • Hometown: Urbana, Illinois
  • Fun Fact: Debra can speak in a variety of accents including Irish, German, & British. 

Shanyi Chen

  • Upper School Chinese
  • Education: Master of Science in Biomedical Science 
  • Hometown: Guangzhou, China
  • Fun Fact: Shanyi has one daughter and loves to work on arts and crafts.

Andrew Cobb

  • Middle School Science
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Erin Cushing

  • Lower School Music
  • Education: Master of Music
  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Fun Facts: Erin has performed in 8 countries around the world. She also marched in the Gator Band for 4 years. 

Hinna Fazal

  • 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Education: Graduated from Medical School
  • Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Fun Fact: Hinna's hobbies include baking macarons & crafting.

Michael Fernandes

  • Upper School Learning Specialist
  • Education: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Fun Fact: Michael is a lifelong Gator fan.

Jessica Fernandez

  • 5th Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Education: Currently attending Santa Fe College
  • Hometown: Barquisimeto, Venezuela 
  • Fun Fact: Jessica is fluent in Spanish. 

Jack Held

  • 3rd Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
  • Fun Facts: Jack currently trains and coaches high school basketball students. He also officiates the games.

Helen Hite

  • 5th Grade Math
  • Education: Master of Arts in Elementary Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
  • Fun Facts: Helen collects Swatch watches & loves to bake, especially cake pops!

Baylee Hogan

  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Orlando, Florida
  • Fun Facts: Baylee's favorite food is macaroni and cheese. She dated her boyfriend for 11 years before marrying him in 2017. 

Caitlyn Hood

  • Upper School Administrative Assistant
  • Education: Early Childhood Learning Education courses through Charlotte Tech.
  • Hometown: Naugatuck, Connecticut
  • Fun Fact: In her 28 years, Caitlyn has moved 27 times but found her forever home in Alachua four years ago.

Sean Hooey

  • Development Associate & Middle School Football Coach
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Hometown: Litchfield, Michigan
  • Fun Facts: Sean played in the NFL. His dog, Britt, is a Grand Hunting Retriever Champion.

Vanessa Kallas

  • Middle School Administrative Assistant
  • Education: Bachelor of Art in Portuguese & English Literature & Languages
  • Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fun Fact: Vanessa has lived in various parts of Brazil, as well as England, Italy, & New York.

Christopher Leidy

  • Middle School Language Arts
  • Education: Master of Education 
  • Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
  • Fun Fact: Chris has studied a variety of languages (Korean, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, & Thai). He loves to snowboard & also has 5 black belts in various martial arts.

Paul McInerney

  • Upper School Math
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Hometown: Bay Shore, New York
  • Fun Facts: Paul has taught in Turkey & China. He also has an identical twin brother.

Madison McIntyre

  • 4th Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Education: Currently attending Saint Leo University
  • Hometown: Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Fun Fact: She loves to travel with her boyfriend.

 

James Moon

  • Lower School PE
  • Education: Master of Education
  • Hometown: Nottinghamshire, England
  • Fun Fact: James grew up next to Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood.

 

Ashley Murray

  • Lower School PE
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
  • Hometown: Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
  • Fun Fact: As much as Ashley loves to shop, the tennis courts are where she'd rather be.

Maureen O'Dwyer

  • Upper School Art
  • Education: Bachelor of Education
  • Hometown: Toronto, Canada
  • Fun Fact: In her spare time, Maureen collects mid-century items & makes functional objects herself when she needs something.

Kerry Rousseau

  • Lower School Art
  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
  • Fun Fact: Kerry once spent so much time at the Louvre Museum, she had to have the audio guide batteries replaced twice.

 

Linda Sue Rucarean

  • 4th Grade English
  • Education: Master of Arts in Education
  • Education Preparation Institute
  • Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
  • Fun Fact: Linda attended Junior High & High School with Madonna.

Richard Ruth

  • Middle School PE
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Hometown: Chiefland, Florida
  • Fun Fact: Richard was a college athlete for two years.

Lorraine Sills

  • Lower School Learning Specialist
  • Education: Master of Education Leadership
  • Hometown: Homestead, Florida
  • Fun Facts: Lorraine lived in England as a child. She loves camping & other outdoor activities. 

Audrey West

  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Education: Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
  • Fun Fact: Audrey is a backyard meteorologist who is obsessed with severe weather.