SUPPORTIVE

Work together to reach common goals and create a positive school environment.

NURTURING

Building relationships through supportive and kind interactions with all the children

EXPERIENCED

Consistently seeking out opportunities to grow personally and professionally

ELEMENTARY

KINDERGARTEN - 5TH GRADE

KIM BLANCO, Kindergarten

Mrs. Blanco has a Master's degree in Elementary Education with over a decade years of teaching experience. This is her eleventh year with MSPCS.

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GINA SCHWARTZMAN, 1st Grade

Ms. Schwartzman received her Master’s in Educational Studies from Binghamton University in New York. She has taught abroad, as well as in the US. Ms. Schwartzman is very enthusiastic, has a strong passion for teaching, and brings many years of experience to MSPCS. Most of her teaching as been in the younger grades (PK – 2nd).

PATRICK MCVEIGH, 2nd Grade

He is moving from Philadelphia to join our MSPCS family. He is a dedicated teacher who bring lots of MAP experience with him. He has made such great connections with the students, and truly makes learning a priority. Mr. McVeigh puts a strong emphasis on the emotional aspect of learning, as well as the academic.

DENISE FERNANDEZ, 4th Grade

Mrs. Fernandez has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and is a certified FLDOE K-6 teacher. She has eight years of teaching experience.

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SUSANA SERRANO, Spanish

She has taught Spanish for a few years in Miami and prior to that she taught at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. She studied and/or taught in Spain, Ecuador, and Argentina.
She holds a Bachelor in Psychology and Postgraduate Master in Social Psychology.

Sabine Point-Du-Jour, Permanent Substitute/WIN Coach

Ms. Sabine comes to us with 12 years of experience. She has had various roles - from classroom teacher, instructional coach to interventionist. She loves working with students and doing what she feels (and we believe) will have a great impact on students. Ms. Sabine is excited to be our WIN coach/substitute teacher. She is eager to look at data and help teachers plan for WIN. Ms. Sabine can't be more thrilled to be joining MSPCS.

REVEREND KIM ROBLES, Bible 1st & 5th

Reverend Robles (Pastor Kim) is an ordained Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament. She is a cum laude graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. This is her third year with MSPCS.

LOUISE PALMATIER, Bible 2nd - 4th Grade

Mrs. Palmatier was the Director of Fulford Christian Preschool for 23 years and taught Kindergarten for 13 years. She has been a member of MSPC for 36 years and she serves on MSPC Session as Chair of Worship Committee. This is her third year with MSPCS. Mrs, Palmatier's favorite colors are blue & green. She has two children and four grandchildren whom she adores. Her favorite quote is ``Why fit in when you were born to stand out!`` by Dr. Seuss.

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BRITNI GLASPIE, K Assistant

Ms. Glaspie relocated from Washington D.C. where she worked for the Smithsonian Institute. After moving to Miami, she worked at the Frost Science Museum as an assistant teacher for STEM campers K - 1st grade. It is there that she realized her calling for teaching. This is her second year with MSPCS.

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CHARLIE LUGO, 1st Grade Assistant

Mrs. Lugo has a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts. She has five years of classroom experience. This is Mrs. Lugo's fourth year with MSPCS.

MARY CRIT SMITH, 3RD Grade

Ms. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education degree. She is certified in Elementary Education (K-6). This is her third year with MSPCS. Ms. Smith's favorite quote is, ``It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.``, by Theodore Roosevelt. One thing on her bucket list, is to dive the great barrier reef. Ms. Smith's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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Jurna Williams, 5th Grade

She has taught 4th and 5th grade with the Miami Dade School District. She also enjoyed her work as a Pre-K instructor and an after care teacher. She has a passion for science and is excited to be here with us this year!

MOISES RAMIREZ, Music

He has many years of music experience with children of all ages. In addition, he has lead worship teams. He will not only be teaching music to our Pk4 – 5th grade students, he will also be doing a few sections of childrens' church youth choir after school.

DOMINIC LEVISON, PE

Mr. Levison (Coach Nic) has a variety of experiences in coaching and teaching Physical Education. He played football for Albany State University in GA, transferring to Florida A&M where he received his degree in Psychology with a minor in Physical Education. Coach Nic teaches boxing, has a one-year-old daughter, and he loves ice cream. This is his second year with MSPCS.

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ISIS EDOUARD, Art

Ms. Edouard studied at American InterContinental University and received her BFA. She taught science for 15 years, but her passion has always been art. She has been an artist all her life, winning awards for art - since kindergarten. She started painting murals for school plays since the 3rd grade. She has a brain for science, but her heart was made for art! Ms. Edouard played volleyball for six years. She enjoys making treats that are aesthetically pleasing, and she has a bearded dragon and a hairless rat named Yumi. This is her second year at MSPCS.

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LENORA HOLMES, AFTERCARE TEACHER

Ms. Holmes is a DCF Certified teacher with Directors Credentials and 38 years of early childhood teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for six years. Ms. Holmes has also been a nurse. She loves to workout. Ms. Holmes loves being organized and is a great listener. Her favorite quote is, ``When you learn, teach. When you get, give.`` On the top of her bucket list is to travel to South Africa when she turns sixty.

PRESCHOOL

6 WEEKS - PK4

MARIA BLANES, INFANTS

Miss Maria is a DCF certified teacher with a Child Development Associate (CDA) in infants & toddlers. She also holds an Associate Degree in Graphic Design Technology. Ms. Maria has four years of teaching experience. This is her second year with MSPCS

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SANDRA SANTOS, 12-18 months

Ms. Santos (Ms. Sandra) is DCF Certified with a Child Development Associate Credential. She has twenty years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for eleven years.

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DIONDRA POLLOCK, 18-24 months

Ms. Diondra has an AA in Early Childhood Development and she is currently working on her Bachelors Degree. This is her third year with MSPCS.

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SHONDELL THOMAS, PK2

Ms. Thomas (Ms. Shondell) is a DCF Certified teacher with eight years of teaching experience. She loves music and dancing. This is her second year with MSPCS.

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MARIA ZARATE, PK3

Mrs. Zarate (Ms. Maria) is a DCF Certified teacher with HighScope Curriculum training. She has fifteen years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for ten years. Ms. Maria's favorite musician is Tina Turner. Her favorite movie is The Notebook, and her favorite food is Mexican food.

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ATASHA COLLIER, PK4

Ms. Collier (Ms. Atasha) is a DCF Certified teacher with several years of teaching experience. She is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This is her third year with MSPCS.

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MARLYNE ALEXIS, INFANTS

Ms. Alexis is a DCF Certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has a passion for teaching children. She is in her second year at MSPCS.

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EVENA LAZARD, 18-24 months

Ms. Evena is a DCF Certified teacher pursuing a degree in Education. Ms. Evena has two years of teaching experience. She has a passion for working with children and volunteering. This is her second year with MSPCS.

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IRMA ENCINA, PK2

Mrs. Encina (Ms. Irma) is DCF Certified with a Child Development Associate credential. She has nineteen years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for ten years.

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ISABEL LUI, PK3

Ms. Lui (Ms. Isabel) is a DCF Certified teacher with a Child Development Associate Credential. She is working on her Associate Degree in Early Childhood. Ms. Lui has over 20 years of teaching experience. This is her fifteenth year with MSPCS.

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KATHY BIRKOF, PK4

Ms. Birkof (Ms. Kathy) has an Associate Degree in Childhood Education. She has twenty-three years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for twenty-seven years. Ms. Kathy likes to cook and bake. She loves to go adventuring in off-beat places and she would love to travel to far away lands. Ms. Kathy likes Stephen King novels. Fairies are her favorite.

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FACULTY

Administrative Staff

REVEREND DENNIS ANDREWS, Senior Pastor

Reverend Andrews has a Doctoral Degree in Education. He is the Pastor at our church.

REVEREND KIM ROBLES, Associate Pastor

Reverend Robles (Pastor Kim) has been an Ordained Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament for eight years. She is a cum laude graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and holds a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. Pastor Kim's favorite color is purple; her favorite quote is from Matthew 25:31-40 in the New Testament of the Bible; and she loves going to the beach with her family.

LUISA BERNAL, Elementary Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Bernal (Ms. Luisa) has a Child Development Associate Degree. She has eighteen years of teaching experience in early childhood through kindergarten. This is her fifth year with MSPCS. Ms. Luisa loves cooking and baking. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her nieces. Her favorite books are The Grouchy Ladybug and Miss Nelson is Missing.

NERCYLIETH VALENCIA, Preschool Administrative Assistant

Ms. Valencia is a DCF Certified teacher with HighScope curriculum training. She has seven years of teaching experience. This is her fifth year with MSPCS.

STEVEN SILVESTRO, Director of Accounting and Finance

Mr. Silvestro has a degree in Accounting and over twenty-five years of experience in auditing, accounting, and finance. Mr. Silvestro is a ruling elder and Treasurer for First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood. This is his second year with MSPCS.

ANITA STEVENS, Head of School

Mrs. Stevens comes to MSPCS with 30 years of experience in education, as both a classroom teacher and principal. In 2015, she was awarded the National Distinguished Principal for the State of Alaska. She has two children and holds a Master's degree in Administration and Counseling and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Science. This is her second year with MSPCS. Her favorite color is purple and she loves to bake and scrapbook.

CATHERINE WOODS, Preschool Director

Ms. Woods has a Bachelor's degree in Arts and her Directors Credential. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree. She has 16 years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for five years.

BARBARA DAISY HIDALGO-GATO, Elementary Office

Ms. Daisy has over fifteen years of School Administration experience and is a DCF Certified Teacher. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. Ms. Daisy loves her family and her fur babies. She loves the outdoors and her favorite quote is ``Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.``

CHERYL MCINTYRE, Preschool Office

Ms. McIntyre (Ms. Mac) has seventeen years of teaching experience. She has been working at MSPCS for twenty-five years. She also runs the Church Nursery on Wednesday and Sundays. She is always ready to offer a smile!

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