Faculty & Staff

SUPPORTIVE

Working 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

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ADA SILVA

Kindergarten

Ms. Ada Silva is proud to call MSPCS’ Kindergarten class her new home. Ms. Silva has been teaching for 15 years and is currently taking additional classes towards her BA in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys watching students grow, learn, and develop both socially and emotionally. Her passion for teaching and working with children brings joy to her life. Outside the classroom, Ms. Silva enjoys listening to music, going out to eat, and loves dogs.

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LAKEISE MARTIN “Ms K”

Pre-K

Ms. K is excited to be a part of the MSPCS Family. With over six years working with children, she started out as a YMCA counselor and worked for Child Care Careers as a Pre-K Substitute. Her plans are to bring creativity, support, and encouragement, as she assists the teacher in learning. Ms. K is a licensed Massage Therapist, but her passion for working with children led her here, to our kindergarten classroom. In her downtime, she likes to read, draw, write, sing, and spend time with family. One of her favorite places to go is the beach, and anything pertaining to nature. This is her 3rd year at MSPCS and we are so glad MSPCS is part of her journey.

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LUISA BERNAL-BLANCO “Mrs. Blanco”

1st Grade

Mrs. Blanco has a Child Development Associate Degree and is completing her requirements for her early Elementary Teaching Certificate. She has ten years of teaching experience in early childhood through kindergarten. This is her ninth 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“.

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MONICA HALL

2nd Grade

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Hall to MSPCS! She has a Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of Oakland Michigan. Mrs. Hall has been teaching for several years. She just moved to Miami from Michigan with her husband, and has loved every second of being here! As
an educator, she loves to have FUN in the classroom by incorporating real life application to all
content areas. She says that she “adores watching students grow not only academically, but also love to see them grow socially and emotionally as they understand themselves and each other more every day.“
Three facts about her: 1. She loves all animals and has 3 cats named Yoko, Lenny, and Cheddar
and also a Pomeranian dog named Wilson. 2. She loves hiking and being outdoors as much as
possible. 3.She love to cook! (and eat!)

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FRANCISCA BRISSO

3rd Grade

Last year, Ms. Brisso moved to Miami from Chile and truly loves it here! She loves being a part of the amazing MSPCS family. She started teaching second grade and this year is moving to third grade with her students! Ms. Brisso has 9 years of experience, teaching students from PreK to 3rd grade. She is a passionate elementary school teacher, recognizing that each student is special. In her free time, Ms. Brisso loves watching movies, spending time with her family, and going to the beach. Her favorite movie is The Pursuit of Happiness, “don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. If you have a dream, go for it!“.

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BRITTANY ANTHONY

4th Grade

We are so glad to welcome Brittany Anthony to MSPCS! She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Miami, Florida.
She has always had a love for helping our youth. Brittany started tutoring in middle school, has assisted in helping third and fourth graders study for the FCAT. Her career in teaching started back in 2015 as a substitute teacher. She has taught technology and second through fifth grade. Three facts about her: She shares the same birthday as Beyoncé, She cheered for 7
years as a child, and she loves to cook.

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CHRISTOPHER INGRAM

5th Grade

Mr. Ingram has been educating students for over nine years in various grade levels. He has a degree in Health, Physical Education, and Mathematics. MSPCS is thrilled that he is moving to 5th grade with his class this year. He enjoys fostering a love of learning in our elementary school students and is a firm believer in Christ. Fun fact…. Mr. Ingram has performed in 30 films!

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SUSANA SERRANO

Spanish

Ms. Susana Serrano has taught Spanish in Miami and at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. She studied and taught in Spain, Ecuador, and Argentina.
Ms. Serrano earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Social Psychology. This is her third year teaching Spanish at MSPCS. It is not a surprise that her favorite sports team is FC Barcelona.

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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 in 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, she also loves her pets. This is her fifth year at MSPCS.

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MICHELLE ST. FLEUR

Aftercare

It is great to have Ms. Michelle St. Fleur leading the MSPCS aftercare program. Ms. St. Fleur is currently in college, studying to be a teacher! We are fortunate to have her here and work with our students in our aftercare program. She enjoys ice cream, to keep her cool in the Miami heat.

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PHILLIP WOODARD

Music

Mr. Woodard (or Mr. W as the younger students call him) is a multi-instrumentalist passionate about empowering students through music education. During his study to complete his B.S. in Choral Music Education, he learned the importance of teaching the musical instrument we carry with us every day, the human body. Mr. Woodard is empowering young and old students by helping them find their voice in song and rhythm through body movement. He also values the use of technological aids in the music classroom.

PRESCHOOL

NURSERY - PK4

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MARJULIS ROQUE “MS. LULI”

Nursery Lead Teacher

We are so glad Ms. Luli has joined MSPCS. She brings years of experience working with children and brings such joy to our students! Her nurturing nature is infectious and very appreciated!

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CECILIA RIVERA

Teachers Assistant, Nursery

Ms. Cicilia joined our MSPCS family last year, and we are so glad she did! She has her Safe Sleep Certification and has been working with children for 4 years. She enjoys watching students learn and experience new things. She says it always makes her smile when parents share the trust of watching their children. Three fun facts about Ms. Cecilia is that her favorite color is orange, she LOVES animals and she makes a great cup of coffee.

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DIONDRA POLLOCK

Lead Teacher 12-24 months

Ms. Diondra has an AA in Early Childhood Development and she is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree. This is her sixth year teaching at MSPCS. One of her hobbies is drawing!

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IRMA ENCINA

Lead Teacher, PK2

Mrs. Encina (Ms. Irma) is DCF Certified with a Child Development Associate credential. She has nineteen years of teaching experience. Ms. Irma has been with MSPCS for thirteen years and her favorite color is blue.

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ANA CASTRILLON

Teachers Assistant. 12 - 24 months

Ms. Ana has been working in the child care field for ten years. She also has her Behavior Assistant Certificate, with a focus on student behavior. She is so glad to be part of the MSPCS family and to assist in the classes as needed.

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IRENE CALHOUN

Teacher Assistant

Ms. Irene has worked with children for 6 years and has loved it more than anything. She graduated from NSU with a bachelor’s in science of education. 3 fun facts about her: She likes podcasts more than music, loves the beach and reading is one of her favorite things to do.

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EVENA LAZARD

Lead Teacher, PK2

Ms. Eve loves children and loves getting them involved in their learning process with lots of hands on learning/teaching. Ms. Eve is continuing to further education and is now taking classes for the AA degree (Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education). Outside of MSPCS, she enjoys reading.

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MARIA ZARATE

PK3 Teacher Assistant

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 thirteen 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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KATHY BIRKOF

Lead Teacher, PK4

Ms. Birkof (Ms. Kathy) has an Associate Degree in Childhood Education. She has twenty-four years of teaching experience and has been with MSPCS for thirty years! Ms. Kathy likes to cook and bake. She likes to visit off-beat places and her dream is to travel to faraway lands. In her free time, Ms. Kathy loves visiting her three beautiful grandchildren in St. Cloud as often as possible and enjoys going on new adventures with them.

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LAURY JEANPIERRE

Preschool Aftercare Teachers Assistant & Substitute

Laury has been working in childcare for 5 years. She has an AA in early childhood and is currently on the path to further her education in childcare. She enjoys creating tiny food out of polymer clay and loves anything art related.

FACULTY

Administrative Staff

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REVEREND KIM ROBLES

Transitional Pastor

Pastor Kim is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in PC(USA) and has been the Associate Minister and Transitional Minister at MSPC since 2016. She received her BA, Religious Studies Major, and Spanish and Dance Minors from Bates College where she was also a member of the Bates Modern Dance Company. After college, she attended McCormick Theological Seminary with M. Div. Prior to joining our MSPC family, she served as Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church (Miami), spent time in Latin America. Pastor Kim loves to read, going to the beach and most importantly spending time with her daughter, Chloe, and husband, Victor. She loves to teach children about God’s love, since children are the most loving and open-minded people. Pastor Kim enjoys teaching “Bible for Kindy” and being part of the MSPCS community. There is such care and kindness among the students, staff, and families.

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ANITA STEVENS

Head of School

Mrs. Anita Stevens was named the MSPCS Head of School in June 2018. Prior to moving to Miami with her family, Mrs. Stevens worked for the Anchorage school district for 25+ years. She started her career in Anchorage as an elementary school teacher and then as an elementary school principal for 9 years. Mrs. Stevens attended Eastern Michigan University where she received both a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Teaching and a Master’s degree in Administration and Counseling.
In 2015, she traveled to Washington, DC where she was awarded the National Distinguished Principal for the State of Alaska. She was also named one of the 2022 Citizen of the Year by the Great Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Stevens always makes a difference in the lives of her students and staff.
As Principal at Kasuun Elementary School, she was quoted in the local paper saying, “No matter how large or how small the things that we do, we can always find something to make a difference.” She has two children, Justin (22) and Breanna (24), her favorite color is purple and in her free time, she loves to bake and scrapbook.

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DAISY HIDLGO

Preschool Administrative Assistant

For the past seven years, Ms. Daisy has worked both in the elementary school and preschool, so she knows so many of our families. She has 20+ years of school administration experience and has her 45 hours from DCF. Ms. Daisy loves the small family feel of MSPCS which reminds her of growing up and going to school here, in Miami. She loves the fact that the MSPCS curriculum still provides students with art, music, Spanish, PE, and library time when so many schools have had to cut these classes out of their budgets. Ms. Daisy loves the outdoors, going to the beach, camping, traveling, her family (including her furry and feathered ones), and above all God!

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YANNIVI AGAMA

Elementary School Office

Mrs. Agama graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. She has worked with children and young adults for many years, both as a teacher and an administrator. She grew up in South Miami, is Cuban, and fluent in both English and Spanish. When not working at MSPCS, she loves serving at her church in Little Haiti, going to the beach, reading, crafting, dancing, and spending quality time with her husband and her family. Mrs. Agama is honored to be part of the MSPCS family.

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STEVEN SILVESTRO

Director of Accounting and Finance

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

Schedule A Tour!

— Interested in a school tour? —

Guided tours of the Preschool and Elementary school are available weekdays during school hours. Advanced scheduling of the tour is recommended.

To schedule a Preschool tour, please call the Preschool Main Office at 305 751 5417 or email Daisy Hidalgo at dhidalgo@mspcs.net


To schedule an Elementary tour, please call the Elementary Main Office at 305 759 2548 or email Yannivi Agama at yagama@mspcs.net