Our teachers and staff

Committed to teaching the whole child

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 10 years of teaching experience. This is her tenth year with MSPCS.

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JESSICA SERGIACOMI, 1st Grade

Mrs. Sergiacomi has a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She has nine years of teaching experience. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. She enjoys writing for fun and snuggling her two puppies.

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LAURA PEINADO, 2nd Grade

Mrs. Peinado has a Masters of Education from Lesley University. She has six years of teaching experience. This is her second year with MSPCS.

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CARRIE REYNOSO, 3rd Grade

Mrs. Reynoso has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and holds a FDOE certificate. She has 19 years of teaching experience. This is her seventh year with MSPCS. Her favorite quote is, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.`` by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Mrs. Reynoso would love to do a family road trip through the Grand Canyon.

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NICOLE MAYNARD-SAHAR, Art

Mrs. Sahar earned a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Painting and Art Education. She has six years of teaching experience. This is her second year with MSPCS. Mrs. Sahar's three favorite children’s books are James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

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JENNIFER GATTINGER, Spanish

Miss Gattinger (Miss Jenny) has a Master's degree in Español e Inglés como Segundas Lenguas/Lenguas Extranjeras (Master's degree in Spanish and English as Second Languages/Foreign Languages) from the University of Alicante in Spain. She also holds a TEFL/TESOL certificate from EBC International. She has nine years of teaching experience. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. Miss Jenny has travelled to 48 countries (and counting). Her favorite quote is, ``If not now, then when?``, and her most memorable moment was playing on the US team at the World Padél Championships in 2014 and winning her debut match against Chile.

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LOUISE PALMATIER, Bible 2nd & 3rd

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 35 years and she serves on MSPC Session as Chair of Worship Committee. This is her second 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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REVEREND KIM ROBLES, Bible 4th & 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 second year with MSPCS.

Position Open, K Assistant

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CHARLIE LUGO, 1st Grade Assistant

Mrs. Lugo has a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts. She has three years of teaching experience. This is Mrs. Lugo's second year with MSPCS.

MARY CRIT SMITH, 5th Grade

Miss 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 second year teaching and her second year with MSPCS. Miss 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. Miss Smith's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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DENISE FERNANDEZ, 4th Grade

Mrs. Fernandez has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and is a certified FLDOE K-6 teacher. She has seven years of teaching experience. This will be her first year back with MSPCS.

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JEAN MILIEN, Music

Mr. Milien has a Bachelor's degree in Music and Computer Information Science. This is his second year teaching and second year with MSPCS.

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JON VRIESEMA, PE

Mr. Vriesema (Coach V.) has a Master's Degree in Physical Education Pedagogy and is looking to start his PhD to become a college professor of Physical Education. Coach V. is entering his fourth year of teaching physical education. This is his first year teaching at MSPCS. He loves to watch, play, and coach sports, especially basketball, baseball, and tennis.

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VANESSA ST. MARTIN, Permanent Substitute

Mrs. St Martin has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. She has seven years of teaching experience. This is her seventh year with MSPCS.

REVEREND DENNIS ANDREWS, Bible K & 1st

Reverend Andrews has a Doctoral Degree in Education. He is the Pastor at our church and he teaches our kindergarten and first grade students religion classes.

PRESCHOOL

6 WEEKS - PK4

MARIA BLANES

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 first year with MSPCS

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DIONDRA POLLOCK, 2 YEAR OLD

Miss Diondra has an AA in Early Childhood Development and she is currently working on her Bachelors Degree. She has one year of teaching experience. This is her first year with MSPCS.

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IRMA ENCINA, 2 Year Old

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

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MARIA ZARATE, 2 Year Old Assistant

Mrs. Zarate (Ms. Maria) is a DCF Certified teacher with HighScope Curriculum training. She has fourteen years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for nine 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, 3 Year Old

Mrs. Birkof (Miss Kathy) has an Associate Degree in Childhood Education. She has twenty-three years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for twenty-six 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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ANA CRISTINA GONZALEZ, PK4

Mrs. Gonzalez (Ms. Ana) has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Instruction and Curriculum Development. She has fifteen years of teaching experience. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. Miss Ana's favorite color is blue, her current favorite book is Crazy Rich Asians, and on her bucket list is traveling to Turkey.

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DANIELLE PALAZZI, PK4

Miss Palazzi (Miss Danielle) has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in School Counseling at Barry University. This is her second year teaching.

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SANDRA SANTOS, 1 Year Old

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

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ATASHA COLLIER, 1 Year Old

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

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ISABEL LUI, 18-24 months

Miss Lui (Miss 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 20 years of teaching experience. This is her fourteenth year with MSPCS

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RACHEL MARX, 18-24 Months

Miss Marx (Miss Rachel) has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Washington & Jefferson College. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Barry University. This is her second year teaching at MSPCS. Miss Rachel's favorite color is baby blue, she played softball in college, and she loves to watch the same movies over and over again!

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KRISTIN WILLIAMS, 3 Year Old

Miss Williams (Miss Kristin) is a DCF Certified teacher with HighScope curriculum training. She is currently pursuing her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Kristin has eight years of teaching experience. This is her third year with MSPCS. She loves to read, play video games, and do anything crafty such as sewing and make-up.

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LENORA HOLMES, AFTERCARE TEACHER

Ms. Holmes is a DCF Certified teacher with Directors Credentials with thirty three years of teaching experience. She has been with MSPCS for three years.

FACULTY

Administrative Staff

REVEREND DENNIS ANDREWS, Senior Pastor

Reverend Andrews has a Doctoral Degree in Education. He is the Pastor at our church and he teaches our kindergarten and first grade students religion classes.

REVEREND KIM ROBLES, Associate Pastor

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

ERIKA BATEY, Communications Director

Mrs. Batey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She has 20 years of management experience and 13 years experience in media and communications. This is her fourth year with MSPCS. Mrs. Batey loves to make people smile and laugh. Her favorite bird is the Common Loon. She loves Korean food.

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 third 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.``

ANITA STEVENS, Head of School

Mrs. Stevens comes to MSPCS with 28 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 holds a Master's degree in Education Administration and Counseling and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Science. This is her first year with MSPCS. This past summer Mrs. Stevens moved from the furthest state (Alaska) to Miami, Florida. 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 has 15 years of teaching experience. She is the church Director of Children Ministries. She has been with MSPCS for three years.

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 fourth 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.

CHERYL MCINTYRE, Preschool Office

Mrs. McIntyre is the face of MSPCS. She has sixteen years of teaching experience. She has been working at MSPCS for twenty-three years. She runs the Church Nursery on Wednesday and Sundays.

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