Avant Garde Academy (2015)

Address: 2025 McKinley Street Hollywood, FL , US, 33020
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  • STEAM Education
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Free Bus Transportation
  • Leader in ME Program
  • High School Athletics
  • Middle School Athletics
  • Music Program
  • School Band
  • Robotics Team
  • Before and After School Care
  • Student-Centered Environment
  • Loving and Caring Teachers
  • Lighthouse Certified
  • COGNIA Accredited School

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Name:   Avant Garde Academy Staff

Description:   Bios

Section Name:   Administration

Name:   Mrs. Nadine Azor

Title:   Upper School Assistant Principal; 8th Grade Advisor

Description:   Nadine Charles Azor is a veteran educator with over 20 years experience in education, serving in the private, public, and charter school sectors. Mrs. Azor has served as a Science teacher (K-12), Curriculum Coordinator (K-8), Assistant Principal (K-12), and Principal (K-5) over the course of her career. Mrs. Azor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. She also earned a Master’s degree from Florida International University in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Learning. In addition, Mrs. Azor earned an MS Ed. From the City University of New York- Brooklyn College in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Azor has always had a passion for teaching and considers it a privilege to play a role in helping students to become a better version of themselves. Her educational philosophy includes inspiring students to build their knowledge base without neglecting personal character. Mrs. Azor also considers it a privilege to partner with teachers, parents, and the AGA administration to ensure that each student receives a rich and engaging academic experience during their time here at AGA.

Education:   Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University.,Master’s degree from Florida International University in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Learning.,MS Ed. From the City University of New York- Brooklyn College in Educational Leadership.

Name:   Mr. Juan DeJesus Rivera

Title:   Lower School Principal

Description:   Mr. Rivera holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration Supervision and a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a specialization in K-12 ESOL. Mr. Rivera began his career as an elementary school teacher, more than 10 years ago. He has had the opportunity to work with many students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds at private, public, and charter schools. Mr. Rivera has been with the AGA family for five years. During the last 2 years, he has transitioned into leadership roles such as curriculum facilitator and current position, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Rivera believes that setting high expectations for all students while providing a safe, caring, and inclusive environment, is key to achieving academic success for every student. He is also a firm believer that the Leader in Me Program helps create well-rounded learners by developing the whole person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders. Mr. Rivera is here to support our students, parents, staff, and all stakeholders with any academic and curricular needs or concerns.

Education:   Master of Education in Educational Administration Supervision,Bachelor of Arts in Education with a specialization in K-12 ESOL

Services:   Lower School Principal

Name:   Ms. Shaquita Mills

Title:   Lower School Assistant Principal

Description:   Ms. Mills has been an active member of the Charter School world for the past 13 years. She spent 2 years as a classroom teacher, before moving into the Exceptional Education department for 6 years. She has been with Avant-Garde Academy for 5 years. She began working at AGA as the ESE Specialist, quickly moving into the Dean of Students position. In 2018, she became the Assistant Principal of Discipline and Parent Relations. The elementary school years are important and critical times for students. What happens during Elementary years will have a lasting impression on students' growth and development. Her goal as an Assistant Principal is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that is safe and respectable, incorporating the 7 Habits, in order for your child to receive the best possible holistic instruction. Ms. Mills is invested in the teachers, parents, and students. She feels that AGA is a special and unique community of which she feels proud to be a part. She will do whatever it takes to advance the achievement of all students on our campus. With all parties working together, she is confident that we will continue to provide our students with a truly challenging and enriching school experience.

Name:   Dr. Arlene Valdes

Title:   Upper School Principal

Description:   Dr. Valdes graduated from Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Spanish. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she tutored underprivileged children of all ages. It is due to this experience that, after being accepted to the University of Chicago Law school, she re-evaluated her career decision. She realized teaching was her true passion. She went on to graduate school and received her Master's Degree in Business Education and her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Valdes has worked in the private, public, and charter school environments as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She has experienced great success in building high-quality learning programs for learners of all ages. She is a visionary administrator with expertise in establishing and growing new schools, organizations, and programs as well as developing organizational leaders and staff members. After 30 years, she is still extremely passionate about fostering an environment where students, colleagues, and the overall community are positively impacted!

Education:   Florida International University - Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Spanish.,Master's Degree in Business Education,Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Name:   Mr. Alcides Nunez

Title:   School Guardian & Secondary Dean; 9th Grade Advisor

Name:   Mrs. Samantha Walker

Title:   Operations Director

Section Name:   School Security

Name:   Aldrech Johnson

Name:   Mr. Alcides Nunez

Title:   School Guardian & Secondary Dean; 9th Grade Advisor

Section Name:   Counselors

Name:   Mrs. Avelina Damonte

Title:   12th. grade and BRACE Advisor M.S. Adult Education and T

Description:   Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! This is the 12th. grade counseling and BRACE Advising. My name is Mrs. Damonte and I started last year at AGA teaching 6th. grade US History. This year, Dr. Williams retired and Dr. Valdes offered me the position which I accepted and started on September 13h. I earned my Master in Adult Education and Training with a Concentration in Technology and Virtual Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors in Social Studies Education 6-12 with a minor in History from Florida Atlantic University. I have been an educator for the past fifteen years teaching always in the Charter School System where both of my children and many of my most dear students graduated and went on to UF, UCF, Texas A&M, FIU, and Broward College. I believe in developing the love for learning in all students and I give them one hundred percent. I have been a school counselor and an ESOL coordinator for the past five years and those are the roles that I like the most. I believe counselors and advisors can develop a different type of relationship with the students and can influence and help them at another level. The pressure of the grades is no longer present and therefore advisors and students can focus more on the whole student and their development. I am a firm believer that education after high school becomes a necessity in our fast-changing and the more connected global world but that does not mean necessarily a traditional college or career but what suits the abilities and the likes of the students. Working with students, assessing their personalities, their abilities, and their inclinations for different subjects is what makes the office of the BRACE advisor at Avant-Garde extremely important. I can be reached at adamonte@agabroward.org, by phone at extension 108, or using the Remind app for faster text messages. Please allow 24-48 hours and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have about your student. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person as soon as possible and having Zoom meetings especially during those weeks that I am testing and don't have enough time to see students or parents in person in my office. I will be posting the instructions, schedules, and links. Thank you for placing your trust in me with your student. I can't promise that I won't make mistakes or that we might agree to disagree at some point but I can promise that I would do always my best with your student's best interest at heart that we will all treat each other and our school property with respect and care, that I will catch the student...so they will not fall, that if and when they are down I will uplift them and empower them to do their best, That I will be with them every step of the way...so they won't feel alone, I will guide in their educational endeavors... so they can lead their own path and future. I will help them to succeed with all the weapons I have at my disposal.

Education:   Master in Adult Education and Training with a Concentration in Technology and Virtual Education from the University of Phoenix,Bachelors in Social Studies Education 6-12 with a minor in History from Florida Atlantic University.

Name:   Dr. Melissa Harper Saint Jean

Title:   Director of Guidance, Mental Health Counselor; 6th & 7th Level Grade Advisor Ph.D, Family Therapy LM

Description:   Dr. Harper is a Licensed Family Therapist, who utilizes a systemic approach in providing mental health counseling within the school setting here at Avant Garde Academy K-12 (Broward). It is said, "students who are loved at home come to school to learn, and students who aren't come to school to be loved" ~Nicholas A. Ferroni~. As a school-based counselor, she believes that collaboration between parents, teachers, and administrators is the best recipe for a well-rounded, successful child. Dr. Harper earned her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, and later became licensed within this field. She began her professional career working with children and their families as a play therapist with the University of Miami Mailman Ctr. for Child Development and continued to work within the field at various schools and family-related organizations. She also teaches Master-level psychology courses at a local university training and preparing future counselors/therapists to work with our most precious resources...our children. Dr. Harper firmly believes that more often than not, children face stressors, which adults tend to minimize, but these do impact learning, academic achievement, and social-emotional well-being. At AGA, we are a family, and we take care of each other. If you notice a student or your child is struggling mentally and/or emotionally and seems unmotivated to engage socially with peers, family, or even casual relationships, then please seek help for the entire system surrounding this child. Do not ignore warning signs; your gut usually sends an alert when something is wrong. Seek help!

Education:   Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University

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Name:   Ms. Marci Klein

Title:   Academic Counselor; 10th & 11th Grade Advisor Master's in Education University of Florida

Education:   Master's in Education University of Florida

Name:   Ms. Judy Rubino

Title:   Social Worker Masters in Social Work, MSW

Description:   Rubino holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She also holds certification in Gestalt Therapy and has been certified as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Judy has worked with human service agencies supporting people dealing with mental health issues, intellectual and developmental issues, traumatic brain injury, and other disabilities. She has had various administrative positions in residential housing services, day treatment services, and professional development. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk County Community College for 8 years, teaching undergraduate courses in social work and psychology.

Education:   Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services,Certification in Gestalt Therapy,Certified as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.,Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University

Section Name:   Upper School Advisors

Name:   Mrs. Nadine Azor

Title:   Upper School Assistant Principal; 8th Grade Advisor

Description:   Nadine Charles Azor is a veteran educator with over 20 years experience in education, serving in the private, public, and charter school sectors. Mrs. Azor has served as a Science teacher (K-12), Curriculum Coordinator (K-8), Assistant Principal (K-12), and Principal (K-5) over the course of her career. Mrs. Azor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. She also earned a Master’s degree from Florida International University in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Learning. In addition, Mrs. Azor earned an MS Ed. From the City University of New York- Brooklyn College in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Azor has always had a passion for teaching and considers it a privilege to play a role in helping students to become a better version of themselves. Her educational philosophy includes inspiring students to build their knowledge base without neglecting personal character. Mrs. Azor also considers it a privilege to partner with teachers, parents, and the AGA administration to ensure that each student receives a rich and engaging academic experience during their time here at AGA.

Education:   Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University.,Master’s degree from Florida International University in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Learning.,MS Ed. From the City University of New York- Brooklyn College in Educational Leadership.

Name:   Mrs. Avelina Damonte

Title:   12th. grade and BRACE Advisor M.S. Adult Education and T

Description:   Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! This is the 12th. grade counseling and BRACE Advising. My name is Mrs. Damonte and I started last year at AGA teaching 6th. grade US History. This year, Dr. Williams retired and Dr. Valdes offered me the position which I accepted and started on September 13h. I earned my Master in Adult Education and Training with a Concentration in Technology and Virtual Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors in Social Studies Education 6-12 with a minor in History from Florida Atlantic University. I have been an educator for the past fifteen years teaching always in the Charter School System where both of my children and many of my most dear students graduated and went on to UF, UCF, Texas A&M, FIU, and Broward College. I believe in developing the love for learning in all students and I give them one hundred percent. I have been a school counselor and an ESOL coordinator for the past five years and those are the roles that I like the most. I believe counselors and advisors can develop a different type of relationship with the students and can influence and help them at another level. The pressure of the grades is no longer present and therefore advisors and students can focus more on the whole student and their development. I am a firm believer that education after high school becomes a necessity in our fast-changing and the more connected global world but that does not mean necessarily a traditional college or career but what suits the abilities and the likes of the students. Working with students, assessing their personalities, their abilities, and their inclinations for different subjects is what makes the office of the BRACE advisor at Avant-Garde extremely important. I can be reached at adamonte@agabroward.org, by phone at extension 108, or using the Remind app for faster text messages. Please allow 24-48 hours and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have about your student. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person as soon as possible and having Zoom meetings especially during those weeks that I am testing and don't have enough time to see students or parents in person in my office. I will be posting the instructions, schedules, and links. Thank you for placing your trust in me with your student. I can't promise that I won't make mistakes or that we might agree to disagree at some point but I can promise that I would do always my best with your student's best interest at heart that we will all treat each other and our school property with respect and care, that I will catch the student...so they will not fall, that if and when they are down I will uplift them and empower them to do their best, That I will be with them every step of the way...so they won't feel alone, I will guide in their educational endeavors... so they can lead their own path and future. I will help them to succeed with all the weapons I have at my disposal.

Education:   Master in Adult Education and Training with a Concentration in Technology and Virtual Education from the University of Phoenix,Bachelors in Social Studies Education 6-12 with a minor in History from Florida Atlantic University.

Services:   12th. grade and BRACE Advisor M.S. Adult Education and T

Name:   Dr. Melissa Harper Saint Jean

Title:   Director of Guidance, Mental Health Counselor; 6th & 7th Level Grade Advisor Ph.D, Family Therapy LM

Description:   Dr. Harper is a Licensed Family Therapist, who utilizes a systemic approach in providing mental health counseling within the school setting here at Avant Garde Academy K-12 (Broward). It is said, "students who are loved at home come to school to learn, and students who aren't come to school to be loved" ~Nicholas A. Ferroni~. As a school-based counselor, she believes that collaboration between parents, teachers, and administrators is the best recipe for a well-rounded, successful child. Dr. Harper earned her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, and later became licensed within this field. She began her professional career working with children and their families as a play therapist with the University of Miami Mailman Ctr. for Child Development and continued to work within the field at various schools and family-related organizations. She also teaches Master-level psychology courses at a local university training and preparing future counselors/therapists to work with our most precious resources...our children. Dr. Harper firmly believes that more often than not, children face stressors, which adults tend to minimize, but these do impact learning, academic achievement, and social-emotional well-being. At AGA, we are a family, and we take care of each other. If you notice a student or your child is struggling mentally and/or emotionally and seems unmotivated to engage socially with peers, family, or even casual relationships, then please seek help for the entire system surrounding this child. Do not ignore warning signs; your gut usually sends an alert when something is wrong. Seek help!

Education:   Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University

Name:   Ms. Marci Klein

Title:   Academic Counselor; 10th & 11th Grade Advisor

Education:   Master's in Education University of Florida

Name:   Mr. Alcides Nunez

Title:   School Guardian & Secondary Dean; 9th Grade Advisor

Section Name:   Staff

Name:   Trace Maxham

Title:   IT

Name:   John Maxham

Title:   IT

Name:   Ms. Karina Ferreira

Title:   Business Manager

Name:   Ms. Karina Ferreira

Title:   Business Manager

Name:   Mr. Dagoberto Toranzo

Title:   Facilities Manager

Name:   Mrs. Selinda Washington

Title:   Aftercare Assistant Director and Office Manager

Name:   Mrs. Susan Mills

Title:   Administrative Assistant

Section Name:   Office Staff

Name:   Ms. Maria Jose Arguello

Title:   Receptionist

Name:   Ms. Opal Levi

Name:   Dorian McNeal

Name:   Mrs. Jeanette Pantalone

Name:   Ms. Suzette Storm

Title:   Registrar/IMT

Section Name:   Instructional Coaches

Name:   Mrs. Nanette Graham

Title:   Upper School Instructional Coach (Gr. 6‑12)

Description:   (754) 816-6153 ext. 1585 Room #: 158E

Education:   Masters in Reading Education K-12

Name:   Ms. N. Hernandez

Title:   RTI Coordinator

Description:   Ms. Hernandez has been teaching for 7 years. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She has received her ESOL endorsement. Ms. Hernandez has taught 2nd and 4th grade. She has been part of the AGA family for 5 years. Ms. Hernandez's favorite habit is "Begin with the End in Mind". She is committed to reach her personal and professional goals.

Education:   ESOL Endorsement

Services:   Elementary Education

Name:   Mrs. Cassandra Joseph

Title:   6‑12 Math & Science Coach

Description:   Phone: (754) 816-6153 ext. 1585

Education:   Specialist in Educational Leadership

Name:   Mrs. Marlene Ladyman

Title:   K5 Math & Science Instructional Coach

Description:   I am so excited to be your K-5 Math & Science Instructional Coach! 754-816-6153 EXT 1587 Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Education:   B.S. Early Childhood Education Reading,ESOL,Pre-K Special needs Endorsed

Name:   Mrs. Rossy Tavarez

Title:   Elementary Curriculum Facilitator - Educational Leadership Specialist

Description:   Mrs. Tavarez has been in the education field for ten years. She has a bachelor's degree in Business, a master's degree in Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement, and an Educational Leadership Specialist from Barry University. In addition, Mrs.Tavarez has her gifted and reading endorsed certification. Some of her passions in life are her family, teaching, and running. She loves seeing her student's faces when they learn and master a new skill. Mrs. Tavarez is very energetic and loves to make learning fun 754-816-6153 ext.1586. Room #158F ​​

Education:   Bachelor's degree in Business,Master's degree in Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement

Section Name:   Kindergarden

Name:   Ms. Rochelle Bernard‑Bain

Description:   Welcome Back to School! I am excited to have each one of you for a fun year of learning and discovery. This year will be full of fun through learning with STEAM, Reading, and Creative arts such as Music. Parents, I thank you for entrusting your children into the classroom for the school year of 2021- 2022. I look forward to working together with each and every one of you.

Name:   Mrs. Danielle Chong

Title:   Kindergarten Teacher

Description:   Graduated from NSU BS in Elementary Education MS in International Education 10+ years in education 2 years teaching abroad 5 years teaching Kindergarten 4 years teaching Pre-K Mrs. Chong's personal teaching goal is to create a classroom environment where students are able to explore, discover and develop their own passions and interests. She believes that all students can become responsible citizens and can find joy in learning.

Education:   BA of Science in Elementary Education,MA of Science in International Education

Name:   Mrs. Sherry Edington

Name:   Ms. Garazi Espilla

Title:   Kindergarten Teacher

Description:   Ms. Espilla was born in Florida, but since her family was from The Basque Country (Spain) she has lived and raised there with them. However, she always had a special connection with her birthplace, which made her come almost every year to visit. Since she loves being with kids and teaching, one of her goals was to learn English and become a teacher one day. In order to achieve that, she did her 9th grade in West Palm Beach and a lot of Comunity Service volunteers in some schools. Apart from that, she has worked in Summer Camps and an Academy for years, where she gained a lot of experience with the kids. After years, she graduated in Spain with a Bachelor in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Therapeutic Pedagogy. Furthermore, while in University, she had the opportunity to do her last internship in this school where she developed and grew personally and professionally. All that helped her to learn that people need to work as a team. It is very important to her to be the best role model and lead kids or people around to the right path. But, she also thinks that being a leader embodies working with others as well, which is very relevant taking into account everyone's opinion. That way, she believes that the best way to maintain a positive, organized, outgoing, confident, and compassionate atmosphere in the class is by working with others and figuring out how we can do something in the best way!

Education:   Bachelor in Elementary Education with the specialization in Therapeutic

Name:   Ms. Olatz Mugartegi

Title:   Kindergarten Teacher

Description:   Ms. Mugartegi graduated from Deusto University in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain) and she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Therapeutic Pedagogy. Following her dream that started in Spain, she began her career in the field of Education 5 years ago when she came to the United States. Ms. Mugartegi has had the opportunity to work in different educational fields and communities, since she has worked in academies, in a preschool, as a substitute teacher in Elementary K-12 in charter and private schools in Miami Dade, and Broward County, and as a First Grade Teacher in a private school. She believes that each child has unique strengths, varied prior language learning experiences, and different learning styles, therefore, she provides enough challenge and support for all children, opportunities to grow and think to solve problems, build on success and become positive leaders! Ms. Mugartegi’s Mission Statement is to promote cooperative learning where students learn not only from their teachers but each other. We Can Learn Better Together!

Education:   Bachelor in Elementary Education with the Specialization in Therapeutic Pedagogy

Name:   Ms. Alyssa Velez

Name:   Mrs. Marianna Zaligan

Title:   Kindergarten Teacher

Description:   Ms. Marianna Zaligan graduated from Phoenix University. She earned BA in Elementary Education. Ms. Zaligan has been in the Elementary education field for over 25 years. She has 10 years of experience teaching abroad. Ms. Zaligan has experience of working with a diverse population and culture. In 2018 she was awarded the Teacher of the Year. Ms. Zaligan is fluent in English and Russian. She likes to travel and go to the beach. Ms. Zaligan’s educational philosophy is that every student has the right to learn in an environment that can meet their needs. She believes that the best way to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and the teaching of happy students is to provide them with lively, interesting and hands-on activities. Ms. Zaligan makes each student feel secure and comfortable enough to take risks with their answers and to not be afraid to make a mistake. Ms. Zaligan stresses that more is learned from mistakes and that is why pencils have erasers!

Education:   Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Name:   Ms. Diana Lopez

Name:   Mrs. Jean McDowell

Title:   Kindergarten Teacher

Description:   Mrs. McDowell has a Bachelors's degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified in the State of Florida to teach Pre-K through 3rd grade. She was awarded the Excellence Award in 2013 from Charter Schools USA. She has been an educator in kindergarten and first grade for over 10 years. This is her fifth year teaching kindergarten at Avant-Garde Academy®. She is fluent in Portuguese. Her educational philosophy is that she believes in all children. All children are capable of learning, however, not all children learn the same way. She believes that the individual needs of the students should be addressed through the use of different instructional methods. Students also need to be assessed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways to make certain that students comprehend the material. Students should be given the opportunity to explore, discover and develop their own interests. She is a devoted educator with the gift to reach all students and instill a love for learning. View her classroom activities by clicking the album tab.

Education:   B.S. Early Childhood Education

Section Name:   First Grade

Name:   Ms. Celeste Ibarra

Title:   1st Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Ibarra began her career teaching for over more than 12 years with ESOL (English as Second Language Learners) population on all grades. Before working in Avant Garde Ms. Ibarra experienced 5 years working in first grade settings at Broward County Public Schools and then joined the Avant Garde Academy where she is on her fifth year to go. Ms. Ibarra earned her Master's Degree in Special Education and she is currently working to add on her Reading Endorsement while taking some courses to meet her goal. Ms. Ibarra's Educational Philosophy is based on Constructivism teaching. She is passionate about teaching so that students learn actively and with meaning. Ms. Ibarra is constantly working to help students acquire the 7 Habits. Her favorite habit is Habit 3: Put First things First. She puts first things first herself by caring for her students where she thinks they first need to have a safe environment in order to be able to work and learn with enthusiasm. Ms. Ibarra encourages you to click on her Leader in Me page and interact with your child about the information you will find on the page always empowering her students and parents with the 7 Habits.

Education:   Bachelors in Elementary Education,MA of Special Education

Name:   Mr. Phillip Katz

Title:   1st Grade Teacher

Description:   pkatz@agabroward.org

Name:   Mrs. Melissa Lamberto

Description:   Mrs. Lamberto received her Bachelors s in Elementary Education. She has taught for 16 years as a full-time teacher. This opportunity has allowed her to teach a variety of grade levels. She also led organizations as a guidance counselor to children in the community. Mrs. Lamberto's reason for teaching is simple. She loves spending time with children as they learn, grow, question, and discover the amazing world around them. Learning is a passion. She is committed to helping the students embrace and put into practice all 7 Habits and ensuring each child feels successful, capable, and celebrated while they are in her class. Her job as facilitator is to develop enriching, engaging lessons that stretch the thinking of my young students and provide a safe, welcoming, and enthusiastic environment in which to learn the rigor necessary for academic success.

Education:   Bachelors in Early Childhood Education

Name:   Ms. Jennifer Martin

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Ms.Martin is a South Florida native. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She continued her education at Florida International University and received her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. This is her third year teaching First Grade at AGA. Her teaching philosophy is, Teaching and education are not one size fits all. "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn ." (Ignacio Estrada) AGA is a Leader In Me school. Ms. Martin will be focusing on Habit 4 "Think Win-Win " Everyone Can Win.

Education:   B.S Elementary Education,M.S Human Resource Management

Name:   Ms. Michelle Murray

Title:   undefined's staff photo Ms. Michelle Murray

Description:   Ms. Murray was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 10 years of experience in early childhood elementary education. This is her first year at Avant-Garde Academy® and her current position is as a first-grade teacher. She is a strong believer in the 7 Habits of Happy Kids 1. Be Proactive- You're In Charge 2. Begin with the end in mind- Have a plan 3. Put first things first- Work first, then Play 4. Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win 5. Seek to Understand Then to be Understood- Listen before you talk 6. Synergize- Together is better 7. Sharpen the Saw- Balance feels Best!!! Ms. Murray's goal is to instill lifelong leadership skills! She encourages her students to be the best they can be through engaging learning experiences.

Education:   B.S. Early Childhood

Name:   Ms. Nahir Rodriguez

Description:   Ms. Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She graduated from The University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon with a Bachelors's Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Rodriguez has two years of experience in elementary education, and this is her first year teaching at Avant Garde Academy. Ms. Rodriguez is so excited to be teaching at AGA, a Leader In Me Lighthouse school. She will be modeling the 7 Habits of Happy Kids in her classroom: Habit 1: Be Proactive® You're in Charge. Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® Have a Plan. ..., Habit 3: Put First Things First® Work First, Then Play. ..., Habit 4: Think Win-Win® ..., Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® ..., Habit 6: Synergize® ..., Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® It is important that you work together as a team in order to help your child succeed. If you have any questions, the best way to message Ms. Rodriguez is through her email at nrodriguez@agabroward.org or you can call the front office at 754-816-6153 and leave a message and she will return your phone call within 48 hours. You can also make an appointment to meet before or after school.

Education:   graduated from The University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Name:   Ms. Edith Ruiz

Title:   1st Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Ruiz was born and raised in Venezuela. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters's Degree. She has 6 years of experience in elementary education. This is her second year at Avant Garde Academy and her current position is a first-grade teacher. Ms. Ruiz's goal is to help each student do their personal best and to become leaders. She works hard to develop a community of learners in which each student feels valued and respected.

Education:   Master In Spanish

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Section Name:   Second Grade

Name:   Ms. Nancy Charest

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Ms. Charest has been teaching for 10 years. She has a Master's degree in Elementary Education and in Reading. Ms. Charest enjoys teaching students and motivating them to learn. She holds endorsements in both ESOL and Gifted Education.

Education:   Master's Reading,Master's Elementary Education

Name:   Mrs. Candace Haynes

Title:   Elementary Teacher

Description:   Candace Haynes was born and raised in Barbados where she has been teaching for 12 years. She moved to Florida a few years ago where she has continued teaching. Mrs. Haynes graduated from the University of the West Indies with a diploma in Primary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Microbiology. She also holds a Masters's in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Nottingham. Mrs. Haynes has a love for learning and her goal is to foster that same love for learning and appreciation for education in her students. She is eagerly looking forward to learning and growing with the family at Avant Garde Academy and implementing the Leader in Me program with her students.

Education:   MS in Clinical Microbiology BS in Microbiology and Chemistry

Name:   Ms. Brittany McKinney

Title:   2nd Grade Teacher

Description:   Brittany McKinney has a Masters of Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been teaching for 10 years in elementary schools in Tennessee and New York City. She is endorsed to each kindergarten-sixth grade. This is her first year teaching at Avant Garde Academy. We welcome her to our AGA family! Ms. McKinney is a seasoned teacher and is known for her ability to engage her students while they are learning. She specializes in creating math lessons where her students stay captivated in their learning. Her students start to see math all around them and they think about math in new and exciting ways. Ms. McKinney's students have rich discussions in her lessons where they learn from each other and value each other's ideas. In her previous school, Ms. McKinney modeled instruction for other teachers and took on roles of leadership with enthusiasm. Ms. McKinney creates lasting relationships with her students. She incorporates social-emotional learning into every lesson while demonstrating dedication and passion to teach to the whole child. Ms. McKinney is a curious and dedicated teacher who is always eager to further her pedagogical knowledge.

Education:   Masters of Education from Middle Tennessee State University

Name:   Nathali Morillo

Title:   2nd Grade Teacher

Education:   B.A. Early Childhood Special Education

Name:   Mrs. Dalines Muniz

Title:   2nd Grade Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Muniz graduated from the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Arts of Education K-6. She also possesses a certification to teach Spanish K-12. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and her favorite is second-grade students. Her mission is to prepare her students as leaders that can be proactive to our society. Mrs. Muniz’s main goal as a teacher is to provide the tools her students need to be able to communicate, express themselves, respect others, and be respected as human beings, not only in their class and school but outside in the real world. She focuses on Habit 5: Think first to understand, then to be understood. She believes that open communication and working together as a team is the key to success for her students.

Education:   Bachelor's in Arts of Education K-6,Spanish K-12 Certified

Name:   Ms. Melissa Oharriz

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Ms. Oharriz has been working at Avant Garde Academy for 4 years. This will be her second year teaching at AGA. Ms. Oharriz studied English at FIU and received her certification for Kindergarten through sixth grade in 2020. Ms. Oharriz is also Reading endorsed. Before getting her certification Ms. Oharriz worked as a paraprofessional helping struggling students. Ms. Oharriz was born and raised in Miami. She has been working in the education field for nearly her whole life. She is even a second-generation educator. Since beginning at AGA she has taken the 7 Habits to heart and strives to emulate each habit in every aspect of her life.

Education:   Bachelor's in English

Name:   Ms. Elizabeth Sanchez

Title:   Second Grade Teacher

Description:   Elizabeth Sanchez has been in the educational field for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Interamerican University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Sanchez loves and cares for her students, and she believed in the Whole-Child instruction that leads to happy, healthy, safe, engaged and challenging students, ensuring they are empowered to chase and achieve their goals.

Education:   Bachelor's in Elementary Education,Master's in Curriculum and Teaching

Name:   Ms. Sarah Sargiotto

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Ms. Sargiotto has been teaching at Grade at Avant Grade Academy for seven years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in Instructional Design. She holds endorsements in both ESOL and Gifted education. Sargiotto loves working with children and helping them make a positive contribution to our world. Her favorite Habit is Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood. "This habit says that I should listen to others' ideas and feelings and try to see things from their viewpoint. I should listen without interrupting. When I listen, I don't just use my ears, but I also use my eyes and heart. When it is my turn to share, I am confident voicing my ideas."

Education:   MED in Instructional Design,BA in Elementary Ed

Name:   Ms. Tiara Wheaton

Title:   2nd Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Wheaton knows that successful students become successful adults. This is her 10th year as a teacher, but her first year at Avant Garde Academy. Ms. Wheaton has her degree in Elementary Education and graduated from the University of North Florida in 2009. She graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an ESOL endorsement. She loves teaching all subjects and always tries to make every lesson as engaging as possible. She has a great relationship with her former students, parents, and coworkers. Ms. Wheaton is going to be a great asset to the school and bring new ideas to our 2nd-grade team!

Education:   degree in Elementary Education and graduated from the University of North Florida

Section Name:   Third Grade

Name:   Ms. S. Badalow

Title:   Third Grade Teacher

Description:   Hello students and families! Ms. Badalow is looking forward to a fantastic school year. She's a third-grade teacher at Avant Garde Academy. She's been in the Elementary Education field for 8 years. She has a certification in early childhood education and a minor in Biology. Ms. Badalow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors's Degree in Elementary Education that's endorsed with an ESOL certification. Also, Ms. Badalow is working on and earning gifted education certifications. She is in the process of furthering her education in a master's degree in Speech Pathology. This will be her 8th year with Avant-Garde Academy®, teaching math and science in the 3rd grade. She speaks Spanish and understands basic French. She enjoys getting to know her students to establish a positive relationship in order to able them to the best of their ability.

Education:   Bachelors Degree in Education,in the process of furthering her education in a master's degree in Speech Pathology.

Certifications:   certification in early childhood education and a minor in Biology

Name:   Ms. Audrey Brownlee

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Brownlee was born here in South Florida. She attended school locally in the Hollywood and Hallandale area. She attended Florida State University where she received her undergraduate degree in the Bachelors of Science in Sociology. Mrs. Brownlee then went on to complete her Master's of Science in Education at Keiser University. Mrs. Brownlee started teaching in 2014 right after her first daughter was born and has been thriving effortlessly ever since. She has taught second grade and one-year third grade. For the last 4 years she has been teaching second grade, however this year she will be joining the third-grade team and couldn't be more excited. Some of Mrs. Brownlee's interests are collaborating with colleagues on developing creative lessons and spending time with family. Outside of work/school, Mrs. Brownlee spends a lot of time with family and events around town. Mrs. Brownlee and her family live here in Hollywood, FL. She and her husband have 3 daughters ages 14, 8, and 3. One of her daughters does attend AGA and will be an incoming 3rd grader this year as well. Mrs. Brownlee believes that all students can succeed as long as they have support from their village! This village consists of their teacher, but most importantly their family. Together we are stronger! Go Sharks!

Education:   B.S. in Sociology,MS. in Education

Name:   Ms. Judy Estiverne

Title:   3rd Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Estiverne is a South Florida native and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies in Education. Ms. Estiverne is continuing her education at Nova Southern University for a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. This is her fourth year teaching at the elementary level. Ms. Estiverne engages students to understand the deeper meaning of their studies through hands-on learning activities, differentiated instruction, and technology in the classroom. AGA is a Leader In Me school. Ms. Estiverne will be focusing on Habit 4 "Think Win-Win " Everyone Can Win.

Education:   Bachelor of Science in General Studies in Education

Name:   Mrs. Kelly Maxham‑Blaire

Title:   Third Grade Teacher

Description:   Mrs​​​​​​​. Blaire attended Florida Atlantic University where she received her BA in Elementary Ed with an ESOL endorsement. Along with her State of Florida teaching certificate, Mrs. Blaire is also certified in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Gifted education. Mrs. Blaire is also reading endorsed. Mrs. Blaire has been in the Elementary education field for almost 20 years with prior experience and certification in early childhood education (ECE) ages birth to 3 yrs old. Through the Boy Scouts of America, Mrs. Blaire has been trained in C.P.R., basic first aid, youth protection, water safety, and outdoor leadership skills. This is Mrs. Blaire's 7th year with Avant-Garde Academy®. She has been teaching reading and language arts in the 3rd grade Full Inclusion (students of all abilities including gifted and high achieving) classroom.

Education:   BA k-6 Elementary Ed.,ESE and Gifted certified.,ESOL endorsed.

Name:   Mr. Luis Morales

Title:   3rd Grade Math and Science Teacher

Description:   Mr. Morales attended Florida Atlantic University where he received his BA in Psychology. This is Mr. Morales' Fifth year with Avant Gare Academy, teaching math and science in the 3rd grade. Mr. Morales is currently in the process of furthering his education with hopes of getting his doctorate.

Education:   B.A. in Psychology

Name:   Ms. Elizabeth Nunez

Title:   3rd Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Nunez attended Nova Southeastern University and graduated with a Masters's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is actively working towards her ESOL and Reading endorsements. Ms. Nunez has been teaching since 2018. She started off in a 4th-grade reading class and transitioned to a 3rd-grade math and science position in her second year. Ms. Nunez feels that the 7 Habits are a great addition to any classroom as they help students become accountable for their actions. Her favorite habit is Habit 2. Begin with the End in Mind. She strongly feels third graders should practice their math facts every day so by the end of the year they become second nature making the transition to fourth grade easier.

Education:   Masters's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Name:   Ms. Michelle Pouso

Title:   3rd Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Pouso attended Florida International University where she graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has worked for about 12 years in Early Childhood Education. It was just about 3 years ago that she started to teach Elementary. This will be Ms. Pouso's first year at Avant-Garde Academy. She is excited to teach Math and Science this school year. Fun Facts: Favorite color is green Love coffee Enjoy crafting with my Cricut.

Education:   Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Name:   Ms. Mary Preece

Description:   Ms. Preece comes to us with a background in English as a Second Language. She has taught students from throughout the world in a private language school for 10 years and later in college after she earned a Masters's in Teaching English as a Second Language. Ms. Preece has great enthusiasm for writing stems from her first degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in Print Journalism. She worked as a writer and editor in numerous industries including healthcare, financial, real estate, and creative arts for many years. She recognizes and encourages written expression in her students. The fun of storytelling is an experience she uses to generate interest in writing and new vocabulary with her students. This should be a fun and productive time for students who also enjoy storytelling and written expression.

Name:   Ms. Adebisi Thomas‑Munroe

Section Name:   Fourth Grade

Name:   Mrs. Kristen Bermudez

Title:   4th Grade ELA Teacher

Description:   Ms. Bermudez has been teaching for 13 years. She began her teaching career at the college level teaching such courses as ENC1101, Medical terminology, and Anatomy and physiology; to name a few. After teaching at the college level for 10 years, Ms. Bermudez was excited about making the switch to elementary education. She has been at AGA for 3 years and is excited for the opportunity to continue teaching 4th grade ELA. Ms. Bermudez believes in teaching the whole child holistically and follows the seven habits in her classroom. Her favorite habit is "Think Win-Win".

Name:   Ms. Lisset Diaz

Title:   4th Grade Math and Science

Description:   Ms. Diaz has been teaching for 6 years. She graduates from Florida Atlantic University with honors (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, is k through 6 certified, and has an endorsement in ESOL. Ms. Diaz also has a teaching certificate from South Carolina where she taught in the 2018-2019 school year. in South Florida, Ms. Diaz has taught Kindergarten, First grade, and this is her 4th year teaching Fourth grade. She received an award in the 2017-2018 school year for being the school’s "Rookie Teacher of the Year". This will be Ms. Diaz' second year with the AGA family and she could not be any more eager for 2021-2022 school year to begin.

Education:   Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (k-6)

Name:   Mr. Kristian Gellibert

Title:   4th Grade Math and Science

Description:   Mr. Gellibert is a warm, passionate, and bright young teacher. He is currently the 4th-grade Math and Science teacher here at Avant Garde Academy. He offers our students the best learning environment so they can explore their creativity. Each child gets special one-on-one attention so goals can be set individually for maximum results. Mr. Gellibert is highly qualified, upbeat, and loves what he does. This means your child will have a fun and positive experience. Mr. Gellibert is committed to offering all of his knowledge to students and making sure his classroom is a student-led classroom, where students need to find the answers. Mr. Gellibert believes that technology and coding enhances a child's critical thinking skill and will benefit when it comes to test-taking time. Mr. Gellibert believes that if students learn the foundational skills of computer science, they will more than likely seek computer science classes throughout their educational careers. Mr. Gellibert has completed his degree in Elementary Education in August 2016 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Thomas University. Currently, he is going for his Masters's in Education, then his Doctorate. He is also an avid photographer, superhero geek, Star Wars enthusiast, loving husband, and devoted father to two amazing children!!!

Education:   Chief Saf… Bachelors in Elementary Education Masters in Educational

Services:   SWAGG Coordinator

Name:   Mrs. Chelsea Hatch

Title:   Fourth Grade Reading/ELA

Description:   This is Mrs. Hatch's fourth year teaching at AGA and her first teaching fourth grade. Previously that she taught Pre-K and was an assistant in a second-grade program. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from C.W. Post University, on Long Island, N.Y. She is certified to teach K-6 in Florida, has both gifted and reading endorsements, and is a Google Certified Educator. She lives with her husband and two sons, Sean and Henry. Mrs. Hatch believes in teaching the whole child. Social and emotional well-being is just as important as academics. Above all, she wants to be a support system for her students. Mrs. Hatch loves to incorporate the seven habits into literature. Students spend a lot of time reading in school and it is a great opportunity to find examples of the habits being implemented. Mrs. Hatch is always practicing Habit #1 and being proactive. She likes making things happen and trying her hardest.

Education:   Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language

Name:   Mrs. Althea LaVette

Title:   Fourth Grade Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Althea LaVette earned a BA in Elementary Education at Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Reading at Barry University. She has 16 years of experience as an educator. That experience covers a large and varied range of subjects and grades. Her current position is a 4th-grade teacher at Avant-Garde Academy®. Her goal for her students is to create a challenging and engaging classroom environment and support their development into lifelong learners. Her educational philosophy is the belief that empowering students to become masters of their own learning involves the acquisition of knowledge through a love for learning, and students who possess a love of learning are motivated to achieve and will accept responsibility for their own learning. Mrs. LaVette believes the long overused adage that knowledge is power is clearly wrong, and knowing more does not make you any more able. What is required is an understanding that one can only become better and wiser when knowledge is applied; otherwise, it is like having your car tank full of gas and leaving it parked. Mrs. LaVette agrees with the words of Michel de Montaigne, who said that “we ought to find out not who understands most but who understands best.” She believes that it is not enough to feed our kids with knowledge; they need to be active participants when chewing, swallowing and digesting this knowledge. They need to be cognizant of the entire process from the acquisition to the utilization of knowledge to the appreciation of its value and benefits to the mind. Only with this understanding will education be the most important factor in the empowerment of the student and the improvement of society.

Education:   BA Elementary Education,MS Reading,Gifted Endorsed

Name:   Ms. Andrea Robeson

Title:   4th Grade ELA Teacher

Education:   Masters Degree in Elementary Education

Name:   Ms. Sanchari Sarkar

Title:   4th Grade Teacher M.A(Geography)

Description:   Mrs. Sarkar earned her M.A in Geography from India in 2006. She is Elementary certified and also reading endorsed. Her current position is a 4th-grade Math & Science teacher in Avant-Garde Academy. Mrs. Sarkar has been working in this position since last year. She started her career as a substitute teacher for Broward County public and charter elementary and middle schools in 2018. She also worked as a lead teacher for Challenge Island STEAM enrichment workshops. Besides this profession, Mrs. Sarkar is also trained in Indian classical dancing and singing and has been teaching the same for the last 9 years. Mrs. Sarkar believes in a growth mindset. She possesses creative skills to make education fun.

Education:   M.A in Geography

Name:   Ms. Caroline Swanner

Section Name:   Fifth Grade

Name:   Ms. S Cover

Title:   5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

Description:   Ms. Cover is a 5th grade Math and Science Teacher. This is her fourth year teaching and she hopes to have many more. She attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors's in Exceptional Student Education and an endorsement in ESOL. She also holds a master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Ms. Cover has a wonderful 6-year-old daughter who is currently in first grade. She loves to spend all her free time with family, reading, writing. She is passionate about seeing each child fulfill their potentially

Education:   BA in Exceptional Student Education

Name:   Mrs. Eva Fleming

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Fleming has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education from Toccoa Falls College and FAU. Mrs. Fleming taught kindergarten for two years in a private school setting and then Middle School Math for 9 years. She has also taught Spanish and Technology. For the last 10 years, Mrs. Fleming has been working with a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching healthy relationships. She is a writer and a blogger. Her blogs focus on healthy relationships with a far-reaching audience that covers Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. She brings all her energy, creative methods, and love of learning to her 5th-grade classroom. Mrs. Fleming has two children in the upper school here at AGA. She also has a brand new grandbaby who lives in the U.P. with his parents.

Education:   Education, Psychology

Name:   Dr. Iona Gabbidon

Title:   5th Grade ELA Teacher

Description:   Dr. Gabbidon holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Special Education, and a Doctoral degree in Leadership and Innovation. Dr. Gabbidon became a teacher because of her earnest desire to help educate children. Even though there are many other fields in which one could accomplish such a goal, Dr. Gabbidon believes education is the one profession she can have the greatest impact on. Her goal is to provide all students with a rewarding, educationally challenging, and fun experience in the classroom. Motto: "You don't have to be the best at everything; you just need to try your best." Dr. Gabbidon likes habit two and has used it all her life. Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind. Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind.

Education:   BS in Elementary Education,MS in Special Education

Name:   Ms. Dana Hodges

Title:   5th Grade Teacher

Description:   Ms. Hodges has been working with children for over 10 years in various capacities. She began as an assistant in a resource room for ESE students. Ms. Hodges has a natural love for children and their education. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, with plans to pursue her Master's in the near future. This is her seventh year teaching and her sixth year at Avant Garde Academy. Each year Ms. Hodges seeks ways to improve her teaching skills and ways to engage her students to achieve maximum potential.

Education:   B.S. Elementary Ed.

Name:   Ms. Laura Knight

Name:   Ms. Ebony Newsome

Name:   Ms. Stephanya Renauld

Title:   5th Grade ELA

Description:   Ms. Renauld is a passionate and dedicated educator from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is fluent in English, French, and Creole, and semi-fluent in Spanish which allows her to connect with parents and students of various backgrounds. Ms. Renauld has taught grades 3-5 and has been an educator for almost seven years now. Ms. Renauld has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Psychology from Saint Thomas University. She also has a Master's Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Nova Southeastern University. In one year, Ms. Renauld will be graduating once more from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate Degree in Human Services Administration. She enjoys traveling and has visited over 17 countries such as France, Brazil, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and many more. Finally, Ms. Renauld believes that all students deserve a quality education and she is dedicated to helping all children reach their full potential and be the best that they can be.

Education:   BA in Elementary Education,MS in Exceptional Student Education

Section Name:   Elementary Specials

Name:   Mr. Anthony Andre

Name:   Ms. Erline Dolce

Title:   STEM Lab Teacher

Description:   Ms. Erline Dolce is a Miami native. She went on to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Professional Biology with a Minor in Chemistry and Psychology from Barry University, where she graduated as a member of Tri-Beta Biological National Honor Society, a board member of Minority Association of Pre-Health Students Organization (MAPS) and conducted research alongside with professors. Ms. Dolce currently holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science and preparing to attend Medical School. Not only is Ms. Dolce academically driven, but she is also passionate about working with children in STEM, mentoring young girls that will like to pursue a career in STEM-related fields, and is an advocate for health awareness. Ms. Dolce was an afterschool STEM Lead tutor for Florida AmeriCorps Program and a candidate for LeaderCorps, where she received a certificate in Leadership and Social Change and organized numerous service projects throughout her community for children in foster care, health awareness, and kid's literacy. Ms. Dolce has received awards from her community as an Exceptional Young Woman Ages 18-35 in the community and received an award from the Department of Juvenile Justice as a heartbeat in her community for youths. Ms. Dolce loves applying the 7 Habits in her life because it has helped her to achieve a balanced life and had taught her how to balance key priorities. Her favorite habits are Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 3: Put First Things First, which helps her focus and execute Wildly Important Goals.

Education:   Master of Science in Biomedical Science,Bachelor of Science in Biology Minor in Chemistry and Psychology

Name:   Mrs. Kim Drummond

Title:   K-5 Computer Science Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Drummond is a kind, caring, and compassionate educator. She is currently the K-5 Computer Science Teacher here at the great Avant Garde Academy. She promises to purposely give students the best opportunities to learn and practice essential technology skills as a part of their overall educational plan. Mrs. Drummond currently owns a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is a dedicated educator who takes pride in making learning interesting for her students. She believes strongly in the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. As a result, one of her goals is to instill lifelong leadership skills in every student she meets. Mrs. Drummond is a firm believer that education should be of first priority because successful students become successful adults. She is also of the opinion that education is dynamic and not static. Therefore, if students learn the basics of computer science they will have an interest to continue throughout their educational career and possibly a career in computer sciences.

Name:   Mr. Brad Maggart

Title:   Visual Art Teacher K‑5

Description:   Mr. Maggart, our elementary art teacher, comes to Avant Garde with the goal of elevating the visual art program to the highest levels of student pride and captivated engagement. Brad studied art education at the well-known Parsons School of Design in New York. Before this life changing professional decision to choose a teaching career in art education, Brad was an accomplished practicing designer on both coasts in two sought-after fields. He worked as a motion graphics designer for film in Hollywood, California and as a packaging designer for fashion and fragrance in New York. Avant Garde is not Brad’s first time teaching at a charter school. Brad was part of the original staff at The Bronx Charter School For Children where he served as their elementary art teacher. After leaving New York, Brad taught abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, teaching art to teens and young children as well as teaching ESL to adults. Brad loved living and working in the great arts capital that Saint Petersburg has always been. After seven friendly years in Eastern Europe it was back to the States. Proudly this move wasn’t Brad’s alone; it came with a family of four. Portland, Oregon was the destination. Brad taught K-5 art in the public school system there before joining us at Avant Garde. Brad is currently enrolled in FSU's masters in art education program. Mr. Maggart would say the most important thing is that the child is the artist, as real of an artist as any professional whose work is coveted by museums worldwide. With that respect for the child-as-artist capabilities, Brad dedicates his approach to asking “What does a real artist do?” He guides his teaching to facilitate those artist behaviors. Brad goes so far as to put his room into action as a makers’ studio, modeled after real-world artists’ studios filled with creatives of wonderfully-varied expertise. Brad’s favorite book is Engaging Learners Through Art Making: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith

Education:   Parsons School of Design at New School University (NY) Art Education

Name:   Mr. Brad Maggart

Title:   Visual Art Teacher K‑5

Description:   Mr. Maggart, our elementary art teacher, comes to Avant Garde with the goal of elevating the visual art program to the highest levels of student pride and captivated engagement. Brad studied art education at the well-known Parsons School of Design in New York. Before this life changing professional decision to choose a teaching career in art education, Brad was an accomplished practicing designer on both coasts in two sought-after fields. He worked as a motion graphics designer for film in Hollywood, California and as a packaging designer for fashion and fragrance in New York. Avant Garde is not Brad’s first time teaching at a charter school. Brad was part of the original staff at The Bronx Charter School For Children where he served as their elementary art teacher. After leaving New York, Brad taught abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, teaching art to teens and young children as well as teaching ESL to adults. Brad loved living and working in the great arts capital that Saint Petersburg has always been. After seven friendly years in Eastern Europe it was back to the States. Proudly this move wasn’t Brad’s alone; it came with a family of four. Portland, Oregon was the destination. Brad taught K-5 art in the public school system there before joining us at Avant Garde. Brad is currently enrolled in FSU's masters in art education program. Mr. Maggart would say the most important thing is that the child is the artist, as real of an artist as any professional whose work is coveted by museums worldwide. With that respect for the child-as-artist capabilities, Brad dedicates his approach to asking “What does a real artist do?” He guides his teaching to facilitate those artist behaviors. Brad goes so far as to put his room into action as a makers’ studio, modeled after real-world artists’ studios filled with creatives of wonderfully-varied expertise. Brad’s favorite book is Engaging Learners Through Art Making: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith

Education:   Parsons School of Design at New School University (NY) Art Education

Name:   Ms. Allison Maxham

Title:   Media and Communications

Description:   Ms. Maxham (Ms. Allison) is an enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to STEAM education. She is skilled in the design of innovative learning activities that address the needs and interests of diverse students and emphasizes the importance of integrating art and science into all subject areas. Ms. Maxham earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and has been teaching for 20 years. She is currently working on her Masters's degree and her credentials include certification in ESE, ESOL, Gifted services, and Florida's reading endorsement. Her extensive experience in differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, and inquiry-based learning makes her a strong asset to our learning community. Ms. Maxham feels that the 7 Habits has helped her become a more resourceful, organized, and compassionate educator. Her favorite habit is Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind and she is dedicated to working with our leadership team to cultivate a strong, positive school culture. As the designer and curator of AGA's brand new 21st-century media center, Ms. Maxham believes that a library is not just about housing books. It's also about engaging and connecting learners while fostering a love for reading. At AGA, the traditional image of a library environment has been restructured into a flexible learning space to address the needs and interests of 21st-century learners.

Education:   BA in Elementary Education

Name:   Mr. Gary McCarthy

Title:   Leader In Me Teacher

Description:   Gary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The State University of New York – College at Oneonta and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Long Island, New York, Gary enjoys travel, photography, tennis, and learning about inventing and entrepreneurship. Our school will be learning leadership skills throughout the year using The Leader in Me Leadership Guide. We believe all students have important strengths to share, and we will be learning about ways to develop and share those strengths. Part of The Leader in Me involves learning about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. From time to time, your child will bring home assignments or questions about leadership. You are encouraged to make the best use of these opportunities and look for ways to apply the skills at home. The greatest help will be for you to learn and model the leadership principles. Parents > to learn more, visit www.theleaderinme.org. We look forward to your encouragement and support.

Education:   Masters Degree in Elementary Education

Name:   Mr. Andres Perez

Title:   Physical Education Teacher

Description:   Coach Perez was born in Caracas, Venezuela but he came to Miami when he was just 2 years old. His whole life he enjoyed playing sports and always being active. He has participated in several sports like soccer, swimming, karate, football, and Jiu-Jitsu. Football and Jiu-Jitsu were the two sports he has played the longest and the ones that are his passion. He played until college in football, and in Jiu-Jitsu it is his lifelong sport that he will continue to be active in. Coach Perez has worked with kids for more than 6 years and most of his experiences come from teaching them Jiu-Jitsu. Coach Perez has played for many all-star teams in football and even represented Florida in 8th grade in an all-star team. Coach Perez graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management. He pursued that degree so that one day he can become an Athletic Director. Coach Perez intends on getting his master's and possibly even a doctorate in that field of study so that he can enhance his professional growth. Coach Perez thinks that education especially integrating it with fitness nowadays is very important for the generations to come since technology has taken over most of the world. Coach Perez has a passion for teaching kids the importance of fitness and showing how fun and easy it can be.

Education:   Bachelors in Recreation and Sports Management

Name:   Ms. Marilyn Serrano

Section Name:   Upper School Department Chairs

Name:   Ms. Rebecca Ariza

Title:   Secondary Social Studies

Description:   Ms. Ariza has been a dynamic presence at Avant-Garde since our first year. In 2013 she received a Double Bachelor's Degree in History and Classical Studies from the University of Florida. She earned a Masters's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Oregon in 2017. Her passion for history encourages that passion in others. In her classroom, history comes alive for students as she leads them to see historical figures as real people who affected America. Her class examines American History from Exploration through the Restoration Period. Ms. Ariza expects all students to participate in and contribute to classroom learning. The majority of the home learning expectations for this class involve completing classroom assignments. She firmly believes that every child has the ability to learn. She states that her role is to provide the information and guide students as they learn and it is the student's responsibility to pay attention and ask for help when necessary. Ms. Ariza exemplifies living a 7 Habits lifestyle. Her chipper nature and a strong sense of responsibility models proactivity for her students and peers. She is available by email at rariza@agabroward.org and will respond within 48 hours. When you email me, please include your full name and class period in the subject line of the email; parents should include their child's full name and class period. Please contact her if you have any questions regarding grades, assignments, or class curriculum.

Education:   rariza@agabroward.org

Name:   Mrs. Tiffany Johnson

Title:   Educator

Description:   Mrs. Johnson is an educator at Avant-Garde Academy®. She is a resourceful, involved, and dedicated educator. She strongly believes that every child is capable of learning and does whatever she can to encourage them. She gets great pleasure in helping students reach their maximum potential inside and outside of the classroom. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and has taught for thirteen years. Mrs. Johnson's credentials include certification in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading, Gifted, and ESOL. When she is not teaching she enjoys reading, painting, and dancing. The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write at a high school grade-level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text-dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and are removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.

Education:   Masters in Educational Leadership,Bachelor of Education

Name:   Ms. Deborah Millard

Title:   Pre‑ Algebra Teacher

Description:   Mrs Millard has her Masters's Degree in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. After working 10 years in corporate America, she made a career change. She currently has her teaching certificate in Middle School Math 5-9 and has been teaching for 12 years. This is her sixth year at Avant-Garde Academy®. She taught Intensive Math and is currently teaching Pre Algebra and SAT Prep. She has a passion for Math and it shows through her creative methods to stimulate students' minds. She offers after school tutoring for students who needs the extra help.

Education:   National Honor Society Advisor,Bachelors in Business,Masters Human Resource Management

Name:   Ms. Ivelisse Pérez‑Baralt

Title:   Biology

Description:   Ms. Perez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Microbiology and Secondary Science Education from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. She also acquired a Teaching Professional Certification in Biology from Puerto Rico and Florida. This is Ms. Perez 6th year teaching at AGA. Her career started teaching Biology Honors, Life Science, and Scientific Research Methods to underprivileged students in urban and rural public schools in San Juan metropolitan area. Ms. Perez is accustomed to working in a multicultural environment that emphasizes inclusion by developing inspiring hands-on inquiry-based lessons that will capture a student's imagination and breed success. She strongly believes that any student can do science, no matter their background level.

Education:   AP Biology Science,PE Department Chair

Name:   Ms. Jenny Urbaez

Title:   Elective's Department Chair

Description:   Ms. Urbaez has been teaching at Avant Garde Academy for two years and has been teaching for six years. Ms. Urbaez's graduated from Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Career and Technical Education. She is currently the Electives department chair. Ms. Urbaez has taught Career Education, Civics, Journalism, & Leadership 3 & 4.

Education:   Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Services:   LIM Teacher

Section Name:   ELA

Name:   Mr. Harry Adams

Name:   Ms. Ayana Dread

Description:   Ms. Dread is is an educator originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended Chicago State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science. She found her love for teaching in 2015, when she started working with youth from low-income environments and who suffered from learning challenges. She moved to Miami, Florida in 2018 and became an educator for courageous learners. She has been teaching students with mild to severe learning differences for three years. She takes extreme pride and accountability in her job. Every day she recommits herself to learn the best practices to ensure her student's success. It has been an honor and a privilege for her to serve each one of her students.

Name:   Ms. Selene Ibarra

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Ms. Ibarra has a Masters's Degree in Legal Studies from Kaplan University. She worked for twenty years in corporate America where she had many roles as Planning Specialist, Operations Manager, and Administrative Manager. Ms. Ibarra also holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. After being a volunteer at a middle school working with teachers and students, she changed her professional path to education. This is her second year at Avant Garde Academy and is teaching English Language Arts.

Name:   Ms. Patricia Lateef‑Jackson

Description:   Room #: 161

Name:   Mr. Richard Murphy

Name:   Mr. Daniel Rivera

Title:   English 2, English 3, AP Language

Description:   Hello, My name is Mr. Dan Rivera. I have worked in education for the last 6 years. My goal is to not only prepare students academically but to empower them to utilize what they know in their journey through life. I love the study and application of healthy leadership and Avant's focus on leadership is one of the drawing forces that attracted me to the school. I love spending time with my family, reading, fishing, and drinking coffee. :) My wife and I pastored a church in Greenville N.C. for 9 years, which focused on providing resources to the impoverished in our community.

Name:   Ms. Natalie Usolteva

Description:   Room #214

Section Name:   Reading

Name:   Mrs. Tiffany Johnson

Title:   Educator

Description:   Mrs. Johnson is an educator at Avant-Garde Academy®. She is a resourceful, involved, and dedicated educator. She strongly believes that every child is capable of learning and does whatever she can to encourage them. She gets great pleasure in helping students reach their maximum potential inside and outside of the classroom. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and has taught for thirteen years. Mrs. Johnson's credentials include certification in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading, Gifted, and ESOL. When she is not teaching she enjoys reading, painting, and dancing.

Education:   tjohnson@agabroward.org

Name:   Ms. Jackie Mandel

Title:   MS Intensive Reading

Description:   Ms. Mandel is the Intensive Reading teacher for 6th and 7th grade. She has been teaching in public and charter schools for 18+ years. She has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Education and Educational Leadership with a Reading Certificate. Her favorite hobbies include reading, traveling, and playing board games. Course Description: This Intensive Reading class is required for those students who need additional support with explicit instruction and reading practice. Competencies include fluency, word study, critical thinking, analyzing, synthesizing information, and comprehending a variety of texts and genres accurately. Reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and test-taking strategies are integrated into this coursework to cover all of the Language Arts Standards. Required Materials and Supplies: One 3- prong, a two-pocket folder for every nine weeks, white loose-leaf paper, one ream of copy paper, a box of blue/black ballpoint pens, one roll of paper towels, and one box of tissues.

Section Name:   Math

Name:   Mr. Donnell Boles

Title:   Teacher

Description:   This is Mr. Boles' third year at Avant-Garde. He is passionate about helping students excel in the classroom and helping students achieve their personal goals. Your child will learn essential math skills that are necessary for him or her to be successful in Mr. Boles' classroom. Mr. Boles has a Master of Science Degree in Teaching Mathematics. He is a college professor in the Department of Mathematics at Miami Dade College. For additional assistance with math, you can see your teacher in room 253 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Thanks!

Education:   Master of Science in Mathematics

Name:   Mrs. Tatola Broderick

Title:   Algebra 1

Description:   Mrs. Tatola Broderick earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida Memorial University, a Master’s in Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University, and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum Instruction Management and Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She became a teacher because of her passion for helping and encouraging others to work hard to reach and achieve their goals. Having taught elementary at the beginning of her career, she has found her passion for teaching middle school mathematics. She has taught 6th-grade math, 7th-grade math, 8th grade Pre-Algebra, and Geometry. This is her second year at Avant-Garde Academy®. She is currently teaching Algebra 1 and Intro to Debate has a passion for mathematics and wants to make an impact in every student's life that she comes across. She is available and eager to assist and help any student who needs extra help.

Education:   Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Name:   Ms. M. Jean Louis

Title:   Grade 7th Math

Description:   Hello, my name is Mrs. Jean Louis and I have been a Mathematics teacher since 2011. My goal is to empower students not only with mathematical concepts, but to be problems solvers and great achievers in life. I am the 7th Grade Math teacher for Middle school. Have a great school year!

Education:   Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance)

Name:   Ms. Carla King

Description:   Room #: 163

Name:   Dr. Bernardo Loira‑Urbay

Title:   Mathematic

Description:   Dr. Bernardo Loira-Urbay is a passionate educator of Mathematics which he has been practicing for over 40 years. Graduate from Havana University with a Phd in Mathematics in 1978. Dr. Urbay has been educating children and adults in the various Mathematical disciplines in several countries and to various education levels. He has directed and sponsored groups such as Mu Alpha Theta to achieve the highest degrees and awards in several local, state and national tournaments. Dr. Urbay is very determined as well as extremely passionate about his disciple and strives to make his students be the best and achieve the most from this field. His goal is to impart students with the skills needed to formulate and apply Mathematics to solve a broad spectrum of complex problems.

Education:   Graduate from Havana University with a Phd in Mathematics

Name:   Ms. Deborah Millard

Title:   Pre‑ Algebra Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Millard has her Masters's Degree in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. After working 10 years in corporate America, she made a career change. She currently has her teaching certificate in Middle School Math 5-9 and has been teaching for 12 years. This is her sixth year at Avant-Garde Academy®. She taught Intensive Math and is currently teaching Pre Algebra and SAT Prep. She has a passion for Math and it shows through her creative methods to stimulate students' minds. She offers after-school tutoring for students who need extra help.

Education:   National Honor Society Advisor,Bachelors in Business,Masters Human Resource Management

Name:   Mrs. Jacqueline Plutt

Title:   6th Grade Mathematics

Description:   Jacqueline Lister-Plutt teaches because her love is this job, this career, and this opportunity to care about her students and their families. For Mrs. Plutt, the choice of a career in education allows her to participate in the journey of so many children and to foster that memorable difference in each student’s life. Over the last four years, Mrs. Plutt has taught 6th-grade Mathematics and she had found that teaching Mathematics is her true love of the topic, although she taught other grade levels for a total of 14 years. She finds sharing the universal language of mathematics with her students inspiring, inspirational, and mostly a stepping stone towards future long-term opportunities and goals. Mrs. Plutt graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science (BS), in Business Finance, and has a Specialist Degree in Education from Florida International University, and holds a Florida Department of Education Certification certificate for grades K-6.

Name:   Mr. Alexander Sanchez

Description:   Greetings! My name is Alexander Sanchez, and I’m thrilled to say that this is my second year at Avant Garde Academy. I grew up in Hialeah and graduated with a Bachelor of applied science in Supervision and Management from Miami Dade College. I enjoy watching a good movie, going on walks with my dog, playing video games, and spending time with my family.

Name:   Mr. Christopher Sousy

Section Name:   Social Studies

Name:   Ms. Rebecca Ariza

Title:   Secondary Social Studies

Description:   Ms. Ariza has been a dynamic presence at Avant Garde since our first year. In 2013 she received a Double Bachelor's Degree in History and Classical Studies from the University of Florida. She earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Oregon in 2017. Her passion for history encourages that passion in others. In her classroom, history comes alive for students as she leads them to see historical figures as real people who affected America. Her class examines American History from Exploration through the Restoration Period. Ms. Ariza expects all students to participate in and contribute to classroom learning. The majority of the home learning expectations for this class involve completing classroom assignments. She firmly believes that every child has the ability to learn. She states that her role is to provide the information and guide students as they learn and it is the student's responsibility to pay attention and ask for help when necessary. Ms. Ariza exemplifies living a 7 Habits lifestyle. Her chipper nature and strong sense of responsibility models proactivity for her students and peers. She is available by email at rariza@agabroward.org and will respond within 48 hours. When you email me, please include your full name and class period in the subject line of the email; parents should include their child's full name and class period. Please contact her if you have any questions regarding grades, assignments, or class curriculum.

Name:   Mr. Stevan Cisneros

Name:   Ms. Shateika Fort

Title:   7th Grade Intensive Math

Description:   Ms. Fort has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University and a Grad Certification in Human Resources. She is currently enrolled at Barry University for a Master's in Educational Leadership. Ms. Fort has been a teacher for the past seven years and has been taught World History for three years and U.S. History for two years. She loves working with young teens, which is the reason that she became a teacher. Within her teaching career, she realizes that her passion is Social Studies and helping young minds expand their creativity through critical thinking skills. She is happy to be a part of the AGA team and looks forward to working with you and your child/children for this school year. Google Classroom Codes: You must sign in to Google Classroom under your first and last name.

Education:   Master in Business Administration

Name:   Ms. Betty Jean Pierre

Description:   Ms. Jean-Pierre (or Ms. Pierre for short) is a first-year teacher at AGA. She is ecstatic to be a part of the AGA family and to teach U.S. History and journalism. Ms. Pierre loves to read and spends her free time on writing poetry and analysis. She also has a passion for teaching her students to have the same passion for reading and writing. She graduated from Florida International University and currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University studying Mental Health counseling. Ms.Jean-Pierre is a native of Miami, FL.

Name:   Mr. David Monaco

Title:   HS Social Studies Teacher

Description:   Mr. Monaco has been teaching for 15+ years. He started teaching scholastically late in life but taught young people thru his coaching of youth soccer for 13 years prior to starting to teach in school. He started his teaching career as a substitute teacher for Broward County and Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School. He also coached Junior Varsity girls soccer and softball for Archbishop McCarthy. Mr. Monaco graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with honors in Anthropology and a minor in American History from Hofstra University in 1980. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1984. He is currently enrolled in the Master's Program sponsored by the Gilder/Lehrman Historical Society at PACE University. He was granted a temporary teaching certificate in 2008 and is currently is permanently Certified for teaching Social Studies until 2024. Mr. Monaco worked at various jobs prior to teaching. He was a truck driver, a private investigator, and a homicide investigator for the District attorney in NY. He has taught at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Academy, Flagler High School, AMI Kids in Miami, and now is in his second year at Avant Garde Academy of Broward. In 2012 Mr. Monaco was the Florida teaching representative to the final Presidential Academy sponsored by the Ashbrook Center and Ashland University in Ohio. Mr. Monaco was named a James Madison Fellow for the State of Florida in 2015.

Name:   Mrs. Grasy Noriega

Title:   Social Study Teacher

Education:   Middle School & Business and Drama Teacher High School

Name:   Ms. Emily Sanders

Title:   Social Studies Teacher

Section Name:   Science

Name:   Mr. Yehonatan Elazar‑DeMota

Name:   Dr. Julaine Lewis

Title:   Secondary Science Teacher

Description:   Dr. Lewis is an enthusiastic educator who has over 5 years combined teaching experience teaching at the secondary and post-secondary level. She is an innovative and knowledgeable professional who has excellent knowledge of the subject. In addition, her extensive experience working with people of diverse background and culture makes her culturally sensitive and competent. Her teaching style are flexible where various techniques are used so as to reach all students. Dr. Lewis has her Doctorate in Medicine from Trinity School of Medicine and her Masters in Teaching from the University of Tampa. Teaching Philosophy: Dr. Lewis believes that a successful classroom is one that is driven by collaboration between teacher and student. Background: Dr. Lewis was born and raised on the island of Jamaica before she moved to the United States with her family in 2001. She is one of 5 children and shares the spot as youngest with her twin sister who is also a teacher.

Name:   Ms. Jasmine McMillan

Title:   7th Grade Science Teacher

Description:   Room #: 237 Bachelor of Arts

Name:   Ms. Ivelisse Pérez‑Baralt

Title:   Biology,

Description:   Ms. Perez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Microbiology and Secondary Science Education from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. She also acquired a Teaching Professional Certification in Biology from Puerto Rico and Florida. This is Ms. Perez 6th year teaching at AGA. Her career started teaching Biology Honors, Life Science, and Scientific Research Methods to underprivileged students in urban and rural public schools in San Juan metropolitan area. Ms. Perez is accustomed to working in a multicultural environment that emphasizes inclusion by developing inspiring hands-on inquiry-based lessons that will capture a student's imagination and breed success. She strongly believes that any student can do science, no matter their background level.

Education:   AP Biology Science,PE Department Chair

Name:   Mr. Marc Scillia

Title:   High School Environmental Science

Description:   Dear parents, students, and staff, I am very excited about beginning my seventh year here at AGA - Broward. Having been with AGA since its inception, this year brings with it new challenges and exciting opportunities as we return to the classroom after having worked remotely with most students last school year. Courses I will be teaching this year includes Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science and Chemistry Honors for high school students. Based on our mission statement, students will be prepared with the 21st-century knowledge and skillsets needed to impact their surroundings from a local, national, and global perspective. Avant-Garde Academy® will implement an innovative, creative student-centered environment and provide a nurturing and safe climate that promotes the development of the total child and where students are challenged intellectually, artistically, and personally. This will be achieved through the highest level of education utilizing unique and diverse instructional lessons as well as hands-on student-lead programs and activities. I truly enjoy the opportunity to implement the pride and collegiality which we as a team incorporate everyday, so that our collaborative instructional programs can become an integral part in educating the future leaders of our diverse and great community and country. As a science professional, I have worked in several fields ranging from environmental engineering as an environmental pollution engineer to restaurant management and training, where I have mentored and trained hundreds of candidates successfully through their own careers. I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. I am a United States Navy veteran where I studied nuclear electronics engineering as well as quantum and nuclear physics. I welcome you to share in the educational experience that your children will be a part of here at AGA. Together, I believe that we as teachers, parents, and students will find the best possible path to knowledge and understanding of the sciences. I look forward to working with you and members of the AGA community. Sincerely, Marc Scillia

Name:   Ms. Sharhonda Tate

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Sharhonda Tate, 6th-grade teacher for Science; she is happy to be part of Avant Garde Academy since 2016. Her educational background includes; Bachelor of Science in Law. She is thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence. Ms. Tate looks forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Avant Grade Academy.

Name:   Dr. Francisco Vasquez

Title:   Science Teacher

Section Name:   Secondary Electives

Name:   Ms. Patricia Angel

Description:   Ms. Angel is a new teacher at Avant Garde Academy, she has been teaching Spanish since 2016. Ms. Angel graduated from San Diego State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Spanish at Florida International University. She is currently teaching Beginners Spanish, Spanish I and Introduction to Drama.

Name:   Mr. Conroy Black

Title:   Secondary / Physical Education Teacher

Description:   Mr. Black has his Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and his Masters degree in Sports Management with a Graduate certificate in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. After playing years of professional football, Mr. Black has transitioned to teaching and coaching the importance of physical education to students. I have a great deal of experience and will like to give my testimony and strengths through teaching and coaching. This is Mr. Black's Third year at Avant Garde Academy. He is currently teaching Middle School SEL Critical Thinking, Driver's Ed and High School Psychology. He has a passion for Physical Education and helping students reach their full potential through organized team activities, cooperative games and sports. Coach Black also coaches on the Varsity Football Team as the Co-Defensive Coordinator. Coach also coaches the Boys Flag Football Team and the Boys Track/Field Team.

Name:   Ms. Teresa Cinelli

Description:   Room 263

Name:   Ms. Edith Delevoe

Name:   Mr. Libaski Espinosa

Name:   Ms. Eugenia Fernandez

Title:   Maestra de Espanol

Name:   Mr. Manuel Hernandez

Description:   Mr. Hernandez has had a passion for languages and communication since his early childhood. He always excelled in all subjects that had to do with reading, writing, creativity, and the arts. IN 1999, he got his Bachelors's Degree in English Language and Literature at UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE LAS VILLAS in his native country: Cuba. His focus was ESOL. Two years later he got a post-graduate degree in ELE (Spanish as a foreign language). He has been teaching both languages for all these years. Mr. Hernandez has lived in several countries and taught languages everywhere he went: Cyprus, Greece, Spain, the UK, and now in the United States of America. He is a certified teacher for Spanish K12 in Florida and is also certified as an ESOL K12 and Spanish K12 teacher in the state of Tennessee. Mr. Hernandez is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. He has composed more than 500 songs in Spanish, more than 20 in English and has written two books: Bilingue? Yes, I am! - A practical guide for ESOL students El perrito chiquitico - A child's play about Totico, a little dog in the Cuban countryside.

Name:   Mr. Philippe Hilaire

Name:   Ms. Ashli Jarrett

Title:   Computer Science/ Debate Teacher Upper School

Description:   Ashli Jarrett is a Jamaican native who holds a Bachelors's Degree in Information Technology from Nova Southeastern University. She has also completed an Associates Degree in Management Information System and is currently studying to complete an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology Management from the Southern New Hampshire University. "I have been passionate about teaching from a very young age, where I would often be found teaching the teddybears and toys around the home, though my educational paths did divert from teaching, I like to joke that " Teaching found me", as I somehow still wound up teaching; and I LOVE IT!" -A. Jarrett

Name:   Ms. Eleejah K. Bush

Title:   Music Teacher

Description:   Phone: (754) 202-0508 Room #: 147

Education:   Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance

Name:   Ms. Rachel Levy

Name:   Mr. Daniel Luque

Description:   Mr. Luque has his Bachelors's Degree in Liberal arts with a Minor in Communications from The University of New Haven. Coach Luque is The Head Football Coach and P.E Teacher for Avant Garde Academy. Mr. Luque Brings 18 years of teaching experience in South Florida. Mr. Luque was recently employed for the last 15 years at NSU University School. Mr Luque' s 1st year at Avant Garde. He is currently teaching Middle School/ High School Physical Education and Weight Training. Contact me: Dluque@agabroward.org

Name:   Mr. Patrick Manley

Title:   Middle School Robotics/Computer Science Teacher

Description:   Patrick developed his love for science when he lived in Cocoa Beach, on the Space Coast, in the late sixties, where his father was an Aeronautical Engineer with NASA during the Apollo moon missions. His childhood memories are filled with intricate diagrams drawn on napkins at the dinner table as his father would explain some concept or other to him. Patrick has been teaching Robotics for the past 16 years to students attending Elementary, Middle and High School. He has garnered many accolades along the way as his team reached the Florida State Robotics Championship in 13 of those 16 years, including Avant Garde's inaugural year. AGA's Robotics teams have qualified to compete at the South Florida Regional Championship every year. Not only that, but twice, we leap-frogged over the State Championships and received bids to compete at the International level: once at the University of Arkansas Razorback Invitational, and once at the Legoland, CA Invitational. These Invitationals are two of the most prestigious Regional Tournaments in the US, second only to the World Championships. The Razorback tournament hosted 75 teams from around the world for 4 days of head-to-head robotic competition. We competed against teams from Australia, Israel, Japan, Slovenia, Brazil and more. I could not be prouder of my teams.

Name:   Mr. Harold Pearson

Title:   HS PE/MS-HS Athletic Director

Description:   Coach Pearson has a Masters's Degree in Education from The University of Akron. Coach Pearson has been teaching PE and coaching football since 1998. Coach Pearson has coached college football at various places such as Univ. of Akron, Univ. of Louisville, and Univ. of Florida and he has successfully built HS Athletic and Football Programs from the ground up. This is Coach Pearson's second year at Avant Garde Academy as its HS PE Teacher and MS/HS Athletic Director.

Name:   Mr. Fermin J Pino

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Mr. Pino, has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor's in Spanish Education, and and a Bachelor's in ESE. Mr. Pino has worked for over 25 years in a school setting throughout Elemetary Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools. This is his third year in Avant Garde Academy, and he is currently teaching Physical Education. He is also the Volleyball's team coach. He loves to motivate his students to work in independent methods and combinate physical activities with theoretical work, such as quizes, projects and assesments.

Name:   Mr. Marcos Rodriguez

Title:   Upper School Music Director

Description:   Mr. Marcos J. Rodriguez is currently the Music Director and former Department Chair at Avant Garde Academy of Broward where in collaboration with the Associate Director Tony Gonzalez, directs the middle and high school music programs. Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Florida International University in 2001 where he was the top graduate in his field. Upon graduation, he began his career as Director of Bands at Felix Varela SH. During his 16-year career, he has had the opportunity to direct at various schools spanning four school districts in which all his ensembles achieved great success. Currently, under his direction, the Music Program at Avant Garde Academy of Broward has seen growth and success in the very short three-year span. His ensembles have received Superior Ratings at the Florida Vocal Association and the Florida Bandmasters Association. His Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble has placed top three at every major competition since the inception of the school. Under his leadership, the music program at Avant Garde Academy of Broward is the largest and most active organization at the school and the largest music program from all the AGA Campuses across the state creating a music conservatory in school created for STEM. For his hard work, he was named Teacher of the Year in 2016 and 2019, and was a Broward ArtsED Finalist in 2017 and 2018, was recognized by Univision 23 "2019 Un Maestro Especial", was the 2020, 2021, & 2022 Grammy Nominated Music Educator, and awarded the Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher award in Music. In addition to his civilian profession, Mr. Rodriguez has served with the US Air Force/Civil Air Patrol for the past 27 years. In 2001, he received the Gen. George C. Bobick Musician Award for his work in the National Music Academy and was a former member of the 71st Maryland Wing Band. Currently Mr. Rodriguez serves as the Emergency Service Officer at the North Perry Composite Squadron. He is also a member of the Florida Wing Ground Team and Emergency Services for the Civil Air Patrol where he specializes in Air & Ground Search & Rescue. Throughout his CAP career, he has been deployed throughout Florida for major National Disasters such as Hurricane Andrew, Charlie, Frances, Wilma, the 1998 Storm of the Century, and recently Irma. He has received numerous awards and achievements including the Civil Air Patrol Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Life Saving Medal.

Name:   Ms. Beverly Simmons

Title:   Teacher

Education:   M.S. Barry University

Name:   Ms. Jenny Urbaez

Title:   Elective's Department Chair & LIM Teacher

Description:   Ms. Urbaez has been teaching at Avant Garde Academy for two years and has been teaching for six years. Ms. Urbaez's graduated from Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Career and Technical Education. She is currently the Electives department chair. Ms. Urbaez has taught Career Education, Civics, Journalism, & Leadership 3 & 4.

Education:   Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Name:   Mr. Tashan Williams

Title:   Teacher

Description:   Art is Love. Understanding is Truth, always changing. Growth comes with time and many seasons. This is what it means to be an artist. In this course, students will embark on a journey of discovery and change as they experience the arts. My goal is to teach the next generation of successful artists! Under m instruction, students will learn the art forms of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Mixed Media. By the end of this course, each artist will have a portfolio filled with an array of completed works.

Education:   B.A. in Communications Double Minor: Sculpture and Philosophy

Name:   Mr. Wright

Title:   Technology Teacher

Section Name:   ESE Department

Name:   Ms. Noralis Dilan

Title:   Elementary ESE Specialist

Description:   Ms. Dilan has a degree in Exceptional Student Education K-12 with endorsements in Reading and ESOL. Ms. Dilan worked for Miami Dade County Public Schools for six years where she started as a paraprofessional and gained valuable experiences while working her way up to becoming a teacher. It is her fifth year forming part of the Avant-Garde Academy® staff where she loves being part of this enthusiastic team of educators. Prior experiences include working as a reading interventionist for grades 2nd - 5th, working in a variety of classroom settings such as Gifted, English Language Learners, Exceptional Student Education, Emotional Behavior Disorder, Autism, and typical students. Exposure to different classroom settings has provided her with vast experience in the area of differentiating instruction and with the ability to consider and value diversity, thus allowing her to better assist each individual student’s needs. Having been exposed to such a diverse group of classroom settings has given her the privilege to attain valuable experiences, skills, and strategies and better understand the challenges inside each classroom more specifically geared towards the individual needs of each individual student. Through the years as an educator, it is imperative to learn that special education does not just require someone to go to college, get a degree, and teach children, moreover, it requires love, patience, and passion for the children being taught. Passion towards the children and towards special education makes the children feel comfortable and gives them a greater chance of succeeding. Ms. Dilan's goals are to make sure that every student and parent that she interacts with can be provided with the tools and resources that best fit their individual needs.

Education:   Bachelors in Exceptional Student Education

Name:   Mrs. Amber Eugene

Title:   ESE Teacher 8-12

Description:   Mrs. Eugene graduated with her B.S in Exceptional Student Education K-12, in 2013 from Miami Dade College. Mrs. Eugene has been exposed to the field of education her entire life. Both her mom and aunt were educators for Miami Dade County Public Schools for over 30 years. In 2017, Mrs. Eugene was provided with the opportunity to join the AGA family. She views her students as "her babies" and not only is she a form of support with their educational success, but also their overall well-being. Her students provide her with a great amount of joy and her hope is that they will all see how unique and great they truly are. "At my own pace and in my own unique way, I can accomplish anything."

Education:   Bachelor's in Exceptional Student Education

Name:   Mrs. Jenny Rodriguez

Title:   ESE Elementary Teacher

Description:   Mrs. Rodriguez is a dedicated, resourceful, and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. She has an exceptional ability to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff, and administration. Mrs. Rodriguez has been teaching upper elementary since 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix; she is currently working on finishing her master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with an ESOL and Reading endorsement from Saint Leo University.

Name:   Mr. Juan Valencia

Title:   ESE teacher

Name:   Ms. Kim Vitelli-Bayon

Title:   ESE Specialist

Description:   Kim Vitelli-Bayon started her lifelong commitment to teaching students with disabilities upon graduating from the University of Florida in 1993 with a BA in Education. She worked for Miami Dade County Public Schools from 1993 to 2016. She earned her Master's degree in Varying Exceptionalities from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Bayon has taught children with a variety of disabilities and across many settings such as self-contained, resource, and inclusion. She is currently certified in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) K-12, Elementary Education K-6, Emotionally Handicapped (EH) K-12, Middle School Intergraded Curriculum 6-8, and is ESOL endorsed. She was ESE Teacher of the Year for the 2004-2005 school year and was Teacher of the Year while teaching Middle School Inclusion in the 2010-2011 school year. Ms.Bayon is an advocate for ESE students. She began her career at Avant Garde Academy in December 2016 as an ESE Specialist. Ms.Bayon enjoys helping the students and their parents and loves learning. She also works closely with her ESE teachers. It is important for her to have a strong team in order to work cooperatively with all the general education teachers. As the ESE Specialist, she is the facilitator for all the Special Education, Gifted, and 504 meetings. The best way to reach her is through her email kbayon@agabroward.org.

Education:   MS in Varying Exceptionalities BA in Education

Section Name:   ESOL Department

Name:   Ms. Rebecca Birch

Education:   BS in Psychology,MA in Counseling

Name:   Mrs. Larysa Filina

Title:   ESOL Para of Elementary School

Description:   In 2017 Mrs. Filina started working at the AGA ESOL department as an interpreter, IPT and WIDA ACCESS Test Administrator, and language facilitator at classes. Her main goal is to help students who are not proficient enough in English and have trouble during the learning process. She assists with communication between students, parents, teachers, and administration in order to give each student the best experience and opportunity while learning at AGA. She prioritizes every student and puts their success first. She pushes, motivates, and encourages her students to work hard towards their future goals.

Education:   Master in Economics Postgraduate studies in Economics

Name:   Mrs. Zhanna Kazarian

Title:   ESOL PARA Middle/High

Description:   Mrs. Zhanna Kazarian has got 34 years experience of teaching foreign languages to university students. Her experience is related to working in the University of Krasnodar (Region of Kuban, Russia), in the University of Havana at the Faculty of Foreign Languages (Cuba), and in the medical university called Latin American School of Medicine (Havana, Cuba). This is her fourth year at AGA, working at the ESOL Department as a language facilitator, interpreter, parent liaison, IPT, and WIDA ACCESS Test Administrator. She enjoys her work very much because she has met many interesting, intelligent, hardworking, and big-hearted people among the teachers, students, and the staff of Avant-Garde Academy. Her main goal is to help the students who are not speakers of the English language and, due to this fact, have difficulties in this language and other subjects acquisition during their learning process in the school. She also expects to ease the mutual communication of the students and their parents with the teachers, administration, and the rest of the staff. She wishes good academic results and the best future for all the students who come to AGA to face the tough but worth winning battle for high-quality knowledge, which implies their total devotion to their studies and the greatest respect for their teachers and all the AGA staff.

Education:   Philology Teaching Knowledge Certificate of the University of Cambridge,MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION University

Name:   Iryna Kovyrshyna

Title:   Upper School ESOL Contact

Section Name:   PARAProfessionals

Name:   Mr. Blas Cardonne

Name:   Ms. Paula Guerrero

Name:   Ms. Elsa Rivera

Section Name:   Aftercare

Name:   Mrs. Selinda Washington

Title:   Aftercare Assistant Director and Office Manager

Description:   Phone: 754-816-6153 Fax: 754-800-2715 Room #: 158B

Name:   Mrs. Melinda Young

Title:   Aftercare Supervisor

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