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Teachers at The Academy have many options of where they can choose to work, but they have selected The Academy at Ocean Reef. They have chosen this unique place because they have aspirations to teach and help children reach their full potential in a place where education is a priority. Teachers are not just employees but partners in an educational and life journey.

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Jerome Murphy

Head of School​

B.A., Lehigh University


M.A., Sacred Heart University

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Jaren Evans

Assistant Head of School/

Middle School English

B.A., North Carolina Central University

M.S., Florida International University

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Marnie Buchsbaum

Business Manager

B.A., Oswego State University

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Myriam Bernal​

Dean of Students/

Second and Third Grade​

B.S., Barry University

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Katherine Bustamante

Kindergarten and First Grade​

B.S., Florida International University

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Joseph Celmer
Music Education

B.A., Music Illinois State University
M.A., Music  Indiana University
M.A., Music Education  Boston University

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Kellie Diaz 
Early Childhood Director

B.A., Florida International University

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Evelyn M. Ibanez

Second and Third Grade Teacher's Assistant

B.A., Montclair State College

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Nicky Laak

Middle School Social Studies

Library & Media Specialist

B.A., Union Institute and University

M.S., Nova Southeastern University

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Selena Lozoya
Teacher's Assistant


Jaime Machado

B.A., California Christian University

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Jeff Magliola
Educational Technology
Director of Information Technology

B.S., University of Connecticut

M.A., Pace University


Destiny Martinez
PreK Teacher's Assistant



Michael Rothman
Athletic Coordinator
Middle School Math
7/8 Science

B.S., Florida International University

M.A., Keiser University


Dan Smith

Physical Education​​

B.S., University of New England


Hope Sperling
Art Education

B.S., St. Thomas Aquinas

A.S., SUNY College

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Margarita Vallejo

Toddler Program

B.A., Central Education University

North American Montessori Center


Megan Eid
Full-time Substitute
B.S., Winona State University


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Ileana Diaz

Administrative Assistant


Jonathan Jackson
Facilities Manager


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