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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,
Curriculum Director, and Director of Student Support Services

B.A., North Carolina Central University

M.S., Florida International University


Mackenzie Teut
Business Manager

B.A., Cornell College



Pam Axley
Fourth and Fifth Grade

B.S., University of Georgia

M.A., Walden 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


Christine Dailey
Co-Teacher, Fourth and Fifth Grade

B.S., University of Georgia

M.S., Mercer University


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Kellie Diaz 
Early Childhood Director

B.A., Florida International University


Nadia Desjardins
Art Education

B.A., Applied Art School


Megan Eid
Physical Education​
Library and Media Specialist

B.S., Winona State 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 & English
Professional Development Coordinator

B.A., Union Institute and University

M.S., Nova Southeastern University


Amber Leos
Toddler Program
Teacher's Assistant

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Selena Lozoya
Kindergarten and First Grade
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
Pre-K Teacher's Assistant



Michael Rothman
Athletic Coordinator
Middle School Math &
7/8 Science

B.S., Florida International University

M.A., Keiser University

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Margarita Vallejo

Toddler Program

B.A., Central Education University

North American Montessori Center


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Ileana Diaz

Administrative Assistant


Jonathan Jackson
Facilities Manager


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