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Elle Ashworth

Arts Department Chair

Elle Ashworth
2D and 3D Fine Arts, Arts Department Chair
email: lashworth@tampaprep.org

Elle AshworthMy students are the spark and energy that fuel my passion for Art and teaching. Being in the studio where I get to share my enthusiasm for creating with them is priceless. I want my students to be empowered, happy, inquisitive, innovative and excited to design and fabricate in our work space. I pride myself on helping my students to become strong problem solvers. I encourage them to be curious and to work for a solution, not settling for a quick fix. My students allow me to be their sponge, absorbing all they have to share, making me a more tenacious artist and educator. I, in turn, share everything I know, and at the end of the day I have more than I started with, thus creating a symbiotic relationship in a creative and dynamic realm. I am a homemaker and always have been. I hold two degrees in Art. My most recent degree in Metals and Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) allowed me to return to the studio as a student for the first time in almost 25 years. What I learned about myself being an Art student again was an immeasurable asset for me to return to the classroom. I also worked for SCAD as a Career Adviser, which gives me an immense understanding of Art careers and what industry looks for in budding designers. All these experiences allow me to guide, bestow and advise students who are interested in studying Art or pursuing it as a career.

Kimberly Baggett

Director of Human Resources

Kimberly Baggett
Director of Human Resources
email: kbaggett@tampaprep.org

I have worked in education for over 20 years getting my start in a small college near Orlando. I am a lifelong learner and seem to always be in the classroom either teaching or taking a class. Over the years, I have held many positions, but I have found that Human Resources is the position I enjoy the most. After a visit to Tampa Prep’s campus, it wasn’t a difficult decision to work here. We love our faculty and staff and I am proud to be Tampa Prep’s Director of Human Resources!

Michelle Bahtic

English

Michelle Bahtic
English
email: mbahtic@tampaprep.org

After teaching public high school for seven years, I decided to take on a new challenge  middle school. My passion is reading! I love being transported to new places, learning about life experiences I otherwise would not be able to experience and making connections to the world around me. I love sharing that passion with others, which is why I decided on teaching as a profession. I have taught at both the high school (9th, 11th, and 12th grade English and AP English) and middle school levels (6th and 7th grade). I have enjoyed all ages, and I have learned many things from my students. Teaching at Tampa Prep allows me to create meaningful learning experiences. My careful planning and integrated curriculum allows students to create their own learning through content, while incorporating important life skills.

Outside of teaching, my main focus is my family. I really enjoy raising my two amazing daughters, who have opened up a whole new perspective for me when it comes to teaching. I also enjoy traveling with my immediate and extended family, teaching my children about the world, reading a good book ie especially if it involves a love story, capturing memories through words and photographs and trying out new recipes.

Edsel Baker Jr.

Mathematics

Edsel Baker Jr.
Mathematics
email: ebaker@tampaprep.org

John Bamford

English

John Bamford
English
email: jbamford@tampaprep.org

Aside from travel writers and professional surfers, I honestly think I have the best job in the world. My work each day is to read great literature and discuss it with some of the brightest and most creative young people in Florida. My job is to ask these young people to read and think carefully, to ask and answer big questions, to challenge their own ideas and beliefs and to form a more complex and adequate understanding of our world. For someone like myself, who has loved books and ideas from an early age, my work doesn’t really feel like artwork.” It feels like fun. There is, of course, the genuinely hard work of helping students to become better writers, but I take pleasure in this as well, because it is truly rewarding to see young people improve their ability to organize and express their ideas. As you might expect, I love poetry, and my favorite novels are Things Fall Apart, The Stranger, A Passage to India, Catcher in the Rye and Grendel. As for my educational background, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University and an Master of Art degree in Philosophy from the New School in New York City. In addition to teaching 10th and 11th grade English, I am the head coach of the Debate team and the assistant coach of the Boys Varsity Soccer team. In what free time I have, I read, write, tweet, play and watch soccer, go for runs along Bayshore and sun-worship at Sunset Beach.

Suzanne L. Beekman

Science

Suzanne L. Beekman
Science, STEM Concentration Coordinator

Suzanne BeekmanPrior to starting my teaching career, I was a co-owner of a small locksmith business in Asheville, North Carolina. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 2006, and worked towards my Master of Art degree in Teaching that included graduate coursework and research in physics. I began teaching for the Hillsborough County Public School System in August 2010, and earned my first Masters in May 2011. During the three years teaching at the county, I also taught Physics II to pre-med students at Hillsborough County Community College as an adjunct professor. In August 2013, I began teaching Physics and Advanced Calculus with Vector Analysis at Tampa Preparatory School.In May 2016, I earned a second Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T). I have applied some of the techniques learned within the ID&T program to convert the physics course from a traditional learning environment to a blended learning environment. The course is delivered 25% online and 75% face-to-face. Lectures are delivered online though a learning management system (LMS)prior to face-to- face meetings. Motivational design and backwards design are strategies I use to promote effective instruction. My course structures are designed to engage, motivate, and provide relevance for learners. Course content is designed with the end in mind to provide an organized, well-structured learning environment that will promote learner engagement and meet learning objectives.

Bob Bradshaw

Faculty Advisor – Senior Class Projects

Bob Bradshaw
Faculty Advisory – Senior Class Projects
email:  bbradshaw@tampaprep.org

  • Mr. Bradshaw is the Faculty Advisor of Senior Class Projects

Andy Bricker

Physical Education

Andy Bricker
Physical Education
email: abricker@tampaprep.org

I have been coaching and teaching at Tampa Prep since 2008. I teach Health/P.E. and am the Head Coach for the Varsity Wrestling team. In past seasons, I have coached 13 state qualifiers, 11 state place winners, five state finalists, two state champions, and a 2014 third place team finish at the Wrestling State Championship. Before coming to Tampa Prep, I had a successful three-year coaching period at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, where I coached 13 All Americans and 1 National Champion. I served as an assistant for a short stint at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and one year at Campbell University. I am a native of Live Oak, Florida and graduated from Campbell University in 2004 with a degree in Physical Education / Teacher Education.During my four-year career at Campbell, I compiled 86 wins to rank eighth on the school’s all-time victories list. I was also a three time CAA All-Conference, finishing second in the conference in the 125-pound weight class as a freshman, and was twice named the team’s MVP, in 2001 and 2003. At Suwannee High School, I completed my career with a record of 122-3 and was a two time State Champion. I was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the 1999 High School National Open, and also proudly represented the state of Florida at the Cadet Freestyle Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, placing sixth, where I became one of only two All-Americans from Florida in 1997.

  • Mr. Bricker is the Varsity Wrestling Head Coach

Laura M. Bridges-Pereira

World and Classical Languages Department Chair

Laura M. Bridges-Pereira
World and Classical Languages Department Chair, Global Studies Concentration Coordinator
email: lpereira@tampaprep.org

Laura Bridges-PereiraI knew I wanted to become a teacher in 2001 when I was living in France working as an English assistant at a French high school. More importantly, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher that made learning a language a cultural experience and not a memorization chore. Since 2001, I have been teaching either in a school, home, center, community college or at a university in France, Portugal or the United States. Through all these experiences I have noticed a common thread: all students learn through risk taking and being engaged in what they are learning. It is with these principles in mind; cultural experiences, risk-taking opportunities and opportunity for engagement, that I create my lessons and conduct my classes. Moreover, I love working with students and I love my subject. I continue not only to perfect my Spanish, French and Portuguese, but to learn more languages and continue to gain perspectives into the student language learning experience.

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Read Laura’s blog:  Get Lost: The Benefit of Unmapped Moments
Read Laura’s blog:  The Power of Play

Wes Burns

Facilities

Wes Burns
Facilities

  • Mr. Burns is the Bus Fleet Manager

Jessica Calandra

Band, Digital Music

Jessica Calandra
Band, Digital Music, Arts Concentration Coordinator
email: jcalandra@tampaprep.org

I truly enjoy working with our talented, intelligent students at Tampa Prep. I believe I play an important role in my student’s journey to find their passion in life, and hope that I help inspire them to continue to make music a part of their lives for the rest of their lives.I have played the clarinet since the age of 12, and have performed chamber and orchestral music for many years, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida. After accepting a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Nebraska, I chose to continue my music performance studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I earned certification in K-12 Instrumental Music. I taught Middle School Music in Chicago and was the Band and Strings Instructor at Perkins Elementary Magnet School for the Arts in Pinellas County. In 2008, I served as Manager of Music at Patel Conservatory, and in 2010, I taught Elementary Music for Hillsborough County Schools. I am co-founder of the 501c3 organization “Florida Musicians Educational Society,” and have been serving in the capacity of Executive Director since it’s inception in 2003. FloriMezzo Inc. is based on the philosophy that quality, live classical music will foster an enduring audience when community musicians with varied musical experience and backgrounds collaborate as educators, mentors and performers. In 2011, I embarked on FloriMezzo’s new initiative, the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Entering it’s fourth successful season, TMYO offers 200 students from more than 50 public, private and home schools the opportunity to perform in an advanced orchestral training program, which rehearses and performs at the USF School of Music.

Jessica is the Arts Concentration Coordinator.

Read Jessica’s blog:  Mastering the Art Of…

Margaret Carraway ’11

History and the Social Sciences

Margaret Carraway ’11
History and the Social Sciences
email: mcarraway@tampaprep.org

My journey to teaching at Tampa Prep began in sixth grade when I joined this wonderful community as a student. I can confidently say that this community shaped me into the person that I am today and successfully prepared me for life. After Prep, I attended Wofford College where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Art History. After graduation, I taught at a public arts magnet school in Alabama for four years while earning my Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. I am delighted to join the faculty of Tampa Prep and cultivate the next generation of Terrapins! When I am not teaching, I enjoy yoga, reading, and travel. 

Stephanie Cardillo

English Department Chair

Stephanie Cardillo
English Department Chair
email: scardillo@tampaprep.org

All my early jobs paved the way to the career in the classroom that I have loved for over 20 years. My first job was to teach dance to would be ballerinas in pink tights and slippers, reveling in their adorably pointed toes and careful, curved arms. Later, at the YMCA, I coaxed shaking little fish from the side of the pool, to a death clasp around my neck, to finally, finally their first moments of independent swimming euphoria. I was a camp counselor and lifeguard, braiding hair, getting trounced at four-square by chits half my age, logging endless hours counting heads in the water. I loved every bit of it. It seems obvious then, that I would turn to teaching as a career; it felt as natural as breathing. In deciding to be an English Education major, I was allowed to read books all day: my idea of nirvana. Teaching literature allows me to teach practical skills, namely, how to read critically and how to write capably. Most importantly, though, literature allows students to consider other lives and other experiences, and in assessing characters’ choices, make some decisions on how to live their own lives. It is a great privilege that I am there to guide them through this process. My favorite part of being a teacher is much the same as those summer jobs of long ago: listening to individuals who are trying to navigate the tricky trek to adulthood, individuals who need to be heard. I know that far beyond the interpretative ending of Catcher in the Rye, my students will remember, I hope, that I cared for them, that I found much to admire in them, and that I listened.

Carl C. Carlson

Head of the Upper School

Carl C. Carlson
Head of the Upper School, Senior Class Dean
email: ccarlson@tampaprep.org

I come from a family of educators and grew up as a faculty child on three different boarding school campuses in New England. One day during my 11th grade year I was sitting in math class and had a moment when I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. After attending Wesleyan University, (where I fell in love with Economics), I began my career as a teacher, coach and dorm parent at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. After four years I returned to school and earned my Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. In the summer of 1995 I married my wife, Alison, then began an 18-year stay at the Taft School in Watertown, CT. I taught math and english, coached basketball and soccer, lived in dorms and served in a variety of administrative roles. In the summer of 2013 we moved to Tampa and began our connection with Tampa Prep. My oldest son, Cameron, graduated in the class of 2016. My middle son, Owen, will be a senior this year; while my third son, Zach, will be a freshman at Prep.

At all of the various schools I have attended and worked in, a constant for me is that I love the relationships that I have with individuals and groups. Every school year, class, team, play, etc. involves a group of people that take a common journey. Working with students and faculty toward a shared goal is awesome. Along each journey are inevitable moments of joy, frustration, excitement and a host of other emotions. It is satisfying and rewarding to look back over a school year and to see the amazing growth that adolescents display and to know that you played a role in this development. I am incredibly lucky that I get to work with the students and faculty at Tampa Prep every day and to share my journey with so many amazing people.

Read Carl’s blog:  3 Ways Tampa Prep is Creating a Smoother Transition for Freshmen

Santiago Carreño

World and Classical Languages, History and the Social Sciences

Santiago Carreño
World and Classical Languages, History and the Social Sciences
email: scarreno@tampaprep.org

Santiago CarrenoMost people have to go to work, sit in an office, think serious thoughts and deal with other adults. I speak Spanish and play soccer all day! I am the envy of all my friends in Mexico. The key to teaching Spanish is to make it live and personal. It has to be more than memorizing vocabulary and conjugating verbs. My job as a Spanish teacher is not to teach students what to think or memorize but how to use the language in a spontaneous way. Students need to be able to interact, ask questions, observe and use the language in a natural way. It is vital for the classroom to be a safe environment for children to practice and use the language without being judged or ridiculed. At the core of my teaching philosophy is the firm belief that each and every child who walks into my room can and should be successful in learning how to speak another language.I’ve been teaching Spanish and coaching soccer since 1997. Though originally from Cuernavaca, Mexico. I moved here from Minnesota. I have three kids enrolled at Tampa Prep, they love every minute they spend in school and I enjoy coming to work every day.

  • Mr. Carreño is the Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach

Georgianna Cayon

Science

Georgianna Cayon
Science
email: gcayon@tampaprep.org

Ginger Chapman

Science

Ginger Chapman
Science
email: gchapman@tampaprep.org

I’ve loved nature all my life. When I was a child, I would go exploring through the woods around my house, searching for salamanders or listening for owls in the trees. As an adult, I have sought work that would keep me outdoors, serving as a park docent and working as a guide and educator at aquariums. I studied Marine Biology in graduate school, but I was already a scientist in kindergarten. I just didn’t know it yet. We live in the midst of many diverse and thriving ecosystems here in Florida. I consider them all to be my classroom! We are lucky to have the Hillsborough River right in Tampa Prep’s backyard that can be used as a focal point for scientific investigation. When students are here in the classroom or in the lab, they are using their own curiosity and the tools of scientific inquiry to solve mysteries in nature. I have been teaching for more than 25 years, working with younger children, teenagers and adults. These students will be our future scientists, politicians, business leaders and consumers. I hope that my love for science and the natural world helps students to make connections to the environment and to understand their impact on the world. It’s a privilege for me to work with the young scientists at Tampa Prep as we explore the natural world together.

Mike Circle

Director of Facilities

Mike Circle
Facilities
email: mcircle@tampaprep.org

Ryan Clements

Dean of Students

Ryan Clements
Dean of Students, Sophomore Class Dean
email: rclements@tampaprep.org

After an 11-year banking career, I realized I wasn’t fulfilled by my work and left to pursue graduate studies in English Literature with the goal of becoming a professor. While pursuing this goal I worked as a high school Business Education and English Literature teacher to pay the bills. Within the first year of my Ph.D. program I realized I was in the wrong place and was happiest working in the high school. I gave up my scholarship to return to the high school classroom because it was home to me and it was there that I could have the greatest impact. In 2013, I found my way to the Tampa Prep family as a new member of the teaching faculty.  Two years later I was presented with a leadership opportunity and added the sophomore class Dean role to my teaching responsibilities.  Four years later I have found myself before another opportunity and I am excited to enter my first year as Upper School Dean of Students.  After a long journey I have found a place that motivates me to be the best version of me. I bring this attitude to school each day and strive to connect with our students so I am in the best position to make a difference for them.  I truly feel blessed to be a part of such a special extended family here at Tampa Prep.

Read Ryan’s thoughts on student athlete Albert T.

Michele Cole

School Counselor

Michele Cole
School Counselor
email: mcole@tampaprep.org

School counseling has to be the best career in the world and it’s a wonderful blend of lots of things I love to do. My week includes teaching, counseling with individual students, meeting with small groups of students, talking to parents and teachers, crisis counseling, and strategizing long-range plans to meet the social/emotional needs of a diverse student body.Although I’ve worked in school counseling for 18 years, the past six years at Tampa Prep have been the most rewarding of my career. The Prep environment affirms individuality in students and faculty members, while also challenging growth, risk-taking, and intellectual and professional development. I thrive in the varied schedule and the freedom to be flexible in responding to student, teacher, and family needs as they arise  usually unplanned! Each day is unique! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crafting, and spending time with my husband, my three sons, and my beautiful granddaughter.

Samantha Cook

History and the Social Sciences

Samantha Cook
History and the Social Sciences
email: scook@tampaprep.org

Samantha Cook

Susie Cooner

Assistant to the Head of School

Susie Cooner
Assistant to the Head of School
email: scooner@tampaprep.org

David Couchman

Director of Systems Management

David Couchman
Director of Systems Management
email: dcouchman@tampaprep.org

I grew up in Florida and attended the University of Florida to earn my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Tulane University for my Master in Fine Arts in Directing. I started with Tampa Prep in 1983, originally intending to teach here for a year or two and then move on to the college level. After one year, I was completely hooked on this amazing school. I had never seen a school with a more motivated faculty and student body! The welcoming culture of the school, coupled with such a supportive faculty and the great relationship between students and faculty are, in my experience, unique. During my many years (over three decades) at Tampa Prep, I have served as the Director of Theatre and Speech, Chair of the Computer Science Department, Director of Instructional Technology, Journalism advisor and most recently, as the Director of Systems Management. I love working with such wonderful colleagues and amazing young people!

Sara Crawford

Physical Education, Science

Sara Crawford
Physical Education, Science
email : scrawford@tampaprep.org

I graduated from USF with a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training and a Masters degree in Medical Sciences. At Tampa Preparatory school I not only serve as an Athletic Trainer, but also as a Physical Education teacher. I love working with kids! In my spare time I like to run, spend time with friends and family, and play around with my dog. I also play soccer one night a week with an organization called Tampa Bay Club Sports. I played soccer for 12 years during my childhood. In my free time I enjoy walking around the city of Saint Petersburg because there always seems to be something going on. I have lived in this city my entire life and I love it dearly.

  • Ms. Crawford is the Athletic Trainer

Jake De Weerd

Director of the Annual Fund

Jake De Weerd
Development Office
email: jdeweerd@tampaprep.org

Originally from Yorktown, VA, I spent the first 22 years of my life, in the wonderful Commonwealth. After completing my undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, I enrolled in grad school at the University of Florida, and studied higher education administration. I am thrilled that grad school brought me to sunny Florida, and connected me with the amazing Tampa Prep community. I look forward to combining my passions for people and education, to support such a special institution.

Martha DeAmbrose

Middle School Arts

Martha DeAmbrose
Middle School Arts
email: mdeambrose@tampaprep.org

Writing this bio I’m being reminded how grateful I am that I get to do some of my favorite things almost every day: art and running! Growing up I knew I wanted to work with children and somehow incorporate art, so when I saw that the University of Tampa offered a degree in Art Therapy I knew I found my dream degree. I quickly took to the more educational side of Art Therapy, showing others new ways of seeing, exploring and creating what is beautiful and interesting to them. Fortunately, I get to do this every day at Tampa Prep. Every day I am learning something new along with my classes. I have to say that my favorite moments are the aha moments. That moment after brainstorming together, and the student is able to understand or transfer what is in their mind on to the paper. I also coach Middle School Cross Country and Track. The fulfillment I find from this is not just running, but creating lifelong healthy habits. I advise an after-school club called Coloring the Community. CTC is a like-minded group of students who come together with a common goal of outreach and creativity. They have painted and made art lesson plans for both Graham Elementary and A Brighter Community for over 10 years.

John DeTringo

Mathematics

John DeTringo
Mathematics, Middle School Athletic Director
email: jdetringo@tampaprep.org

John DeTringoI have been a Mathematics teacher at Tampa Prep since 1996. In my time here I have taught every Math class offered from sixth grade Math through Calculus. Although I had previously taught Middle School Math in South Carolina, I was originally hired as an Upper School teacher at Tampa Prep. While I truly enjoyed teaching the higher level Mathematics, I found that I missed the energy and excitement that comes from teaching Middle School students.My job as Athletic Director in the Middle School allows me to stay involved with my lifelong passion for sports and instill the positive values of teamwork and sportsmanship to all of the students here at Tampa Prep. I grew up playing multiple sports. I was a four-year starter for my high school baseball team and soccer team, earning All-Conference Awards in both sports. I also played basketball.I eventually decided to play soccer in college; however, I always enjoyed my third sport, basketball, the most. I had the least natural ability in that sport, so I had to work harder at it and did not make the Varsity team until my junior year. That hard work made me appreciate the improvement that I made and the successes I had so much more. I try to teach that to all of my kids, both students and players in everything that they do. Work hard at something and the rewards will come. Read Mr. DeTringo’s thoughts on student Maiyah H.

  • Mr. DeTringo is the Middle School Athletic Director
  • Mr. DeTringo is the Coach for Middle School Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Boys & Girls Basketball, Baseball, Tennis and Softball,
  • Mr. DeTringo is the Coach for Varsity Boys Soccer and Baseball
  • Mr. DeTringo is the Middle School Fantasy Football Club sponsor

Agyei Domfeh

Mathematics

Agyei Domfeh
Mathematics
email: adomfeh@tampaprep.org

I have my Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying – Civil Engineering from Southbank University London, England. Masters of Teaching Mathematics from Norfolk State University – Norfolk, Virginia. I am a United States Navy Veteran with a passion for teaching Mathematics. I have thirteen years of teaching experience at Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College, Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus State Community College, and Central Ohio Technical College. I like soccer, and also going out to eat.

Patricia Embry

Associate Head of Middle School, Mathematics Department Chair

Patricia Embry
Associate Head of Middle School, Mathematics Department Chair
email: pembry@tampaprep.org

Pat EmbryI am always amused when my students tell me that I must have become a Math teacher because I am a good in Math. The truth is quite the opposite. The reality is that, as a child, I was not very good in math. But the patterns, logic and challenges that exist in mathematics have always fascinated me. I was mesmerized and inspired by my teachers who could unlock those mysteries and explain the topics in ways I could understand and appreciate. Their enthusiasm and expertise inspired me to become a teacher. By pure luck, my first job was at a middle school. I enjoyed the humor, enthusiasm and spontaneity of that age so much that I was hooked for life. Teaching mathematics in the Middle School has been one of the great joys of my life.Since coming to Tampa Prep in 1998, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to not only teach Middle School students, but also provide leadership in my two favorite areas as the Associate Director of the Middle School and Chair of the Math Department. I’am a Tampa native and enjoy all the delights my home state has to offer: cruising and fishing the gulf, reading about Florida, collecting the work of local artists and just spending time together with family.

Enaye Englenton

History and the Social Sciences

Enaye Englenton
History and the Social Sciences
email: ienglenton@tampaprep.org

Enaye EnglentonA wise man once said, always choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.I have been fortunate enough to experience the truth of that statement. While I have enjoyed working in some interesting jobs, nothing compares to the joy of teaching young minds. I began my career in education teaching English as a Second Language in Japan shortly after high school. After completing my bachelor’s in Political Science and contemplating law school, I decided instead that education was my passion and pursued my Master of Education degree. While earning my M.A. in Multicultural and International Education at the University of San Francisco, I had the privilege of doing my student teaching and internships at two of the country’s top independent schools, Hamlin (San Francisco, CA) and the College Prep School (Oakland, CA). Through these teaching experiences, and as a result of the incredible diversity of my own family and my personal interest in global issues, I discovered a love for teaching World History. After three years of living in Belize my family relocated to Tampa and became part of the wonderful Tampa Prep community.Outside of the classroom I am a wife, mother, gardener, globe trekker and lifelong learner.Some fun facts about me: No one in my immediate household was born in the US. I have lived in four different countries and have taught in three different countries. My most interesting job, other than teaching, was working for the US Department of State.

Read Enaye’s thoughts on student Jeycob M.

W. Dennis Facciolo

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

W. Dennis Facciolo
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
email: dfacciolo@tampaprep.org

A graduate of the University of Delaware and Johns Hopkins University, I began my formal teaching career in 1976 at the Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware. In my years as an independent school educator, I have held the positions of teacher, coach, Division Director, Director of Marketing, and Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. I joined Tampa Preparatory School in 1991 as the founding director of their new Middle School. In 14 years as Middle School Director, the faculty and I established a program that became recognized in Tampa Bay and the Florida Council of Independent Schools as a model for nurturing the middle school child. As a teacher of middle school aged children all my life, and a strong advocate for diversity, I was a founding Trustee of the Academy Prep Center, a fifth through eighth grade school for underserved, ambitious, bright children in the inner city of Tampa in 2003. My professional work in Admissions extends beyond Tampa Preparatory School and I have worked extensively with FCIS and SSATB to advocate the importance of Admissions Directors in the life of independent schools and their relationship with Heads of School and Trustees. “Independent Schools, Independent Minds” is a phrase that community leaders often hear from me. In my 25th year as a member of the faculty, I have had the unique privilege to have worked with people whose vision of establishing a non-denominational, coeducational urban prep school that would mirror the finest prep school in major metropolitan areas has become a reality! Success is about standing out, not fitting in! My children, Justin ’97 and Lindsey ’98, are graduates of Tampa Preparatory School. Justin is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and Lindsey is a graduate of Furman University and the University of Florida.

Joe Fenlon

Associate Head of School and Head of the Middle School

Joe Fenlon
Associate Head of School and Head of the Middle School
email: jfenlon@tampaprep.org

Joe FenlonFor someone who has absolutely no problem with speaking about our school and its community, that is second to none, I find myself struggling to write about myself. When I came to Tampa Prep in 1984 as a full-time English teacher and Varsity Basketball coach, I truly believed I would be on the fast track to a college coaching job, making a lucrative salary with a vacation home at the beach. Now I sit writing this bio having completed over 30 years at Tampa Preparatory School. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going to enjoy working at Tampa Prep. I can honestly say that there have been very few times over the years that I grumbled on my way to work. Grumbled after a loss, maybe, but never because of work.It is the people that make Tampa Prep special. It is the students, faculty, staff, security staff, custodians and maintenance people that make Tampa Prep great. It is almost a CHEERS type atmosphere, where everyone seems to know your name. It is the interaction of adults and students in the classroom, in the halls, at social events, at Arts evenings and athletic contests. It’s conversations at a lunch table or on a school bus on the way to a game. It’s the alums that come back in droves over the holidays to see both students and faculty, and then return to speak to our sophomores for Career Day and the seniors about what they should expect next as they venture on to their next challenge. It’s the way students rally around each other when there are setbacks in their lives. It is the sense of community that makes Tampa Prep special.I feel fortunate that my two children had the privilege to attend and graduate from Prep. I have been blessed to have an opportunity to go to a place every day where I feel I can make a difference. I feel the difference we make on a daily basis at Tampa Prep is one that will be understood and appreciated much more a few years down the line.

  • Mr. Fenlon is the Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach

Amanda Fontana

Assistant Director of Stewardship and Constituent Relations

Amanda Fontana
Assistant Director of Stewardship and Constituent Relations
email: afontana@tampaprep.org

I was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Florida in 2007 to attend The University of Tampa. I fell in love with the city and never left! I am thrilled to be a part of the Tampa Prep family working closely with parents, alumni and community partners!

Donna Fowler

Mathematics

Donna Fowler
Mathematics
email: dfowler@tampaprep.org

Thank you, Miss Burns! Who is Miss Burns? She was my sixth grade teacher and the person who instilled in me the desire to teach Math. At the age of 12, I decided that I wanted to teach math and hoped to teach at least one person along the way in whom I might awaken an interest in math the same way Miss Burns did for me. Have I succeeded? I may never know. I just hope I have. There are a number of math teachers along the way who fanned the flame and I thank all of them as well. Teaching Math has been and is a joy. I love seeing “the light go on.It is wonderful when a student responds in a positive fashion. Working with students outside of the classroom has always been important to me. In the past I have been responsible for pep clubs, cheerleaders, Drama Club, Math Club, Yearbook, senior class activities, school publicity and the list goes on. Currently I keep score and/or statistics for Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball. I love reading, singing (do not in jest ask me to sing, because I will. That includes an occasional math song.) and making things. My current creations are quilts that my mother and I put together. Making quilts involves math, design and colors. I appreciate Tampa Prep’s support of individualism and the manner in which they facilitate my out-of-classroom activities.

Mia Franz

English

Mia Franz
English
email: mfranz@tampaprep.org

I joined the Tampa Prep family in 2015–immediately after moving to Tampa from Virginia as my husband had gotten a job teaching at Berkeley! Despite being part of a household divided (at least around Headmasters’ Challenge time!), I feel incredibly lucky to come to work every day at Tampa Prep. My background and graduate work is in creative writing, so I enjoy trying to bring different kinds of writing into the classroom. My goal every day is to help my students become better communicators and to encourage them to ask questions about the world around them and find their own voices and passions. I became a teacher because, once I had the chance to teach in graduate school, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Every day is different! And I love being surrounded by such curious and talented students and colleagues as those I’ve found at Tampa Prep. In my off hours, I love going to the beach with my family: husband Robert and our two small boys.

Frank Fren

Facilities

Frank Fren
Facilities
email: ffren@tampaprep.org

Laura Fren

Database Manager & Development Assistant

Laura Fren
Database Manager & Development Assistant
email: lfren@tampaprep.org

Dr. Joey Gill

Science

Dr. Joey Gill
Science
email: jgill@tampaprep.org

Jen Greseth

Academic Support Counselor

Jen Greseth
Academic Support Counselor
email: jgreseth@tampaprep.org

I’m excited to have relocated to Tampa and to begin my journey at Tampa Prep as the Academic Support Counselor! Prior to moving here, I spent the last twelve years working at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida, in different roles within the Lighthouse Point Academy. Most recently I was the Department Chair and learning specialist. I love working with all learners, and enjoy helping every student find their own personal success stories within each class! Before I started in education, I received my B.S. in Special Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.  After working for a few years, I received an M.S. degree in Reading from Barry University.

Kerri Grosso

Science

Kerri Grosso
Science
email: kgrosso@tampaprep.org

During the summer prior to my junior year in college, I decided to work in Washington, D.C. Every day I rode the metro to and from work. I knew that my summer job would add value to my education, however what I did not realize was that the metro ride would teach me an extremely important lesson in life. YOU BETTER ENJOY YOUR JOB! Nobody looked happy riding the metro. I thought about what I loved to do every day and the answer was simple: volleyball! I was extremely fortunate that my dedication to volleyball allowed me to earn a full scholarship to The College of William and Mary. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. Upon graduating, I earned a graduate assistantship at Texas A&M University where I earned my Master of Science degree in Kinesiology (Sport Marketing and Management). The greatest opportunity at Texas A&M University was being able to volunteer my time with the volleyball team. This taught me another valuable lesson about pursuing a career in collegiate athletics, sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know. Upon graduating I was offered a job to be the assistant volleyball coach at James Madison University, where I spent five years coaching and recruiting athletes from across the country. In 2008, I revisited that life lesson from the metro ride and decided that I wanted to become a teacher. I always enjoyed the mentoring aspect of coaching. I spent my first three years in Florida teaching Science and coaching volleyball at Plant City High School. In 2011, I was offered the opportunity to teach and coach at Tampa Preparatory School. I love my job! Every day I get the opportunity to impact the lives of students both academically and athletically. The excitement and energy in the Middle School is contagious. I teach them Science and they teach me the important things like the best iPad games, the meaning of a hashtag (which I tell them is the number sign) and the newest phrases. When I am not at school, I enjoy playing volleyball, going to the beach and traveling.

Ms. Grosso is the:

  • Middle School Boys and Girls Tennis Head Coach
  • Middle School Volleyball Head Coach – Red Team
  • Gold Shell Club sponsor

Kristin Grosso

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Kristin Grosso
Assistant Director of College Counseling
email: krgrosso@tampaprep.org

I attended the State University of New York at Cortland, where I was a member of the tennis team. During my time as a collegiate athlete, I was honored to receive the title of All-American. This accomplishment is one of my proudest moments as an athlete. I had earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology, but always knew that I wanted to pursue my Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling. I attend the College of New Rochelle and graduated with my masters in 2006. My career in education began, when I received a post-master’s internship at Florida State University. I worked in the Florida State University Athletic Academic office. As an athlete, I was so excited to work with a variety of sports. I thought my internship would be only nine months and I would return to New York to pursue my career, however it lead me to a new life in Florida. After working as an intern, I was hired as an Academic Advisor for the College of Education and College of Human Sciences at FSU. After two years, I was provided with an opportunity to move to Tampa. I spent a year at Plant City High School teaching Psychology, before receiving a Guidance Counselor position at Riverview High School.

Dr. Benjamin Hall

Science, Arts

Dr. Benjamin Hall
Science, Arts
email: bhall@tampaprep.org

There’s something about seeing the proverbial light come on in students’ eyes that energizes me. I started teaching formally at the college level, teaching introductory physics as a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida. I thought I’d never enjoy teaching at the high school level, but I was very wrong.

Teaching at Tampa Preparatory School is great because I can focus on the students, with a minimum of administrative distractions or discipline issues. The staff and faculty work together better than any I’ve seen; the students are mature and capable. I enjoy helping students learn the connections between chemistry, physics and the world around them. They’re doing science all the time without realizing it. Illuminating this hidden world motivates my teaching. I’m excited to be teaching at Tampa Prep.

In my free time, I enjoy learning new things, especially about computers, cooking, science and languages. I read everything I can get my hands on. I speak Russian conversationally, Spanish at a very basic level and a very small amount of Latvian. I received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Computational Quantum Chemistry from University of Florida.

Lisa Harman

History and the Social Sciences

Lisa Harman
History and the Social Sciences
email: lharman@tampaprep.org

I love working at Tampa Prep, and I love working with the freshmen class! It is wonderful to start each year welcoming a new group to the high school experience. In the classroom, I use the Harkness method of discussion to encourage students to think critically, analyze ideas and form their own opinions. I relish the small class setting at Tampa Prep, which allows me to lead a class discussion and give students the control, rather than lecturing at them for 55 minutes. It is important to me to show students that I am not the only person with information or opinions about the history we study! This format helps students learn how to be respectful of views with which they do not agree. Presenting and defending an opinion both orally and in writing are crucial skills which we work on all year. Of course, I also hope to foster an enjoyment of History! In addition to teaching, I serve as the faculty advisor to Student Council. I am a co-advisor for the Freshmen Orientation program. I have coached Middle School sports, and I am always a cheerleader for athletics and extra-curricular activities! I was awarded a Grady Grant in 2012 to work on advising and curriculum programs. In my free time, I most enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and son (I have pictures!) and our two dogs. I like running, biking, and reading. I am an identical twin, and we stay in touch with FaceTime and our never-ending quest to find funny greeting cards to send to each other.

William Harvard

World and Classical Languages

William Harvard
World and Classical Languages
email: wharvard@tampaprep.org

Rosa B. Harwell

Mathematics

Rosa B. Harwell
Mathematics
email: rharwell@tampaprep.org

Do you like Math? I have never asked a student this question. I am too afraid of the answer. During Open House, families look so uncomfortable when they realize they are sitting in a Math classroom. I don’t take it personally though. It was not my favorite subject in high school, but then I went to college and met a professor that changed everything. She was so much more than a Math teacher. She was a cheerleader, a motivator and a mentor who helped me develop my appreciation of Math. I discovered that I was actually quite good at Math and made it my minor in college. Education was my major because I wanted other students to appreciate it as much as I did, and decided that the best way for me to do that was to become a Math teacher. At Tampa Prep, I am given the latitude to reach students on their level by developing relationships rooted in respect, service and hard work. I truly want to develop the whole student. What kind of gift would math be if it was entrusted to someone that did not have a higher purpose than self? My students are respected and therefore show respect, they are motivated and therefore work hard each and every day, and most importantly they are grounded with a sense of community that drives them to be the best they can be. It is truly my honor to teach children and I am humbled to be entrusted as a part of their lives at such an important developmental stage.

  • Mrs. Harwell is the Middle School Softball Head Coach
  • Mrs. Harwell is the Middle School Vollyball Head Coach- Gold Team
  • Mrs. Harwell is the Middle School Girls Basketball Head Coach- Gold Team
  • Mrs. Harwell is the Assistant JV Volleyball Coach

AJ Hendrix

Mathematics

AJ Hendrix
Mathematics
email: ahendrix@tampaprep.org

Many years ago I chose the profession of Education at the urging of my now deceased uncle. Throughout my childhood, I witnessed his influence on hundreds of young minds. After watching him for many years, I felt certain that teaching and coaching was intended as my future also. I started my career teaching in elementary schools in Indiana and Florida where I taught both grades four and five. I then had the great opportunity to come to Tampa Prep to continue my teaching in Middle School Mathematics. Since 2002, I have been able to call Room 1206 at Tampa Preparatory School my second home. Working next to some of the best educators and administrators in the business makes it a joy to come to work each day. Never a day goes by when a student does not put a smile on my face either by their joy in understanding a concept or just by the simple conversation of how his/her day is going. The Tampa Prep community has allowed me the opportunity to contribute to the lives of young students in what I consider a quaternary approach. In my view, element 1 is the most obvious: education. Element 2: personal growth and development. Element 3: development of the use of technology in my classroom, and finally Element 4: guidance toward self-actualization. It is the fourth element that ranks amongst my most valuable contributions. As students grow in the Tampa Prep classroom, it is my aspiration to steer each student toward an expression of creativity, pursuit of knowledge and a desire to give to society.

  • Mr. Hendrix is the Varsity Baseball Head Coach
  • Mr. Hendrix is the Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach- Black Team

Andrew Hill

History and the Social Sciences

Andrew Hill
History and the Social Sciences, Humanities Concentration Coordinator
email: ahill@tampaprep.org

I began my independent school career more than 20 years ago as an Admissions Officer and dorm parent at a 400 student, co-ed boarding school called Berkshire School in western Massachusetts. As the product of an independent boarding school education myself, I could think of no better career path. Five years later I moved to Tampa and took up duties as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Tampa Prep. After five years in that role I spent an additional three years as the Dean of Students in the Upper Division.

Then in 2006, I made the major life decision to follow my heart and secured a full-time teaching position in the History department. Not only has this move allowed me to do what I love — spend time teaching kids it has also afforded me the time to invest in my family. During my years as a teacher I have taught ninth and tenth grade World History, U.S. History and Journalism. I have coached Middle School soccer and am currently the advisor to the school’s Model United Nations group. Given that my wife Mary Beth teaches at Prep and that we have guided three children through seven years each at Tampa Prep, it is safe to say that our family is immersed in the Prep culture and after so many years, I would have it no other way!

Mary Beth Hill

World and Classical Languages

Mary Beth Hill
World and Classical Languages
email: mhill@tampaprep.org

Tampa Prep has been my home since I moved to Tampa from Stuttgart, Germany, where I had lived since graduating from college. I went as an au pair for a year, and that single year turned into 15! I got married, had two children, taught English and German and earned my National Translator Certificate for German-English.I began my career at Prep teaching English and Spanish in both the Middle and Upper School. After several years of the split position, I moved entirely to the Foreign Language department teaching various levels of Spanish. I love sharing my passion for language with young people and I hope to influence their perspective of the world by helping them understand other cultures.Living in Europe also awakened my interest in environmental issues, and more than ten years ago, I found a bunch of like-minded students who helped me start the Environment Club. We have done everything from planting trees and participating in beach clean ups to helping get solar panels installed on the gym roof and starting a school garden! The Environment Club has most recently adopted the USF park on Ashley Drive to tend.When I started at Prep, I also joined the ranks of coaches and became a Middle School Swim coach. I coached the Middle School Swim program for 15 years and enjoyed teaching the skills for a lifelong sport and the discipline necessary to be on a swim team. For many years now, I have worked with several other faculty members on the Pisgah Leadership Team to plan and prepare the annual 11th grade backpacking trip to Pisgah National Forest. This trip is a graduation requirement and serves to give students the opportunity to grow in ways many had never considered.I’ve been at Tampa Prep since 2000. My husband Andrew (History teacher at Prep), and I have watched our three children learn at Prep, and I can’t think of a better place for our very different children to have as an alma mater.

Tammy Honegger

Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Summer Programs

Tammy Honegger
Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Summer Programs
email: thonegger@tampaprep.org

Stacia Hottle

Science, Arts, Science Department Chair

Stacia Hottle
Science, Arts, Science Department Chair
email: shottle@tampaprep.org

One of my primary goals as an educator is to instill critical thought processes and problem solving skills in my students. To this end, I personally attempt to tackle novel situations and experience diverse viewpoints as often as possible. How could I teach my students to think if I weren’t constantly engaging in that skill myself? I have participated in professional development programs that have taken me to Japan, Costa Rica and throughout the United States. I have presented at conferences both at the state and national level. I have also worked on three Susan F. Grady Curriculum Development Grants to enhance a variety of initiatives here at Tampa Prep. During the 2010-11 school year I was chosen as an NAIS Teacher of the Future, where I worked with a group of fellow independent school teachers to create online resources for teachers. All of this hard work helped me win The Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers’ Summer Fellowship for Innovative Teachers in 2011. In addition, I received The Barrett Family Foundation Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award in 2016.I originally honed my technical science skills as a double major in Chemistry and Marine Science at the University of Miami. Additionally, I cultivated my curiosity with minors in Art and Biology. During college I spent many hours in both the art studio and the science lab, which ultimately led me to create a one-semester science elective entitled The Chemistry of Art. After college, I did a brief stint teaching middle school at a small Jewish day school. When I found Tampa Prep in 2003, I knew it was a perfect fit and have been here ever since.

Andrew Hoy

Chorus

Andrew Hoy
Chorus
email: ahoy@tampaprep.org

Andrew Hoy serves as Tampa Prep’s Choral Director leading four choirs and teaching AP Music Theory. He studied at University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. He wrote a piece that was premiered by the Florida Orchestra in 2009. He also was the winner of the Help’s Festival Composition Contest in 2009. In 2011, Mr. Hoy graduated with his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, studying under James Bass, Duncan Couch, and Robert Summer. In that summer, he participated in the Professional Choral Institute with Seraphic Fire. The recording of the Brahm’s Requiem from that summer earned a Grammy nomination. Mr. Hoy has been on faculty at Tampa Prep since 2011. Chamber Chorus has been ranked “Superior” by the last 17 judges in various competitions. Upper School students have traveled to perform in Washington D.C and Carnegie Hall in NYC under his leadership.

Chris Hughes

Facilities

Chris Hughes
Facilities
email: chughes@tampaprep.org

Meg Huntley

Director of Stewardship and Constituent Relations

Meg Huntley
Director of Stewardship and Constituent Relations
email: mhuntley@tampaprep.org

I am a proud Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved here to Florida in 2011. I have absolutely fallen in love with the Tampa area in the past few years and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Tampa Prep family.My work experience is in corporate citizenship, fundraising, event planning, and development. In my life before Prep, I worked with Nordstrom, The Walt Disney Company and Studios and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Working to plan meaningful experiences for parents, alumni and community partners of Tampa Prep is an absolute pleasure, and a lot of fun, too!

Kim Jago ’81

History and the Social Sciences

Kim Jago ’81
History and the Social Sciences
email: kjago@tampaprep.org

I never intended to become a History teacher, but it turns out that this is what I love to do. I was an Administrative Assistant in the mid ’80s, and, although my opulent office overlooked Cafe Royale and Piccadilly Circus, I was a terrible Administrative Assistant. I returned to the United States and was given this incredible job at Tampa Prep, my alma mater (’81), in 1988. And here I am decades later and still loving it.When I chose Prep in 1978 as my high school in Tampa, I chose it because it did not appear to be a sausage machine — in one end and out the other as an identically wrapped and linked piece of offal. It is this celebration of the individual that I noted then that continues to make Tampa Prep the place for me. We have a wonderful new school with new toys, and yet Tampa Prep remains both a safe place to be an individual and a place where personal relationships between the students and faculty are forged. I was appointed to the Advanced Placement European History Curriculum Development Committee in 2013. This committee transitioned to the Test Development Committee as of July 2014 when the new curriculum was finalized, and I am the co-chair of this committee. Our job now is to critique potential questions for the AP European History Exam. The work I have been doing with the College Board, ETS and seven colleagues from colleges and high schools around the country in crafting first a new curriculum and then a skills-driven assessment has been a remarkable professional experience.

Butch Jalbert

Mathematics

Butch Jalbert
Mathematics
email: bjalbert@tampaprep.org

In 1969, the fall of my senior year in high school, Professor Charles Brusard from Assumption College came to my campus to teach a class on AP Calculus AB and my life was mathematically changed and challenged forever. Off to Boston College, I went to major in Math, receiving a B.A. in Math in 1974. Following my graduation, Boston College offered a tuition scholarship and a teaching fellowship while earning a Master of Art degree in Math in 1976. How could I say no? Desiring to spread the truths of Calculus to prep school minds and see their faces light up with understanding intrigued me.This stuff was fun and explaining it to others was satisfying. Education is really a two-way street: sharing insights with students and learning from students. I still share a Trigonometry concept I picked up from a student I taught in the late ’70s! I don’t seem to tire from teaching the same classes since 1976 at Tampa Prep. It only gets better! Tampa Prep has been very kind to me, assisting me in my journey, securing grants for writing an AP Calculus AB book and an AP Calculus BC iBook. I am happily married with eight children, five of whom are married, and seven grandchildren. I am a former pastor of two small Bible churches in Lutz and I enjoy riding my recumbent bike and paddling my canoe in Lake Minneola.

Read Butch’s blog:  #LoveMathAgain

Christine Jisha

Academic Dean of Students and Freshman Class Dean

Christine Jisha
Academic Dean of Students and Freshman Class Dean
email: cjisha@tampaprep.org

Chrissy JishaUpon graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in both Business and Government, I worked as a member of the Development office and as a dorm parent at The Fessenden School, a K-9 all-boys day and boarding school outside of Boston. It was the experience of working as part of the residential life staff that helped to define my career path and led me to pursue graduate studies in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration. After positions working in the student life offices at Cheshire Academy (CT), The Madeira School (VA) and Lawrence Academy (MA), I moved to Florida in the fall of 2006 to begin my work as the Dean of Students at Tampa Preparatory School.The ultimate goal for me professionally is to foster a dynamic and inclusive campus community that supports students’ personal, social and intellectual growth during the high school years. My role on campus can be described as being a cheerleader, listener, organizer, counselor, student advocate and disciplinarian. Adults play a huge part in the personal experiences students have at school. My hope for students is that they exhibit curiosity, honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility in all aspects of their lives at Tampa Prep.

Sarah R. Johnson

Academic Support Counselor

Sarah R. Johnson
Academic Support Counselor
email: sjohnson@tampaprep.org

Sarah JohnsonAfter growing up in Tampa, I moved north to earn a B.S. and an M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. Previously I worked in Northwestern’s diagnostic and remediation clinics and taught students of all ages, focusing on intervention for students with learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning challenges. Most recently I directed a department of learning and behavioral specialists at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, an ISACs-accredited independent school in Chicago. In 2015, I became certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. After 14 winters in Chicago and the birth of my son, my husband and I decided to move “home” to Tampa, which brought me to Tampa Prep.I love helping students to maximize their potential, recognize their strengths and find success at school. I am also passionate about working with teachers, parents and students to develop a school culture that normalizes and celebrates differences in the way that people think and learn. In my free time, you’ll find me cooking, reading, going to the beach, traveling to Maine in the summer and my husband’s native Scotland, playing with my goofy son, Jasper, and our goofy dog, Wallace.

Read Sarah’s blog:  Tips and Strategies for Building Good Study Habits
Read Sarah’s blog: Summer Resources for Struggling Students

Brad Kaczmarski C.S.C.S

Physical Education, Science

Brad Kaczmarski C.S.C.S
Physical Education, Science
email: bkaczmarski@tampaprep.org

I am the Strength and Conditioning Coach with a degree in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University. I have worked as a College Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, in Strength and Conditioning for the Tampa Bay Rays and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I also am an accomplished writer, having published 30 articles on various topics related to Strength and Conditioning. I have certifications in C.S.C.S. from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, along with F.M.S. & S.F.M.A. from Functional Movement Systems.

Jennifer Keller

Mathematics

Jennifer Keller
Mathematics
email: jkeller@tampaprep.org

I chose teaching (which I always thought of as a noble profession but had not been originally interested in pursuing) for rather pragmatic reasons: it put me on about the same working schedule as my three children, who are now all adults. I enrolled in the University of South Florida to finish an undergraduate degree I had started 15 years earlier. I have since found that teaching offers these essential elements of a profession: important work that is fulfilling, challenging and creative.Certainly the young people, with their energy and potential, are the best part of teaching. I am challenged to help them learn the language of Math and its processes as essential parts that help them learn logical and critical thinking. Watching them be successful in aha moments in the classroom, in pursuit of further mathematical learning and in their chosen paths, is a great reward. It is my privilege to contribute to and be a part of the academic, social and personal lives of my students.Reading is both my pastime of choice and my first means for continued learning, and I enjoy all types of books from novels to data-rich analysis of current educational trends. I also enjoy the challenge of a new project, such as the Grady Grant I received to develop a package that would allow students to do a self-directed and self-paced review of Algebra I during the summer. Over the years, evolving technology has caught my interest (the graphing calculator many years ago, the SmartBoard a dozen years ago and the iPad recently) and offered processes to explore more effective teaching and learning. One thing has remained constant: with kindness, perseverance and dark chocolate, almost anything can be done.

Janet Laine

World and Classical Languages

Janet Laine
World and Classical Languages
email: jlaine@tampaprep.org

When I was a freshman in high school, you never would have convinced me that I would eventually become a French teacher. However, since that time, immersing myself in the French language and culture has been a passion that has never died, and upon entering college, I discovered my passion for education as well. My teaching journey has spanned working as an English assistant in France, seven years of French teaching in public school, working at an immersion summer program, and now entering my fifth year in independent schools. Through all of these experiences, I have continuously redefined my teaching style and grown as a language learner and teacher. I hope that students see my passion, and in turn, find their own passion for learning another language and culture, and have fun while doing it. Yes, learning a new language has its challenges, but it also has so many rewards. (One of mine was meeting my husband during study abroad!)  If students are willing to take risks, trust the process, and be open-minded, then I believe that they will be amazed at the language skills that they will develop.

Heather Lambie

Director of Strategic Marketing

Heather Lambie
Director of Strategic Marketing
email: hlambie@tampaprep.org

Heather Lambie foot afar instagramI have worked in independent school marketing since 2000, when I started at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, FL, as their Publications Manager and yearbook/newspaper teacher. When my family and I moved to St. Petersburg in 2003, I was lucky enough to get my foot in the door at Tampa Prep in the role of Upper School Assistant for two years. When my daughter was born in 2005, however, I made the difficult decision to leave Tampa Prep to stay home with her for a year. I later rejoined the world of independent schools as the Director of Marketing and Communication at a private school in St. Petersburg, where I worked for ten years. In 2018, when a position in my field of expertise became available at Tampa Prep, I circled back home. I could not be happier or more proud to be Tampa Prep’s Director of Strategic Marketing, and a parent of two Terrapins (Classes of 2021 and 2023). There is, in my opinion, no better school in the Tampa Bay area!

Suzy Lassacher

Science, Technology Services, Arts

Suzy Lassacher
Science, Technology Services, Arts
email: slassacher@tampaprep.org

  • Ms. Lassacher is the Middle School Boys and Girls Swimming Head Coach

Chris Lavoie

Director of Athletics

Chris Lavoie
Director of Athletics
email: clavoie@tampaprep.org

Chris LavoieI have been an athletic administrator for the past 15 years at the high school level. My passion has always been working with student-athletes and mentoring coaches. I was named the Athletic Director of the Year in New Hampshire in 2007 and in Osceola County in 2013, 2016 and 2017. I earned my Certified Master Athletic Administrator designation in 2005 and have held several leadership roles within the state of Florida including Representative Assembly and the Regional Appeals Committee.

Cheryl Leonhardt

Director of College Counseling

Cheryl Leonhardt
Director of College Counseling
email: cleonhardt@tampaprep.org

Being a college counselor was not at all in my plan. I originally intended to “save the world” starting with working with adolescents and eventually raising my own. School counseling was the career path that allowed me the schedule to best balance being both a professional and a mom. I started my career working with adults suffering from drug addictions and quickly moved into working with adolescents in that population. Then my passion for “at risk” teens led me to expand into a broader mental health arena and I got involved with prevention and other areas of adolescent assessment and counseling.After having four children of my own, my high school’s guidance counselor retired and I had the opportunity to give back to my alma mater by being the third Director of Guidance in the school’s history. I worked in that catholic high school for six years and learned the college application process by full immersion being the only counselor to 570 high school students. I was then given the opportunity to be Director of Guidance in an independent all girls’ academy where my college counseling skills were extensively developed. I traveled to over 30 colleges a year and participated in four National Admissions’ boards. I was able to attend National workshops and conferences and create a four year college-focused curriculum.Traveling throughout the country ignited my desire to live with my children in a different area. I wanted them to live fearlessly and be adaptable. I started a national job search which landed me here at Tampa Prep. The innovative, fearless ambition of the school’s administration impressed and empowered me professionally. The school itself, students, faculty, staff and families personally impacted me and I wanted my sons to learn and grow here. Tampa Prep truly is an excellent school, which in itself is rare, but it is actively moving toward being exceptional. I see Tampa Prep as an amazing place with limitless potential and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this outstanding community.

Chad Lewis

Director of Technology

Chad Lewis
Director of Technology
email: clewis@tampaprep.org

Chad LewisHaving been Director of Technology since 2009, I can honestly say that Tampa Preparatory School is the most innovative and creative school with which I have had the pleasure of being involved. My role is to align the school’s inspirational mission statement with every technological initiative. I see that mission statement being lived every day.Upon graduating from high school in Texas during the awesome years I enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Russian linguist for four years. After leaving my role as Sgt. Lewis behind, I received my bachelor’s degree in Russian and German and later decided to start taking courses in Information Technology. After becoming a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, I worked for 14 years as Technology Director at various public/private educational institutions. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, I later received my M.B.A in Information Technology Management and continue to love learning new things.

Victoria Lewis

Technology Integration Specialist

Victoria Lewis
Technology Integration Specialist
email: vlewis@tampaprep.org

Sarah Lonetto

English

Sarah Lonetto
English
email: slonetto@tampaprep.org

Sarah LonettoTo teach or not to teach? For me, that has never been the question! As a kid, I daydreamed about being a teacher and have always loved books. What could be better than putting those two passions together for a career? I have been an English teacher for over 15 years with all but two of those spent at Tampa Prep. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (with an emphasis on Writing) and a Master of Science degree in English Education at the secondary level from Florida State University. I completed an internship in Tallahassee and have taught all grade levels and abilities from 6th grade through 12th grade in both public and private schools. I discovered along the way that I love teaching English to middle schoolers! We get to study new vocabulary, refine grammar skills, improve on the mechanics and styles of writing and discover good literature all while still having lots of fun in the classroom.I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and was a former Tampa Prep Sigety Chair holder. I am the faculty advisor to Prep’s Student Leaders’ Club in the Middle School. I have coached various sports throughout the years and try to stay involved in student activities. The rapport amongst the teachers and between the teachers and students is invaluable, and I found the perfect place for me in Tampa Prep’s Middle School!

  • Mrs. Lonetto is the Middle School Bowling Head Coach
  • Mrs. Lonetto is the Prep’s Student Leaders Club sponsor

David Mann

Theatre

David Mann
Theatre
email: dmann@tampaprep.org

David MannThe best part of teaching theatre is watching students learn who they really are. Theatre celebrates individuality and diversity. It embraces every quirk and oddity of the human experience. By becoming other people, students have to see the world through others’ eyes, which builds their ability to empathize. Theatre is highly collaborative at the same time, encouraging students to put the team over themselves. At Prep, we emphasize project-based learning, so all theatre classes are oriented toward production of some kind: full-scale plays and musicals, end-of-class showcases, cabarets and more.My teaching experience includes four years as Head of Acting at Blake School of the Arts, four years as Instructor of Acting at USF School of Theatre and Dance, three years as Instructor of Acting at the Graduate and Undergraduate Theatre Departments at Florida Atlantic University and two years as Instructor of Acting at New World School of the Arts in Miami.I am a card-carrying member of Actors’ Equity, the Actors Union. Recent theatrical credits include the Emcee in Cabaret and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Freefall Theatre in St Petersburg. Regionally, I have worked at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles and many others. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an Master of Fine Arts degree from The Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego. I live in Temple Terrace with my beautiful wife Amanda, son Dylan and daughter Evelyn.

Read Mr. Mann’s thoughts on student Sophia B.

Chris Maraghy

Science

Chris Maraghy
Science
email: cmaraghy@tampaprep.org

Chris MaraghyMy foray into education started in a variety of informal settings, dating back to my teenage years and included summer camp counselor, search and rescue instructor and educational programs at Sea World Orlando. While in a transitional stage in my early 20s, I had the opportunity to become a Science teacher at an alternative education school for juvenile offenders. It was tough, tiring, exciting and rewarding at the same time. In 2001, I made the switch to Tampa Prep, and I haven’t looked back. Tampa Prep has allowed me to interact with students and help to provide them with a world-class education in a multitude of ways. From the Science classroom, to the lacrosse field and to the mountains of North Carolina, I have had the opportunity to not only teach, but to also learn and collaborate with students. Additionally, the opportunity to work with and collaborate with such a talented, intelligent and genuine faculty is beyond compare. It is fantastic being a part of the Tampa Prep family!

  • Mr. Maraghy is the Middle School Lacrosse Head Coach

Jaime Marquez

Controller

Jaime Marquez
Controller
email: jmarquez@tampaprep.org

My foray into education started in a variety of informal settings, dating back to my teenage years and included summer camp counselor, search and rescue instructor and educational programs at Sea World Orlando. While in a transitional stage in my early 20s, I had the opportunity to become a Science teacher at an alternative education school for juvenile offenders. It was tough, tiring, exciting and rewarding at the same time. In 2001, I made the switch to Tampa Prep, and I haven’t looked back. Tampa Prep has allowed me to interact with students and help to provide them with a world-class education in a multitude of ways. From the Science classroom, to the lacrosse field and to the mountains of North Carolina, I have had the opportunity to not only teach, but to also learn and collaborate with students. Additionally, the opportunity to work with and collaborate with such a talented, intelligent and genuine faculty is beyond compare. It is fantastic being a part of the Tampa Prep family!

Kevin McEndree

Technology Support Specialist

Kevin McEndree
Technology Support Specialist
email: kmcendree@tampaprep.org

Erin Mona

English

Erin Mona
English
email: emona@tampaprep.org

Erin MonaI am lucky enough to work alongside colleagues that inspire me to grow and students who continue to educate me here at Prep. Everyday I am thankful to have the opportunity to discuss literature and the human experience with my kids. I enjoy working with young people because they are creative, uninhibited, and colorful. I love reading and discussing texts from all over the world but my favorite area of study is American literature. I also enjoy assisting students with the writing process and helping them view themselves as writers. It is important to leave high school as a confident communicator. In college and in the real world, students will find writing to be a valuable tool. As a military brat I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I always love to join in on travel experiences with my family and friends but also with students when possible. It is rewarding to show them new places, give them a chance to do community service, and partake in exciting adventures! Outside of school I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love to cook, play games, explore outdoors, and read! I have been teaching upper school English since 2011 in both the Tampa area and New York City. In addition to my role as an educator, I spend the Fall season coaching the varsity swim team. As a mother as of August 2017, I have become an even more well-rounded teacher. I do my best to see my students through the loving eyes of a parent as I would hope my daughter’s teachers will do.

Noël Monea

English

Noël Monea
English
email: nmonea@tampaprep.org

George Bernard Shaw’s words aptly illustrates my philosophy of teaching: I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you. Since graduating from Calvin College in 2000, I’ve had the opportunity to teach in public, private and international school settings. My journeys across the country and the world have only helped to solidify the belief that learning is a life-long journey. It’s my hope that all my students walk out of my classroom a little more prepared for the next leg of their journey. When I’m not teaching, I’m wrangling my two children, reading, (sometimes) napping, and preparing myself for the next adventure!

Donald Morrison ’86

Dean of Faculty, History and the Social Sciences

Donald Morrison ’86
Dean of Faculty, History and the Social Sciences, Junior Class Dean
email: dmorrison@tampaprep.org

Donald MorrisonI first knew that I wanted to be a teacher while spending time in college studying challenging topics and making presentations on them. At the time, I thought a career in higher education would be rewarding, but during my two years in graduate school in British Columbia, Canada, I found far more fulfilling work as a Teaching Assistant as opposed to researching and writing.I returned to Tampa Prep, my high school alma mater, with a goal to gain some classroom experience for two or three years before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. That was over 20 years ago! I love working at this school because it is a mission-driven, inclusive community that values academic curiosity and individuality. This is a special place to learn and labor.When not absorbed either by my work or by the allure of a cherished dog’s life, I am a fervent gardener and an avid traveler who will never grow tired of what the world has to teach me.

  • Mr. Morrison is the Varsity Baseball Coach

Maggie Morrison

Director of Donor Engagement

Maggie Morrison
Director of Donor Engagement
email: mmorrison@tampaprep.org

A native Midwesterner and long time development professional, I was drawn to Florida by family and the prospect of endless summer. It has been my good fortune to also find a warm, welcoming environment at Tampa Prep where I can continue working in support of goals that resonate with me. The ideals at the heart of Prep’s mission have been essential to my own personal and professional growth. It is an honor to play a part in helping young people discover their own paths to a life with higher purpose than self. When I’m not thinking about creating connections and what makes people feel great about their philanthropy, you can find me training for triathlons, cooking, or playing with my dog, Cosmo.

Barry Parks Jr.

History and the Social Sciences, Mathematics

Barry Parks Jr.
History and the Social Sciences, Mathematics
email: bparks@tampaprep.org

I have been teaching at Tampa Preparatory School since 2011. I teach the AP Economics, Honors Economics and Geometry courses. I earned my bachelor’s in Economics from the University of South Florida in 2011. Economics and mathematics are my passions — I love to learn more about these subjects each and every day! I was inspired to go into teaching from many of the high school teachers that I had when I was younger. Economics was so interesting to me in college, but my professors always seemed to make it such a dry subject. I wanted to show others how fun and interesting it is, so I entered the teaching profession.In addition to teaching, I enjoy being active outdoors. I am an avid softball player and golfer. I love to fish in the bay and the gulf. I enjoy calling Tampa Bay my home and have recently purchased my first home in the area. DIY projects around the house now consume a lot of my free time, including gardening and designing my backyard.

Alfredo A.P. Pereira

World and Classical Languages

Alfredo A.P. Pereira
World and Classical Languages
email: apereira@tampaprep.org

I knew that I wanted to teach at Tampa Prep after I read online that they were switching to one-to-one iPad technology. I have been an enthusiastic ambassador of technology in the classroom since the Internet boom in the ’90s when I was still living in Portugal. Utilizing iPads in the classroom embodies the three values that I promote to my students: structure, innovation and enthusiasm. Each day, I strive to create an environment in which students easily understand what we are working towards and what is expected while being enthusiastic and allowing them to express their enthusiasm as well.Outside of school, I really enjoy the Tampa Bay area fishing, beautiful beaches, amusement parks and relaxing lifestyle.

  • Mr. Pereira is the Middle School Rowing Head Coach

Read Alfredo’s blog:  Language Biased? It’s Not Your Fault.

Ki Perry

Director of Development

Ki Perry
Director of Development
email: kperry@tampaprep.org

I was thrilled to join Tampa Prep as the Director of Development in January 2019. When my husband and I started to talk about finally leaving New England winters behind, we never imagined we would find a city, school, and community that would fit our family so well. The vibrancy and warmth of both Tampa and Tampa Prep is palpable and energizing. Professionally, I have been doing development in schools and social service organizations for 20 years. I am proud of the dollars I have helped to raise and also of the relationships I have built throughout my career with parents, alumni, volunteers, donors, and colleagues. I am lucky to have an incredible group of professionals in the development office. As a team, we are dedicated to engaging, informing, and fostering strong relationships with parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and other friends. Some of the ways we do this include: organizing volunteer efforts; planning events, both large and small; communicating with past, present, and future Tampa Prep families; raising awareness of the School, its programs and people through social media and the website, and raising funds to ensure that the School continues to be a special place long into the future. From what I can tell in my short time here, Tampa Prep is fortunate to have many generous and involved members of our community, and we are grateful for each and every one of you. Please reach out via email (kperry@tampaprep.org) or phone (813-251-8481 x4023) anytime if you would like to get involved, discuss a possible gift, or share any thoughts or comments!

John Phelps

Director of Security

John Phelps
Director of Security
email: jphelps@tampaprep.org

Kevin M. Plummer

Head of School

Kevin M. Plummer
Head of School
email: kplummer@tampaprep.org

Kevin became the seventh Head of Tampa Preparatory School in July 2007. Kevin’s roots go deeply into the Tampa community where he serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Friends of the Riverwalk, Executive Advisory Council for MUMA College of Business at USF, Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Moffitt Hospital Board of Directors, the Creative Tampa Bay Board and has been a trustee for the George Steinbrenner Boys and Girls Club. Kevin also proudly serves as Vice President of the Florida Council of Independent Schools, is a member of Bay Area Association of Independent Schools, and served as President of B.A.A.I.S. (2009-2010). He is a 1989 graduate of Colby College where he was named a Lacrosse All-American. Kevin was awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Klingenstein Fellowship at the Teachers College of Columbia University where he received a Master of Education Administration in 1999. Kevin and Jennifer have a daughter, Galen Grace.

Read Kevin’s blog:  The Unseen Wins at Rivalry Games

K.K Quah

Science, Arts

K.K Quah
Science, Arts
email: kkquah@tampaprep.org

I believe I make a good teacher because I have always been a teacher on some level. In high school, I was part of a science club, giving test-taking tutorials to freshmen and sophomores. In college, I tutored both mathematics and chemistry. Through it all, I learned how to become a better teacher.After my graduate degree, my first job was with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio as a financial analyst. After Proctor and Gamble, I worked at a paper making plant in Georgia where I decided that in the long run, financial accounting was not for me. However, I did pick up some computer skills in the process and decided to leverage that and go back to USF for computer engineering classes. I subsequently left and took jobs with First Florida Bank, then IKON Office Solutions as Director of Software Development and finally with a capital management company in Clearwater. Though my background has an emphasis on software, I never really lost interest in teaching and I believe that I bring my industry experience into the classroom.I have a strong belief that robotics tournaments of any kind teach kids to become better problem solvers and better team players. After all, what better way to bond than to work together with peers on a particularly thorny problem and eventually make it work? I hope to impart that kind of persistence and experience to all students in the Robotics Club.I am proud of the following Awards and Experiences:

  • Team Smoke & Mirrors winning FIRST Technology Challenge at FTC World Championship in April 2010 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Taking teams to VEX World Championships 2014, 2013 and 2011.
  • Team MechMasters 5th highest at FIRST LEGO League Open World Championships at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Read Mr. Quah’s thoughts on student Sharif C.

Bruno Quattrone

Physical Education

Bruno Quattrone
Physical Education
email: bquattrone@tampaprep.org

I have an insatiable passion for exercise and sports. I have been fortunate enough to be able to share that enthusiasm with the students at Tampa Prep since 1998. Helping students maximize their potential through physical activity has been extremely rewarding for me. I feel great pride when I see my students improving. Whether they are shaving strokes off their handicap or adding inches to their vertical, to me, the true joy in coaching and teaching is seeing the progress my students make through hard work and dedication. At Tampa Prep, I have many duties and responsibilities. First and foremost, I feel it is my job to try and create a safe, fun learning environment where each student feels consequential. I teach Physical Education, Health, and Athletic Conditioning and am the Director of Golf Operations. I also coach the Middle School Wrestling team. Another important duty of mine is serving on the Conduct Review Board. I consider it an honor to work with the amazing students, faculty, administrators and parents at such an outstanding school! I am a proud husband and father of three young beautiful children, who are the joy of my life! In my free time I enjoy racquetball, golf, table tennis, weight training and jogging. My wife and I also enjoy dining out at different ethnic restaurants around the Tampa Bay area.

  • Mr. Quattrone is the Varsity Boys Golf Head Coach
  • Mr. Quattrone is the Middle School Wrestling Head Coach
  • Mr. Quattrone is the Varsity Golf Director of Operations

Linda Y. Quinn

Assistant to the Director of Admissions

Linda Y. Quinn
Assistant to the Director of Admissions
email: lquinn@tampaprep.org

Diana Rendina

Media Specialist

Diana Rendina
Media Specialist
email: drendina@tampaprep.org

My mother, grandmother and aunt were all teachers (in Hillsborough County), so it makes sense that I would end up working in education. I especially love getting to be in the library because it affords me the opportunity to build relationships with ALL our Tampa Prep students. I am a firm believer that libraries should be places where students can discover, innovate, collaborate, create and grow. I previously worked at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years and piloted their library makerspace program, where students could learn more about Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) through a variety of hands-on activities. My memberships include the Florida Association for Media in Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). I’ve received the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award (2016), the AASL Frances Henne Award (2015) for emerging leaders in school libraries and the School Library Journal Build Something Bold Award (2015). I present at conferences and lead professional development workshops internationally on libraries and makerspaces. I served on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award committee from 2012-2015. I blog about libraries, education and makerspaces at RenovatedLearning.com and I am also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. I am the proud author of two books: Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace and Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

  • Mrs. Rendina is the Sunshine Readers Club, US Book Club, and Maker Mondays Club sponsor

Read Diana’s blog:  Banned Book Week – We’ve Come a Long Way, but Still a Long Way to Go

Jody Rodriguez

Middle School and 9th Grade College Counselor

Jody Rodriguez
Middle School and 9th Grade College Counselor
email: jrodriguez@tampaprep.org

While in college I worked in the Admission office, giving tours and greeting families and loved every minute of it. I think that’s why I get so excited observing our students as they prepare for the college application process, knowing how amazing their years after Prep will be. The college counseling suite has become a destination for juniors and seniors. My goal is to always make them feel welcome, and make sure the candy bowl is never empty.While not assisting in the College Counseling Office, I love to spend time with my family. My husband and I have two daughters, one dog and a pony. In addition, 30+ of our family members live in Tampa and keep us pretty busy. When not spending time with family, we are usually out at the barn riding horses. We also like to fish, go tubing and take long walks on the Bayshore with our dog, Buster.

Melanie Rodriguez

Assistant to the Director of Finance and Operations

Melanie Rodriguez
Assistant to the Director of Finance and Operations
email: mrodriguez@tampaprep.org

I absolutely love working at Tampa Prep. I’ve been here since 2004! I wake up each morning excited to start my day and am eager to see what is in store for me. My job comes with numerous tasks and duties but there is one in particular I have connected with. I am the head of the Wellness Committee for the faculty and staff. Promoting health and wellness allows me to have fun and be creative. It is rewarding to help influence healthy behaviors and habits. My goal is to help bring a little extra happiness to each member of our faculty and staff. Happiness and smiles are contagious, and it is incredible to watch teachers carry it into their classrooms. In my free time I enjoy training for long distance running, reading a good book, and spending time with my family. We can usually be found at the ballpark, on the beach, on the boat or at the pool.

Guillermo Ruiz de Somocurcio

World and Classical Languages

Guillermo Ruiz de Somocurcio
World and Classical Languages
email: gruizdesomocurcio@tampaprep.org

After moving to Miami from Peru during my high school years, I attended the University of Central Florida where some of my professors had a profound effect on me. Ever since then, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Afterward, I had the opportunity to study in Spain and to receive my Masters degree from the University of Salamanca.Being able to create a safe yet challenging place for students to explore language and culture has been my biggest concern as a teacher. I enjoy coming to work everyday and be able to share my personal experiences about other countries and traditions. I have been teaching Spanish for over 16 years and every year I feel like I’m learning more. Knowledge that I love to pass on to my students. Tampa Prep has allowed me to implement new pedagogical strategies in the classroom that I wouldn’t have been able to implement at other schools, which have allowed me to grow as a person and as a teacher. I feel very lucky to have found a school like Prep.

  • Mr. Ruiz de Somocurcio is the Varsity Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
  • Mr. Ruiz de Somocurcio is the Middle School Boys Soccer Head Coach- Red Team

Heidi Sabean

World and Classical Languages

Heidi Sabean
World and Classical Languages
email: hsabean@tampaprep.org

Heidi SabeanAt the age of five, while on a field trip, I heard Spanish spoken for the very first time and I was hooked! I knew that day that I would become a Spanish teacher. I attended the University of New Hampshire, spent my junior year in Granada, Spain and after graduation, started my Master’s degree at the Universidad de Salamanca. In 1994, I received my Master’s degree in Spanish Literature, Spanish Linguistics and the Methodologies of Teaching Foreign Language and dove into teaching middle school, high school and college level classes.Learning Spanish as an English speaker has provided me with a unique perspective on second language acquisition. I want all of my students to know that I genuinely care about their success and I will enthusiastically support and encourage them to ask questions, take risks and discover all they can about the language and culture of the Spanish speaking world. I fully believe that Learning another language means never being worlds apart.I have lived in Tampa for many years now, but I am a New Englander at heart…Go Red Sox! I enjoy being outdoors, fishing, eating great food (mostly chocolate) and spending time with my two boys, Ben and Henry.

Mrs. Sabean is the

  • Middle School Track Assistant Coach
  • Middle School Cross Country Assistant Coach
  • Varsity Track and Field Coach

Scott Sandoval

English

Scott Sandoval
English
email: ssandoval@tampaprep.org

Scott SandovalI knew I wanted to become a teacher at the age of fifteen. Up until that point I had struggled with reading and writing. Yet my ninth grade English teacher saw in me something no one else could. She tested my capabilities by providing assignments that were of interest to me. Up until this point teachers had never asked what I wanted to do; an example being a book report. In contrast my ninth grade teacher found that I enjoyed technology relating to computers and video games. She encouraged me to move from the traditional diorama-like projects to ones which incorporated technology. The assignments fueled my love for technology in the classroom as well as the arts. This passion led me to the University of South Florida where I studied English Literature. After finishing my Bachelor’s degree I went on to study my Master’s in English Education. At the University level I worked as the Student Body Vice President, and as a board member for the Graduate Student Development Team. Furthermore I did extensive research in Video Games In the Classroom and Video Games as a Multimodal Literacy. These experiences have led me to become a diverse teacher when it comes to English. I’m excited to be teaching 9th Grade English at Tampa Preparatory, to be the Chair of the Terrapin Day Committee which organizes a day of community service for our students, and to contribute to the preparation for life with a higher purpose than self.

  • Mr. Sandoval is the Key Club sponsor

Kimmy Sanford

History and the Social Sciences

Kimmy Sanford
History and the Social Sciences
email: ksanford@tampaprep.org

I’m part of the small percentage of people who have always known what they wanted to be when they grew up. As far back as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be in front of the classroom. I’d come home from school and teach my younger sister of four years everything I had learned that day. This sister, who recently received her doctorate – and has been dubbed the family genius likes to give me credit for her high IQ.Today, I get to share my passion for Geography with sixth and seventh graders. This age group’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious, which makes me love coming to work every day. I feel my classroom is the perfect balance of structure and educational fun. By providing structure, I know my students will be prepared for the next chapter in their lives. With exciting, interactive lessons, I hope to inspire a thirst for knowledge that stays with them throughout their lives.Working at Tampa Preparatory School, I’m surrounded by educators who care deeply about their profession and the success of their students. We have access to the latest and greatest technology, giving us more freedom to be creative and innovative. Middle school can be a difficult and awkward time in a child’s life. Tampa Prep provides a safe, caring environment where children are encouraged to be themselves.In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my husband. I’m always searching for new stories and experiences to bring back to the classroom. I also enjoy reading, cooking and I’m a yoga enthusiast. Read more about Mrs. Sanford.

  • Mrs. Sanford is the Harry Potter Club sponsor

Brian Sarkozy

Mathematics

Brian Sarkozy
Mathematics
email: bsarkozy@tampaprep.org

As I begin my third year at Prep I find myself looking forward to it even more than the previous years. I will be teaching Algebra 3 with Financial Applications, a new math class offered at Prep. Outside of the math world I spend most of my time with the Environment Club, Running Club, or in the weight room with Track athletes. When a rare moment of “me time” occurs I am on a tennis court, reading, or catching one of the many events put on by Prep’s incredible Arts department.

Read Mr. Sarkozy’s thoughts on student Lindsey D.

  • Mr. Sarkozy is the Middle School Boys Soccer Assistant Coach

David Schintzius

Director of Finance and Operations

David Schintzius
Director of Finance and Operations

John Seary

World and Classical Languages

John Seary
World and Classical Languages
email: jseary@tampaprep.org

John SearyHaving experienced the benefits of an independent school as a student firsthand, I have developed an appreciation for institutions like Tampa Preparatory School. Attending St. Patrick’s Catholic School molded me into the person I am today in nearly every aspect: academically, emotionally and socially. The independent school education I received allowed me to succeed in high school and eventually receive a full scholarship to attend the University of South Florida. I graduated from USF in 2013 and received degrees in Classics- Latin/Ancient Greek and History, with focuses in Latin and Ancient History. My senior research included projecting modern psycho-analytics onto the entire works of the Latin poet Catullus, and an in-depth analysis of the sources and history of Severan Rome. I am an avid bowler and can be found spending my free time at the various bowling alleys around Tampa. Though I may have had my greatest success in bowling, my true love is and always will be ice hockey. I dreamt of being on the Tampa Bay Lightning as a child and have gone to countless games in the past. Lastly, I enjoy gaming, travel, soccer and at leisure partaking in my journey to teach myself the Russian language.

Read Mr. Seary’s thoughts on student Katarina G.

Mr. Seary is the:

  • Latin Club co-sponsor
  • Middle School Bowling Coach
  • Middle School Track Coach

Andrea Seymore

Assistant to the Director of Facilities

Andrea Seymore
Assistant to the Director of Facilities
email: aseymore@tampaprep.org

Brian Smallheer

Technical Theatre

Brian Smallheer
Technical Theatre
email: bsmallheer@tampaprep.org

Doug Smith

History and the Social Sciences Department Chair

Doug Smith
History and the Social Sciences Department Chair
email: dsmith@tampaprep.org

Doug SmithI enjoy teaching because it is rewarding — it allows me to make a difference. I have practiced law, I spent some time on Capitol Hill and I even played some professional soccer. None of those experiences have been as rewarding as teaching.

One of the great things about teaching at Tampa Prep is that many of the classes are taught in collaborative environments; environments in which faculty and students learn together, debate together and discuss ideas collectively. In this environment, I truly get to know my students. Although we address and focus on some “big picture” themes during our class discussions, my students are also expected to learn important details related to American History and American Government. The most gratifying part of this process, of course, is not when my students become comfortable enough with the material to merely regurgitate or memorize it. Rather, the reward comes when I know that my students can offer their own opinions on the material, expound on the topics we’ve covered, and apply the concepts we’ve learned to contemporary issues and concerns. I therefore hope that my students leave my classes as more knowledgeable citizens and as students who will have become better equipped to solve the problems of the 21st Century.

Outside the classroom, I spend most of my free time with my wife and three boys. Any leftover free time is reserved for soccer!

  • Mr. Smith is the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach

Eric Snow

Assistant Athletic Director

Eric Snow
Assistant Athletic Director
email: esnow@tampaprep.org

From the earliest age that I can remember I have had one true love: sports. At age three, I would plead with my mom to change the television from Sesame Street to SportsCenter. Growing up in upstate New York, my dream was always to be the next Chris Berman or Stuart Scott, coming up with great sayings like Booyah! As I got into high school and realized that being the next great SportsCenter anchor might be more of a pipe dream, I changed my focus and dream to be an Athletic Director. After graduating from high school, I ended up in the Sunshine State at the University of Tampa where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. In college I was a member of the golf team and worked in the Sports Information Office. Going to a small school gave me a great opportunity to work and experience things in a collegiate Athletic department that I otherwise would not have been able to.My senior year I was given a chance to intern at Tampa Prep in the Athletic department, and they have not been able to get rid of me since. Tampa Prep is like no school I have ever been at, the caring support for the students shown by the faculty, staff and coaches is unprecedented. Tampa Prep has given me a chance to fulfill a dream that only a couple of years ago didn’t seem possible.

  • Mr. Snow is the Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
  • Mr. Snow is the Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach- Gold Team

Kim Souza

Assistant to Associate Head of School and Head of the Middle School

Kim Souza
Assistant to Associate Head of School and Head of the Middle School
email: ksouza@tampaprep.org

Kim SouzaAfter graduation from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration, I joined the world of retail as a fashion buyer. The skills and traits I needed to succeed weren’t associated with the glamorous descriptions of fashion buying, but instead, strong analytical skills, a working knowledge of computers and the ability to work under pressure. After 13 years in the industry, traveling to NYC and various trade shows, I decided to retire to spend time with my young family. Twelve years later in 2011, after working in Admissions and Development at St. John’s Episcopal School for two years, I found the perfect position as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Middle School, in an independent school environment surrounded by students, parents, faculty and staff. From data entry to event planning, I’ve done it all. The skills I’ve acquired through my education, work experience and volunteer hours have equipped me to meet a diverse array of responsibilities and my days are never dull. In addition, I am the buyer for the campus store! I am blessed to have my three children, Jimmy (Class of ’15), Emily (Class of ’16) and Lili (Class of ’21), attend Tampa Prep. Go Red, Go Gold, Go Prep.

Abby Stafford

Content Creator

Abby Stafford
Content Creator
email: astafford@tampaprep.org

Abby Stafford is the Content Creator at Tampa Prep. Her primary focus is  capturing daily happenings at Tampa Prep and promoting them to the internal and external community through digital campaigns, social media, the school website and written, photographic and video storytelling.

Abby is a Tampa native, she graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in Anthropology. She enjoys cooking (and is always looking for new recipes), reading everything she can get her hands on, and listening to her favorite podcasts about design, technology and humanities.

Kristy Steel

Assistant to Head of the Upper School

Kristy Steel
Assistant to Head of the Upper School
email: ksteel@tampaprep.org

For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a teacher. In the ’80s, my first professional job was selling software and computers and I found myself teaching my customers about technology. Raising my two children found me once again, teaching. So me ending up at Tampa Prep to work in the Upper School shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Once again I find I’ve surrounded myself with teaching. I’ve been at Tampa Prep since 2005. I love the moments when I’m able to work with the faculty and administration and to help the students navigate through their school day. Every day in the “fishbowl” presents another opportunity. I call my job groundhog day, groundhog semester and groundhog year. On a daily, quarterly and yearly basis I get to improve how I support our students, families, faculty and administration. I believe you, too, will find that Tampa Prep is the school that keeps on giving! Mom of Amanda ’09 and Brian ’11

Andrew R. Sufficool

Physical Education, Science

Andrew R. Sufficool
Physical Education, Science
email: asufficool@tampaprep.org

I have been a certified Athletic Trainer for more than 10 years. After receiving my degree in Athletic Training from Catawba College, I completed a one-year internship at Appalachian State University where I was the Head Athletic Trainer for both the Men’s Soccer and Baseball teams. While working on my master’s degree in Exercise Science, I served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at USF where I was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s Soccer Team. I have been an Athletic Trainer and Faculty member at Tampa Prep since 2009. I teach Health, Personal Fitness and Intro to Sports Medicine.

Mychael Sumby ’06

Assistant Director of Admissions

Mychael Sumby ’06
Assistant Director of Admissions

As a six-year Tampa Prep Terrapin, I understand how Tampa Prep prepares students for the journey and the challenges that college and life have in store for its students. My love for Tampa Prep and what it has done for me brought me back as an employee of Tampa Prep Summer Programs for the past nine years, to sit on the Alumni Board at Prep and, eventually, to the position of Prep’s Assistant Director of Admissions.

I am actively involved in the Tampa Bay community, through volunteer efforts and leadership positions through the Junior League of Tampa. 

As a lifelong product of independent schooling from Kindergarten through high school I have been, and always will be, a person who strives to create and recruit students with high morals and values.

My husband and I recently had our first child, the newest little Terrapin in our family!

Melissa Thomason

Front Desk Receptionist

Melissa Thomason
Front Desk Receptionist
email: mthomason@tampaprep.org

Melissa ThomasonI am a native of the Tampa Bay area and a graduate of H.B. Plant High School. After earning my Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Hillsborough Community College, I continued my education at St. Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. I began my working career with the City of Tampa government. Following my work with the government, I joined Lennar Homes Land Division as a Project Manager, which led to an Accounting Manager position with a plumbing contractor. I absolutely love being the Receptionist at Tampa Prep! I get to be the first person to interact with phone calls and visitors walking through the front door. This job is a perfect fit for me because I enjoy people. Tampa Prep is a wonderful school and I feel privileged to be part of the Terrapin family. The curriculum, staff and teachers are phenomenal.In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, yoga and spending time with my family. I reside in Tampa with my husband Matt and our three children, Alyssa ’17, Savannah ’22, Gavin and Charlotte, our Jack Russell.

Elhadji Toure

Network Manager

Elhadji Toure
Network Manager
email: etoure@tampaprep.org

Elhadji Toure

Aaron Turner

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Aaron Turner
Assistant Director of College Counseling
email: aturner@tampaprep.org

Chelsea Wieloszynski

English, Arts

Chelsea Wieloszynski
English, Arts
email: cwieloszynski@tampaprep.org

I like to think that my life has gone full circle. My passion for journalism began in a high school classroom as a staff writer for the student newspaper. Flash forward to present day, and here I am, advising two student publications here at Tampa Prep. I began my teaching career right after graduating from Florida State University in 2015. I worked with Hillsborough County Public Schools and taught English as well as advising the student newspaper at my high school. I found myself in the Tampa Prep family in 2018 and I couldn’t be happier. It is refreshing to be a part of a community that values hard work and determination, all while celebrating the individuality of the students and staff. I am a fourth generation Tampa Native and live in the “up-and-coming” Seminole Heights area. In my free time, you can find me spending time with my family, enjoying a new restaurant in town, or playing with my dog- a redbone coonhound named Doak.

  • Mrs. Wieloszynski is the Yearbook and Journalism Adviser

C. Brian Williams

Science

C. Brian Williams
Science
email: bwilliams@tampaprep.org

I first thought about teaching as a child, while doing my math homework. My first taste of it came when I was a university student. The local Jesuit school sent word that they were looking for an interim physics teacher to take over while their own teacher was being treated for ulcers! I should have read the signs but, rather naively, volunteered the pay was good and I needed the money! The first day in the classroom was eventful. The boys ran riot. They jeered, books were thrown, chairs were overturned and there was no way I was going to turn my back and write notes on the board! Believe it or not, I survived and learned from the experience. I tried several other jobs in different parts of the globe — working on aircraft and missiles, preparing financial statements and maintaining electric generators. Finally, I got a job teaching physics in a Moslem university, where English was not their native language. I cut my teaching teeth there, utilizing basic English and simple sketches. I loved the problem solving, making new like-minded teacher friends, watching students learn, taking long vacations and coaching sports. There, my teaching style was formed. Teaching in a girls school in London, going to art college and playing many sports also played a part. At Tampa Prep I am free to teach the way that suits me and I can try different ways to help students learn. Here I’ve had the privilege of teaching my own two children. Initially I was fearful but, like my time in the Jesuit school, I learned from and survived the experience!

  • Mr. Williams is the Middle School Tennis Assistant Coach

Betsy Zollinger

Health Coordinator, Assistant to Dean of Students

Betsy Zollinger
Health Coordinator, Assistant to Dean of Students
email: bzollinger@tampaprep.org

They call me Mama Z. I have the privilege of seeing and working with every child who attends Tampa Prep. I get to help them stay happy and healthy every day. I’m the school mom! What could be better than that? New York born and bred, I am the daughter of two middle school teachers. (I was the kid who KNEW that teachers didn’t live at school!) As a child, my career dreams always gravitated towards education. I was extremely lucky, as I was able to spend almost 20 years as a stay-at-home mom to my two kids. During those years, I had some fabulous opportunities, including working part-time as a substitute teacher and camp counselor/director, and volunteering as a PTA mom, Sunday School teacher and Girl Scout leader. Working with children and watching them learn and grow has brought me such joy!

My children are both graduates of Tampa Prep Carrie is a member of the Class of 2012 and Tim is a member of the Class of 2014. My husband Ted and I recognize the importance of giving back to the school that has given our family so much, therefore, we continue to support Tampa Prep through various volunteer efforts. Imagine my excitement when, in 2013, I had the opportunity to go “back to school” at Tampa Prep! I re-entered the work force when this job the perfect job became available. Both of my children have graduated from Prep, but I have no intention of graduating from here any time soon!