Teacher Profiles

Our teachers are certified and eligible to teach in their respective subject areas. They are professional educators who care about their students and are here to foster learning and to help our students achieve their educational goals. Our teachers believe in pro-active communication and are available to our students and parents via live chats, message center, and chat room conferences.

Dr. Gifty Chung

Director

Ms. Erin Sager

Dean Of Students
English & Language Arts, Dept. Chair

Ms. Emeline Briley

English
High School


Ms. Mary Preston

English
High School


Ms. Mary Swenson

Language Arts
High School


Ms. Allison Moore Cortizo

English / Health
High School

Ms. Elizabeth Cunningham

Language Arts
Middle School

Ms. Rachel Johnson

Assistant Principal
Mathematics, Dept. Chair

Ms. Adele Splinter

Mathematics
Middle & High School

Ms. Blanche Martin

Mathetmatics
Middle School

Ms. Amanda Cope

Science, Dept. Chair
Middle & High School

Ms.Nancy Manikas

Science
Middle & High School

Ms. Kerrie Childress

Science
High School

Ms. Camille Scott

Social Studies & History, Dept. Chair
Middle & High School

Ms. Stephanie Jett

Social Studies
High School

Mr. Steven DiGerlando

Social Studies
High School

Ms. Stephanie Kooiker

History/Social Studies
Middle School

Ms. Stefanie Neumer

Elementary School, Dept. Chair
Grades K, 1, & 2

Ms. Emma Hay

Elementary
Grade 3

Ms. Suzanne Homan

Elementary
Grade 4

Ms. Kristina Moss

Elementary
Grade 5


Mr. Tyler Mullinax

Foreign Language
Spanish

Ms. Sandra Gartner

Foreign Language
French

Ms. Laura Powers

Fine Arts

Ms. Erin Sager

Dean of Students/ English Department Chair

Education:

Education: Bachelors, Old Dominion University

Subjects taught or speciality:

English

Ms. Emeline Briley

English, Language Arts, Middle & High School

Education:

 Doctoral candidate, English Literature; Masters of Arts in Education; Bachelors of Arts in English.

Subjects taught or speciality:

English I, II, III, IV, AP Language, AP Literature, and 6th grade.

Ms. Mary Preston

English, High School

Education:

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Berry College. I love all things literature and enjoy sipping coffee while reading. Guiding students to become better writers and to appreciate literature is my goal.

Ms. Mary Swenson

English /Language Arts, High School

Education:

Elementary PK-3, English 5-9, English 6-12, Reading K-12 Endorsement,ESOL Endorsement K-12, ESE K-12

Subjects taught or speciality:

Language Arts 6, 7, & 8

Ms. Allison Moore-Cortizo

English, High School

Hi Welcome to FTA! I am a florida native and have a profound love for all the things connected to our greate oceans! Swimming, Snorkeling and learning all about our wonderful planet. I also adore baseball, cooking international cuisine and gardening.

Ms. Elizabeth Cunningham

Language Arts, Middle School

Education:

Generalist 4-8 and ELAR 7-12, GT

Subjects taught or speciality:

M/J Language Arts 1, 2 & 3

Ms. Rachael Johnson

Assistant Principal Chair: Mathematics

Subjects taught or speciality:

Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus & Statistics.

Ms. Adele Splinter

Mathematics, Middle & High School

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Education in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from Arizona State University.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Any thing math! I have 10 years of experience teaching math, and 8 of those years are in online education.

Ms. Blanche Martin

Mathetmatics, Middle School

Ms. Blanche Martin Mathetmatics, Middle School Level 1 Certified Google Educator, Master of Science in Vary Exceptionalities

Ms. Amanda Cope

Science, Health And Fitness

Education:

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with by BS in Biology and my BAE in Biology Teaching then earned my Masters of Education at University of Washington along with my National Certification in Science.

Subjects taught or speciality:

I’m certified to teach Science 5-12, Reading K-12 and Health and Fitness K-12.

Ms. Nancy Manikas

Science, High School

Education:

Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Zoology and Biology. Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Certified to teach science, math, and computer courses – grades 6-12. Currently teaching Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, and Materials Science in a private K-12 school in Tennessee, USA.

Ms. Kerrie Childress

Science, High Schooll

Education:

 BS in Biology and Chemistry; MA in Health and Exercise Science

Teaching Experience:

My teaching experience is varied from middle school through college. I have taught Biology; Chemistry; Physical Science; Anatomy & Physiology; Life Science; and AP Biology.

Ms. Camille Scott

History / Social Studies, Middle & High School

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, History Masters of Arts, Education.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Social Studies Grades 6-12.

Mr. Steven DiGerlando

History/Social Studies, High School

Education:

I did my graduate and undergraduate work at California State University.

Ms. Stephanie Kooiker

History/Social Studies, Middle School

Education:

Bachelor of Arts (Major: K-8 Education; K-12 Special Education Minors: Biology & Social Studies) Master of Arts (Concentration: K-12 Educational Leadership)

Subjects taught or speciality:

Social Studies Grades 6-8.

Ms. Stefanie Neumer

Elementary School, Department Chair

Education:

 Master of Arts in Teaching.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Special Education, Reading, SEI *I currently reside in Arizona and have taught Special Education for grades K-8 for the past seven years.

Ms. Emma Hay

Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Education:

 MA Mediaeval History, PGCE General Primary Education (ages 5-12).

Forest Trail Academy Specialisms:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

 

Ms. Suzanne Homan

MA In Elementary Education

Education:

MA in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Reading. I am gifted and reading endorsed. I am certified to teach students age three through grade six. I have been a teacher for over twenty years and have taught different grades in elementary school. I live in Florida with my family and am excited to be the fourth grade teacher at Forest Trail Academy.

Ms. Elizabeth Szczypka

Chair: Science

Education:

Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education grades 4-9.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Science and Reading/Writing/Literacy.

Mr. Tyler Mullinax

Foreign Languages

Education:

Bachelor’s of Arts, Modern Languages and Cultures: Spanish, Minor: History, TEFL Certificate.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Spanish 1A, 1, 2, and 3, American History, World History, American Literature, and ESL.

Ms. Alessandra Paganin

French, Italian

Education:

Bachelor in Languages,Communication and Art of Teaching.

Subjects taught or speciality:

French I, French II, Italian I & Italian II.

Ms. Laura Powers

Fine Arts

Education:

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education from Valdosta State University-May 2009. Master of Fine Arts in Art Education from University of Florida-December 2013.

Subjects taught or speciality:

Visual Composition I, II, and III; Sculpture; Ceramics; Photography; Advanced Placement Studio Art-2D, Drawing, and 3D