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Natalie Amore 
(Spanish)

Mrs. Amore earned her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of South Florida, where she was granted the opportunity to teach virtual Beginning and Intermediate Spanish. Since this Tampa native relocated to Orlando, she's been working with the Orange County Public Schools teaching primary general education and Spanish. With her diverse teaching background, she appreciates the innovative education provided by a virtual classroom to the students of tomorrow! Mrs. Amore enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and dog.



Lacey Anderson (Language Arts)

Mrs. Anderson attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and Stetson University where she earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been with OCPS for 13 years, working as a Language Arts teacher and ESOL CT at Chain of Lakes Middle, an Administrator in Instructional Design at the district office, and now as an English and Peer Counseling teacher at OCVS, where she absolutely love the virtual environment. 
Mrs. Anderson and her husband have two amazing children, four-year-old Weston and eight-month-old Reese. Mrs. Anderson likes to spend as much time as she can with family, playing outside, shopping, swimming and going to the park.


Jessica Ayuso (Language Arts)
Mrs. Ayuso holds a B.S. degree from the University of Central Florida in English Language Arts Education. She started teaching for Orange County Public Schools in 2015 and joined the OCVS team in 2017. Mrs. Ayuso is married and is the proud mother of a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Trooper. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, reading, writing, and traveling with her husband. 



Jennifer Badeaux (HOPE)
Ms. Badeaux has been an educator for the last 10 years and has taught all grades from Pre-K to High School. Her roles have included everything from being a classroom teacher, virtual teacher and ESE specialist over the course of those years. She first received her B.A. in Sociology/ Communications from Georgia State University before continuing on to complete her Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Badeaux loves to be outside exploring and active with her family and can be found at many band events for her daughter or doing Adventure Runs with her family.


Jane Besuden (Elementary)
Mrs. Besuden holds a BSBA degree in Accounting and an M.Ed. She earned National Board certification in 2006. She was voted Teacher of the Year in 2007. Mrs. Besuden began in the education field in 1989 as a substitute teacher and has taught Kindergarten through adult education. She holds teaching certifications in Elementary Education, ESOL, and Business Education. She has been an OCVS team member since 2012. She adores Star Trek. Live long and prosper!


Tim Besuden (Science)
Mr. Besuden holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and is a published author. After spending over 25 years in the industry, he returned to school to earn his teaching certification. Mr. Besuden is certified to teach all middle and high school sciences. Additionally, he is certified to teach AP Environmental Science and AP Biology. Mr. Besuden has been an OCVS team member since 2011.


Tammy Boisvert (Math)
Ms. Boisvert earned her MEd in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida. She began her teaching career in 2002 at her alma mater, Oak Ridge High School, and has been teaching secondary mathematics ever since. She is a recipient of Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Award. She loves playing tennis and is the Girls Varsity Tennis Coach at Lake Nona High School. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing by pools, beaches, on boats, spending time with her family, and laughing at her pet pig Hammy. 


Kevin Booker (Math)
Mr. Booker grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Wittenberg University in 1999, then later received a M. A. from Stetson University in 2011. He left Ohio for the warmer weather of Florida and started teaching for Orange County Public Schools in 2000. He taught at Pine Castle for two years, then moved on to Walker Middle School and eventually on to Dr. Phillips High School. Mr. Booker has been teaching virtual school for the last seven years and loves the virtual setting. He is married with two daughters and two dogs. When he can get away from the computer, Mr. Booker enjoys fishing and golf.

Acacia Page Brinson (Drivers Ed)
Mrs. Brinson is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She will soon earn her Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Florida International University. She has been teaching for five years and currently teaches Driver Education and Traffic Safety with OCVS. Mrs. Brinson is married with one daughter and loves to travel and spend time with her family.
  

Carrie Broussard (HOPE)
Mrs. Broussard is currently a physical education teacher with OCVS. She graduated from Winthrop University, in 2003, with a BS degree in Education and certifications in Health and Physical Education K-12.  This is her tenth year of teaching physical education and she has taught grades K-12 in both the brick & mortar setting as well as in the virtual world.  Mrs. Broussard enjoys making connections with her students and is always open to being silly to help others feel comfortable in this learning environment. She has a wonderful husband of nine years and two boys, Dodson (7) and Caelum (5). She loves to travel, play with her kids, as well as coach volleyball and track & field.

Emma Cadman (Instructional Coach)
Mrs. Cadman grew up in Worcester, England. After moving to Florida, she earned her English Education degree from UCF and, in 1996, began teaching in Orange County.  Several years later, she earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and transitioned into an Instructional and Digital Coach position. Mrs. Cadman is passionate about her family – she is married, with two sons and two daughters. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves to backpack, kayak, and paddleboard and hopes to hike the 1000+ mile Mountains to Sea Trail.


Laura Caperton (Math)
Mrs. Caperton earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from UCF in 2004. Soon after graduation, she started teaching and has taught 2nd-4th grade for eight years at Apopka Elementary and Tangelo Park Elementary. She left the classroom to become a Math Coach with School Transformation Office in the district for three years. During this time, Mr.s Caperton worked to improve the highest needs schools in the district. She is married and has two children who attend Dream Lake Elementary. She enjoys spending time with church friends and her family


Lindsey Carter
 (HOPE)
Mrs. Carter earned her B.A. degree in Physical Education in 2005 from Florida State University. She started her career at Dr. Phillips High School in the fall of 2005, teaching physical education and aerobics classes.  She then got certified in Health to begin teaching H.O.P.E. classes at the high school.  While at Dr. Phillips, Mrs. Carter was also the head girls’ varsity volleyball coach (2006-2015) and assistant weightlifting coach. She became a stay at home mom for a couple years in 2013 when she welcomed her second daughter to the family.  Mrs. Carter’s two daughters love to be outdoors at the beach or on the lake doing water sports with her and her husband, Richard.  They also love to watch sporting events like FSU football, Rays Baseball, and Orlando City Soccer.  Mrs. Carter has been with OCVS since 2015, teaching HOPE and Drivers Ed. 


Antoinette Cuomo-Yokel (Drivers Ed)
Mrs. Cuomo-Yokel earned her B.S in Elementary Education from SUNY Fredonia in 2003 and went on to complete her M.S in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University in 2005. She has been teaching various grade levels and subject areas for the past 14 years.  Since 2014 she has been working at OCVS full time and has been teaching Drivers Education and Traffic Safety. Mrs. Cuomo-Yokel is married, has one daughter, and two dogs who are full of lots of love and energy. She enjoys being out in the sun, staying active through CrossFit, and spending lots of quality time with her family and friends.

Melanie Curran (HOPE)
Mrs. Curran obtained her B.A. degree in Health Education along with her M.A. degree in Counseling and Psychology from Florida State University. She attended Nova University and obtained her ED. S. in Educational Leadership.  Mrs. Curran started teaching in Orange County Public Schools in 1995.  She has taught numerous courses, along with being a Guidance Counselor and Administrator. Mrs. Curran is married to Thomas Curran and has one adult son, Michael.  She enjoys kayaking, yoga, running, and spending time with her fur babies.  

Tom Curran (HOPE)
Mr. Curran started teaching with OCPS in 1995 as a Physical Education teacher and coach.  He has coached at the middle school level (basketball, soccer, track, and volleyball) and at the High school level (football and baseball).  He was also a High School Health teacher, SAFE coordinator, Dean and Athletic Director. Mr. Curran has worked for Orange County Virtual School for the last five years and teaches all Health and Physical Education courses along with Drivers Education.  He is married to wife Melanie of 23 years and has one son, Michael.  


Devan Edgarton (Math)
Mr. Edgarton is a passionate mathematics teacher who is excited to see his students succeed, especially through the use of technology. He is a graduate of Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia. In his free time, he loves to be with his beautiful wife and three children. They especially love everything Disney.



Ashley Felton (HOPE)
Ms. Felton earned her B.S. degree in Physical Education from UCF in 1997. After graduation, she began her OCPS career, teaching Health/PE and coaching basketball for five years at Colonial High School. She then spent time at a few other OCPS schools but finally found her way back to Colonial, where she spent the last five years. Although she is now with OCVS, she will still be coaching Grenadier basketball, which is her passion. Ms. Felton has a daughter in high school and two sons, one in elementary school and one in middle school. When she is not working or coaching, Ms. Felton enjoys cooking, exercising, and traveling anywhere she can relax in the sun. 


Alexsis Ferguson (Science)
Mrs. Ferguson earned her B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina.  She is has enjoyed various avenues of education from working in curriculum and teaching at the Orlando Science Center to the High School Classroom, and now virtual education. She currently is a part of the OCVS Science Club where students get a hands-on experience with science labs along with the virtual experience of their science classes. Mrs. Ferguson is married and just had a son this year - she is loving being a new mom! Mrs. Ferguson also loves a variety of outdoor events including being an avid horseback rider since the age of 3. 


Lawrence Fisher (Science)
Mr. Fisher graduated from Winter Park HS, served a two-year church mission in South Korea, and received bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Botany with a minor in Chemistry from BYU. He worked as a biologist for several years before teaching Science courses at Valencia State College. He has been teaching various Science courses and coaching sports for OCPS since 1997. He and his wife Stacey raised three sons; his youngest is a senior studying Engineering at BYU. He enjoys playing sports, nature, music, gardening, reading, writing, hiking and playing with his granddaughter.


Dennys Flores (Spanish)
Mr. Flores earned a B.S. degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York in 1995. He started teaching in Orange County in 2006 and is certified in both Social Studies and Spanish. Mr. Flores has been teaching Spanish at the middle school level for more than 10 years. He is married and has four children. He enjoys bike riding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Stephanie Friedl (Spanish)
Mrs. Friedl graduated from UCF with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and then worked in various areas of Wells Fargo (banking, mortgage, etc.) until her second child was born. After staying home with him for two years, she decided to go back to work. Her husband had worked in the elevator trade for about 10 years at that point, and she ended up in elevator sales in Dallas. When her family moved to Florida, Ms. Friedl continued in sales at a staffing company. She had always loved Spanish and learned it in a very unique way. When she decided that she wanted to do something with what she loved and could also make a difference, she knew that teaching virtual Spanish was the answer!



Theresa Gindlesperger (Language Arts)
Mrs. Gindlesperger grew up in New York and earned her B.S. degree in English Language Arts Education in 1999 and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership in 2002, both from the University of Central Florida. She started teaching in Orange County in 2001 and has served as an English teacher in all grade levels 6-12, an elementary school Media Specialist, a middle school Literacy Coach, and a district Curriculum Specialist. She was selected to serve on the committee to review and revise the Florida Teacher Certification Exam, she is a recipient of Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Award, and she has written and published several books. Mrs. Gindlesperger and her husband, also a teacher, are avid fitness and sports fans. Their favorite athlete is their daughter, Elle, who swims for Trinity Prep Aquatics, and they have three rescue cats - Pan, Grace, and Primrose.


Monique Hall (Spanish)
Mrs. Hall is from Pittsburgh, PA and attended the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American Studies. After living in Coast Rica for a few years, she moved to Orlando to begin a career teaching Spanish. In the past 12 years that she has been with OPS, Mrs. Hall has had the privilege of teaching all levels, from beginning to Advanced Placement. When not inspiring future leaders, she enjoys spending time with her husband and the newest member of her family, a baby boy. Mrs. Hall also enjoys traveling and working out.

Krista Harry (Language Arts)
Ms. Harry earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and her M.S. degree in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Criminal Profiling, all from the University of Central Florida. She started teaching in Orange County in 2005. She taught at Apopka Middle School, Apopka High School, and has been an instructor at Orange County Virtual School since 2014. Ms. Harry enjoys reading, creating skincare products from scratch, sewing, attending craft fairs, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.


Chris Hinton (HOPE)
Mr. Hinton earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. He taught Physical Education at South Creek Middle School for three years. He is also an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and still serving in the Army National Guard. Mr. Hinton is married and has one child, a baby boy who is currently three months old. He loves sports and the outdoors. Ice hockey is his favorite sport, followed by football, baseball, and lacrosse. He also enjoys surfing, golf, art, camping, and spending time with friends and family.


Danielle Houston (HOPE)
Mrs. Houston earned her B.S. degree in Physical Education Teacher Education in 2011 from West Virginia University. She started teaching in Orange County in 2012 at Freedom High School, where she taught HOPE and weightlifting. She has also coached cheer, softball, and sponsored the hip-hop dance team, Internal Beatz. She spent most of the 2016-2017 school year teaching 7th-grade Physical Education at Hunter's Creek Middle before joining OCVS. Mrs. Houston is married and has two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to Disney, attending sporting events and anything outdoors.


Lori Johnson (Math)
Mrs. Johnson earned her B.A. degree in Business Finance in 1994 from the University of South Florida. She started teaching in Orange County in 1998 and has been a Mathematics teacher at Apopka High School and Ocoee High School before joining OCVS. Mrs. Johnson is married and has three daughters and two sons, ages 17-27. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Kenneth Jones (Social Studies)
Mr. Jones is a certified and highly qualified Social Studies teacher. His passion is mentoring and helping students achieve their goals. He also enjoys attending a variety of high school sporting events (especially football, basketball, and track) and spending time with his family and friends.


Angela Kerins (Math)
Mrs. Kerins earned her B.S. and M.S. degree in Mathematics Education from Florida State University. She began her teaching career at her high school alma mater and has been teaching secondary mathematics since 2004. Mrs. Kerins is married, has two sons, one daughter, two cats, and one dog. In the fall, you will find her immersed in all things college football and outside of that, she loves to photograph her family enjoying life. Together, they enjoy visiting Disney as often as possible and going on adventures in Florida state parks. 


Brandy Kurn (HOPE)
Mrs. Kurn earned her B.S. degree in Health Sciences from the State University of New York-Cortland. She joined Orange County Schools in 2004. Aside from Orange County Virtual School, Mrs. Kurn has taught at Dr. Phillip’s High School and Apopka Middle School. Mrs. Kurn is married and has a young daughter as well as three dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning new things, people, travel, and photography.


LeAndra Lalanne
 (Language Arts)
Mrs. Lalanne earned her B.S. degree in Journalism, minor in English, from the University of Florida in 2011. She taught English and Theater in Lake County for seven years before joining Orange County Virtual School. A native Floridian, her passion for English literature stems from her love of reading, theater, and traveling. Mrs. Lalanne's other hobbies include writing, singing, solving puzzles, frequenting Disney parks around the world, and spending time with her husband, young son, and other family and friends.

Renée Lohr (Blended Specialist)
Mrs. Lohr earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from Ohio State University. She began teaching with Orange County Public Schools in 2002 and joined OCVS during its inaugural year in 2010 as a mathematics teacher. Currently, she is a Lead Teacher. She was voted Teacher of the Year in 2017. Mrs. Lohr is happily married with two children and enjoys being outside, anything sports related, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.

Amárilys López Piñeiro (Spanish)
Mrs. López Piñeiro is from Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean. She was a History and Spanish teacher for thirteen years with the Department of Education in Puerto Rico and an adjunct professor at Ana G. Mendez University. Mrs. López Piñeiro has a Master’s degree in Humanities and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UPR Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She loves to spend time with my family and take trips. 

Michelle Lyon (Math)
Mrs. Lyon is a passionate educator with a Computer Science degree from Rollins and an MBA from UCF. Her teaching career began in 2009 at Windermere Prep before settling in with Orange County Public Schools. She taught at Edgewater HS from 2011-15 before joining Orange County Virtual School and has taught all levels of high school Math. Mrs. Lyon is married with a four-year-old son (Anderson) and a greyhound-beagle dog (Kona). She enjoys playing and coaching volleyball in her free time. 

James Mason (Science)
Mr. Mason earned his B.S. in Science Education at USF in 2014 and is dual certified in Biology and Chemistry.  He came into teaching after spending nine years in the US Army and three years managing a Scuba Diving shop.  Mr. Mason has worked as a high school Science teacher, JV head football coach and Varsity running backs coach for three years in Pasco County before joining the OCVS team in March 2017. He is married and has two daughters. He enjoys all sports, video games, comic books (both Marvel and DC) and spending time with his family. 


Glenn Marsh (Drivers Ed)
Mr. Marsh earned his B.A. degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida in 1990 and began teaching the same year. He was a three Letterman for UCF’s football team from 1987-1989. He added his Driver’s Education and Traffic Safety endorsement in 1994. He began teaching in Orange County in 2003 and has taught ESE and Drivers Education throughout that time. He has three children that attend Elementary and Middle school in Orange County. He enjoys coaching his children in sports and going to the beach.


Vanessa Marshall (Blended Specialist)
Mrs. Marshall earned her B.S. degree in Health Information Management from Florida A&M University in 1995 and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2002 from Nova Southeastern University.  She began teaching part-time in 1997 where she found her calling to the field of education.  She did what she had to do to transition to teaching full-time.  In the early years of teaching, Mrs. Marshall taught many courses which include Adult ESOL, Biology, Math and Middle School Science.  For 16 years, Mrs. Marshall served as an Assistant Principal for 16 years. In October 2016, she decided to work part-time to focus on her family.  She is married and has two children that keep her busy with football, cheer,  AAU basketball and volleyball.  Their activities are the core of her enjoyment.  In addition to her family, Mrs. Marshall enjoys the beach, traveling, learning new skills and loving life!  

Joel Martel (HOPE)
Mr. Martel earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education in 1992 from Springfield College and his M.A. degree in Education in 1999 from Trinity College of Vermont.  He has been teaching for the past 25 years and started in Orange County in 2002. He has been a Physical Education and Health teacher at Odyssey Middle, Lake Nona High and Lake Nona Middle School for the past 15 years. Mr. Martel is married and has one son, Maxwell (Max), who is three years old. He enjoys attending a variety of sporting events (especially basketball and football), concerts, movies, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Krystal Martel (HOPE)
Mrs. Martel earned her B.A. degree in Health Education from Florida State in 2008, and her M.A. degree in Special Education from the University of Central Florida in 2011. She started teaching in Orange County in 2009 and has been a Health teach at Winter Park High School and a Physical Education teacher at Lake Nona Middle School. Mrs. Martel is married and has one son, Maxwell. She enjoys attending a variety of sporting events (especially FSU and UCF football), working out, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tatyana R. McCall (Resource)
Ms. McCall earned her B.S. degree in Business Management and her MBA degree in Management and Marketing. She is a candidate for her Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Walden University where her dissertation will be on “Effective Operational and Management Strategies in Virtual Education”. She is an accomplished educator and entrepreneur and has been teaching business at the collegiate level for 10 years. Ms. McCall started working at Orange County Virtual School in 2015 and enjoys the innovative, student-centered learning environment.  She is the proud mother of three sons; gifted student-athletes. She enjoys attending all of their sporting events (Football, Basketball, and Track & Field), and in her spare time she loves to travel, play tennis, cook, sing, and spend time with her family and friends.

Gina McNeil (French)
Mrs. McNeil earned her B.A. degree in French from Louisiana State University and continued her postgraduate studies there in Education.  One of her semesters at LSU was spent abroad in Paris.  In 2006, she earned her National Board Teaching Certification. Although she has taught in Louisiana and Oregon, most of her 20 years of teaching has been in Orange County where she was honored as Teacher of the Year at both West Orange High School and Lakeview Middle School.  Mrs. McNeil is married with two daughters and a rescued Boxer named Hank. She loves watching her girls run track/play soccer, volunteering at her church and in the community, and relaxing at the beach.

Bethany Miller (Art)
Mrs. Miller earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from the University of Central Florida. She started teaching in Orange County in 2005. She is an accomplished Art Educator with over twelve years of classroom teaching experience. She began her career at Lockhart Elementary and was the Art Teacher at Waterford Elementary for the past nine years before joining OCVS. Mrs. Miller is married and has a daughter and son. She enjoys spending time at the beach and being creative.


Celita Mitchell (Math)
Ms. Mitchell attended Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL where she was a dual major student earning a B.S. degree in both Mathematics Education as well as Accounting. She continued her education at Nova Southeastern University’s graduate school in the Educational Leadership Masters Program. She has taught math and business courses, at both the middle and high school level, for the past five years. She loves to see people reach their full potential and is fulfilled when she can assist them on that journey. She has two beautiful children, a daughter named Zuri and a son named Tahmare. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places. 


Raphael A. Mizzell (Art)
Dr. Mizzell has worked in the educational realm for the past 17 years after playing Division IA collegiate football at East Carolina University and Semi-Pro football in Tallahassee. He earned his undergraduate degree in fine arts at Florida A & M University (1997) and a Master in Fine Arts at Florida State University (2000). Dr. Mizzell started teaching in Orange County Public Schools in 2000 as an Art teacher at Robinswood Middle School. He then pursued his Doctorate degree in Education at Nova Southeastern University and completed in 2006. Dr. Mizzell’s professional career outside of academia includes, not limited to inventing, writing books, painting as well as a considerable career in freelance art.


Nichole Nickson (HOPE)
Ms. Nickson earned her B.S. from the University of Central Florida in Sport and Exercise Science. She started teaching HOPE in Orange County in 2016 and previously taught PE in Lake County. Ms. Nickson works with Special Olympics in various sports throughout the county. She enjoys football, running and spending time with her family.


Arelis Pantojas (Spanish)
Mrs. Pantojas is from San Juan, Puerto Rico which is located in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. She has been teaching in Florida for about eight years and is certified in World Languages-Spanish K-12, PreK-Primary (3rd Grade), and Family and Consumer Science. Mrs. Pantojas has an Undergraduate Degree from California State University in Spanish Language and Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Ed in Early Childhood Education from Trident University and is currently working towards adding  Educational Leadership to her FL Professional Certification. On a personal level, Mrs. Pantajos enjoys spending time with her granddaughters. she also loves dancing and family game nights. 


Monique Parker (Social Studies)
Mrs. Parker earned her B.S. degree in Human Resource Management with a Psychology minor from Florida State University and an M.S. degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University. She holds three educational certificates in Social Sciences, Middle Grades, & Guidance. She has taught within the OCPS district since 2007 and with OCVS since 2010. She also is an author & ministry leader. She loves to spend time with her husband and their four children.

Brian Patterson (Social Studies) Mr. Patterson earned a B.A. degree in Secondary Education/ Social Studies from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Arts degree in from Nova University. He started teaching in Orange County in 2000 at Robinswood Middle School, then spent 10 years at Jones High School as a Social Studies teacher in the AP and IB programs and later, the Social Studies instructional coach.  Mr. Patterson has two daughters, three years old and five years old. He enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his family.


Susan Patterson (Language Arts)
Mrs. Patterson earned her B.A. degree in English and Communications from Syracuse University. She got her M.A. degree in School Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Patterson started working for OCPS in 2007. She has worked with elementary, middle and high school students. Mrs. Patterson has been married for eight years to a fellow educator, which is great because they can share work woes and joys. They have two little girls who are just awesome (although she may be a tad biased about that). She loves swimming, taking walks, as well as having fun adventures with her family.


Dawn Petch (Instructional Coach)
Mrs. Petch earned her B.S. degree in Career and Technical Education in 2005, and her M.A. degree in Career and Technical Education in 2015, both from the University of Central Florida. Her teaching career began at Ocoee High School in 2005, but she has spent the last eight years as an online instructor at Florida Virtual School where she taught courses such as Leadership, Career Research and Decision Making, and Intro to IT. Mrs. Petch is married, has one daughter who is nine and a son who is seven. She enjoys cheering her daughter on in competitive gymnastics and her son in little league baseball, traveling, beach days, and spending time with family and friends. 


Renee Phillips (Blended Specialist)
Mrs. Phillips’ educational career commenced in 1994, after earning her B.S. degree in Math Education and Minor in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She taught in public schools for 12 years before serving as an online instructor and learning specialist at Florida Virtual School in 2006. Mrs. Phillips is married, has two beautiful children and two dogs.  She enjoys dancing, crafts, traveling, outdoor activities and spending quality time with her family.

Marcia Prewitt (Business Ed)
Ms. Prewitt earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Florida A& M University. After working in the industry, she returned to college to obtain her Education Certification. She started her Business Education teaching career in 1997 at Evans HS, then Timber Creek HS (2006 -2013), and Orange Technical College (2013 – 2016). She has been with Orange County Virtual School (OCVS) since 2013 as a part-time instructor. In 2016, she became a full-time instructor for OCVS. She currently holds the following certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ms. Prewitt has two daughters and enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Bryanna Rankin (Language Arts) Mrs. Rankin graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Language Arts.  Years later, she earned a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration. After 12 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Mrs. Rankin started teaching English and Journalism at Bishop Moore. She then went to Cypress Creek HS where she taught Gifted studies in the IB  Program. She has spent the past 20 years teaching senior English at Edgewater HS, where she also served as the senior class sponsor and girls’ tennis coach.  Mrs. Rankin has two daughters who are married and four darling grandchildren. Her youngest daughter, Lindsey Carter, teaches HOPE/PE/Driver’s Ed for OCVS. Mrs. Rankin loves the beach and traveling abroad. Jessica Rapp (Mathematics) Mrs. Rapp holds a B.A. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She began her career as a statistician for the Space Shuttle program with United Space Alliance. Once the Space Shuttle was retired, she decided to become a teacher and utilize her experience to help inspire young mathematicians to pursue careers in STEM fields. She returned to school and earned an M.A. degree in Teaching, Secondary Mathematics from UCF. Prior to teaching for OCVS, Mrs. Rapp worked at Lake Nona High School for seven years. She is married with three children who keep her very busy with soccer, gymnastics, and all things Disney.
Holly Raymond (HOPE)
Mrs. Raymond joined OCVS in 2017, spending the last five years as a PE teacher and Athletic Director for the Diocese of Orlando.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Performance, emphasis on Athletic Training, and a minor in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She completed her master’s degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.  Mrs. Raymond has been teaching since 2001 in the subjects of PE, Dance, and Health to students ages three all the way through 12th
 graders.  She enjoys all aspects of fitness and spends much of her free time traveling with her husband to introduce their children to the wonders of the USA.  

Autumn Reyes-Sokolowsky (Social Studies)
Mrs. Reyes-Sokolowsky earned her B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida in 2011. She went on to obtain her Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in 2014 and then her Masters in History from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Education specializing in Teacher Leadership. She began working for OCPS in 2012 as a Social Studies teacher and is certified in Social Studies and Educational Leadership. Mrs. Reyes-Sokolowsky is married and has a three-year-old son. In her free time, she likes to read and relax with her family. 


Katherine Flores Sabattini (Business Ed)
Ms. Sabattini earned her MBA in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University in FL and a BBA in International Marketing from Baruch College in NY. She is pursuing her second Master's Degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. Prior to teaching, Ms. Sabattini worked in international marketing communications, real estate, and sales. In 2009, she began her teaching career as a Business Education teacher at Treasure HS in Port St. Lucie. Her family relocated to Orlando and she worked as a substitute teacher before teaching Spanish 2 at SunRidge Middle School in Winter Graden. Ms. Sabattini enjoys spending time with her two boys and family, traveling, and loves the beach.

Carmen Santiago (Spanish)
Mrs. Santiago studied at the University of Puerto Rico (B. A. degree in Secondary Education / Biology, 1983), University of Phoenix (M. A. degree in Administration and Supervision, 1987), and University of Maryland (Spanish teacher certification program, 1996). She has taught Science and Spanish since 1983 in Puerto Rico, NYC, Maryland, and Florida, as well as served in the U.S. Army (1987 – 1990). She has four grown children and seven grandchildren. She loves traveling, hiking, working out, and dancing.

Kyle Shelanskey (Social Studies)
Mr. Shelanskey earned his B.A. degree in History and Secondary Education from Bradley University in 2012. He started teaching at Orange County Virtual School in 2014 as a high school History teacher. Originally from Chicago, he has lived in central Florida for four years. In his spare time, Mr. Shelanskey enjoys going to the beach and playing volleyball, reading, watching sports and movies.


Brandon Siefker (Drivers Ed)
Mr. Siefker attended college at the University of Nevada playing football and majoring in Social Studies. He began teaching for Orange County in 2006 at Dr. Phillips High School before moving on to Apopka High School. He started at Orange County Virtual School during its inaugural year as a part-time Social Studies teacher and currently teaches Drivers Ed. He is married, has three-year-old twins, and enjoys learning about Colonial American History, cooking, and watching football, baseball, and hockey - rooting for Boston teams!  

Angeles Silva-Johnson (Spanish)
Mrs. Silva-Johnson earned her B.A. degree in Spanish at Northeastern Illinois University and her M.A. degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. In addition, she has completed the English for Speaker of Other Languages Endorsement. She started teaching in OCPS in 1991 and has served in many different capacities, including Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal. She has been married for 25 years to Kevin Johnson who is also a teacher in OCPS. She has two lovely daughters & three dogs. Her hobbies include cooking, going to the movies, and trying to put a smile on people's faces!

Jennifer Silvers (Social Studies)
Mrs. Silvers earned a B.A. degree in Communications: Graphic Design from Ramapo College in 2001, then completed a graduate-level Elementary Education certification program at New Jersey City University in 2003. She is currently working towards an M.A. degree in Instructional Design & Technology from UCF. Mrs. Silvers was a Kindergarten teacher in New Jersey before moving to Florida in 2006 where she then taught various grade levels and subjects in both Seminole and Orange County schools. She also worked at both Huntington & Sylvan Learning Centers for 10 years, tutoring K-8 and high school SAT Prep. Mrs. Silvers joined OCVS in 2010 during its first year and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2016. She lives in Clermont with her husband, dog, and cat, and she enjoys traveling the world (loves learning about the culture and history of the places she visits!), photography, reading, art, singing, and visiting the Disney parks & resorts.

Susan Skibicki (Science)
Mrs. Skibicki holds a B.S. degree in Business and is working towards her Master’s in Science Education from Western Governor’s University.  She has taught Science and Math for ten years, the last five in a virtual setting. In 2016, she was recognized by the State of Florida as “being one of the highest impact teachers in the state”.  Mrs. Skibicki has been married for 29 years and has three wonderful grown children.  In her free time, she loves to read, cook, and sew.

Manal Sohel (Elementary Reading)
Mrs. Sohel is a UCF graduate. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. She has taught middle school Reading and was an Instructional Coach for Seminole County Public Schools. Her favorite sports are football and basketball. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kanchan "Kay" Sujanani (Math)
Ms. Sujanani is certified in Mathematics 9-12, as well as Biology 9-12, but prefers Mathematics to be her main focus. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, International Relations, and minor in Comparative Politics. She also received a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences: Biomedical Sciences, and a minor in Public Health and Physics from the University of South Florida, as well as a Master’s degree in Mathematics in Teaching and Applied Mathematics. She enjoys traveling and food, but her true passion lies in seeing her students flourish.

Sandra Thuringer (Reading)
Mrs. Thuringer earned her B.S. degree in Human Resource Development from the UF in 1997, and her M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from GCU in 2011. She started teaching in Orange County in 2004 as a Kindergarten teacher. She moved to Texas for two years, where she taught First and Sixth grades. She came back to Orange County in 2008 and taught at an elementary school. She started with OCVS during its inception year in 2010 as a part-time Electives teacher. Mrs. Thuringer is certified in K-6 Elementary, Reading K-12, Business Electives 6-12, and ESOL. She is married with one daughter (LeeAnn) and one son (Jason). She enjoys attending her son’s soccer games and her daughter’s archery and volleyball games. She also enjoys volunteering in many different facets and spending time with her family and friends.


Marilyn Torres (Spanish)
Mrs. Torres earned her B.A. degree in Secondary Education, minor in English in 1992 from PUCPR, and her M.A. degree in Arts of Education, minor in Technology from Caribbean University in 2004. She continued towards a Doctorate degree in 2005 in Curriculum and Teaching, and Educational Leadership. She started teaching in 1991 in Puerto Rico. In 2012, Mrs. Torres came to the United States and worked as a high school English teacher and then as a lead teacher in Osceola County. In 2014, she joined OCVS as a Spanish teacher. Mrs. Torres is married and has one daughter. She enjoys attending a variety of sporting events (mostly soccer and karate) with her family, attending her daughter's violin concerts, and traveling to see family and friends.

Anne Walsh (Instructional Coach)
Mrs. Walsh is from the great state of Ohio, where she earned her A.A.S. in Computer Technology, B.S.B.A and M.B.A degrees. She began teaching at the college level, and then switched to public school to fit her family’s schedule. Having started her OCPS career in 1999, most of her teaching years were spent at West Orange HS. After working as a District Instructional Coach, Mrs. Walsh joined the OCVS family. She and her husband have three adult sons, and she enjoys family time at the beach, reading, crocheting, and long walks. Her favorite quote: Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.


Deberoh Watkins (Testing Coordinator)
Mrs. Watkins attendedUCF where she obtained a B.A. in Education when her last child started school. Three years later, she attended Nova Southeastern where she earned an M.A. in Reading. Five years later, she obtained an Ed.S in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Watkins has worked for OCPS for 15 years teaching K-8, coaching, serving as an Admin Dean, and now as the Testing Coordinator for OCVS. She has been married for 30 years and has four children. Her youngest son is also attending UCF to earn an Education degree. Mrs. Watkins loves to read, write, and run. She also loves to travel the country with her husband Bob, looking for fun running races and interesting Western art.


DeMetra Williams (Social Studies)
Dr. Williams earned her B.A. degree in History in 2001 and her B.S. degree in Secondary Education in 2002, both from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her MEd degree in Educational Leadership in 2009 from Troy University. She also earned an EDD degree in Educational Leadership in 2015 from Northcentral University. She started teaching in Orange County in 2002. She has worked in a variety of school settings over the past 15 years but has spent the last five years in a virtual setting. Dr. Williams is married and has one son. She enjoys watching college sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Bryan Wright (HOPE)
Mr. Wright holds a B.S. Degree in Sports and Fitness from the University of Central Florida (2009) and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University (2012).  Right before graduating from UCF, he joined the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League as Assistant Equipment Manager for the Inaugural season in 2009 thru 2010 when the team moved.  Mr. Wright started teaching Physical Education in 2012 at Renaissance Charter K-8 in Orange County and was the Dean of Students from 2015 thru 2017.  His outside activities include spending time with family, volunteering with his son's scout pack, camping, hiking, and football