Meet Our Faculty

Mrs. Jamie Biansco

Biansco-JamieUpper Elementary and Middle School Program Assistant

  • A.A. Atlantic Cape Community College, Liberal Arts-Education
  • Years of education experience: 12
  • At CA: 1 year

Enjoys traveling with her husband and 12 year old daughter

Ms. Debby DeSimio

Deborah DeSimioLower Elementary Montessori Lead Teacher
& Drama Club (C.A.T.S.) Advisor

  • Montessori Elementary I and Elementary II Education Certification, Houston Montessori Center
  • B.S. Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
  • Years of education experience: 27
  • At CA: 17 years

Loves hiking, working with children and teens at her church and Heart for Missions

Mrs. Katie Forbes

Forbes-KatieLower Elementary Montessori Teacher

  • International Montessori Certification (NAMC)
  • B.S. Elementary Education, University of Phoenix
  • Years of education experience: 17
  • At CA: 4 years

Enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and relaxing at the beach

Ms. Julie Heitman

Julie HeitmanPreprimary Montessori Lead Teacher & Tennis Club Advisor

  • Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification, New Gate Center for Montessori Studies
  • B.A. English Literature, Rangoon Arts and Science University, Burma
  • Years of education experience: 16
  • At CA: 15 years

Enjoys teaching and playing tennis and spending time with her three children

Mr. Russell Hendricks

Russel Hendricks6th-8th grades Science and Health Teacher
& STEM Club Advisor

  • M.S. Biology, University of Nebraska
  • B.S. Ornamental Horticulture, University of Illinois
  • Years of education experience: 20
  • At CA: 2 years

There are some who teach and others who inspire learning. Russ has been inspiring students for the
past twenty years, cultivating a passion for science during a time when many believe math and science
literacy are on the decline in America. He earned a B.S. degree in horticulture from the University of
Illinois, as well as a M.S. in biology from the University of Nebraska, where he specialized in animal
behavior. Russ has fifteen years’ experience teaching middle and high school, six years of teaching
at the community college level, as well as experience as a wildlife biologist. Incorporating his passion for
the outdoors, Russ creates a learning environment that is immersed in critical thinking and hands on
experience. He is married to Tammy Hendricks and has six children.

Published Works:

Mrs. Christy King

Christina King5th Grade Teacher

  • B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, Warner Southern College
  • Certified in Elementary Education & Middle Grades Integrated (Grades 5-9)
  • Years of education experience: 14
  • At CA: 8 years

Mrs. King’s hobbies include spending time with her family, playing Pickleball, playing piano, singing, reading and jogging.  She is a Florida Native, married to Paul and has has three grown children.

Mrs. Susan McGuire

Susan McGuire6th – 8th grades Language Arts Teacher

  • B.A. Arts on English, Queen’s University, Canada
  • B.A. Theology, Aldersgate College, Canada
  • Years of education experience: 25
    • 21 Years teaching English in the United States
    • 3 1/2 years teaching English in Japan

Mrs. McGuire enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Jamie O’Briant

Jamie O'BriantPreprimary Montessori Lead Teacher

  • Graduate of Florida Southwestern with a degree in Early Childhood Studies
  • Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification, Center for Guided Montessori Studies
  • Years of education experience: 12
  • At CA: 8 years

Enjoys spending time with her family

Mr. Jason Osborne

Art/Music/Technology Teacher
Lower & Upper Elementary and Middle School

  • B.A. Fine Arts, Shawnee University
  • Years of education experience: 14
  • At CA: 6

Enjoys painting, playing music and collecting vintage “Masters of the Universe” figures with his son Dominic, who is in kindergarten at Charlotte Academy

Miss Sherry Rivera

Sherry RiveraSpanish, 6the – 8th grade
World Culture, pre-primary – 5th grade

  • M.S. Secondary Education
  • B.A. English with minors in Secondary Education and Theology, St. Johns University
  • Years of education experience: 27

Miss Rivera’s hobbies include reading, listening to music, Japanese culture and tea parties.  She lives with her husband Mike, their two children, Thomas and Sherry, and their cat, Luna.

Mrs. Jill Roth

Angela Roth4th Grade Teacher  & Drama Club (C.A.T.S.) Advisor

  • B.A. Elementary Education, St. Peter’s College
  • Years of education experience: 30
  • At CA: 9 years

Enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her husband and extended family

Miss Kelly Sutton

Kelly SuttonPre-primary Montessori Teacher
Pre-primary Montessori Assistant

  • Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification, New Gate Center for Montessori Studies
  • Montessori Fundamentals Certification (CGMS)
  • Attends Florida Southwestern State College for a degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Years of education experience: 6
  • At CA: 6 years

I love spending time with my family, reading, and watching the Green Bay Packers win!

Mrs. Judy Winfrey

Winfrey-Judy6th-8th grades Social Studies Teacher;
Model UN &
Builders Club Advisor

  • B.A. Elementary Education, University of Florida
  • Years of education experience: 14
  • At CA: 1 year

Enjoys spending time with her husband and three children