Administration

Rich Cali

Headmaster
About Mr. Cali

Prior to joining Geneva Classical Academy in 2010, Rich was employed for 14 years at Berean Academy, a classical Christian school in Tampa, where he served in administration as Assistant Headmaster and Interim Headmaster and as a teacher at all stages of the trivium. Rich is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BS in Communication with extra course work in literature. In addition, he also completed two years of worldview and apologetics study at the Cambridge Study Center and 13 classical Christian training conferences. His awards and recognitions in over 25 years as an educator include Senior Teacher Award from Berean Academy and Teacher of the Year from Seminole Presbyterian School. He is also an ordained ruling elder in the PCA.

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Michael Strawbridge

Upper Principal
About Mr. Strawbridge

Michael is Geneva’s Head of Upper School and teaches Latin and History in our rhetoric school. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from University of South Florida as well as a Masters of Latin from University of Florida.

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Sandy Roth 

Grammar Principal
About Mrs. Roth

Honored and privileged to join the Geneva family, Sandy’s journey in Christian education began 32 years ago as a Grammar school teacher, with 13 of those years in kindergarten and first grade.  Add that to her work in Christian school administration and years of service as an SEU education university professor and intern supervisor to uniquely qualify her as our Grammar Principal.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New York in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.) from Southeastern University. In 2011 she received the Polk County Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year Award and Information Literacy Faculty Award. 

Sandy is blessed to partner with you in Ephesians 6:4 as you bring up your precious children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” and affirms Aristotle’s words, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

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Laura McGinnis

Educational Consultant
About Mrs. McGinnis

As a graduate of the University of Florida with a Master’s in Education, she is uniquely qualified to administer the grammar campus. Laura is a Geneva parent, and her appreciation for the classical mode of education and the unique spirit at the school eventually led her to work at the school. Laura’s smiling face and infectious spirit meets the challenges of every school day. She loves children and feels that the working atmosphere and colleagues at Geneva are an incomparable blessing. She counts it a daily privilege to witness God’s provision for the future and prays that all involved with Geneva will reflect Christ in all that is done here.

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Talia Bianco

Athletic Director
About Miss. Bianco

Miss Bianco was born and raised in Lakeland and grew up very actively involved in local sport teams at Sonrise Christian School and George Jenkins High School playing volleyball, basketball, & softball. She then studied Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Science at University of South Florida. Miss Bianco is a certified personal trainer, with experience in recreation and fitness assistant, and in coaching youth sports.

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Linda Morrison

Program Director
About Mrs. Morrison

Linda’s introduction to Geneva was also her introduction to Classical education. After homeschooling her children for several years, she was attracted to Geneva’s commitment to Biblical teaching which was integrated throughout the curriculum. She taught Ancient Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey at Geneva for eight years. After a brief retirement, she returned to Geneva to aid in obtaining ACCS accreditation, and now serves as Program Director for the school. Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders form the University of Central Florida.

Linda and her husband, Gary, have three children and nine grandchildren. She is delighted that three of her grandchildren are privileged to attend GCA.

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Allyson Boutwell

Admin Registrar
About Mrs. Boutwell

Allyson was office manager and receptionist in a real estate firm before volunteering in Geneva’s office and now serves as our administrative registrar. Her first exposure to classical education came when her sister-in-law began teaching at Geneva. Allyson’s daughter, Megan, later became a Geneva Grammar teacher and now her daughter, Hannah, and two grandchildren are part of the Grammar School. Allyson has been impressed with the caliber of education and enjoys witnessing the love of learning Geneva’s teachers instill in their students.

Allyson holds BS degree in Health Education from the University of Florida and served as a heath educator with the Polk County Health Department.

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Laura Warneke

Office Administrator
About Mrs. Warneke

Laura is Geneva’s Office Administrator. Laura is an irreplaceable asset to Geneva and fulfills a variety of crucial roles spanning from grand fundraising to faithfully greeting students & parents in car line each morning.

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Lisa Moon

Receptionist
About Mrs. Moon

Lisa joined the Geneva Office Staff in 2019 as the receptionist and school nurse. Prior to her employment, she was a Geneva parent and faithful volunteer for nine years.

Her daughter, Madeline has attended Geneva since kindergarten and is now in high school. Lisa and her family are passionate about animals, owning four dogs and six cats!

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Abby Kirby

Communications Specialist
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Sheila Barceló

Culinary Chef
About Mrs. Barceló

Sheila is a professional chef with experience in food service and nutrition. Since studying culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, Sheila has become known for crafting meals that are creative and flavorful. With a holistic approach to food, she considers every ingredient and its effect on the body and mind. She is a passionate advocate for food education, especially for those at a young age, and is proud to serve the students, parents, faculty, and staff at Geneva Classical Academy.

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Kimberly Rigsby

Development Director
About Mrs. Rigsby

Kimberly is excited to have joined the Geneva family in 2020. She joins the team, bringing with her over 20 years of serving nonprofit organizations in various roles from volunteer to director, and board member. She has a Master of Public Administration degree and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Liberty University. Her work with nonprofits has included disaster relief organizations, stateside and international pregnancy centers, sustainability initiatives, discipleship ministries, and the Texas legislature. Kimberly’s favorite role is fundraising and donor development. “My spirit is alive when I’m connecting and building relationships that advance God’s work on earth!”

She is married to Marc, they have four children and two English bulldogs.

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