Rhetoric Language Arts
About Ms. Maravilla
Monica Maravilla teaches Rhetoric English, Senior Thesis at Geneva. She has also taught Culinary Arts and Senior Capstone. She also serves the PTF as faculty liaison. Monica holds a B.A. in English from Athens State University.
Monica has taught English to international Junior Wimbledon players, she has taught college composition courses, and has taught ESL students in Japan. She has also worked as a technical writer.
Monica has lived in the southeastern United States most of her life, but she did spend two years in Japan and three years in England. Living overseas was a life-enriching experience for her.
“I love working at Geneva because of the students. Students come to my classroom at the Rhetoric stage, the stage at which the objectives of classical education are coming to fruition. I delight in watching great literature impact the lives of these maturing students. Equally important are my colleagues, who edify and encourage me daily, and our Geneva families, who are committed to bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Eric Von Fullgraf
About Mr. Von Fullgraf
Eric Von Fullgraf teaches Apologetics, Doctrine, and Ancient Civilization classes. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Florida and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from USF’s interdisciplinary program.
Upper Latin and Math Teacher
About Mr. Smith
Jake is a graduate of a classical Christian school in Tennessee and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He is the latin and math teacher in the upper school and economics teacher for the rhetoric school.
Before his time at Geneva, Jake served in the US Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. Most recently he has taken multiple economics classes at Polk State College for his own enrichment and is currently enrolled in mathematics classes as well.
About Mr. Strawbridge
Rick Strawbridge serves as 7th grade Ancient History and 8th-grade Greco-Roman history teacher and Geneva’s athletic director. Rick homeschooled, attended Geneva Classical Academy, and the Cambridge Study Center in Lakeland before moving to Gainesville, where he completed his BA in history from the University of Florida.
Having played football at Geneva and being a general lover of all things sports, Mr. Strawbridge has brought enthusiasm, talent and vision to the athletic department. In his first year, he expanded our basketball and soccer program, strengthened our football, archery and ladies’ volleyball programs. He is establishing a new cross country program and planning future programs in baseball and other sports.
Upper Physical Education and Math Teacher
About Mr. Smith
Kris teaches 6th-9th physical education, dialectic math and coaches cross country and track. Kris holds a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from “the greatest university in the state,” The University of Florida.
Having grown up in Jacksonville and having spent most of his life in Florida, Kris decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and earn his teaching certification. His father is a teacher and coach and his mother is an athletic director and coach. As a runner himself, Kris already has several years experience coaching cross country and track and looks forward to developing these programs at Geneva. He also loves disc golf and ping pong and is a semi-professional disc golfer.
About Ms. McMullen
Emily serves as Geneva’s dialectic and rhetoric science teacher. She graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Prior to coming to Geneva, Emily co-founded and ran an after-school science education program for middle school girls in North Carolina, and interned with a Pre-K through 12 school in St. Petersburg in their marine science education program. She is also a certified PADI divemaster, and continues to be actively involved in marine science research through a number of organizations.
Grammar Latin and Music
About Mrs. Gagnon
Karen carries out dual responsibilities at Geneva by teaching Latin to our Grammar school students in grades 3-6, and Music Appreciation to all students in Kindergarten through grade six. She also advises Geneva’s Latin Club.
Karen received a BA in (Music) Education from the University of North Florida, and has taught music in public schools, private piano lessons, directed children’s choirs, and served as a piano and organ accompanist for churches, civic groups, and schools.
While classically homeschooling her son, Geoff, she took on the challenge of teaching Latin, and through the ensuing thirteen years, has become “hooked” on this ancient language. “I am motivated by ‘debunking’ the myth that ‘Latin is a dead language,’ and by helping students and their parents learn to appreciate and enjoy this very-much-alive language.”
When asked about her Geneva experience, she says, “I love teaching at Geneva because of the emphasis on educating from a Christian worldview, a daily practice of teaching students how to think clearly and to love learning, the blessing of teaching subjects that I love, and the freedom to express my personal faith in my work.”
Performing Arts and Journalism
About Mrs. Smithson
Mrs. Smithson studied Music & Vocal Performance at University of Florida and has ample participation in stage productions at The University of Florida and Lakeland Community Theatre including operas, musicals, and scenes. She has performed with Tampa Bay Masterworks Chorale and also more locally with her Husband, Austin (flutist). She is an Instructor and a Co-Owner of Les Oiseaux – A Music Studio (private instruction in voice, theatre, flute and music theory). Her purpose in teaching is to instill an appreciation of the Arts as an integral part of God’s creation within the hearts and minds of the next generation.
About Ms. Boutwell
Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, GA. She spent time in Kandern, Germany working at Black Forest Academy as a coach, tutor, & caretaker for high school students. Megan currently teaches 6th grade at Geneva.
About Mrs. Lynam
Donna Lynam is Geneva’s 5th grade teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education as well as a Masters in Education Administration from Dallas Theological Seminary. She was formerly the Grammar School Principle at Berean Academy.
Donna has been the Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship’s night class in Tampa, Florida.
About Mrs. Smith
Terri Smith teaches fourth grade at Geneva although her experience includes first grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and Latin in the classical model. She is a graduate of Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Florida and her teaching passion is Medieval history and literature.
About Mrs. Alligood
Shelly is a passionate teacher. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she first taught a combined 2nd/3rd grade class at a charter school for arts, science, and technology. She then taught reading and math remediation which gave her experience with all elementary grade levels, Kindergarten through 6th grade.
While living in Colorado, she taught 2nd grade at a classical Christian school, and there she fell in love with the classical model.
About Mrs. Dietz
Nicki serves Geneva by teaching 2nd grade. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Liberty University. Although a Lakeland native, Nicki remained in VA for several years teaching grades 1-3.
About Mrs. Robertson
Shelia Robertson serves in the first grade classroom. Shelia is very passionate about teaching children, and instilling the love of learning in them by making teaching fun while adding creative songs and rhymes.She also loves good literature and reading to children.
Shelia is a graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and has taught in the classical Christian model many years.
About Mrs. Banks
Cyndi Banks is one of our first grade teachers. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree and has taught in the public and private school system before coming to Geneva. Prior to teaching, she worked in various roles throughout the foster care and adoption system, both state and private care.
Cyndi has a passion for children and loves to watch them grow academically and spiritually.
About Mrs. Katzaras
Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University with a minor in Psychology.
Kara taught in the Polk County Public System, then decided to stay at home after the birth of her first child. She then began homeschooling. She’s also coached PE and taught science, literature, and history in a local co-op. Homeschooling opened the door for her to learn about Charlotte Mason and the classical method of teaching.
About Mrs. Fielder
Dawn joined Geneva as kindergarten aide and now serves as the morning K4 teacher and K5-6th grade art instructor each afternoon.
She loves sharing her creativity with our energetic and enthusiastic 4-year-olds as well as with all of our artists. Whether her art complements the study of nursery rhymes and fairytales or the science of clouds and seasons, Dawn has the joy of helping introduce these young children to God’s creative and well-ordered world.
Grammar Teacher Aid
About Mrs. Hough
Hannah Hough is a teacher’s assistant and substitute in our Grammar school. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. Prior to having children, Hannah taught in the public school system for a year.
HPP 1st and 2nd
About Mrs. Nix
Kelley Nix teaches Geneva’s Homeschool Partnership Program. Participating students have the opportunity to attend special classes such as music, art, and physical education on the days that they are on campus, and follow a structured lesson plan on the days they homeschool. This program follows the same scope and sequence of the full time curriculum, and meets the high academic standards of Geneva. The Homeschool Partnership Program is a great fit for families who desire assistance and direction with lesson planning and content while seeking a homeschooling experience.
Kelly is the product of a homeschool education and has a passion for the “art” of home education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music with a minor in English from Averett University and a Master of Arts in Christian School Administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. Kelley taught various subjects in multiple schools while working through her own schooling.
A large portion of Kelley’s graduate studies was devoted to the concept of a school/parent partnership model for education, as well as the writing of curriculum and materials that would assist parents and teachers in this endeavor. The Geneva Homeschool Partnership Program is a perfect fit for both her training and passion, and she is eager to see it grow and develop.
HPP 3rd & 4th Grades
About Mrs. Schulz
Courtney teaches 3rd and 4th graders who are part of the Home-school Partnership Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida.
Culinary Chef and Teacher
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.