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 Here at The Rock Academy we love our faculty and staff. They are like family to us and are well qualified, trained and ready to prepare your student to be the best they can be!

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High School Math Teacher

Liz and her husband Tim were called into the education ministry since they began home educating their children in 1989. To this day, ministering to families by offering education opportunities is one of their greatest joys.


  • Bowling Green State University (1977-1980) Music Ed

  • UCF (1980-1982) Music Ed

  • SSC (2001) AA Gen Ed with Honors


Liz has been administrator and co-founder of Faith United Home Educators (1990-1998), International Community School High School Administrator (1998-2007) and Principal and math teacher at The Rock Academy (2009-Present). She has more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience and has more than 25 years of experience serving with FCCPSA, a faith based accreditation organization.

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Mrs. Hoffman and her husband Matt teach their 3 daughters through The Rock Academy. Mrs. Hoffman has been with the school since 2009 and has a passion for fine arts and bringing the creativity of the Kingdom into the classroom. Her passion is to see children realize and pursue their purpose with passion and integrity!


  • High School Graduate of International Community School 2002

  • Currently in pursuit of her AA and Bachelors in Business through SSC


Kaley has been teaching at TRA for 10+ years in the classroom and has produced over 11 major productions including 6 musicals. She is an accomplished singer and songwriter. She brings her passion for hands on learning with creative projects and group activities to her history classes as well.


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Kaley Hoffman

Vice Principal

Middle School History &

Theater Teacher

Middle School Science and

Math Teacher

Ryanne has always had a passion for science and math. As a former student of TRA, she volunteered more than 200 hours at the Ponce Marine Science Center. She graduated with honors from TRA and went on to see her dream come true of earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology in just 3 years!


  • Graduated from TRA 2015

  • Seminole State AA Degree in Gen Ed

  • USF, St. Petersburg, FL Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology


High School Science Teacher


  • North Central University Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education

  • Florida State Certified Teacher (2015-Present)


Ryanne Graham

Andy Green

Andy is well known in the homeschooling community as a successful tutor, teacher, and coach. She loves helping families reach their educational goals. Mrs. Green shares her love of learning and demonstrates to students perseverance and excellence!


Andy is currently an educational and curriculum consultant for homeschooling families and provides her services of evaluator, tutor, and writing instructor. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has been with TRA since 2016.


Ryanne is currently in her second of teaching at TRA and has brought her youth and love of science to the classroom!

Middle and High School Math Teacher


  • Attended SSC for Computer Science, Mathematics and Accounting

  • Software Developer in the private sector for 11 years

  • Computer Consultant 16 years


Joe has been working in the area of computers for nearly 30 years. He is a retired professional who brings his computer expertise and math skills to the students of TRA.

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Sidney has worked for Kidz Rock Early Learning Center from its inception in 2013. She loves helping kids to learn and has came on this year to share her creative talents of painting, drawing, sculpting and photography with the art students of The Rock Academy. She has helped them find a passion for expressing themselves through art.


Joe Hoffman

Joe has been a faithful member of The Rock Church for more than 18 years. He is committed to the purpose and calling of this house and is determined and strong. Joe defeated Covid 19 in 2020 after spending 3 months in the hospital. He is a walking miracle!

Sidney Phillips

Sidney has been a part of The Rock of Central Florida for more than 10 years. Her love for art is contagious and she loves to share that in the classroom.

Middle and High School Art Teacher

 High School History and Speech Teacher


  • Stetson University, Bachelor of Arts: Political Science/Pre-Law Minor: International Relations/Latin American Studies

  • Walden University, Masters of Science: Integrating Technology into the classroom.


Yanzza has extensive teaching experience and has been an instructor for SSC, Meadowbrook Middle School, and Galaxy Middle School. She has taught ESOL, Geography, American History, Social Science and served on numerous boards as well as serving as a mentor to teachers.



  • SSC G.E.D

  • Fluent in Spanish as a native speaker


Dianna has years of experience as a home education parent, having raised 5 children and worked closely with The Rock Academy, International Community School, and For His Glory Co-op. She is very involved with her worship team at her church and has a wonderful and warm relationship with her students.


Yanzza Rojas-Negron

Yanzza has been a vital part of the work of TRA for the last 3 years. She has volunteered, substituted and is now teaching her own classes. She is a vital part of our team helping with professional development  leading not only her students but also our faculty toward success!

Dianna Strickland

 High School History and Spanish Teacher

Dianna has been a great part of TRA since 2015. She is genuinely concerned with the growth of her students both academically and spiritually and is a demonstration of the Kingdom to each one of them.

High School English and American Gov & Eco Teacher

Trish brings her passion, innovation, and experience to TRA and has been a blessing to all who attend her classes. She consistently makes learning exciting while demonstrating her faith in a genuine and natural way.


  • State of FL Exceptional Student Education (K-12) Professional Educator's Certificate

  • Elementary Education (K-6) Professional Educator's Certificate

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Graduate Certificate

  • New Jersey Certification as a learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant

  • Rutgers (NJ) B.S. in Public Health B.A. in History

Darby is our newest faculty member and has taught all over the world including South Korea. He loves drawing, photography, reading and writing Haiku. He brings his class to life with stories from his many travels.


  • Fine Arts degree from Atlantic Union College

  • Certification in TESOL from International TEFL and TESOL Training in Thailand

  • ESL Teacher at the Orange County Library System


Darby has been teaching English since 2008 and also has a lot of experience in the field of photography. He is an accomplished artist and has experience with home education with in his own home. 

Trisha Walshe


Trish has been teaching since 1998 and has been a part of our team since 2016. Students love the interactive way she teaches making everything exciting and meaningful. Her goals are to serve typically developing and gifted students and those with disabilities by addressing their individual needs.

Darby Harvey

Middle School English Teacher

Tannia has a passion and great talent for creating an environment where children feel the wonderment of learning. She desires to connect with parents, working as a team, to see God's will fulfilled in the lives of children.


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UCF


Tannia has been a lead teacher since 2017 at a local pre-school and joins the TRA faculty for the 2020-2021 school year. Her strengths are organization and communication and she prides herself on her connection with our families.


First Grade Teacher

Marilyn and her husband home educate their son through TRA. She has used her talents for cooking and baking to bless others and taught our middle and high school classes to do the same. She loves elementary and has a passion to see her students be reach beyond their potential.


  • Early Childhood Certification: Manhattan Christian Academy, NY

  • Private Baking Business: Specialty Cakes


Marilyn has worked in early childhood education for more than 15 years. She assisted with our TRACES program for 2 years and taught cooking and baking classes to our Middle and High school students. 


Tannia Colon

Marilyn Rivera

Kindergarten Teacher

Sarah is a mother of 4 and has had her own children in The Rock Academy for several years. She is a faithful worker who loves children and wants to see them succeed!


  • High School Graduate from Davison High School in Michigan

  • Currently enrolled in Seminole State College working on her degree in Business/Accounting

Mari moved to Central FL in 2015 with her husband and children. She has two girls in the upper class at TRA and absolutely loves children. She always points her students back to Christ teaching them His principles along the way. She has had a lot of experience working with Elementary age children.


  • High School Graduate of St. Matthias High School

  • Associate of Arts Degree from IFAC in Miami, FL


Sarah Darnell

Mari Trujillo

After Care Teacher

After Care Teacher

Renata is originally from Brazil but has lived in Central FL for over 15 years. She loves Jesus with all of her heart and is a wonderful wife and mother. She loves working at The Rock Academy because it gives her the opportunity to assist students in their academic success!


  • Two year degree from Seminole State College 

  • Associate of Science in Administrative Office Management 

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Renata Sousley

Guided Study Teacher