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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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Principal

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.

EDUCATION:

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

  • UCF (1980-1982) Music Ed

  • SSC (2001) AA Gen Ed with Honors

EXPERIENCE:

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!

EDUCATION:

  • High School Graduate of International Community School 2002

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

EXPERIENCE:

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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Liz Darnell

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!

EDUCATION:

  • Graduated from TRA 2015

  • Seminole State AA Degree in Gen Ed

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

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High School Science Teacher

EDUCATION:

  • North Central University Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education

  • Florida State Certified Teacher (2015-Present)

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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!

EXPERIENCE:

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.

EXPERIENCE:

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

EDUCATION:

  • Attended SSC for Computer Science, Mathematics and Accounting

  • Software Developer in the private sector for 11 years

  • Computer Consultant 16 years

EXPERIENCE:

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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EDUCATION:

  • Details coming soon

EXPERIENCE:

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.

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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

EDUCATION:

  • 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.

EXPERIENCE:

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.

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EDUCATION:

  • SSC G.E.D

  • Fluent in Spanish as a native speaker

EXPERIENCE:

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.

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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.

EDUCATION:

  • 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

Trisha Walshe

EXPERIENCE:

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.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UCF

EXPERIENCE:

Tannia has been a lead teacher since 2017 at a local pre-school and joins the TRA faculty for the 2020-2021 school year.

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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.

EDUCATION:

  • Early Childhood Certification: Manhattan Christian Academy, NY

  • Private Baking Business: Specialty Cakes

EXPERIENCE:

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. 

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Tannia Colon

Marilyn Rivera

Kindergarten Teacher

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Sarah Darnell

Mari Trujillo

After Care Teacher

After Care Teacher

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