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Melissa Carr (5th/6th Science & 5th/6th Math)

  • B.S. in Elementary Education  (University of South Florida)
  • State Certified
  • ACSI Certified
  • 13 years teaching experience
  • 4 years teaching at OCA
  • Rated top 30% Reading and Language Arts teacher in the state of Florida
  • 2017 Commitment to Excellence Award recipient 
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Melissa's classroom reflects her love for learning and her desire for her students to succeed is evident in the way she is continually exploring new avenues of education.  Her classroom is busy and alive with excitement to learn.

 

Kim Heath (5th/6th Language & 5th/6th Bible)

  • B.S. Education  (Southern College)
  • State Certified
  • ACSI Certified
  • 13 years teaching experience
  • 9 years teaching teaching at OCA
  • 2017 Commitment to Excellence Award recipient
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Kim is responsible for teaching a wide range of academic subjects to our middle school students.  Kim tutors young readers in the Barton Reading system and is vital in the transitional process of our incoming sixth graders.

 

Tawn Jones (5th/6th History & 6th Literature)

  • B.S. Education (Florida Southern College)
  • ACSI Certified
  • State Certified
  • 22 years teaching experience
  • 3 years teaching at OCA
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Tawn's experience and love for teaching brings a much-needed component to our Middle School Prep team.  Her classroom is a calm, ordered, and varied in learning experiences. 

 

Michael Shannon (5th Grade Bible & Literature)

  • B.S. Business Administration (Harris University, Oxford)
  • Masters in Biblical Theology (Harris University, Oxford)
  • Masters in Applied Science (Harris University, Oxford)
  • ACSI Certified
  • 2 years teaching experience
  • 2nd year teaching at OCA
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Mike brings a structure and calm-orderliness to the classroom that is invaluable to Middle School Prep students giving them the opportunity to express ideas and thoughts in a safe environment.

 

Juan Ayala (Middle School Prep P.E.)

  • A.A. Information Technology  (Valencia College)
  • B.S. Sport and Exercise Science specializing in Coaching  (University of Central Florida)
  • ACSI Certified
  • 4 years teaching experience
  • 4 years teaching at OCA
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Manny's love of sports and coaching, in particular, has translated wonderfully to his position here with us.  Aside from teaching our Middle School Prep P.E. classes, he is also the assistant coach for our varsity softball team and junior varsity baseball team and the head coach of our cross country team.

 

Sophia Eplin (Middle School Prep PE)

  • AA in Elementary Education (Polk State College)
  • BA in Psychology (Southeastern)
  • 2 years teaching experience
  • 2 years teaching at OCA
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After filling in in Middle School history for us last year, Sophia is moving to our PE department.  Her love for our enrichment classes along with her genuine care for our students bodes well to the success of our enrichment program.

 

 

Cara Gall (Middle School Prep Librarian)

  • B.A. English Literature (University of South Florida)
  • Master's in Information and Library Sciences (University of South Florida)
  • ACSI Certified
  • 7 years teaching experience
  • 7 years teaching at OCA
  • 2014 Power of One Award recipient
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Cara's love for books and learning makes her a wonderful fit as our librarian.  She is always looking for new ways to inspire that love in her students through multiple platforms across all ages.  She also engages the students in the inner workings of how a library works, as well as how to search for information in the digital age.  Her library is a go-to place for our students.