• Stephanie Watson


    Stephanie is the Founder and Director of Vero Beach Academy. She has a passion for helping students succeed academically and strives to provide an educational atmosphere where everyone involved can thrive.

    She was a public school teacher before starting a local tutoring company and homework center here in Vero Beach. 

    Realizing the need for a co-op that bridged the gap between traditional education and homeschooling, Vero Beach Academy was born!  

    Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is certified to teach all subject areas Kindergarten through 6th grade and specializes in reading through 8th grade.

  • BEverly Karas


    Bev has been teaching for over 25 years and brings incredible experience to Vero Beach Academy. For ten years, Bev taught in a successful community school which gives her the knowledge to guide the staff and parents toward success!

    Bev has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida Southern University. She is an encourager and loves to build the kids up in the areas in which they are growing. She has been with Vero Beach Academy since it's inception in 2015. 



    Samantha's role as Academic Coach is to effectively impact the instructional practices of the teachers and parents at Vero Beach Academy. She gives support to specific student needs through curriculum development and individual learning plans. 

    Her goal is to support students and teachers on their journey through the school year. She provides monthly Curriculum and Coffee meetings which offer parental support and strategies to effectively homeschool. 

    Samantha has a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and has been an elementary teacher for 15 years, including teaching Kindergarten at Vero Beach Academy.  She has been involved in curriculum and teacher development as a math coach in the public schools before joining the VBA family.



    Stephanie is the VBA Office Administrator handling the paperwork and payments of Vero Beach Academy. 

    She is a Registered Nurse and is available during class days on Tuesday and Thursday as needed to assist students and/or teachers in case of sickness or injury. 

  • Danielle Prue

    Pre-K  Teacher

    Danielle is a very enthusiastic teacher and her goal is to challenge and engage students through hands on learning and a positive environment. She encourages them to reach their potential and help build their confidence. 

    In her classroom, learning will come alive through lots of fun and educational songs and games. She works closely with the parents to help her students feel loved, safe, and excited to learn.

  • Lindsay Zehr

    Kindergarten  Teacher

    Lindsay believes that each learner is unique. She makes every effort to ensure that each child receives the guidance and support needed to experience success and growth. It is her priority for her class to become a family where ideas, support, and encouragement are freely given and embraced.

    She strives to help her students reach their full potential through hands-on learning in a safe, welcoming environment. Her students learn to demonstrate understanding by making their thinking visible. 

    She has been an elementary school teacher for 10 years and has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education. Lindsay began her career as a special education teacher in grades 1st-5th, then moved to a general education classroom where she taught 1st grade before joining the VBA family. 

  • Heather Matthews

    1st grade Teacher

    Heather is a very hand's on teacher that enjoys seeing children learning.  She strives to make sure that each student is engaged in learning. She looks at each individual student to identify their learning styles are and makes sure that each child is learning to the best of their ability. Heather also incorporates technology to enhance her lessons. Heather provides a safe place to learn that where students feel welcomed and loved. 

    Heather has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education and has taught at Master's Academy for ten years and in the public schools before joining the VBA family. 


    2nd Grade Teacher

    Macayla loves stimulating a high-energy classroom where the students can feel like they are a part of something more than worksheets and assignments. She take a creative, hands-on approach to teaching and seeks to accommodate all learning styles and personalities. She strives to make learning fun without compromising the high academic standards needed to allow each children to reach their full potential.

    Upon graduating, she accepted a position in the Academia Los Pinares, a bilingual school in the mountains of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At ALP, she spent four years teaching Kindergarten and spent her weekends working with impoverished children belonging to a child sponsorship program. Since moving back to the United States Macayla has had the privilege to teach first and second grade, most recently at North County Charter School.   

    Macayla holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages.) 

  • Sarah Jones

    Upper Elementary - Language Arts/Social Studies

    Sarah brings 10 years of classroom teaching experience and years of private tutoring experience to Vero Beach Academy. 

    She has taught children from preschool age through 12th grade. As a former English teacher in middle and high school, she is looking forward to incorporating English into all subjects. Her focus is meeting students where they are and encouraging their unique potential.

    Sarah earned an English Literature degree and attended Indian River State College and earned her Professional Teaching License in 6th-12th grade. She is ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) certified and is working toward her elementary certification. 

  • Susan McEachern

    3rd Grade

    In addition to her enthusiasm for the creation of inviting and engaging learning environments for children, Susan has a lifelong passion for Reading. Some her favorite authors are A.A. Milne, John Steptoe, and Dr. Seuss. She believes that regular student-teacher communication support self-reflection, self-analysis, and goal-setting skills in children. 

    She daily integrates games and hands on learning into her classroom at Vero Beach Academy. Susan has her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and worked in public/private schools for more than 20 years in Maryland.

  • Becky Kogele

    4th/5th Grade Teacher

    Becky enjoys learning from her students’ unique perspectives of the world. As a teacher, she strives to make learning fun with stimulating, engaging lessons that encourage students to “think outside the box.” 

    She was honored as “Teacher of the Year” while teaching 5thgrade. She has also developed school-wide Gifted and Science Camp programs. 

    She has taught in both public schools and private Christian schools. She is familiar with teaching Abeka as well as standards based education. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education K-12 (ESE), Gifted Education K-12, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).