• Stephanie Watson

    DIRECTOR

    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 each child 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

    Co-op Administrator

    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 LECHER

    Elementary Administrator

    Samantha's role as Elementary Administrator is to effectively impact the instructional practices of the teachers and parents at Vero Beach Academy. 


    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 served as VBA's Academic Coach last year. She has also been involved in curriculum and teacher development as a math coach in the public schools before joining the VBA family.


  • Lindsay Zehr

    Elementary Administrator

    Lindsay is gifted in teaching literacy and thrives in selecting texts that help learning come alive to her students. She excels in helping teachers and parents implement learning centers and believes that each learner is unique. She gives guidance and the support needed in each class to become a family where ideas, support, and encouragement are freely given and embraced.


    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 teaching Kindergarten. 

  • STEPHANIE REISMILLER

    REGISTERED NURSE & OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

    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.

  • Roni Rose

    Kindergarten

    Roni has been teaching since 1999 and has taught every grade level from preschool through 8th grade. She has worked in public, private and Christian schools. 


    Roni believes that she can help students see themselves as learners. Her goal is to build their self-esteem and confidence through a warm, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. Children feel successful in Roni's classroom by singing songs together, playing games,  and being engaged in challenging activities. 


    She has a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from State University of New York Potsdam. 

  • Heather Matthews

    1st grade Teacher

    Heather strives to make sure that each student is engaged in learning. She looks at each individual student to identify their learning styles and make sure that each child is growing to the best of their ability. She 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 taught at Master's Academy for ten years and in the public schools before joining the VBA family. 

  • MACAYLA MONDRAGON

    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. 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.   


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

  • Ashley Rebman

    3rd Grade

    As a life-long learner and educator, Ashley joins VBA with over 10 years of teaching experience in Christian schools.  Additionally, she has volunteered in children’s ministry and public elementary schools for more than 20 years.  


    Ashley has been a great part of our team as a long term substitute and we are excited to have her join our team as a teacher!

  • Alison Ellis

    Upper Elementary - Math, Science, History

    Alison has been an elementary school educator for six years. She loves building relationships with students and encouraging their academic and personal growth.  

     

    She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate schooling at the University of Florida and graduated with her Master of Education degree in 2013. 


  • Mary Schmidt

    Upper Elementary - Reading & Language Arts

    Mary is a former homeschooling mom who says that it was “the best time in my life!" After homeschooling for 10 years, Mary became a certified elementary school teacher and has taught in Vero Beach for the last 11 years.  


    Her passion is reading and she loves inspiring kid’s imaginations through various novels.  Since retiring this past year from full time teaching, Mary is fulfilling her dream of combining her homeschooling experience with teaching in a larger setting.