• 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 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.


    Co-op 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

    Early Education 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. 

  • BEverly Karas

    Business education 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. 



    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.

  • Jennifer Denning


    Jennifer Denning is excited to be joining the VBA family as our new Kindergarten teacher. She is excited to bring her love of learning and positive attitude to the students and families. 

    She has a dual BA in Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education and a Master's degree in Elementary Education & Reading.

  • Katie Sweigard

    1st GRADE

    Katie Sweigard is excited to be joining the VBA staff this year as the 1st grade teacher. She comes to VBA with 6 years of certified teaching experience in private and public schools as well as 7 years of homeschool teaching experience with her own children.

    She loves animals, reading, exercising and being with her family . She is very excited to be back in the classroom and looks forward to engaging your 1st graders in fun activities and learning experiences all year long.

  • Carol David

    2nd Grade Teacher

    Carol has over 28 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, reading coach and school administrator.  She has a true passion for working with young learners.  She incorporates various teaching methods to adapt to each student’s needs.  She creates a risk-free environment, full of resources and opportunities. 


    Carol has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Augustana College, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and a specialization in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

  • Ashley Rebman

    3rd Grade

    Ashley Rebman is excited to return to Vero Beach Academy as the 3rd grade teacher.  As a lifelong learner, her goal is to instill a love of learning in her students. She desires to celebrate every learner!

    She has a B.S. in Primary and Elementary Education.  She has been the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at VBA for the past 2 years and has 10 years of experience with preschool through fourth grade in Christian education.  Additionally, she has volunteered in Children’s Ministry and public elementary schools for over 20 years.

  • Roni Rose

    4th GRADE

    Roni Rose graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1999 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree In Organizational Leadership at FIT. 

    She loves teaching and creating a warm, welcoming environment for her students. 

  • Hanna Hjalmeby

    5th GRADE

    Hanna Hjalmeby has been teaching for 9 years. She began her educational career in Indian River County teaching with the school district and Imagine Charter School.  Most recently she worked at a charter school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Hanna is certified and has experience in Special Education which provides her the foundation to reach all learners individually.  She loves working with students and helping them find their unique strengths to be successful. She is excited to teach 5th grade and is looking forward to finding ways to help each student thrive in the classroom.

  • Carol Kapostasy

    6th/7th Grade

    Mrs. Kapostasy (Mrs. K!) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Notre Dame College of Ohio with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education. 

    Along with teaching middle school in Ohio for 24 years, she has also tutored students in writing and reading through college. She creatively and precisely meets the individual needs of her students. Mrs. K is committed to working with each child to foster a love of learning, to reach his or her potential, and become a life-long learner!