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Faculty

Snyder

Dr. Marc Snyder, Headmaster

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Philosophy; Masters of Science; Doctorate in Education
  • Degree field(s): Biology; Philosophy; Educational Leadership K-12; Higher Education Leadership
  • Favorite classic book: The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevksy
  • Favorite classic quote: “The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.” Fyodor Dostoyesvsky
Finlay

Jeanine Finlay, Academic Dean/4th Grade Teacher

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science Elementary Education; Masters of Science Educational Leadership; Educational Specialist Curriculum and Instruction (Sept.)
  • Favorite classic book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Favorite Quote: “The things that we love tell us what we are” Thomas Aquinas
Bileca

Allison Bileca, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science; Master of Arts
  • Degree Field: Elementary Education 1-6
  • Favorite classic book: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  • Favorite classic quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
Aguirre

Teryliz Aguirre, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor in Science; Master’s in Early Childhood
  • Degree Field: Early Childhood K-3
  • Favorite classic book: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Favorite classic quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Arrano

Joyce Arrano, First Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Degree Field(s): Elementary Education K-6
  • Favorite classic book:A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Favorite classic quote: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” Aristotle
 Takach

Emma Takach, First Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree Field: French, Classical Education
  • Favorite classic book: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  • Favorite classic quote: 
Rubio

Belkys Rubio, Second Grade Teacher

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Degree Field: Elementary Education
  • Favorite classic book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Favorite classic quote: ”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Duprey

Rhona Duprey, Second Grade Teacher

  • Degree: BS Education
  • Degree Field: Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities
  • Favorite classic book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte-written 1845-1846
  • Favorite classic quote: To err is human, to forgive is divine-Alexander Pope
Roca

Beatriz (Betty) Roca, Third Grade Teacher

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree Field: Elementary Education
  • Favorite classic book: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • Favorite classic quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
 Carson

Cassidy CarsonThird Grade Teacher

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree Field: Music Therapy, Pyschology
  • Favorite classic book: Til We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite classic quote: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.” -Flannery O’Connor
 Llerena

Marielys Llerena, Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Juris Doctor
  • Degree field(s): Law
  • Favorite classic book: Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
  • Favorite classic quote: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
 Gracia

Marissa Gracia, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Health Services Administration; Master of Arts in Education
  • Degree field(s): Health Services Administration, Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Reading
  • Favorite classic book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Favorite classic quote: “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.”
 Gage

William Gage, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree field(s): German, Spanish
  • Favorite classic book: Schachnovelle by Stephan Zweig
  • Favorite classic quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  Augustine of Hippo
 Hughes

Rachel Hughes, Sixth Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree field(s): History, Latin
  • Favorite classic book:  “The City of God” by Augustine
  • Favorite classic quote:  “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein 
 Suarez  

Patrick Suarez, Sixth Grade Teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelor in Arts
  • Degree field(s): Politics and Psychology
  • Favorite classic book: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Favorite classic quote:  “There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for” -J.R.R Tolkien
 Devitt

Emma Devitt, Math Specialist

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Degree Field: Honors Degree in Philosophy and Mathematics
  • Favorite classic book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Favorite classic quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Santos

Amy Santos,

  • Degree(s): Bachelor in Science; Master’s in Educational Administration
  • Degree field(s): Elementary Education
  • Favorite classic book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Favorite classic quote: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore  
Hernandez

Michael Hernandez, PE Teacher/ Athletic Director/ Dean of Discipline

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Degree Field(s): Biology; Physical Education
  • Favorite classic book: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Favorite classic quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
 Alfaro

Sara Gagliano-Alfaro Art teacher

  • Degree(s): Bachelors of Fine Arts, Masters of Fine Arts
  • Degree Field(s): Fine Arts, Experimental Photography
  • Favorite classic book: Margarita by Rubén Dario (more like a long poem)
  • Favorite classic quote: “Though she be but little she is fierce” – Shakespeare
 Ptak

Jacob Ptak, Latin Teacher

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Degree Field(s): History; Humanities
  • Favorite classic book: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius;
  • Favorite classic quote: “Potest ex casa magnus vir exire: A great man can come from humble circumstances (literally “from a hut”)” –Seneca
 Molina

Nestor Molina, Music Teacher

  • Degree: Business
  • Degree Field: Marketing
  • Favorite classic book: The Count of Montecristo
  • Favorite classic quote: I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well. – J.S. Bach
In order to comply with Florida law 1012.42, True North Classical Academy is required to notify parents when a teacher in a district school system is assigned teaching duties in a class dealing with subject matter that is outside the field in which the teacher is certified, outside the field that was the applicant’s minor field of study, or outside the field in which the applicant has demonstrated sufficient subject area expertise, as determined by district school board policy. Each of the following teachers were selected for their mastery of content knowledge and teaching competence. They were selected, in many cases, over other individual applicants who were considered highly qualified as defined by Miami Dade County Public Schools and the State of Florida. The following teachers at True North are considered teaching out of field as defined by Miami Dade County and the State of Florida:

Out of Field in ESOL:  Belkys Rubio, Rachel Hughes, Marielys Llerena, Cassidy Carson, Patrick Suarez
Out of Field in Gifted:  Beatriz Roca, Amy Santos, William Gage, Patrick Suarez