Welcome New Colleagues

by: Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
Shorecrest is excited to announce new additions and changes to our faculty and staff for the 2021-22 school year.

Experiential School

Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School 
Adriana Hollenbeck joined Shorecrest in 2021 as the Head of The Experiential School after an extensive national search. Over her 30+ year career, Mrs. Hollenbeck has taught in early childhood and elementary school programs. As a Lower School Media Specialist she focused on integrating technology with the essential principles of the Reggio-Inspired philosophy. She also has years of experience in educational leadership, serving as Day Care Director, Assistant Principal, and Division Head, respectively. Most recently, Adriana flourished in the role of Lower School Head at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin. Since 2011, she provided leadership with a focus on healthy partnerships with parents, and successfully created opportunities for cross-divisional interaction.

Mrs. Hollenbeck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and went on to pursue post-graduate studies in Technology in Education at Rio de Janeiro State University. She has spent more than a decade researching the Reggio Emilia philosophy in its complexities. 

Adriana and her husband, Brian, have a son, Nicolas, who will matriculate to Northwestern University in the fall where he intends to major in Theatre.

Nina Beggins, ES Teaching Assistant, Assistant Director of Extended Day, Asst to Director of Summer Camp
Nina Beggins, the Assistant Director of Extended Day and Assistant to the Director of Summer Camp will be adding ES Teaching Assistant to her role. Born and raised in New York, Nina moved to St. Petersburg in 2006, with her husband John and 3 children. She has been working in childcare for over 10 years, and in the Extended Day program at Shorecrest since 2018, primarily with Alpha and JK students. “I love working with children and truly enjoy working the Extended Day program at Shorecrest,” she says.


Lower School

Claire Horton, Fourth Grade Teacher
Claire Horton comes to Shorecrest from Boston, MA where she taught third grade at Maimonides School. She has additional independent school teaching experience, including time as a fourth grade teacher at The Principia School in St. Louis, MO. Claire has her bachelor’s degree and is completing her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. In her free time, she loves to read, run, travel, go to the beach, and eat desserts. Her favorite dessert is chocolate cake and her favorite place traveled to is Antibes, France. Claire is passionate about teaching and loves elementary-school-aged students. She looks forward to an amazing school year.

Christine Summer, Fourth Grade Associate and Flex Teacher
Christine Summer has been a Shorecrest LS substitute since 2018. Over the 2020-2021 school year she worked in first and fourth grades as part of the faculty support team. Christine graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in French. Before moving to St. Pete from New York City in 2002, she held editorial positions at several consumer magazines including “Psychology Today” and “Child,” where she was a Senior Editor covering infant news, products and health. Christine and her husband, Justin, are the proud parents of Chargers Max ‘18 and Harry ‘22. Harry will be a senior at Shorecrest this year and Max will be a senior at The George Washington University. She is thrilled to be a member of the fourth grade team.

Abigail Degregorio, Third Grade Associate and Flex Teacher 
St. Pete native Abigail DeGregorio (Ms. D) is returning to Shorecrest in her role as Third Grade Flex Teacher. She attended New College of Florida in Sarasota, and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in the Humanities. Her teaching career began as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the fine arts and continued as an English language teaching assistant in France. Her academic and professional interests range from education to social psychology and philosophy. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, baking, yoga, traveling, and all things to do with the ocean. She encourages open dialogue with students, families, and colleagues and welcomes discussions with fellow community members!
 
Stephanie Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. Stephanie Johnson grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Art in Teaching and Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. Stephanie is a natural teacher. She loves children and is child-centered in her approach to teaching and learning. She has taught in Pinellas County Schools for the past four years. Stephanie and her husband are proud parents of young two daughters. She is excited to teach second grade at Shorecrest.

Mrs. Christine Oman will be moving up to second grade this year.

 
Beth Rauman ‘85, First Grade Teacher
Mrs. Beth Rauman ‘85 grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she attended and graduated from Shorecrest. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida State University. Beth joined the Shorecrest family as a first grade Associate Teacher in 2011, and has been in that position, working side by side with teachers and leading classroom instruction for nine years. In the 2020-2021 school year, Beth was the online Flex teacher for first grade. Beth and her husband Adam’s daughter, Brittney, graduated from Shorecrest as a lifer in 2016.

Jacquelyn Sheppard, First Grade Teacher
Jacquelyn Sheppard earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Florida State University. After working for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of Protected Species Management, she moved on to work at the Lowry Park Zoo as an Education Instructor. She continued her education at the University of South Florida earning her master’s degree in Elementary Education. As a military spouse, she has lived in many coastal places, including Hawaii. Jacquelyn has taught children of all ages in many different states in various roles and settings - from Inclusion Support Assistant in prekindergarten, preK Global Studies Instructor, first grade self-contained teacher, middle school Religion teacher, fifth & sixth grade science teacher, sixth grade English teacher at Shorecrest, and most recently first grade support faculty in the Lower School. Jacquelyn and her family have chosen St. Petersburg to grow roots and are thrilled to be a part of the Shorecrest community. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and sports with her husband Ed and their two Chargers, Matthew ‘23 and Jocelyn ‘25. Jacquelyn is grateful for the opportunity to further assist the students and share her unique teaching experiences.

Dee Anne Larson, First Grade Associate Teacher 
Dee Ann Larson graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Certificate. She has 13 years of experience in Pinellas County, teaching in early childhood classrooms including first grade, kindergarten and preschool. Dee Ann loves working with children and strives to inspire a love of learning to each and every one. Dee Ann has two sons, Tyler ‘10 and Grant.

John Schiaparelli, Kindergarten Teacher
Mr. Schiapperelli has enjoyed varied positions at Shorecrest - parent, substitute teacher, full-time teaching associate and classroom teacher - since his youngest daughter, Emma, was in Mrs. Minke’s kindergarten class -- and she is beginning her senior year at Shorecrest this year! Mr. Schiaparelli’s older daughter, Kara, graduated from Shorecrest in 2014. Mr. Schiaparelli holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State. He is passionate about growing young minds and enjoys working with his colleagues.

Corrine Leavengood ‘14,  Kindergarten and First Grade Associate and Flex Teacher 
Corinne Leavengood is a native Floridian, born and raised in Saint Petersburg. She is an alumnus of Shorecrest Preparatory School and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New College of Florida, where she majored in Visual Art. Her passion for art is only matched by her love for nature, gardening, and the great outdoors. After graduating college, she worked as a Montessori teacher at the New College Child Center and worked this past spring in the Shorecrest Kindergarten program as a Flex assistant and Teaching Assistant. 
Sarah Palazzolo, LS Dean of Curriculum
Sarah Palazzolo will serve as Shorecrest’s new Lower School Dean of Curriculum. Sarah has nearly two decades of experience in education and has been a part of the Shorecrest community since 2013. She was a devoted classroom teacher and an innovative staff developer prior to pursuing a career in administration. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Sarah enjoys sharing her expertise with other independent schools as a literacy consultant and presenting at conferences. In addition to her passion for teaching and learning, she is a foodie, a military wife, and a mom to three amazing girls. 

Khana Rebman ‘05, LS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
In addition to teaching third grade, Shorecrest alumna Khana Rebman ‘05 will serve as the Lower School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Over the course of her teaching career, she has learned the value of embracing diversity in all its uniquenesses and continually strives to deepen her understanding of the world and people around her. She also recognizes that it's important as a facilitator of knowledge that her students and surrounding community possess the tools to engage with their world authentically. 

Kathleen Newman, LS Flex and Associate Teacher
Kathy Newman joined Shorecrest in 2018 as a First Grade Teaching Intern and later served as a substitute. Teaching is Kathy’s third career, her first being in employee benefits and group health insurance law, having worked as in-house counsel for The Travelers in Connecticut and Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts. After a two-year stay in England for her husband’s work, she began her second career as full-time mom of their three boys. She volunteered regularly throughout her sons’ school years assisting with class projects, acting as a guest reader and guest presenter through an Artworks program, chaperoning field trips and serving for 4 years as a curriculum Enrichment Coordinator and Guidance Advisory Council representative. Kathy also taught religious education in grades 3, 5 and 6.

Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages (French) from Fairfield University and a law degree  from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In 2019, she completed the Institute for Multisensory Education’s Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training program for grades K-2. Kathy and her husband’s two oldest sons are now college graduates and her Charger, Andrew ‘20, has completed his Freshman year at Notre Dame. She has learned so much from the teachers and students in her time at Shorecrest and appreciates this new opportunity to learn more. 

Middle School

Sally Blush - Fifth Grade Science
Mrs. Blush was hired as a long term substitute for seventh grade science while Ms. Parrott was on maternity leave. She will take Ms. Willis’ place in fifth grade while she is working for NASA in Washington, D.C. this year. Sally came to us from South Carolina with over 20 years of teaching experience in science education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Natural Science from the College of Charleston. She has been at Shorecrest since February 2021. 

Dana Kollman, Fifth Grade English
Mrs. Dana Kollman joins Shorecrest as the fifth grade English teacher. Originally from Mahopac, NY, Mrs. Kollman has spent much of her life in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. At USF she also earned her Post Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership. In addition to her early career as a technical writer, Mrs. Kollman has taught Reading and English for Sarasota and Pinellas County Schools for the last 15 years. Mrs. Kollman and her husband have a daughter, Allison, who is in the Class of 2028. In her free time she enjoys camping and outdoor activities with her family.

Allyson Fletcher, MS/US Media Specialist 
Allyson comes to Shorecrest from Texas where she was most recently a Technology Coordinator and STEAM instructor at a Pre-K-8 Day School. She also has extensive experience running a 6-12th grade library and research program in an independent school setting. As an educator, she is deeply passionate about helping students develop information literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading. Allyson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. A Tampa native, she is excited to return with her family to the Tampa Bay Area. Allyson's hobbies include reading, hiking, everything Disney, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Paul Miller ‘05 - Faculty Support and 7th and 8th Grade English Support
Paul joined Shorecrest last year as floating faculty to help support the Middle School during the 2020-21 COVID year. This year, Paul will be the full time faculty support and also support 7th and 8th grade English classes. Paul is an alumnus of Shorecrest and comes to us with over 10 years of teaching experience. He moved last summer back to the United States from China where he taught English. 


Upper School

Michael Battle, US Math 
Michael Battle joined the Upper School this year to teach Algebra I & II. In addition to teaching at Shorecrest, he will be an assistant Middle School Football coach. Mr. Battle is beginning his 19th year in education, the last five of which have been in Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, he spent 13 years in Chicago working as a teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. Michael is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and spends time in Ann Arbor whenever he can. He has also completed graduate programs at the University of Florida and DePaul University.
Michael relocated to St. Pete with his wife Kristin and their energetic dog Carter. They are all excited to explore what the area has to offer and to be members of the Shorecrest community.

Patricia L. Bullock, Ph.D., US Math
Dr. Patti Bullock comes to the Shorecrest community in her 31st year of teaching. Upon graduating with an education degree from Ohio University, where she enjoyed an athletic scholarship (field hockey) and an academic scholarship, she moved to Virginia Beach, VA. There she spent five years teaching mathematics at the secondary level and coaching varsity field hockey. Patti earned her master’s in mathematics education from Georgia State University, then pursued and earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. She has taught mathematics, pedagogy, diversity/belonging, and curriculum courses at the high school and at the undergraduate and graduate university levels.

Patti and her wife, Heather, are moving to St. Pete from Sarasota. They enjoy snorkeling, playing board and card games, and biking, and found a love of binge-watching shows during the pandemic. They have four rescue "fur babies,” and they love to host their three nephews here in Florida.

Kristie Dowling, US English 
Kristie comes to Shorecrest after two years as a professor at St. Petersburg College. Before that, she taught AP English and AP Art History for twelve years in Lakewood High School’s Center for Advanced Technology. Kristie grew up in New York City and attended Fordham University before moving to Florida and receiving her Master of Arts in English Literature at the University of South Florida. In addition to teaching, she serves as a docent for the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, scores AP essays for the College Board and is currently finishing a fictional memoir about her mother’s life.

Besides writing, reading and art, Kristie’s passions include yoga, good food, thrilling mountain hikes, and laughing hysterically with her friends, her husband Steven and her two children, Maya ‘22 and Ana ‘27, both of whom will also be joining the Shorecrest family.

Allyson Fletcher, MS/US Media Specialist 
Allyson comes to Shorecrest from Texas where she was most recently a Technology Coordinator and STEAM instructor at a Pre-K-8 Day School. She also has extensive experience running a 6-12th grade library and research program in an independent school setting. As an educator, she is deeply passionate about helping students develop information literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading. Allyson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. A Tampa native, she is excited to return with her family to the Tampa Bay Area. Allyson's hobbies include reading, hiking, everything Disney, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Ann Marie Hardy, Dean of Student Life 
Ann Marie has been an educator for more than 20 years, having served as teacher, school counselor, and administrator within independent schools in St. Louis and Tampa, most recently Berkeley Prep. Over her career in education she has been deeply invested in student growth and development and taken on the roles of Academic Dean, interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion, English teacher, Yoga and Mindfulness teacher, and grade level advisor. Ann Marie’s favorite aspect of being in education is forming relationships with all community members for the purpose of gaining a strong sense of purpose and cultivating joy. 

She holds an education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and her master’s degree in school counseling from Missouri Baptist University. 

Ann Marie’s hobbies include reading, cooking, yoga, going to the beach, walking her dogs, and spending time with her children; her son Noah is a junior at University of Central Florida, and her daughter Luci Ella will be starting her first year at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

Brian Potter-Racine, US Physics 
Brian grew up in Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physics (minor in mathematics) from Millersville University. Upon completion of his degree, he attended MIT in Cambridge, MA, where he earned a master’s degree in Physical Oceanography, studying the propagation and frontal mixing of tidally driven internal waves in coastal environments. With a passion for telling the story of physics, Brian’s professional career has almost entirely been spent at Concord Academy, in Concord, MA - a hybrid boarding/day private high school, where he wore many hats: Physics Teacher, Chair of the Science Department, House Parent, Advisor to the GSA, Archery Coach, AP Testing Coordinator and Assistant Academic Dean, to name a few. In his role as Assistant Academic Dean., Brian processed student neuropsychological testing results, helped faculty members implement related academic accommodations in the classroom, and oversaw the Academic Support Center - an on-campus tutoring operation staffed predominantly by teachers at the school.

After 22 years at Concord Academy, Brian and his husband Matt decided it was time for a new adventure in warmer climes, and happily moved to Saint Petersburg in January of 2019. Brief stints as Chair of the Math Department at Admiral Farragut Academy, and as a Wine Associate at Total Wine ultimately brought him to Shorecrest, a community of artists, athletes and scholars he is excited to make his own.

Allison Roberts, US Digital Arts
Allison Roberts is joining Shorecrest as the Upper School Digital Arts Teacher. Originally from Oklahoma, Ms. Roberts earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Shorecrest, she lived in St. Louis for two years, teaching middle and upper school art students at John Burroughs School. Over her extensive teaching career, she has also taught in public schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and as a lecturer for the art department at UW-Madison. Ms. Roberts is excited to be teaching photography, digital film, and graphic design - areas that align with her professional art practice. Allison actively pursues opportunities to exhibit her lens-based work nationally and internationally, become involved in the local art scene, and introduce the work of contemporary artists to her students.

Scott Warfel, US Musical Theater 
Scott Warfel joins Shorecrest as the Upper School Musical Theatre teacher. He returns to the Tampa area after two years as Theatre Arts Director at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Scott also built programs at Ashley Hall School, Charlotte Country Day School, and Tampa Preparatory School. 

Before beginning a rewarding career in academic theatre, Mr. Warfel co-founded and served as Executive Producer of First Stage Theatre, located in Lancaster, PA. First Stage adapted literary classics to the stage in both play and musical form. The company produced over 100 shows during its run. Additionally, he co-founded FST Productions which produced original works in New York City.

Scott is also a composer/lyricist who has written scores for 15 musicals, including TOM SAWYER, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, TALES OF WALNUT GROVE, and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. As a vocal coach and accompanist, Scott has had the pleasure to work with Broadway stars, but he is most excited to share his theatrical and educational experience with the talented Thespians at Shorecrest.


 
Administration

McKinzie Henderson, Billing Specialist/Staff Accountant
McKinzie Henderson recently graduated from Samford University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She double majored in Economics and Finance. She moved back to Tampa to start her career in Finance and live close to her family. McKinzie interned for Shorecrest's Business Office over winter break and accepted a full time position in July. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn under such intelligent and kind people.

Jon Hoefer, Creative Director
Jon Hoefer is a creative professional with over 25 years of experience in the graphic design, illustration, and publishing industry. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Visual and Performing Arts program, majoring in illustration and advertising design. His vast expertise includes: corporate identity and branding campaigns, print and web design, children’s book illustration, cartooning and character development, and magazine production. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and his work has been published in national newspapers and magazines. He has played a key role in publishing five children’s books including: "Eddie Shapes Up" by former NYC mayor Ed Koch, and the "Lilly Lou Makes a New Friend" book series written by Mike Murphy. After spending four years in Basel, Switzerland, Jon and his family moved to St. Petersburg in Spring 2015, when his two sons, Dominic ’19 and Evan ’21, enrolled in Shorecrest. The Hoefer family were active members at Shorecrest during this time, especially in performing arts and the swimming & diving programs. Jon is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Shorecrest staff and continue to be a part of the Charger community!

Marcus Holmes, Director of Facilities 
Marcus Holmes joined Shorecrest as Director of Facilities in May 2021. He came to Shorecrest most recently from Christian Heritage School in Dalton, Georgia, where he served as the Director of Facilities and Campus Safety. Mr. Holmes has first-hand knowledge of the life and operations of independent schools, having worked at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, for 12 years. There he served as Dean of Residential Life, Head of House, and had extensive safety and security responsibilities. During his tenure at Darlington, Marcus also held positions as Residential Dean and Desktop Support Engineer. Prior to working in education, he served as a project manager, estimator, and superintendent at Holmes Enterprises, a company specializing in commercial and residential construction.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Marcus and his wife, Melinda, have two daughters, Addie and Julia, who are studying at University of Georgia, Class of 2022.

Alvanita Hope, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid 
Ms. Alvanita Hope joined Shorecrest as the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid after an extensive national search. Alvanita brings a wealth of experience in independent schools as an administrator as well as a parent and student; she, herself is an alumna of UMS-Wright Preparatory School in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. She holds a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Dance from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University. 

After beginning her career in healthcare administration, Ms. Hope returned to her alma mater to apply her data and analytical skills to her role as Associate Director of Admission at Agnes Scott College. She went on to use her college admissions knowledge to support high school students by serving in the College Counseling offices at The Weber School and The Westminster Schools, respectively. As the Director of Enrollment for The Friends School, her most recent role prior to joining Shorecrest, Alvanita successfully met or exceeded her enrollment goals while working to find best-fit families for the school community. A proven relationship-builder, Ms. Hope makes meaningful connections across the school, empowering faculty, staff, students and parents to effectively tell the school’s story. 

Beyond the school, Alvanita is actively involved in the greater community. She has served on the Board as Nominating Chair of the Junior League of Atlanta, and is a member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, among other organizations and causes. 

Alvanita is the proud mother of three children; Kirklen, Enrique, and Alejandro; and Coco-Chanel, their rescue Australian Shepherd/chocolate lab. Her sons will be attending Shorecrest in the fall; Enrique will join the Class of 2025 and Alejandro will join the Class of 2031. Her daughter Kirklen is in New York continuing her training with the Joffrey School of Ballet, where she is currently a Joffrey Trainee Program Summer Intensive Ambassador, as she works toward her BFA.

Ben Weil, College Counseling Associate
Ben Weil joined the Shorecrest College Counseling Team as the new College Counseling Associate. Ben graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies and a minor in Political Science. He moved to St. Petersburg when his fiancee, Marilyn Johnson, was hired as the LS Music Teacher. Ben worked most recently as an aide for City Council in St. Petersburg. He is thrilled to be a member of the College Counseling team.

 

Athletics

Melinda Holmes, Assistant to the Athletic Director
Melinda has enjoyed various roles during her last 18 years working in independent schools. Most recently, she worked as the Director of Library Services and as a dorm parent for Darlington School in Rome, GA. Prior to her time in Georgia, she worked as the college counseling secretary and as a dormitory head at St. Catherine's School in Richmond, VA. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from James Madison University and a master's degree in School Librarianship from Longwood University. She is looking forward to using her organizational skills in her new role as Assistant to the Athletic Director at Shorecrest.

Melinda's husband, Marcus, recently joined Shorecrest as the Director of Facilities. They have two daughters in the Class of 2022 at the University of Georgia. Although Marcus loves to jump out of airplanes and scuba dive in deep waters, you'll find Melinda beside a pool reading or knitting.

 
Facilities

Brian Hawthorne, Maintenance Technician
Brian Hawthorne is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg. After graduating from St. Petersburg High, he served in the U.S. Navy. Being a fun uncle to nieces and nephews has sharpened Brian’s magic, juggling and dancing skills - and he is quick to share these talents with Chargers. Brian says, “Being assigned to the Experiential School and Lower School maintenance staff has given me the opportunity to interact with some of the most creative and loving children I have ever met, bringing me so much joy.” When not on campus he enjoys playing guitar, fishing, and kayaking.

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