Meet Our Faculty

Mike West

Charlotte Preparatory School Delta Math Instructor Michael WestDelta Math Instructor

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Education
Associate Degree in Elementary Education
Years of Education Experience
10
Years at Charlotte Prep
1st year
About Me
I love watching SciFi!

Mrs. Jill Roth

Charlotte Preparatory School 4th Grade Teacher Angela "Jill" Roth4th Grade Teacher  & Drama Club (C.A.T.S.) Advisor

Education and Certifications
B.A. Elementary Education, St. Peter’s College
Years of Education Experience
Years of education experience: 30
Years at Charlotte Prep
At CA: 9 years
About Me
Enjoys church involvement, cooking, baking and spending time with family!

Miss Kelly Sutton

Charlotte Preparatory School Pre-primary Montessori Teacher Kelly SuttonPre-primary Montessori Teacher and Assistant

Miss Sutton was nominated and selected as an Ambassador for FSW to travel to either South Africa or China to teach others about the best practices in education! Wow! What an honor!
Education and Certifications
Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification, New Gate Center for Montessori Studies
Montessori Fundamentals Certification (CGMS)
Attends Florida Southwestern State College for a degree in Early Childhood Education
Years of Education Experience
7
Years at Charlotte Prep
7
About Me
I love spending time with my family, reading, and watching the Green Bay Packers win!

Chris Rooney

Charlotte Preparatory Academy Spanish Teacher Chris RooneySpanish

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s Degree in education and Spanish
Years of Education Experience
13, 4 in Spanish education
Years at Charlotte Prep
1
About Me
I love to go camping and really enjoy singing.

William Roth

Charlotte Preparatory School, Bill RothBusiness Office Manager

Education and Certifications
BS in Computer Science with Math minor
Years of Education Experience
1.5
Years at Charlotte Prep
1.5
About Me
I enjoy spending time with my family and volunteering at church.

Haley Blaine

Charlotte Preparatory Teacher Assistant Haley BlaineTeacher Assistant to Miss Sutton

Education and Certifications
Graduated from Charlotte High
Years of Education Experience
2
Years at Charlotte Prep
Almost 2 years!
About Me
I am enjoying working with children and learning a lot!

Nathanael Vargo

Charlotte Preparatory School Teacher Assistant Nathanael VargoTeacher Assistant

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s degree in Ministry Studies
Years of Education Experience
1st year
Years at Charlotte Prep
1st year
About Me
I enjoy playing guitar and piano, surfing, and serving at Freedom Bible Church as the Youth Pastor and on the worship team.

Coach Hicks

Charlotte Preparatory Athletics Department and Coach Elgin HicksAthletics Department and Coach

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from USF
Years of Education Experience
13 years coaching
Years at Charlotte Prep
1st year
About Me
Graduated high school in 1999, from Charlotte High School. Hicks played football, basketball and ran track for the Tarpons. Hicks went to the University of Florida to play football, after high school. Elgin transferred to University of South Florida (USF), where he is still the record holder for most touchdowns in a season and most touchdowns in a single game by a wide receiver. Hicks graduated from USF, with bachelors in criminal justice. Hicks was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. During training camp, Elgin suffered a severe ankle injury that ended his career. Elgin returned home and started coaching football, for the Charlotte Warriors for 8 years. He then returned to his alma mater and coached the wide receivers for 5 years. After getting a taste of the real world, Elgin founded his own organization… Make It Count Sports (MiC Sports). Make it count sports is an academic and sports program. Elgin married Alpha Hicks and they have 3 children D’Andre, currently freshman at Appalachian state University, Aryana 7th grade and Cheaven 2nd grade. Hicks pride in mentoring today’s youth, with that Elgin Hicks is excited to become part of Charlotte Prep!

Mrs. Jamie Biansco

Charlotte Preparatory Mathematics Assistant Jamie BianscoMathematics Assistant, Grades 4-8
Builder’s Club Advisor

Education and Certifications
AA in Liberal Arts-Education from Atlantic Cape Community College
Certified in “Reading Assist”
Numerous certifications ranging from suicide awareness and  cyber bullying to school policies and privacy laws
Years of Education Experience
14
Years at Charlotte Prep
3
About Me
I enjoy spending time in the beautiful weather with my husband, Ralph, daughter, Julina, and dog, Bambi; exploring all the great things there are to do in SWFL.

Rozana Polisano

Charlotte Preparatory School Technology & Teacher Assistant, Rozana PolisanoTechnology, Grades 1-3
Teacher Assistant to Katie Forbes
Yoga Instructor for Charlotte Prep’s Yogis

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s Degree in education and Spanish
Years of Education Experience
12, 10 years working with children with special needs
Years at Charlotte Prep
2
About Me
I enjoy going to the beach and park with my daughter, playing soccer and basketball, practicing Yoga and spending time outside.

Ms. Debby DeSimio

Charlotte Preparatory Academy Lower Elementary Teacher Debora DesimioLower Elementary Montessori Lead Teacher  & Drama Club (C.A.T.S.) Advisor

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University
Montessori Elementary I and Elementary II Education Certification from Houston Montessori Center
Years of Education Experience
28 years
Years at Charlotte Prep
9
About Me
Outside interests: – Mission trips, hiking, serving at my church with teens and children

Mrs. Katie Forbes

Charlotte Preparatory School Lead Lower Elementary Teacher Katie ForbesLead Lower Elementary Grades 1-3

Education and Certifications
B.S. Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix
Montessori Certification for ages 6-9 from the North American Montessori Center
Years of Education Experience
8
Years at Charlotte Prep
5
About Me
Enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Yoga, and relaxing at the beach.

Ms. Julie Heitman

Charlotte Preparatory School Pre-primary Montessori Julie HeitmanPre-primary Montessori Lead Teacher & Tennis Club Advisor

Education and Certifications
Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification from New Gate Center for Montessori Studies
B.A. English Literature from Rangoon Arts and Science University, Burma
Years of Education Experience
17
Years at Charlotte Prep
16
About Me
Enjoys teaching and playing tennis and spending time with her three children.

Mr. Russell Hendricks

Charlotte Preparatory School Health Teacher Russel Hendricks6th-8th grades Science and Health Teacher
& STEM Club Advisor

Education and Certifications
B.S. Horticulture from University of Illinois
M.S. Biology from the University of Nebraska
Years of Education Experience
21
Years at Charlotte Prep
4
About Me
There are some who teach and others who inspire learning. Russ has been inspiring students for the
past twenty years, cultivating a passion for science during a time when many believe math and science
literacy are on the decline in America. He earned a B.S. degree in horticulture from the University of
Illinois, as well as a M.S. in biology from the University of Nebraska, where he specialized in animal
behavior. Russ has fifteen years’ experience teaching middle and high school, six years of teaching
at the community college level, as well as experience as a wildlife biologist. Incorporating his passion for
the outdoors, Russ creates a learning environment that is immersed in critical thinking and hands on
experience. He is married to Tammy Hendricks and has six children.
Published Works
Article about the Rana Catesbeiana (American Bullfrong)
Article about the Siren Lacertina (Greater Siren)

Mrs. Christy King

Charlotte Preparatory Academy 5th Grade Teacher Christina King5th Grade Teacher

Education and Certifications
B.A. Behavioral Science
Certified in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) & Middle Grades Integrated (Grades 5-9)
Years of Education Experience
13
Years at Charlotte Prep
9
About Me
My husband is Paul; my children are Cary, Cassidy & Tyler.  I enjoy piano, pickleball, exercising, and reading.

Mrs. Susan McGuire

Susan McGuireLanguage Arts / Writing Teacher, Grades 6-8

Education and Certifications
B.A. in English from Queen’s University in Canada and a B.TH.
Certified through ACSI
B.A. Theology, Aldersgate College, Canada
Years of Education Experience
21 years in the US, 3-1/2 years in Japan
Years at Charlotte Prep
4
About Me
I love reading, baking, being outdoors (in cooler weather), and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Jamie O’Briant

Charlotte Preparatory School Pre-primary Montessori Teacher Jamie O'BriantPre-primary Montessori Lead Teacher

Education and Certifications
Early Childhood Studies degree from Florida Southwestern College
Montessori Early Childhood Education Certification from New Gate Center for Montessori Studies
Certified in Early Childhood Studies & Montessori Fundamentals (CGMS)
Years of Education Experience
14
Years at Charlotte Prep
10
About Me
I love spending time with my family, teaching, learning, being involved with Montessori, and doing anything outdoors.

Mrs. Judy Winfrey

Charlotte Preparatory School Pre-primary MontessoCharlotte Preparatory School Social Studies Teacher Judy Winfreyri Teacher Jamie O'Briant6th-8th grades Social Studies Teacher;
Model UN &
Builders Club Advisor

Education and Certifications
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Florida
Years of Education Experience
15
Years at Charlotte Prep
2
About Me
Enjoys spending time with her husband and three children

Melissa West

Charlotte Preparatory School Administrative Assistant Melissa WestAdministrative Assistant

Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
Associate Degree in Elementary Education
Years of Education Experience
8
Years at Charlotte Prep
1st year
About Me
I am also a dance teacher and studio manager at Studio Seven.