Monarch Learning Academy Faculty members are passionate teachers and learners who know that the key to student learning is through engagement, not only with ideas but also with involvement in a hands-on, active process of learning. Monarch teachers strive to create an environment of trust in the classroom, understanding that students are successful when they know that a teacher cares about them as individuals. Mutual respect is a defining quality of the relationships between teachers and children at Monarch Learning Academy. 


Marguerite McNeill is the Director of Monarch Learning Academy located in Central Florida. Ms. McNeill has more than 35 years of experience in early childhood education, with 21 years in the role of director of a developmental private school. Ms. McNeill’s guidance and commitment to the growth of the whole child includes providing a supportive environment that extends to the entire family. Ms. McNeill has a master's degree from Florida State University.


Monarch Learning Academy's dedicated faculty is made up of the following:


Director: Marguerite McNeill


Business Administrator: Murray Christiansen


Dean of Students/Curriculum Resource: Tanya Balsanek


Licensed School Psychologist: Olivia Puyana


Office Assistant: Kelsey Vargas


Office Assistant/Art Aide: Renee Moore


Accountant: Bernice Kederick


School Pastor: Josh Christiansen


Toddler Teacher: Irene Scott

Toddler Teacher's Aide: Rose Duen


Two Year-Old Teacher:  Debra Brackin
Two Year-Old Teacher's Aide:  Crystal Cuthbertson


Three Year Old Teacher: Laura Burchfield
Three Year Old Teacher's Aide: Cynthia Okopski


Four Year Old Teacher: Tammy Hammond

Four Year Old Teacher's Aide: Dolores Divita


School Aide: Daphne Johnson

Preschool Aide: Catherine Owen


Kindergarten Teachers:  Lindsay Chamberlin and Brittany Abbott


First Grade Teachers:  Vicki Daley and Jeanna Carlton

First Grade Aide: Janine Looker 


Second Grade Teachers:  Melissa Layton and Shelley Darrow


Third Grade Teachers:  Beth Buchanan and Amanda Elder


Fourth Grade Teacher: Melanie Mulhausen 


Fifth Grade Teacher: Sandy Hayes


Sixth Grade Home Room / Middle School Language ArtsTeacher: Jessica Roberts


Seventh Grade Homeroom / Middle School Math Teacher: Marsha Hall


STEM Teacher: Ginny Burchfield


PE Teachers: Ellen Osborne and Ginny Burchfield


Music Teacher: Natalie Graham


Art Teacher: Kim Mathis


Social Awareness Teacher: Stephanie Higgins


Multiculturalism Teacher​: Michelle Raupach


Extended Care: Sue Schieffelin, Crystal Cuthbertson, Dolores Devita, Ginny Burchfield, Daphne Johnson, Miriam Lorenzi, Ellen Osborne and Catherine Owen


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