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Academy staff


Joy Reitsma

Assistant Principal / 5th - 7th Grade Teacher / Art Teacher

954-475-8584 Ext. 224

B.A., Concordia University, Chicago, IL

M.S. (Art Ed), Florida International Univ., Miami


Sharon Vonada

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher / Music Teacher

954-475-8584 Ext. 225

MEd Curriculum & Instruction, Florida Atlantic University

41 years teaching, 24 years at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are swimming and reading.

Psalm 136: 1 “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever."

Married to Barry with three adult children: Jonathan, Rebecca & Matthew.


Rachel Schawe

First & Second Grade Teacher / P.E. Teacher

954-475-8584 Ext. 220

B.A. , Florida Atlantic University


Debby Talbott

Kindergarden Teacher / P.E. Teacher

954-475-8584 Ext. 219

B.S. , Indiana University, Indiana, PA

35 years teaching, 21 years at Gloria Dei.

Hobbies are working with crafts, cooking, animals, reading, bird-watching, and taking walks.

It is nice to be able to include talks of God in our daily classroom activities and to teach the younger children. I enjoy watching them grow and mature.

Has one son, David who is currently living and working in Charlottesville, VA.


Trudy Jackson

Early Elementary Teacher Aide


Carol Jones

Registrar / Office Manager

954-475-8584 Ext. 210

5 years working at Gloria Dei, 20 years working in education.

Favorite hobbies are reading and Sudoku puzzles.

Psalm 27: 1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"

I love the family atmosphere at Gloria Dei, and the joy of working with others who serve the Lord.

Married for 34 years to Bill with a son, Kyle, daughter-in-law Lauren, and daughter Rebecca.


Debbie Groome

Academy Secretary

954-475-8584 Ext. 212

Joined our Gloria Dei Staff in May of 2017.

Favorite hobbies are reading, playing with her dog Dobby, and swimming.

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

I enjoy working in a Christian environment and developing relationships with the children and their parents.


Victor "Mr. Sammy" Samuels

Facilities Director


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