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Joy Reitsma

Assistant Principal / 4th - 8th Grade Teacher

954-475-8584 Ext. 224

B.A., Concordia University, Chicago, IL

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


Wendy Turpin

Early Childhood Director

954-475-8584 EXT: 142

Currently serving as our Early Childhood Director, Wendy has 24 years of teaching experience, 21 of those years here at Gloria Dei Lutheran Academy.

Favorite hobbies are being outside, bike riding, and zip lining.

Married to Roger for 16 years with 4 children and 4 grandchildren.


Carol Jones

Registrar / Account Manager

6 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?"

Married for 35 years to Bill with a daughter Rebecca, son, Kyle, daughter-in-law Lauren, and new grandaughter Elliot.


Debbie Groome

School Secretary

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.


Pat Codner

Infants

954-475-8584 EXT: 138

39 years of child care, 13 years at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are cooking and gardening.

What I enjoy most about being at Gloria Dei is interacting with the children.

Happily married with 3 adult daughters.


Amanda Collins

Child Development Center - 1 year olds

954-475-8584 EXT: 126

11 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are shopping and soccer.

What I enjoy most about working at Gloria Dei is being with the children.


Jannatul Ferduse

One Year Olds

5 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobby gardening.

I love to work with the babies!!!


Valeria Jozwiak

2K (Two Year Olds)

954-475-8584 EXT: 128

13 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are cake decorating, any sports my children are involved in, and NASCAR.

I love that “ah-ha” moment in teaching when you see the lights go on.

Married to Richard for 16 years with two children, Danielle & Dylan.


Marie Harbar

3K (3 Year Old Preschool)

954-475-8584 EXT: 143

32years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are listening and dancing to my husband’s music- big band and Polka music!

I love seeing the smiles on their faces- how much they can learn in a year- and of course all the hugs and kisses.

Married to Alex for 44 years with 2 sons, Alex Jr. & Steven.


Beatriz Zapata

3K (3 Year Old Preschool)

954-475-8584 EXT: 144

24 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobby is sewing.

I love to spend time with children and see how they learn & grow.

Married 38 years with 2 children.


Lynn Macha

4K (4 year old preschool - VPK)

954-475-8584 EXT: 141

13 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are bike riding, beach, and spending time with my boys.

Has two teenage sons, Bryan and Mark.


Carla Rossano

4K (4 year old preschool - VPK)

954-475-8584 EXT: 139

29 years teaching at Gloria Dei.

Favorite hobbies are music, reading, and swimming.

I love all the learning that takes place at this young age. It is very exciting!!!

Married 41 years with 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters.


OUR SUPPORT STAFF

OF TEACHERS AND AIDES


Dary Cardona

Infants


Britney Faust

One and Two Year Olds


Patricia Ireland

Two Year Olds


Victoria Lopez

VPK Aide


Norma Simono

Infants


Alexis Tidwell

One and Two Year Olds


Ariane Uy

Infants


Jackie Valentin

3K and 4K Extended Care


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