Instructors

Mary Benson is a veteran teacher with 39 years of experience with middle school, high school and college level students. Mrs. Benson has a BA in Mathematics-Education from La Salle University and an MS in Mathematical Sciences from Eastern Kentucky University. She can tutor subjects from Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus 1,2,&3, Statistics, College Algebra, and more.

Retired AP, Honors, and IB English Teacher. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in English literature, Terry attended Rutgers University where she earned a Masters degree. Thereafter, she taught in public schools in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Florida, as well as the private International School of Zug in Switzerland. Terry also taught test preparation skills for the Tennessee state test and the FCAT. Courses taught over her 29 year career include AP and IB Higher level English, Theory of Knowledge, Speech, Drama, and SAT/ACT/PSAT preparation. Terry also developed the curriculum for these courses. Terry’s children attended Rhodes College (physician), University of Tennessee (veterinarian), and Auburn (engineer).

Edie taught for 23 years in the Escambia County School District before retiring. At Escambia High School for 12 years, she taught Honors and AP Chemistry. The following 11 years were spent in the IB Program at Pensacola High School, where she taught Honors Biology, AP Biology, and IB Biology, preparing students each year for AP and IB exams. In previous years, Edie has worked at Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the National Institutes of Health as a research biochemist. Currently, she is tutoring in AP Chemistry and AP Biology as well as ACT Science prep.

Attorney and Freelance Writer. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and Spanish, Renee attended Wayne State University School of Law. She then practiced health and tax law in Washington DC, before becoming in-house counsel for a non-profit organization. In her spare time, Renee writes for local magazines and newspapers and guides students in the essay writing process for college applications. She is actively involved in a myriad of community organizations, including having served on the Gulf Breeze City Council. Renee’s oldest daughter graduated from Wake Forest, her son graduated from Harvard and her youngest daughter graduated from Vanderbilt.

Whitney Bouk is a junior at Gulf Breeze High School who excels in all subjects.

Tracy has a B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from American College of Education. Over her 15-year education career, Tracy has taught AP® World History, AP® Human Geography, AP® European History and AP® Macroeconomics. Tracy has been a College Board Certified Reader for AP® World History for the past 5 years, as well as a speaker and presenter at the Future of Education Technology National Conference. She currently teaches online with Florida Virtual School. Tracy also serves as a private tutor and workshop coordinator for AP® World History and AP® Human Geography with the Academic Center for Testing.

James Courtney is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. He was selected as a Fulbright Semi-Finalist and is an Undergraduate Research Scholar. He has been tutoring for 5 years which includes teaching abroad in the Czech Republic where he earned his TEFL certificate. James can tutor all math subjects, biology, chemistry, physics, and does ACT/SAT prep for math, science and reading.

Stephanie Duffy has been teaching high school math for the past 28 years, with 23 years at Gulf Breeze High School. She teaches all levels of math. Her dedication to education has earned her numerous recognitions. Recently, Stephanie represented Santa Rosa County as the 2017 Teacher of the Year, and she now acts an ambassador for the profession. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Math Minor from Texas State University, along with National Board Certification and Best and Brightest Certification. Stephanie’s children attend both Gulf Breeze High School and Pensacola High School’s International Baccaulaureate Program.

Katharine Edwards has a B.S. in Microbiology from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Biology from University of West Florida. She worked as an environmental specialist and made a career change to education. She has been teaching for the past twelve years at Gulf Breeze High School. She has taught a variety of science classes including Marine Science, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology.

Christian Fish graduated from Baylor University in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a secondary major in Mathematics. He has tutored many people from middle school to collegiate level students. He began his passion for teaching others in high school while attending PHS’ IB Program and, as an Eagle Scout, through giving lessons to younger members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Zachary graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School. After graduating high school he attended The Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied Industrial Systems Engineering. After leaving college Zachary returned to Pensacola working at Avalex Technologies, Leapforce, and Gulf States Automation before pursuing a full time career in Education. He is currently employed as a Math and Science teacher at Creative Learning Academy. Zach has thousands of hours of tutoring experience through charitable organizations such as National Honor Society, Georgia Tech Peer Leaders, and Phi Sigma Pi as well as professional tutoring at the middle school, high school, and college level.

Colin Gold is a top-tier senior in the IB Program at Pensacola High. Colin is a Sunshine State Scholar and National Merit Semifinalist who can tutor in Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Algebra I and II, Geometry/Trigonometry, Geography and ACT/SAT.

Prior to teaching for 29 years, Susan received a BA in English from the University of Oregon, and a Master’s degree from Linfield University. She taught AP and IB English courses, mentored IB students (extended essays), and served as ESOL Department Chair/teacher at Pensacola High School and at New England boarding schools. A presenter at regional TESOL conferences, Susan also published articles in professional journals, and served on the Florida State Teacher Certification Exam committee to design a blue print and write test items for the ESOL exam. Additionally, she taught “Cultural Diversity” workshops for Escambia County, and worked as a corporate trainer in Business English for international accountants in NYC.

Mary Katherine graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 with a Bachelors in Petroleum Engineering and minors in Math and Geology. She worked as a Frac/Acid Engineer for Halliburton in Shreveport, Louisiana before getting married and moving to Gulf Breeze. She currently teaches Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus at Pensacola Catholic High School and is pursuing her Masters in Mathematics at the University of West Florida.

Mary Beth Hall has 16 years of teaching experience, with 13 years at Gulf Breeze High School, and three years at Holley-Navarre Middle. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education earned from the University of Alabama and University of West Florida. She has taught AP World History, English, World History, Reading, and U.S. History. She is ESOL Certified, and has many years of experience working with ESL students. Her AP World History career pass rate is 75%, which is well above the national average of 56.2% and the Florida average of 48.9%. She has also been recognized by the state as a High Impact Teacher and is Best and Brightest Certified. She specializes in ACT/SAT/PSAT/FSA/FSA Retake preparation, and has 16 years of experience working with struggling readers, grades 6-12. Her FSA pass rates and learning gains, especially among FSA Retakes, are among the highest in the district and the state of Florida. Mary Beth’s children both attend Gulf Breeze High School.

Courtney Hill is a Gulf Breeze native and graduate of the University of Central Florida. She has taught all levels of English/Language Arts for 21 years, with the first 18 of those in Orlando. She was an AP Literature and Composition instructor for 8 years and is familiar with teaching online in a digital county. Ms. Hill currently teaches English at Navarre High School and is passionate about planning with students in preparing for their future.

Jordan Johns graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School. She received her Bachelor of Chemistry degree from the University of West Florida. Jordan taught pre IB/ Honors Chemistry for four years and is now the Higher Level Chemistry teacher in the IB Program at her alma mater.

Nick Livingston graduated from Vanderbilt University as a pre-med student with a major in Medicine, Health, and Society and a minor in Chemistry. He scored in the 98th percentile on the MCAT last summer. He is currently doing research at UT Southwestern before starting medical school this summer. He has taken collegiate level Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics. He is available to tutor Algebra I & II, Pre-Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and Bio-Chemistry at any level up to the intro/entry level collegiate courses. He is also available to tutor any of the MCAT topics and test taking strategies.

Jennifer Marshall heads the English Department at Pensacola Catholic High School and teaches, among other subjects, AP Language & Composition. She received her Bachelor's Degree from St. Louis University and her Master's Degree in English from Auburn University.

Dr. Tanya Mason received her bachelor's degree in English from Meredith College, her master's degree in English with a Creative Writing specialty from University of West Florida, and her PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi in Literature/Creative Writing in May 2017. She currently teaches IB and AP English Literature at Pensacola High school and composition at Pensacola State College.

Max Mateer is an extremely bright senior in the IB Program at Pensacola High School. Max has multi-year National History Day champion. Max can tutor physics, chemistry, biology, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry and trigonometry, calculus, biology, history (World, US, and European), French, and ACT and SAT.

Richard Musca graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Computer Science. He was a member of the Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. He has been tutoring for 5 years and was a Teaching Assistant at UF for 3 semesters. Recently, he scored 97th percentile on the MCAT and he currently works as a Biological Scientist at the UF Diabetes Institute. Richard is able to tutor all math courses, biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science courses.

Nikki Myers has been teaching English at Gulf Breeze High School since 2006. She currently teaches English I Honors and AP Seminar. She is in charge of the new AP Capstone program at GBHS. She has a B.A. in English and History from Florida State University. She has been recognized by the state multiple times as a High Impact Teacher. Presently, Ms. Myers is working on earning her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education.

Hannah O'Grady is a junior at Gulf Breeze High School who excels in math and science and can tutor younger students in those subjects.

National Board Certified Teacher, AP, Honors & IB Math Instructor. After graduating from the University of West Florida with a degree in Mathematics, Shauna attended Florida State University where she earned a Masters degree in Statistics. Shauna is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has over 25 years of teaching experience. Shauna is a former teacher at Pensacola High School teaching Algebra 2, Statistics, and Calculus. She is now the math coordinator for all of Escambia County. She has years of experience working with students in test prep for ACT, SAT, AP and IB exams.

Amy Parker taught Advanced Placement United States History teacher at Gulf Breeze High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from The University of West Florida; the focus of her studies was political science, religious studies, and history with a minor in women’s studies. She also holds a master’s degree in American History and Government from Ashland University where she was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Thesis. She has won multiple local, state, and national awards for innovation in the classroom and represents Florida as a James Madison Fellow.

Kelly Ratté graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor degree in English Literature and minors in both Mathematics and Education. After graduating, she obtained her 6-12 teaching certificates in English and Mathematics. Kelly taught both Language Arts and Mathematics for 6 years a Gulf Breeze Middle School. In 2019, she began teaching Algebra II, Precalculus, and IB Analysis and Approaches at Pensacola High School, and remained there for 3 years. In 2022, Kelly joined the team at Gulf Breeze High School, teaching Algebra II and AP Calculus AB and BC.

Lauren Skelton graduated from Louisiana Tech University in February of 2017 with a Bachelors in Mathematics Education. During that time, she taught math classes at the local high school as a substitute teacher and upon graduation she taught Algebra 1 Honors at Ruston High School. For the last three years, she has been at Gulf Breeze High School, teaching Algebra 1, Math for College Readiness, Algebra 2, Geometry, Geometry Honors, and Precalculus Honors and has experience working with students in test prep for ACT.

Science Instructor. Cherie Stephens has taught science for almost twenty-five years and is currently the Honors and IB Biology teacher in Pensacola High School’s International Baccalaureate program. She has a B.S. In Cellular and Molecular Biology and a Masters in Secondary School Science Education from Northwestern Illinois University and UWF. Prior to her teaching career, Ms. Stephens worked as a research assistant in an oceanographic institute as well as in the food chemistry industry.

Clint has a Bachelor's in History from Mercer University, a Master's in Education from Georgia College, and began his teaching career with multi-disabled students at the Georgia School for the Blind. He taught AP US History and AP Government, while serving as AP Coordinator at Rutland High School in Macon, Georgia. Upon moving to Pensacola, Clint taught IB Geography, AP Human Geography, and AP Government and Politics for 9 years in Pensacola High School's IB Program. He taught AP Government and AP Macroeconomics at Navarre High School. He currently is also a communications management graduate student at University of Southern California in the Annenberg School of Communication.

Some of our classes and workshops are taught by multiple teachers. Please check the class/workshop descriptions for the specific dates of the event for more information.

Career Coach. Maria is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in liberal studies and a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Counseling and Guidance. She spent 12 years in the corporate world before returning to her counseling roots. She is a board certified life coach, board certified patient advocate, certified rehabilitation counselor, certified purpose clarity coach and a former master career counselor. She is passionate about helping others find their purpose so they can live their best life.

Charley graduated from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Pensacola High School where she received the IB Diploma as well as the Mark Pinnell Memorial Scholarship for excellence in English and a foreign language (French). Charley also received the highest grade in her IB graduating class for both the IB Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge essay. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Vassar College, double-majoring in French and Francophone Studies and Drama. She also minored in Art History. Charley went on to complete her first master’s degree at Dartmouth College where she received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, analyzing the entertainment industry from historical, business, legal, and creative perspectives. Charley received a second master’s degree in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She has tutored online and in New York and Florida, specializing in English and French grammar, ACT/SAT verbal prep, and essay writing. Outside of tutoring, Charley is a recording artist and filmmaker. She loves to connect with people and help make learning easier, more engaging, and fun.