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 serving on the Gulf Breeze City Council. Renee’s oldest daughter attended Wake Forest, her son attended Harvard and her youngest daughter attends Vanderbilt.

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.
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.

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 to work at Avalex Technologies in Gulf Breeze. Zachary currently works at Gulf States Automation. Zach has many hours of tutoring experience through organizations such as National Honor Society, Georgia Tech Housing, and Phi Sigma Pi as well as private tutoring at the high school and college level.

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.

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.

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.

Tulla Bee Picardi is an extremely bright senior at Gulf Breeze High School. She founded a summer math lab for rising ninth grade students to help prepare them for high school. Tulla Bee can tutor chemistry, biology, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry and trigonometry.

Susan Smart is a veteran teacher with over 25 years of experience in the field of Language Arts. She has taught multiple levels and ages from 5th grade through 12th grade. Her experience ranges from teaching at Creative Learning Academy, Episcopal Day School, and Pensacola High School where she spent 12 years teaching in the International Baccalaureate Program. She continues to be a diploma examiner for Cardiff, Wales (headquarters for IB) grading language and literature papers, specifically written tasks and paper 2. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and earned her M.Ed in education from University of West Florida. She will retire at the end of this year, and plans to continue working with various levels of students with a concentration in writing skills, grammar mastery, literature, and test taking strategies. She is an avid traveler and enjoys working with all levels of students in need of help with Language Arts.

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.