Instructors

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).

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.

Greg has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of West Florida and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida. Greg has taught in Santa Rosa County for 27 years, 7 years at Holley-Navarre Middle and the past 20 years at Navarre High. He was also an adjunct at Santa Rosa Online for 8 years. Greg taught geography at Holley-Navarre Middle and has taught world history, US history, government, economics, reading, and AP Human Geography at Navarre High. Greg was a Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2022 and is National Board Certified.

Jonny teaches AP Psychology at Gulf Breeze High School. He is entering his ninth year teaching overall, and fifth at GBHS. Jonny earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Communications (Interpersonal Leadership focus) and a Master's in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. Has also taught AP Human Geography, US History and Economics in Hillsborough and Santa Rosa Counties. His career pass rate for the AP Psychology exam is 75%, 11 percentage points above the national average of 64.2%, and more than 20 percentage points higher than the Florida statewide average, which includes a career average of 54% for students scoring a 4 or 5, ahead of the national average of 45%.

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.

Dr. Toni Green received dual undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Arizona, where she investigated membrane proteins involved in nitric oxide signaling pathways. After graduation, she conducted post-doctoral research in Las Vegas that focused on investigating factors that influenced metastasis of breast cancer and melanoma. For the past 5 years, Dr. Green has taught a variety of secondary and college-level science courses, including dual enrollment biology, honors chemistry, and IB Chemistry.

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.

Señora Holderman has a Master's in Spanish and 15 years experience teaching at the college level. She currently teaches at UWF. She studied in both Spain and Mexico. She tutors for AP exam preparation and any conversation or grammar help that students might need at any level of Spanish. Señora Holderman is passionate about languages and cultures and love to share that with students.

Mr. Jones teaches AP/IB history courses in the IB Program at Pensacola High School. He received a Bachelors Degree in European History
and a Masters Degree in Education.

Mr. Killam received his undergraduate and Master's Degree from UWF and began teaching in 1989 at then Pensacola Junior College as an adjunct English instructor. In 1995, he began teaching high school full time at Catholic High. In 2000, he started teaching at Gulf Breeze High and has taught every level of high school. In 2004, he became nationally certified. In 2009, he began teaching AP Language and Composition and has recorded pass rates ranging from 75% to 93%. In 2015, he was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s Teacher of the Year.

Euxie Laibe taught 10th Grade World History and College Advisory (prep class) for the two years in California. Euxie received a BA in Political Science and Environmental Sociology at Vanderbilt University. While teaching, she earned her Master of Education in Inspired Teaching and Learning from National University. As a teacher, Euxie taught students how to write Document Based Question essays (DBQs) and research papers. She also developed a curriculum around argumentation and public speaking. As an advisor, she taught students how to prepare for college by researching scholarships, developing oral presentations and practicing personal essay writing. Although her focus was social studies as a teacher, Euxie has experience tutoring for English, ACT prep (English, Reading and Science) and elementary math.

Dr. Tanya Mason teaches IB Senior and AP Junior English at Pensacola High School, where she instructs students in world literature and writing. She graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in English in 1992 and spent a number of years working in the IT industry before returning to University of West Florida in 2009 to obtain her master’s degree in English with a specialization in Creative Writing. Afterward, she attended and graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 with a PhD in English and Creative Writing. During this time her short story, “Groundhogs,” was selected as a finalist for both the Charles Johnson Fiction Award and Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction; her work also has been published in the Women of Horror Anthology as well as The Troubadour. In her spare time, she likes to ride mountain bikes and exercise at the gym.

Misty Meredith graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Wildlife Science and later received her M.Ed. in Secondary Education Biology. She has 23 years of teaching experience, including AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.

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 teaches English I Honors, AP Seminar, and AP Research at GBHS. She has a B.A. in English and History from Florida State University and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Ms. Myers is a Table Leader at the AP Seminar Reading and a College Board Workshop Consultant.

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.

Dylan Patterson is a Senior in Pensacola High School’s International Baccalaureate program. He has experience tutoring in math ranging from Algebra 1 to Precalculus. Additionally, he has achieved a 35 on the overall ACT, with a 36 on both Math and Science. Dylan hopes to major in Accounting and proceed to get his Juris Doctorate to be a corporate lawyer after completing college.

Mr. Phan taught (and tutors) AP Calculus A/B and B/C at Gulf Breeze High School for many years and will also tutor pre-calculus and algebra.

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.

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.