K-8 PE, Digital Arts, Technology Arts, SLP & ESE

Emily Ocampo - Primary & Intermediate PE

Mrs. Emilia (Emily) Ocampo is originally from Ontario, Canada.  She has been teaching in Florida since 2003 after graduating from FIU. She moved to Miami to pursue her education after being recruited on a full soccer scholarship. Mrs. Ocampo achieved many goals as a student athlete prior to and during her collegiate career. She enjoys being a role model and is committed to providing a new outlook on physical education to her students at GSOTA. She leads by example and continues to live an active lifestyle by playing in 3 different soccer leagues that meet weekly. She is also a mother of 3 young children and lives in Palm Beach Gardens. Mrs. Ocampo looks forward to bringing her experience to this school and collaborating with her colleagues in an effort to make fitness and health an important part of students' lives.  Furthermore, she will emphasize on team sports knowing that a person's interpersonal skills, self awareness, and confidence are also very important to the development of a successful person.

Jennifer Griffin - Primary & Intermediate Art
Jennifer Griffin is excited to be part of the SOTA Team. Mrs. Griffin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and is a Florida Certified Teacher in both Elementary Education and Art. She began her teaching career as a nursery school teacher when her own daughter first started school in 2003. Five years later, she transitioned to elementary school. She taught both kindergarten and second grade. A few years later, she had the opportunity to switch fields and became the art teacher for grades kindergarten through eighth grade. In addition to these experiences, Mrs. Griffin has also managed a children's art studio, taught VPK, and has worked as a nanny. Teaching children has been a life long passion and she is looking forward to infusing her classroom with creativity, joy and enthusiasm.

Jordan Rhudy - Intermediate Technology Arts
‚ÄčOriginally from Palm Beach County, Jordan Rhudy recently moved back to West Palm Beach after living in Chicago for several years. She studied communication and theatre at Wheaton College and earned her masters degree in interior design from Ball State University.  Jordan's love for all things creative started at a very young age and flourished through school. She grew up performing in various capacities as well - dancing, acting, singing and now loves helping others understand everything that can be done through technology. Between her multi-faceted work experience, Jordan most enjoys graphic and web design, commercial interior design, and event planning. She is thrilled to get to spend time in such an uplifting environment here at GSOTA and loves being in south Florida near so many of her favorite people!

Carol Lux - Middle School PE

Carol Lux (AKA Coach Lux) graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 where she was the goal keeper on the women's soccer team. Coach Carol also played basketball, golf and volleyball in college. She has coached high school and middle school volleyball, soccer and basketball as well as being a camp director at local water sport camps. She played beach volleyball in the Women's Professional Volleyball Association (predecessor to the current AVP). She is a Certified RYT 200 Yoga Teacher and looks forward to incorporating yoga and other eastern movement philosophies into her physical education classes. She has taught middle and high school language arts and social sciences in several cities in Florida and North Carolina as well as teaching English as a Second Language at a boys 6-12th grade school outside of Bangkok Thailand. Last summer she became the oldest Girl Scout Camp counselor to be certified as a climbing belay rescue specialist and kayak instructor (that they were away of ;-)  She enjoys all types of physical activities and loves to share her enthusiasm with everyone around her!

Elena Levy - Speech/Language Pathologist

Mrs. Levy is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She has a master's degree in Speech. Language and Hearing from Temple University. She has worked in a variety of settings including nursing homes, public schools, and private homes. Most recently, she was a speech therapist for Pre-K students in Martin County. She will provide speech therapy at Gardens School of Technology Arts and is looking forward to helping the students succeed with their communication skills.

Patty Barlow - K-8 ESE Coordinator/Service Provider, 504, ESOL Coordinator
Patty Barlow moved to Florida from Southern New Jersey when she was 19 years old. She received a B.A. in Specific Learning Disabilities and an M.Ed in Guidance and Counseling from FAU in Boca Raton. She taught Varying Exceptionalities classes at Deerfield Beach Middle School, Valley Jr. High in Carlsbad, CA, and Stuart Middle School. Ms. Barlow has one son, Jonathan, who lives in Orlando. She currently resides with her husband, Frank, on South Hutchinson Island where they enjoy boating, kayaking, and daily walks on the beach. In 2014, Ms. Barlow became a part of the GSOTA family. She is inspired by the positive effect that the GSOTA caring atmosphere has had on her students. 

Lisa Leinonen - RTI/iii Coordinator
Ms. Leinonen is originally from Michigan. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood from Western Michigan University and a Master's in Reading Education K0-12 from Barry University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience. She taught middle school English and trained teachers for over 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati. She spent three years in Japan teaching English to children and adults. She is certified as an ESE teacher and has taught PreK-5th grade students of varying exceptionalities. Ms. Leinonen is looking forward to providing a positive learning environment which fosters growth and a sense of community among SOTA learners. She lives in Boynton Beach with her fiance and their black lab.

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