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Middle School Teachers

Jennifer Chroniak - Technology Arts
Mrs. Chroniak's bio is coming soon - stay tuned!

Dr. Daniel Ketcher - Social Studies
Dr. Ketcher moved to Florida last year and is excited to work with young people in Social Studies education. He majored in International Relations, German and European Studies at the University of Arkansas. His fascination with the humanities led him to take courses ranging from Microeconomic Theory, to the Intellectual History of Europe, and theories of International Relations. He also studied at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. After completing his B.A., Dr. Ketcher attended Saint Meinrad and completed his M.A. in Philosophical Studies with a focus on the roots of Roman Catholic theology. He was then accepted to the University of Arkansas School of Law, a top tier public law school. While there, he enjoyed courses such as American Legal History, Intl Criminal Law, World Legal History, and Constitutional Law. He completed his Juris Doctorate in May 2012. In his free time Dr. Ketcher enjoys playing the cello, singing, reading about national and world affairs, and long-distance running.

Dave Ricci - Math
Currently living in Stuart, Florida, Dave Ricci is a California native. While living in Lake Tahoe, Mr. Ricci earned his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts and began teaching and coaching at a local high school. After teaching for five years in California, Mr. Ricci moved to Florida and has been teaching middle schoolers for five years, while earning his masters degree. He is also a musician and spends much of his time with his seven year old daughter who loves to sing. Mr. Ricci has a side business in video production and he likes to read when he can find time.

Erin Ryan - Science
Erin Ryan recently moved to Florida from her hometown in Ashton, Maryland. She graduated from Towson University in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, a track in education, and a minor in Biology. Ms. Ryan spent a summer teaching in the Arctic Circle of Alaska, a semester teaching Marine Science in the Florida Keys, and the last year as a Science teacher at a private school in Maryland. In her free time she enjoys water sports, snorkeling, and scuba diving South Florida. Ms. Ryan is excited to begin the new school year and eager to introduce more outdoor education experiences to the science curriculum.

Lauren West - Language Arts
Miss West recently moved to Florida from her hometown of Wayne, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2009 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. In 2010 she began teaching at a charter school in Pennsylvania where she taught Kindergarten and 6th grade, then 4th-5th grade for three years. Miss West was recently certified in Middle School English for grades 5-9. In her free time she enjoys snorkeling, riding her Vespa and rooting on her favorite team the Philadelphia Phillies. She is excited to get to teach at GSOTA and loves exposing students to various literature and novels.

Liliana Velez - Pre-Algebra/Algebra I

Mrs. Velez's bio is coming soon - stay tuned!

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