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I was born in Miami and graduated from South Broward High School. I attended Florida State University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Child Development. I began my teaching career as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Florida State University’s Educational Research Center for Child Development. I taught at this location for three years prior to joining the Palm Springs North Elementary Faculty. I have had the honor of teaching kindergarten here at PSN for ten years. During this time, I was given the opportunity to teach general education classes as well as programs such as Inclusion and Cambridge. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I feel fortunate to be a part of this profession. I am committed to creating a fun and safe learning environment for my students. My goals as an educator are to encourage students to reach their full potential and to become lifelong learners.
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in Art History. I have been teaching elementary art in MDCPS for ten years. Awarded Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2011. As an art educator, I focus on inspiring my students to develop their creative abilities by teaching a variety of styles and techniques with an emphasis on art history. I believe each child has an inner artist and my goal is to encourage my students to create with confidence and enthusiasm.
Hi my name is Ms. Morell, I am the P.E. teacher at PSN. I first started teaching 15 years ago, at Charles D. Wyche Elementary School where I taught first grade for three years and third grade for another three years. When the opportunity arose to work at PSN, I became the E.L.L teacher servicing second through fifth grade students. As previously stated, I'm currently one of the Physical Education instructor here at PSN.
My name is Dina Laiken. I have been a special education teacher for 14 years I have a master’s degree in special education and reading. I truly believe that it is not the student’s job to learn the way I teach; rather, it is my job to teach the way each student learns. This makes it necessary for me to differentiate instruction depending on the needs of the students in my class. My goal is to always provide meaningful, learning experiences for all learning styles. In this regard, as an educator, I want to help mold a child's self-worth so they can become self-sufficient, self-motivated, and productive.
Mercy Garcia graduated from Kean College in Elizabeth New Jersey with a Major in Elementary Education and certifications to teach Reading, English, and English as a Second Language in Grades first through eighth. She also has a Master Degree in Elementary Education from St. Thomas University. She has been teaching in Palm Springs North Elementary since 1993.
I graduated from Barry University with degree in Physical Education. I did my internship at Joella C. Good Elementary School. I started my professional career as a Physical Education teacher at Palm Springs North Elementary since August 2004. Began the PSN Dazzlers and directed the team from 2004-2013. Also, taught classes with the community school after school summer camp programs. I continue to be involved in programs that involve fitness and health education for the students and staff of PSN Elementary.
I am so excited to commence this new school year and begin this exciting journey into education with your child. This will be my fifth year as part of the PSN family. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Florida International University in 2011. During my time at PSN I have had the opportunity to work in several grades from K-5th, teaching both Math & Reading. In recent years, I have worked in the ESOL department, teaching students that are new to our country. I look forward to working closely with you and your child as we navigate through this new school year. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Tiffany Gomez graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and ESOL Endorsement. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has been teaching at Palm Springs North Elementary since 2005.
They say you move about 11 times in your life and change professions about five times. Well I can say that I have changed my profession at least that much. I started my teaching profession as a Career Specialist at M. A. Milam K-8 Center. The first five years of teaching there, I spent guiding children, and trying to light a small fire in their young minds as to what the world holds for them if they try hard, perceiver through hardships and don’t give up on their dreams. As I changed again to a new school and now as classroom teach I feel that I am finally where I should be. I have been here at PSN for the last ten years and have helped shaped the lives of the future leaders of America.