3 – 5 Elementary Team

Third Grade

Derek Laux
Third Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Derek Laux and I am new to the Athenian family. I moved here from Salt Lake City, UT last year. I am originally from a small farm town in Ohio called Rockford. I am in my 4th year of teaching after spending the previous six years as a member of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. Before then, I was in the United States Air Force. I have served overseas for Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
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Susanna Birdwell
Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Birdwell was born and raised in New England where she enjoyed growing up with 4 siblings. She moved to Florida in 2012 for college where she attended Clearwater Christian college until it's untimely closing after her junior year. She transferred to Warner University in 2015 to complete her senior year. She graduated in April 2016 with a BA in elementary education, Cum Laude with and ESOL endorsement. Mrs. Birdwell has had a passion for teaching children from a very young age. Mrs. Birdwell and her husband, an EMT for Pinellas County, reside in Clearwater. She enjoys the beaches, swimming, cooking, photography, spending time with family, and discovering new local restaurants. She is very excited to begin her first year of teaching at Athenian Academy of Pasco!
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Jannette Rivera
Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Rivera is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She moved to Puerto Rico with her family at the age of 12. Mrs. Rivera received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Puerto Rico. and has been teaching since 2004. Mrs. Rivera has been married since 2003. and has an 11 year old daughter. Mrs. Rivera enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.

4th Grade

Maria Logakis
Fourth Grade Teacher
Ms. Logakis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2015, she graduated from Lesley University with a Master's in Elementary Education. Craving to live in a warmer environment, Ms. Logakis moved to Florida in June of 2015. She found her true calling in teaching when she realized the best way to make a difference and inspire others is to become a teacher. Her other passion in life is photography. Ms. Logakis loves taking film, digital and Polaroid photographs.
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Jami Branham
Fourth Grade Teacher
My name is Jami Branham and I teach 4th grade Math and Science for Athenian Academy of Pasco. I am 23 years old and a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida. I enjoy spending my weekends on the boat fishing or playing outside with my puppy, Lily. I have loved Disney my entire life and The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite. I have 2 older sisters and brother-in-laws and extremely supportive parents so spending time with my family is very important to me. I also have a boyfriend of nearly 7 years named Chris! My favorite food is a tie between chicken and pasta. My favorite restaurant is Longhorn!
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5th Grade

Sandy Colado
Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Colado graduated from the University of South Florida where she received her B.A. in elementary education and her Masters in Varying Exceptionalities. She has been teaching in Pasco County for many years. Mrs. Colado feels fortunate to have been a part of the faculty who opened Deer Park Elementary School and Longleaf Elementary School. She retired from the county school system five years ago and has been happily working at Athenian Academy ever since. Mrs. Colado loves her family, golden retrievers, horses, and gardening.
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Tiffany Brunton
Fifth Grade Teacher and 3 - 5 Team Leader
Mrs. Brunton is origninally from New Jersey where she graduated from Monsignor Donovan High School. In High School she participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, and track and field. Mrs. Brunton is a graduate of William Paterson University. She started teaching at Athenian Academy in 2009 and loves teaching math. She also loves the NY Giants, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
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