Kindergarten

Teresa Godfrey
Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Godfrey was born in Lansing, MI but moved to Florida when she was 8 years old. She currently lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Greg and two sons; Nick, 22, a USF student, working on his Mass Communications degree while working for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ryan,15, a freshman at Boca Ciega High School in the honors program. Outside of school, Mrs. Godfrey spends time with family and loves watching sports, especially football and baseball.

Mrs. Godfrey received her Bachelor’s in Science in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement, ESE Certification and ESOL Certification for K-12, from the University of South Florida. She has been teaching for 8 years, five years as a substitute and three years as a classroom teacher. Besides teaching Middle School Language Arts, Reading and Journalism, she coaches cheerleading, administers the morning show, manages the yearbook, assists Coach Willard with National Junior Honor Society, heads up our Safety Patrol, and assists the 8th grade students with their fundraising. Her philosophy in education is that every child has the ability to succeed when given a positive, enriching and nurturing environment and teamwork is essential to building character development.
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Sara Eschler
Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Eschler was born in Detroit, MI but moved to Florida when she was 9 years old. She currently lives with her parents and brother in Tarpon Springs, FL. She graduated from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor’s in Science in Elementary Education K-6, along with Reading and ESOL endorsements. As a recent graduate, she has been gaining educational experience by co-teaching the past year and tutoring over the summer.

This is Ms. Eschlers first year teaching at Athenian Academy, so she is excited to meet the students and their families. Outside of the classroom she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing at the beach.
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First Grade

Barbara Cinelli
First Grade Teacher
Barbara Cinelli was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved here to sunny Florida 16 years ago with her husband and 3 children. She is a graduate of Salem State College where she received her degree in Education. She also holds a degree in Human Services. Mrs. Cinelli has been working in the field of education for over 30 years and has been teaching at Athenian Academy since its infancy. When she is not busy in the classroom, she enjoys reading, cruising, and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren!
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Stephen Thompson
First Grade Teacher
Mr. Thompson was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has a B.S. Degree from Florida State University. Mr. Thompson lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Lisa, and his daughter, Angelina. He has taught for 10 years. Mr. Thompson enjoys art, traveling with his family, and spending time with his three dogs.
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Second Grade

Mary Vaughn
Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. Vaughn was born and raised in Safety Harbor, Florida. She graduated from Countryside High School in 1994. In 2015, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from St. Petersburg. Mrs. Vaughn and her family currently reside in New Port Richey, where she has a daughter who is a sophomore at Gulf High School. This is Mrs. Vaughn’s second year teaching and she is very happy to work with the students at Athenian Academy.
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Carissa Farrell
Second Grade Teacher
Ms. Farrell is very happy to be a part of the Athenian Academy family. She has a very cheerful personality and is very passionate when it comes to educating young minds. She was brought to Holiday, Florida by her parents when she was 3 years old and hasn’t left since. After spending many years being a nanny for a family in Tampa she decided to put her love for children to good use and go back to school in 2013 to work on her bachelor’s degree in education. In December 2015, she graduated with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Prekindergarten-Primary Education with Reading and ESOL endorsements from St. Petersburg College. She remained on the Dean’s List all throughout her program and enjoyed every moment she spent in various classrooms.

Being a resident of sunny Florida, Ms. Farrell loves spending her free time at the beach. She also enjoys keeping up with the latest fashions, trying out new recipes, traveling, spending time with her friends and family and building relationships with people in her community. She also enjoys concerts, sporting events and a good movie. This is her first year of teaching and could not be more excited to meet the students and parents of Athenian Academy.
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