Ana Amiri began teaching junior-level language arts and reading at Atlantis Academy Miami in February 2005 before becoming the Spanish teacher in 2007. Ana holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, a master’s degree in reading from Dominican University and special education degree from Fort Hayes University. She is certified by the state of Florida to teach Spanish, business education, reading and special education. She also volunteers with the Stephen Ministry Support Group and the Florida Literacy Coalition of the Miami-Dade County Public Library System. Ana is passionate about teaching the Spanish language and educating students on its culture and heritage. Ana loves the structure and mission of Atlantis Academy and helping students succeed.
During the last 30 years, Mitch Becton has devoted his career to teaching our students math, social studies and physical education in both elementary and secondary classrooms at Atlantis Academy Miami. He currently teaches social studies and interactive communication in our elementary department. Mitch graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in marketing and continued his education at nearby Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla., where he earned his teaching degree.
Thomas S. Brooks, Jr.
Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Thomas Brooks joined the staff of Atlantis Academy Miami in 1995 after serving as a U.S. Army officer and Department of Defense coordinator. He has also served as the Atlantis Academy Committee Chair for the past two FCIS and AdvancED (formerly SACS) accreditation evaluations. Prior to teaching history, Thomas taught computer and math classes and served as the school business manager from 1998-2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida International University in Miami.
Computer Science Teacher
Susan Clark has taught computer classes to elementary, middle and high school students at Atlantis Academy Miami since 2006. Her students learn how to use popular Microsoft Office computer software, including Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, as well as the more complex Adobe Photoshop program. Before joining Atlantis Academy, Susan taught math at the Peace Corps in Africa and continued teaching computers and robotics as a Peace Corps fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia. Susan graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., with a bachelor’s degree in computers and math. She holds a Florida teaching certificate in math (grades 6-12) and assists students weekly with their Ascend math curriculum in the computer lab.
Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Since beginning his teaching career at Atlantis Academy Miami, Justin has taught various social studies courses ranging from history to economics to government. He has also served as a team leader and senior class advisor for more than ten years. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Justin is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee. As a teacher, he says he has been rewarded many times over and is appreciative of his interactions with generations of Atlantis Academy students. Outside the classroom, Justin coaches recreational and interscholastic basketball for middle and high schoolers.
Secondary Math Teacher
Cheryl Darville taught upper-level science at Atlantis Academy Miami for the last 18 years before transitioning to the math department. A passionate teacher, she strives to help all her students reach their fullest potential and to provide a safe, caring classroom environment where learning barriers are overcome and meaningful educational relationships are built.
Rosa Maria Dennis
Secondary Math Teacher
Rosa Maria Dennis joined the Atlantis Academy Miami team as a math teacher in 2003, bringing with her nearly 20 years of math education experience. A native of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Rosa Maria graduated from the School of Engineering at University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba and spent 15 years teaching in the University’s math department. Upon moving to Miami with her family, she spent several years teaching math at a local charter school prior to joining the Atlantis team. Rosa Maria’s 16 years of experience working with the unique learning differences of Atlantis Academy students allows her to provide learning opportunities in her classroom to support students’ intellectual, social and personal development.
Ivette Ferrera began her career with Atlantis Academy Miami in 1997 as a part-time aide in the elementary language arts program. The following year, she moved to a full-time position, teaching language arts, music, art and physical education. Throughout her 22 years at Atlantis Academy, Ivette has worked in elementary, secondary and Spectrum classrooms. Currently, she teaches art to all grade levels and has coordinated our Summer Program for the last eight years.
Dellamira Gonzalez is the elementary mathematics teacher at Atlantis Academy Miami. She has been a part of the Atlantis Academy team for 31 years teaching both elementary mathematics and social studies. Previously, she worked in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Paterson Public Schools in New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., with a major in elementary education and a minor in special education. Dellamira believes teaching is her true passion and appreciates the opportunity to change the course of students’ lives by building their self-esteem through positive, successful personal and academic experiences.
Ana Guerrero joined Atlantis Academy Miami in 2015 as a member of the Spectrum team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education from Women’s University of the Sacred Heart in Lima, Peru, and is certified to teach exceptional student education to K-12 students.
Elementary Reading Teacher
Phyllis Jacobs has been teaching reading at Atlantis Academy Miami for 34 years and now serves as the elementary team leader and reading teacher. Phyllis sought an environment where students’ individualized academic and social needs are prioritized, so she joined Atlantis Academy. She enjoys working with a small teacher-to-student ratio and having the freedom to adjust the curriculum to fit each students’ learning style and academic and social needs. She finds this teaching style increases her students’ motivation and learning. After more than three decades with Atlantis, she sometimes teaches children of former students.
Secondary Language Arts Teacher
James Lazaro joined the Atlantis Academy Miami staff in 2014 and is passionate about helping students develop their communication skills within the English language. In addition to teaching secondary-level language arts, he lends his photography skills to the school yearbook. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and minor in religious studies from Miami’s Florida International University, where he currently coaches the school’s award-winning color guard team.
Secondary Reading Teacher
April Martinez joined Atlantis Academy Miami in 2004 as the reading teacher for grades 6-12. She currently serves as the team leader for the secondary team staff and is also the senior class advisor. April also teaches social skills and runs the Homework Club after school program that assists students with their academic and social needs. She is passionate about teaching reading and creates an environment where reading is enjoyable for all. She received her degree at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Outside the classroom, April is nationally known for her contribution to the performing arts; she serves as an advocate and consultant to many performing artists and groups.
Secondary Science Teacher
Sirisha Nara has taught upper-level science since she joined the Atlantis Academy Miami staff in 2005. Sirisha creates a caring, nurturing, positive learning environment where students learn and experience new challenges that help build their confidence to become successful and productive in the future.
Glory Ortiz began working at Atlantis Academy Miami in 2013 as an elementary language arts teacher. Prior to that, she spent a year as a tutor and mentor for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students in collaboration with City Year Miami, an AmeriCorps program. Glory graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in professional and public writing. During her time at Atlantis Academy, she also earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. In addition to teaching, Glory runs an after-school Zumba class to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for our students.
Victoria Perdomo began teaching math and social studies in the Middle Team at Atlantis Academy Miami in 2005. The opportunity to lead a self-contained Spectrum Program for grades K-12 was offered in 2007. She has been an E.S.E. teacher, in both private and public schools, serving children in grades Pre-k through 12th since 1985. She earned her master’s degree in E.S.E. from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Fl.
Physical Education Teacher
Coach Henry Radford has taught physical education at Atlantis Academy Miami since 1977. He is responsible for developing and leading the physical education program, which includes activities such as flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis and dodge ball. He devotes his time to teaching students the importance of staying active and lifelong fitness. Coach Radford attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables on a football scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in history. After graduating, he enjoyed a brief NFL career with the former Boston (now New England) Patriots.
Secondary Language Arts Teacher
Jennifer Rolfs joined the Atlantis Academy Miami family in 2006 as the English language arts teacher. A native of Miami, she obtained her degree from the University of Miami. In addition to teaching, Jennifer oversees the book fair, yearbook, Grad Bash, and the STAR testing throughout the year. She is committed to her students and strives to help them become their best selves both academically and socially.