FINE ARTS TEACHERS, SLP & ESE
K - 8
Mrs. Ocampo was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She came to Florida at the age of 18 on a soccer scholarship and attended FIU, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Physical Education. She has been teaching for 17 years and going on year 5 at GSOTA. She is married with 3 kids, girl boy twins age 11 and a daughter age 9. When she is not teaching she is running around with the kids to their sporting events and coaching their soccer teams and girls High School Varsity. Not to mention enjoying all the time with the family outdoors. She also continues to play soccer, which is still her passion. Her students are like her kids and always make sure they have fun and treat them like her own.
Jennifer Griffin is a Florida native having lived the past 25 years in Palm Beach County. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree specializing in Art History and Women’s Studies. Later, she earned her teaching certificate in both Elementary Education and Visual Arts K-12. Ms. Griffin has worked as a teacher over the past 20 years including nursery school, elementary education and art K-12. Furthermore, she has spent time as a nanny, manager of a children’s art studio and as a mother. In her spare time, you can find Ms. Griffin helping animals, at the beach, or making art to share with her students. This is her fifth year at GSOTA and she is happy to be a part of every student’s educational experience.
Ms. Bri is a New Jersey native but moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 1993. She received her Associates of Arts from Tallahassee Community College and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Bri & her fiancé Clay will be welcoming their first child, Crew Smith, in December 2020. Outside of teaching, Ms. Bri loves to spend time with her family, attend sporting events and relax while boating.
Mindfulness TeacherMs. Kelly is a certified yoga instructor of 5 years with a passion for physical and mental health. She is currently working hard towards furthering her education and receiving her degree in Psychology, as she has always been fascinated by the mind. A bonus mom of two girls, who loves to practice breathing and meditating, along with her experience teaching kids yoga, she has seen firsthand the benefits of Mindfulness for children. Ms. Kelly is always excited to teach, bring the calm vibes and show students the tools they already have within them.
Mrs. Rice is originally from Michigan and first moved to Florida in 2001. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some years later she earned her master’s degree in reading from Barry University in Miami. She has 20 years of experience and is certified in Elementary Education K-6; Reading, ESOL, and ESE K-12. Additionally, she has certification in TESOL/TESL/TEFL. Her teaching journey began overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati where she trained elementary school teachers and taught middle school for over 2 years. After months of traveling and then spending a year in Florida working for a Non-Profit Organization, she went back overseas to teach in Japan. She taught in the middle & elementary schools in her town, as well as taught adult English classes at night. She has lived in Florida for about 15 years teaching students of varying exceptionalities in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. This is her 9th year at GSOTA and she has welcomed the opportunity to evolve and grow throughout her time here. She has taught K-2, MS Intensive Reading, SEL, and served as the reading interventionist and ESE Teacher. She truly enjoys being part of the GSOTA family and is currently the contact for ESE, 504, and ESOL services and School-Based Team Leader. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband traveling, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.
ESE Support and Intensive Reading
Mrs. Newcomb graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) from Florida Atlantic University in 2020. She is certified in ESE K-12, Elementary Education K-6, and ESOL K-12. She believes all students are capable of learning and succeeding academically within an equal-opportunity, safe, well-working, and fun classroom environment. She is passionate about building her students' confidence in themselves and helping them reach their academic goals. With two siblings as GSOTA alumni, Mrs. Newcomb firmly believes in the school's mission and values. When outside of school she enjoys long walks down the aisles of Target with a Starbucks drink in hand as well as spending time with friends and family, usually playing cards.
Mrs. Boswell grew up in Hawaii and has lived in Texas, California, Colorado, Georgia, and now Florida. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. She moved to sunny Florida 9 years ago with her family so that her husband could teach and research Marine Science at FIU. Teaching is her second career and her true passion. Her love for reading guided her to pursue a new career. She has taught 1st , 2nd and 4th grades, Journalism, Photography and 5th-grade math before becoming a Media Specialist (Librarian). With her love of reading and experience teaching reading to a wide variety of students, she came to GSOTA in 2019 to teach reading. She finds joy in helping students learn to read and building up their self-esteem. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her husband and two children and two dogs on outdoor adventures.
Speech Language Pathologist
Leslie Whitaker brings 15+ years of experience, the ability to warmly and creatively engage with clients, and the ability to effectively and efficiently convey information to families.Leslie Whitaker has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 2001. She holds a master’s degree in Communication Disorders with an emphasis on Reading Disorders from Appalachian State University. She holds a national certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in California and Florida.Leslie has advanced training in the areas of early language development (Hannen It Takes Two To Talk), oral muscular treatments (PROMPT and orofacial myology), reading decoding and comprehension (Lindamood Bell LiPs and Visualizing and Verbalizing), social thinking (Mentorship with Michelle Garcia Winner at the Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, CA 2011.) https://www.socialthinking.com/clinic-services/professional-directoryLeslie has recently moved to her hometown of North Palm Beach, Florida after living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 20 years. While in California, she worked in public, charter, and private schools with children ages 5-21throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.Additionally, Leslie founded and directed Bay Area SpeechWorks, Inc. a private speech language pathology and occupational therapy clinic in Mill Valley, California where she and her team assessed, treated, and worked with children and families from San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties from 2005-2018. For more information please visit http://www.bayareaspeechworks.comIn her free time, Leslie loves to spend time with her children, read, and practice yoga. Leslie has been an avid yoga practitioner since 1998, has taught vinyasa flow based on the Mysore tradition, and is currently studying yoga in the Iyengar tradition.Leslie is excited to be back in Florida and looks forward to serving children and families in Palm Beach County.