Middle School Teachers

Math & Science (Grade 6)

Ms. Mutchler has taught students from all over the world including Egypt and China. She earned her International Finance and Marketing Degree from The University of Miami. She continued by earning her Master’s in Teaching English as a Foreign Language when she was a teaching fellow at The American University in Cairo. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids play tennis, gardening, traveling, and Zumba.



MRs. O'Brien

English Language Arts

The poet Robert Frost once said, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener," and awakening students to the world around them through reading novels, analyzing poetry and reenacting Shakespeare plays is what Mrs. O'Brien aims to do. Having moved from Maryland in 2013 and joining the GSOTA family in 2016, she is very passionate about all things ELA and is always striving to find ways to connect literature and writing into real life applications. She is also an avid tea drinker and EdTech Nerd.
Mrs. O'Brien holds Dual Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Communication Arts from Salisbury University as well as a M.S. in Psychology from Walden University. She is also a Level 2 Google Certified Educator and is pursuing Google Trainer/Coach and ISTE certifications this Spring.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons (also GSOTA students), critters (beagles Amelia and Harper and cats Gryffin and Brutus), reading, traveling, learning new techie tools, and most of all...napping.

Mrs. Rothenberg

Science

This is Mrs. Rothenberg’s first year at GSOTA, and she teaches 7th and 8th grade science. She is thrilled to be here and loves sharing her passion for science and the natural world with her students. Prior to GSOTA, Mrs. Rothenberg previously taught 7th grade science and has also worked as an environmental consultant.
Mrs. Rothenberg is a South Florida native, and in her free time, she enjoys RV’ing with her family and two dogs, snorkeling, spending time at the beach, and horseback riding.

Ms. AXELRAD

ELA & Social Studies

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and went to college at Florida Atlantic University where I got my degree in education. I have been teaching for a few years now but this is my first year at GSOTA, in which I am extremely happy to be able to get to know the wonderful young minds at this school and work with talented educators.
If I am not working, I am usually at home with a good book and a cat, or two, on my lap. I enjoy a good binge watching session on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease in which it has forced me to become an excellent cook. I can make a wide range of food into a gluten free version and make it taste as good, if not better, than the original version.
I look forward to getting to know the GSOTA community and helping students be successful.

Ms. MADER

7th-8th Math, Algebra I

A Dean's Fellow with over 17 years of teaching experience, Ms. Mader's most cherished aspect of teaching is running along students to help them reach their goals and dreams, as well as to offer a safe place to make mistakes and try new methods in math (and life), in order to become successful on their terms! She often finds herself asking all students: Where are we? Where are we going? How do we get there? Ms. Mader believes a great classroom is the one that is teacher-directed and student-led. The outcomes are most rewarding to her!
Her academic degrees from the University of Miami and Duquesne University, plus her diverse experience, have deepened her understanding of people internationally, as she has facilitated Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University countless times, advised people of all ages in personal and business matters, and has worked and researched in countless arenas. In addition, she highly values the community she lives in, as Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens (and Italy) are her "happy places." She is the proud owner of her private tutoring business, as well as a Florida-licensed realtor. Her greatest passions are loving people, commissioning leaders, songwriting, writing/professional editing, and innovating, not to mention her 13 nieces and nephews! She believes that faithfulness, vision, perseverance, humor, research, and willingness to change and think outside of the box are the keys to fruitful life!

MR. TELLER

Social Studies

Mr. Teller was raised on Long Island. As the son of a wholesale travel agent, he had the opportunity to see the Caribbean islands first hand. His favorite destination is the Dominican Republic. He is very proud of his son who is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army and an Afghanistan War veteran. He cherishes his two grandchildren, and considers himself very luck to live with them as well as their parents and his lovely wife of 14 years. He moved to Wellington in November of 2021 to be closer to his elderly parents. His interests include history and politics, cooking, his family time, and New York Islanders hockey and New York Jets football.
He obtained two Master’s degrees and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York. He has a Master of Arts in History with a thesis titled Tactical Domination in the Great Tank Battle of Arracourt: Combat Command “A” of the 4th Armored Division. Additionally, he has a Master of Science in Education with specialization in Adolescence Education: Social Studies 7-12 and a connected thesis titled Using Hollywood Imagery to Examine the Image of the American Combat Soldier in the Minds of 9th Grade Students from Flushing, New York. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in History. Mr. Teller has also earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Nassau Community College. He has nearly twenty years of experience as a professional educator in New York and in Florida.

Mr. JOSEPH

Technology Arts

Mr. Joseph has been an Artist for ages. Literally – like the Stone Ages, Metallic Ages . . . you know, ages. It was rough for him in those early years. Imagine how difficult it was to create a beautiful painting in the dark. His quest to be a great artist continues, as he’s always a student of art, though he’s never been a great student in general, never listening, being free-spirited always doing what he wanted. Perhaps that’s why they call him the Professor, that or the fact that he actually was one for a near 20 years. Mr. Joseph never boasts that as an artist he can do everything, but it’s pretty well known; he’s successful, musically adept, creatively poetic, for fun studies quantum physics and is a published author. With a photographic memory and affinity for perfection, Mr. Joseph is an absolute professional. He makes great art into exceptional art and keeps everyone on their toes (or running for cover). His hobbies include climbing trees with his cat, succeeding, dreaming in lucidity and loathing waking up in the morning.
1997-2001 Studied Fine Arts & Graphic Design at CMU, MI - BFA1997-2001 Studied Graphic Design at CMU, MI - BFA2001-2004 Studied Vocal Training at Magnoart Studio, Miami, FL2001-2003 Studied 3D Computer Animation at MIU of Art & Design, FL - MFA