Middle School Teachers
6th Grade Math & ScienceMr. Mac teaches 6th grade Math and Science and has been with GSOTA for 1 year! After school, he leads the Fishing Club and the Garden Club. Before GSOTA, Mr Mac worked as an aquatic biologist in Baltimore, Maryland. His favorite fish is the striped bass and he loves to talk about the ocean. He is passionate about educating students on the natural world around them and connecting data with reasoning. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors in the ocean snorkeling, surfing, playing volleyball and soccer.
6th - 8th Grade ELAThe 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.
6th - 8th HistoryDaniel Ketcher has been teaching World History, Civics, and U.S. History for eight years at GSOTA. It is the only school where he has taught, and he loves the close-knit community atmosphere. He is very passionate about the subjects he teaches, as well as helping every student reach their highest potential. What he likes most about teaching, is when students ask questions or give comments that are very insightful, and that he hadn't thought about before. He also loves helping students progress from their first encounter with a subject or period, to deep levels of mastery and understanding. He earned his B.A. in International Relations, European Studies, and German. He then completed his M.A. in Philosophical Studies, and finally a Juris Doctorate in Law. He enjoys exercise, music, reading, and cooking in his free time.
7th - 8th Grade MathMs. Lee has loved mathematics for as long as she can remember and is passionate about teaching mathematics to her students. It is her hope that her students will learn to love mathematics as much as she does. During her teaching career she has taught Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra, and 7th Grade Math and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Mathematics Education. She is a proud parent of two GSOTA students and enjoys taking her children to the beach, pool, and museums. Ms.Lee also enjoys doing puzzles, traveling, and spending time with friends & family.
7th - 8th Grade ScienceThis 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.
Technology ArtsOriginally from Indianapolis, Mrs. Chroniak has lived in sunny Florida for over 8 years. She enjoys the warm weather by spending time outside running, biking and spending time relaxing at the beach. Just as much as she loves outdoor activities, she also enjoys being indoors watching anime with her two children, playing video games on her raspberry pi or just relaxing with a cup of coffee. Over the summer, Mrs. Chroniak worked on her computer science certification and has really enjoyed learning more about her craft as a tech arts teacher. Mrs. Chroniak has been at GSOTA for many years and truly enjoys her job as the Tech Arts teacher. She has a true passion for computer science and business related learning as these are not only essential skills but open up possibilities for a future career.