Pastor Michael RodriguezSenior Pastor at GBC
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Pastor Rodriguez has a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Bob Jones University.

A word from the Pastor,

 I was saved by the grace of God, out of a life of sin, and drugs, in New York City. Two years later, as I was serving the Lord in the children’s ministry, God called me to surrender my life to fulltime ministry. I attended Bob Jones University to study the Word of God; it was there that I met my lovely wife, Lisa. After graduation we were married and moved to New York City, I became an assistant pastor at the Manhattan Bible Church. Four years later, God called us to start a church in Miami and we founded Templo Biblico de Miami. We served the Lord faithfully for 15 years and many souls were saved and discipled for His glory. In 2002 our church merged with Gladeview Baptist Church. For the past 15 years our church family continues to grow and be a lighthouse in our city. My passion is sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a personal level, as well as from the pulpit. It is my desire and calling to bring this transforming message to each person I meet. As Romans 1:16 says, “…the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”.

Teresa TorralbasPrincipal
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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Trinity International University and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Florida Childcare and Education Program Director Credential and Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College.

FACCS Administrator Certification. 

A word from Ms. Teresa Torralbas,

"I started my career as a teacher in 2005. While I loved the classroom setting, I felt called to pursue a degree in Educational Leadership. In 2013, I became the Principal at Gladeview Christian School. My position offers me a unique opportunity to create a personal relationship with every student on campus, and this is one of the things I love most about my job. I accepted the Lord as my savior in 2003 and my two beautiful sons and I are active members of Christ Fellowship in Palmetto Bay. In my free time, I love to read and go to the movies.  I'm also an adjunct professor for the education department at Trinity International University. It is the true desire of my heart to continue the history of academic excellence at Gladeview Christian School while impacting each student for Christ."

Marcella HernandezPreschool Director
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Preschool Director: Associate of Arts- Miami Dade-College, Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education, Trinity International University.  My passion for children was ignited  after I had my first child in 2008. Everything about motherhood not  only revolutionized my life, but also opened up a whole new meaning  for me in primary care. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2012 and have responded to God's call for me here at Gladeview since 2017. I believe in nurturing  the developmental needs of children beginning with the littlest of minds, and providing creative, loving environments to foster physical, spiritual, social emotional, and cognitive development. I love everything about Christian Education, and believe in the importance of its fundamental values. I welcome you and your families and look forward to growing together.

Dorene Couvertier-HerreraPrincipal's Assistant
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Associate of Arts, Miami Dade College

Lisa RodriguezOffice Assistant
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Associate in Arts, Bob Jones University.

Manny RodriguezFinancial Administrator
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Bachelor of Public Administration, Florida International University, Certificate in Business Operations- Accounting and Budgeting, Miami Dade College.

Maria Teresa PenaAssistant Financial Administrator
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Bachelor in Economics, Universidad Nacional "Pedro Henriquez Urana"

Tania del Sol Record and Admission
Iris RodriguezFront Desk
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Child Care Training Certification from Department of Children and Families.

A word from Ms. Iris Rodriguez,

"My husband and I were married in 2008, and are blessed with two daughters. Because I grew up in a large family, caring for children has always been a part of who I am. I have my Child Care Training Certification, and am working towards my CDA credentials. I love being a part of the Gladeview Christian School family. As I continue to follow the desire God has placed in my heart to work with children, my prayer is that others will see Him through me."

Aura GuerreroPreK-1 Teacher
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I have worked at Gladeview thanks to the grace and Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ since 2007. I love my job because I love children and it gives me the opportunity to share the gospel with others which is a blessing in my life. 

Iliana CasanovaPreK-1 Assistant
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Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, University of Havana

I was born in Cuba and I am married with two wonderful sons. I have worked as a preschool assistant since 2002, and teaching children has been a blessing in my life. I love the Lord and feel so thankful for the way he has blessed my family.

Jennifer SasturriasPreK-2 Teacher
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Miami Dade College CDEA, Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I met my husband in 2006. We've been happily married since 2009  and we have a beautiful  daughter. She is our  biggest blessing, who brings us laughter and joy every day. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. A little fun fact about me, is that I love anything Disney! Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children. I believe children are like the sun, they brighten your day and warm your heart! I’ve accepted Jesus into my heart, and He will live there forever.  I happily joined the Gladeview family in 2017.

Magalys DelgadoPreK-2 Assistant
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Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College.

A word from Ms. Magalys Delgado,

"While I have worked as a preschool teacher since 2004, I began working at Gladeview in 2012. I have my CDA certification in Early Childhood Development. I was born and raised in a Christian home. My husband and I are blessed to have two children and now three grandchildren."

Anivelsi GomezPreK-3A Teacher
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Bachelor of Science I am married with 2 kids and I am Dominican. I have lived in Miami since 2008 and have been teaching since 2015. I am so excited to be part of the Gladeview family. My passion is to work with children and watch them learn and grow. I love sharing the gospel and instilling the love of God in children.

Vivian AzoyPreK-3A Assistant
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Child Care Training Certification from Department of Children and Families.

I am Cuban, married with 2 children and was a licensed Psychologist in Venezuela for 20 years.  I have lived in Miami since 2015 and have the privilege of working at Gladeview since 2017. I love being a Christian and love working with children as they learn. 

Virginia PolancoPreK-3B Teacher
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Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College.

A word from Ms. Virginia Polanco,

"My name is Virginia Polanco and I joined Gladeview Christian School in 2016. My passion and drive has always been working with small children because they are so special to Jesus. I am a born again believer and have worked with kids of all ages since 2006. I have two school-aged children of my own, whom I am also training in Christ's path. I love God with all my heart and don't know where I'd be with out Him."

Magvis MendezPreK-3B Assistant
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Child Care Training Certification from Department of Children and Families.

A Word from Ms. Magvis Mendez

I was born in Cuba, and ever since I was a little girl I loved school. I knew then I always wanted to be a teacher. I was part of a missionary fellowship  for some time and worked with children through that ministry for many years. I've been in Miami since 2015 and I love working at Gladeview. I am married and have three boys that I adore,  and give God all the glory for his blessings.

Joanna CastroPreK-4A Teacher
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Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College. FACCS Teacher Certification.

A word from Ms. Joanna Castro,

As a young lady I volunteered with the children’s ministry at my church.  It was during that time that I felt called to become an educator. I’ve been happily married for over 25 years.  I am also blessed with two beautiful girls. I love working at Gladeview because I am able to mix my two passions, my love for God as well as teaching and molding young lives.

 

Aracelys MorellPreK-4B Teacher
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Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College.

Teacher of the Year 2016

A word from Ms. Aracelys Morell,

"I married my wonderful husband in 1998. I  joined the team at Gladeview Christian School as a kindergarten teacher in 2006 . I took several years off to raise my son, but I returned to Gladeview in 2014. I am certified in early childhood education. I was raised in a Christian home and accepted the Lord as my savior at the age of 11 in Sunday school. I love teaching at GCS."

Maria BautaPreK-4AB Assistant
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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Capt. Silverio Blanco Higher Institute of Education, Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certification, Miami Dade College.

A word from Ms. Maria Bauta,

"I was born in Cuba and I am married with one daughter. For several years I worked with different grade levels (1-6) as a teacher. In 2000, we moved to the United States where I took all the courses and training required by the state of Florida to work with preschool children (Child Care Facility 40 hours, CDA, and Creative Curriculum). Currently, I am working as a teacher assistant of K-4 at Gladeview Christian School. I love serving the Lord through Gladeview Christian School."

Kristen PernasKindergarten Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts and Early Childhood Education, Florida State University, FACCS Teacher Certification.

A word from Ms. Kristen Pernas,

I love teaching kindergarten and working with young children. I am active in my church and enjoy being involved in my weekly Bible study group. I have been teaching at Gladeview since 2012 and it brings me great joy to see my students grow and learn. 

 

Bibiana Arias1st Grade Teacher
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Master of Arts in Bilingual Education, Nova Southeastern University and Master in Pastoral Ministry from Latin University of Theology.

A word from Ms. Bibiana Arias,

"I have over 25 years of teaching experience and I also minister as a chaplain to teach women placed in faith-based court order programs. I visit the sick in hospitals through Love and Fire Ministries. I became a believer in 1991, and I am active in my church. I am blessed to have two wonderful sons and I enjoy reading and spending time with friends."

Clarisa Reyes2nd Grade Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Florida International University.

Teacher of the year 2014

A word from Ms. Clarisa Reyes,

"I received my Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education at Florida International University in 2005. I married my loving husband in 2012. I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 15 years old. My goal is to equip my students to be successful in life, and most importantly to become fully devoted followers of Christ."

Erica Lemus3rd Grade Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University. FACCS Teacher Certification.

Ms. Erica Lemus is also the Elementary Department Chair.

A word from Ms. Erica Lemus,

"I started working at Gladeview in 2010. When I was eight I accepted the Lord as my savior in Sunday school. I am so thankful to have a loving husband and two beautiful children. Some of my favorite things are fashion, Peanuts, and all things Disney. I love being a part of GCS!"

Amanda Kleyla4th Grade Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts of Sociology and Anthropology, FIU

A Word from Ms. Amanda Klayla,

I love working with kids and youth students. I have been a leader of children and youth ministry, an active member of my church and community for many years. Travelling, ministry, all things Disney and Pixar are my passions. I have been teaching at Gladeview since 2017 and it brings me joy to see my students reach their goals and grow as little leaders.

Myleen Fernandez5th Grade Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts in Varying Exceptionalities, Nova Southeastern University.

A word from Ms. Myleen Fernandez,

"My husband and I met in youth group in 1994. We have been married for 18 years and have two children. In 2005, I graduated from Nova Southeastern University. I teach 1st grade at Gladeview Christian School and I have never been this happy in my profession! Teaching is my ministry and I ask the Lord for His daily wisdom so that I can be used as an instrument of His love. I want to inspire my student’s lives academically as well as spiritually."

Kristin VeigaM S Language Arts Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Education, Florida International University.

Kristin Veiga also is Middle School Language Arts Teacher

A word from Ms. Kristin Veiga,

"I became a believer in 2011 and ever since then I have fallen completely in love with Jesus. I am passionate about instilling the love of literature in my students.  I love teaching at Gladeview and I am excited to be part of the team!"

Cristina RodriguezM S Bible and History Teacher
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I began working at Gladeview in 2013 as the fifth grade teacher and had a blast. I spent three years teaching fifth grade and then the Lord gave me a wonderful opportunity to teach English in Spain 2015-2017. I love social studies and learning about different cultures and was excited to return to Gladeview as the Middle school history and Bible teacher.

Jennifer BorqueM S Science/Math Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts, Trinity International University. FACCS Teacher Certification.

A word from Ms. Jennifer Borque,

"My husband and I have a beautiful family of three daughters. I enjoy being outdoors and admiring the beautiful canvas my Creator makes new every morning. Gladeview Christian School is a family-oriented, Christ-centered environment and I love working here!"

Javier FrigulsAthletic Director
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I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I first realized my passion for sports. I relocated after high school to Miami, FL after being recruited to play college soccer for Florida International University. Since graduating from FIU with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management, I have continued my love of sports by coaching youth athletics all around Miami-Dade county. I have been instructing and teaching our youth since 2009, most recently as Assistant Director for 'Wild About Sports Academy' here in Miami. I am so excited and privileged to be able to be a part of such an amazing group of teachers, parents, and students at GCS. I thank God everyday for our many blessings and look forward to making many fond memories with you all!

Dagmar MessierFine Arts Teacher
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Associate in Arts in Dance and Performance Arts, Miami Dade College. Child Care Training Certification from Department of Children and Families. FACCS Teacher Certification. 

Teacher of the year 2015

Dagmar Messier is also the Drama & Dance teacher for  Elementary and Middle School.

A word from Ms. Dagmar Messier,

"I am married with two wonderful children, Benjamin Mark and Giada Melody. I am passionate about the arts and believe them to be a powerful positive outlet for both young and old alike. I thank God for the privilege of being able to openly practice my faith at work and for the blessings He has poured into my life and that of my family."

Liza L. MirandaMusic Teacher
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Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Chapman University and Master of Arts in Church Music from Christian Theological Seminary.

A word from Ms. Liza L. Miranda,

"I live to serve God in any capacity, whether it’s as a teacher, a seminary professor, a musician, an associate pastor at "Iglesia Cristiana Discípulos de Cristo en Miami" or as a loving wife and mother to an astute daughter. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. I began working at Gladeview in 2015. I have a passion for the formation and development of individuals through music and discipleship, but foremost I delight in singing God’s praises and leading others to do so as well."

Alaina MartinKeyboard Teacher
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Graduate of Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, Cuba, Member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

A word from Ms. Alaina Martin,

"I was born in Havana, Cuba and I grew up in a Christian family. I loved playing music in my church with my brother. This lead me to have a love for teaching. There is nothing more important to me than having the Lord in my life. I love seeing my students demonstrate their own talents for the Lord."

Aubrey DeJesusMedia Specialist
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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Florida State University and Master in Arts in Library Science and Informational Studies,  Florida State University

A word from Ms. Aubrey De Jesus,

"I moved to Tallahassee as I pursued my education. After graduation, my husband and I decided to move back to our hometown of Miami in 2016 for the birth of our son, Caleb. I started teaching at Gladeview in 2016 as well, and I love working at my middle school Alma Mater. I look forward every year to the fun and exciting things I get to teach about a subject I love."

Anne E Tanizaki French Teacher
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Baccalaureate from The French Lycee of New York,  Associates in Arts in Early Education, Miami Dade College and  D.E.L.F. (Diploma of Elementary Language in French) Certification, Levels A1.1, A1, A2

A word from Ms. Anne-Elyzabeth Tanizaki,

"I was born in Paris, but we moved to New York where I finished my last two years of High School in The French Lycee of New York. I passed my Baccalaureate there and went to La Sorbonne in Paris to become a teacher. I have been at GCS since 2013. For a few years I worked with the famous French school "L'Alliance Française" and I now work with a French Association, helping French students pass the French Diploma D.E.L.F. This is recognized all over the world. I also work at F.I.U. Brickell when the university offers tests for D.E.L.F. Several students from Gladeview have passed the test successfully at the second level. The diploma comes from France and it is an honor to receive it. I love teaching, and my students enjoy learning French and discovering my culture. I look forward to teaching my lovely Gladeview students every year."

Lydia MoraSpanish Teacher
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Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood, Magna Cum Laude, Florida International University; Associate in Arts with Honors, Miami Dade College; Associate of Religious Education, Jacksonville Theological Seminary; Miami Dade Public Schools Educator’s Certificate; “With God All Things Are Possible”. (Mathew 19:26) “For Nothing Is Impossible With God.”  (Luke 1:37)

I have been working with children in the field of education for over 25 years. I am thankful to the Lord for being a mother of five and also for my six grandchildren.  It is so beautiful to be able to see the world through the eyes of a child. Jesus said, “Truly I said to you, unless you change (or converted) and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mathew 18:3)

Miriam JordanEducational Therapist
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Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education, University of Miami. 

A word from Ms. Miriam Jordan.

I began my teaching career at Gladeview in 1990 as a preschool and elementary teacher, in 1997 I received my certification as an education therapist. I've had the privilege to establish a Discovery program at a local Christian school and since 2006 with God's vision, found it in a non-profit organization called "1 Child at a Time, Inc." that is tailored to meet the needs of students who learn differently. Faith, Trust, Integrity and building relationships comprise the very essence of my educational approach which is defined by a teachable spirit. I've been married for 32 years and have four children. It is a joy to be part of the Gladeview family. 

 

Julia BurgosAftercare Program
Rebecca OchoaAftercare Program
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Associate in Arts in Communications, Miami Dade College.

A word from Ms. Rebecca Ochoa,

"I work in the after school care program for elementary at Gladeview. I am currently attending Florida International University to complete my Bachelors degree. Working with kids has been a blessing in my life. My focus every year is to help our students in every way I can. Whether it’s homework help, or cheering them on at their home games, my goal is for them to grow in their relationship with the Lord."

Stephanie EspinosaAftercare Program
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I am currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at F.I.U. I love reading, traveling, music, and most of all working with children.

Brianny HernandezAftercare Program
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I am currently Pursuing a degree in Psychology at F.I.U. I love working with children and my desire is to help them learn and grow in the Lord.

Rebekah MartinezAftercare Program
Janice BritoPop Program Teacher
Orlando PerezSecurity
Yngrid FrancoCafeteria Attendant
Luisa MartinezCafeteria Attendant
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