New to the Nest 2022-2023

  New to the Nest 2022 -2023

Picture of Alison Donovan 3rd grade

I grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended the University of Miami. There I majored in elementary education and psychology. After college, I moved to Orlando and began teaching. I have taught kindergarten and third grade for 18 years combined! 
I have been married for 10 years and we have one daughter, Emily, who is 6. We also have a French bulldog puppy named Murphy. 
I am very happy to be joining the APS family! 

                                                                      -Alison



Tracy Bruce Elem PE

I was born and raised in Winter Park. WPHS class of 98.  Graduated college at Appalachian State with a  major in Parks and Recreation. I come from a family of educators, my mom and grandmother both taught at Aloma and my grandmother for over 30 yrs!

Going into my 18th year teaching and been at Glenridge  for the last 12 years teaching PE and coaching track. 

Coached cross country and track at WPHS for 13 years from 2007-2020. My husband and I are currently on state #41 for completing a marathon in all 50 states. Recently been into ultramarathon trail running. Can you tell I like to run lol. 

I have never taught elementary so i am excited for this new adventure and looking forward to working again with all my previous awesome colleagues and creating a positive fun learning environment.

Go Falcons!
                                                                                   -Tracy





Picture of James McGill new to nest

I grew up in Miami and moved to Tampa to attend USF where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education. I am a K-12 certified PE teacher. In the Orlando area, I have taught at The Christ School and most recently at Lake Como. I have been married for 22 years to my wife (Heather) and we have a 16-year-old son (Jack) that attends Boone High School. We keep busy supporting him in football and lacrosse and entertaining our 3-year-old Bernedoodle named Baxter.
                                                   -James
                         


Picture of Erin Klemowich Media Speciaoist

I am excited to be a Falcon again!
I started my career at Audubon Park Elementary and I look
forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new friends at APS.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

- hanging with my husband Rick, and our two-year-old son, Crew
- Reading and meeting up with my Book Club
- Listening to music and going to concerts
- Lounging at the pool or the beach
- Watching home improvement shows

FAVORITES

- Subject: Reading
- Book: Harry Potter Series
- Movie: Holes
- Place: Siesta Key (where I am from)
- Team: UCF and Everything Pittsburgh
- Color: Leopard Print
                                           -Erin





Picture of James Solomons New to the Nest

I was born in Manchester, England and moved to South Florida at the age of 5. I moved to Orlando in 2008 to attend the University of Central Florida, where I received a bachelor's degree in Social Science Education. This is my 7th year teaching middle school, following six years of Civics and US History teaching at Hunter's Creek Middle. 

My wife and I welcomed our first child, Riley, in August of 2020 and she is the light of our lives! We also have a dog named Kody and two cats named Dee and Dexter. 

I am a huge fan of the Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes and Manchester United! I also love reading comic books and going to Disney with my family!

I am excited to be a Falcon and getting to work with so many amazing students and teachers this year!
                             -James






Picture of Katherine Kelley 2nd grade

 

This is the start of my 39th year in education.  I am excited to join APS and co teach second grade.  My husband, Glynn and I have lived in College Park for the last 20 years. We have one son, Phillip who is ADA in north Florida and lives there with our beautiful daughter in law.  We have three cats including a very opinionated Maine Coon named Big Steve

I am looking forward to a wonderful year!
                                                                      -Katherine





Picture of Gregg Mastantonio New to the Nest

I've been teaching for 18 years in Florida, 24 years altogether. I've predominantly taught 3rd grade, but have also looped and taught fourth and fifth.  When I started teaching, I was in second grade. I have many interests and enjoy reading, writing, automobiles, music and sports.
                       -Gregg





Picture of Mrs. Colson MS Math teacher

I was born & raised right here in Orlando. I graduated from Winter Park High School and attended the University of Florida where I received my Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a minor in Math Education.

For the last two years, I taught Algebra 1 at Winter Park High School’s 9th Grade Center. This is my 3rd year teaching.

This summer I got married so this will be my first year as Mrs. Colson!

I am excited to join the APS family to teach Algebra 1 & 7th grade math!
Go Falcons!
                                           -Caroline




John Wood New to the Nest 2022-23 ESE

I have worked for OCPS for 24 years. Most of this time has been spent in K-12 ESE in roles such as an Intensive Autism Classroom Teacher and a Behavior Specialist. I have also spent time as a Middle School Dean. I am excited to be a part of the Audubon Park K-8 family and am looking forward to a great school year ahead. 

                                                                                                                 -John




Picture of Laura Markley New to Nest 2022-23

I’ve lived in various Florida cities all my life, with the exception of a few years in St. Simons Island, GA
At Stetson University, I received degrees in Elementary Ed. and Spanish. A life-long learner, I soon earned my National Board, Gifted, and Art Certifications. I love to travel and learn about other cultures. 
I recently toured Egypt and hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. So far I’ve visited 23 countries. A passion for long distance running has led me to complete 20+ half marathons. Gardening, baking, trying to snuggle my aloof cats, and eating Nutella are a few of my other passions.
Creativity, inclusion, and humor are tenets of my classroom and I’m so excited to join the APS 5th grade team!
                                                                                                                                      -Laura




Picture of Maia Smith New to Nest 2022-23

I was born and raised in Clermont, FL. I graduated from South Lake High School and then I moved to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. 

This will be my 6th year teaching Kindergarten! I love teaching very much! I can't wait to meet all my new friends this school year. 

My husband and I lived in West Palm until 2 year ago when we moved back to Orlando for work. We miss South Florida but we are happy to be back home near my family. We got married last March. It was my perfect fairytale wedding! We are currently living in Winter Park with our adorable, loud, and playful French Bulldog Zeke :) 

I am so excited to become a part of the Kindergarten team! I look
                                                   forward to meeting everyone! 
                                                                                                                                        -Maia 





Picture of Kate Durkin New to Nest 2022-23

Once a Falcon always a Falcon! I started the beginning of my career at 1500 Falcon Drive, Audubon Park Elementary, and transferred with the school to the Baldwin Park site and now I am back on my old stomping grounds! I have my Masters in Exceptional Student Education from UCF. Go Knights! I have a teaching background working with resource/intervention groups over the years and most recently had the position of Staffing Specialist at Baldwin Park Elementary! I am thrilled to be a Falcon again! Excited to be reunited with so many familiar faces and cannot wait to meet new ones, too!
                                                                          -Kate





Picture of Catherine Gergley New to Nest 2022-23

I am super excited to join the Falcon Family. I grew up in Winter Park. Went to Winter Park HS and UCF. I majored in Elementary education. I also have my Masters in Ed. Leadership. This will be my 28th year with OCPS.  I have taught Kindergarten and Gifted.
                                                                        -Catherine




Picture of Aryana Delbrey New to Nest 2022-2023

Hi! My name is Aryana Delbrey. I am married with two beautiful daughters, Lola (8) and Lia (4).  We also have 2 dogs that we love very much! I am going on my 11th year of teaching, and this will be my fourth-year teaching 3rd grade. I enjoy going to beach, spending time with my family and friends, cooking, and taking care of all my fun tropical plants.  I’m so excited to join the APS community and start this new adventure!

                                                                                                                                   -Aryana




Ashley Williamson ESE New to Nest

I grew up here in Orlando, actually in Baldwin Park. I attended Audubon Park Elementary when it was at its previous location, where Mr. Honohan was my principal. Talk about a full-circle moment! 

I graduated from Winter Park High School and attended Florida State University where I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Special Education and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Last year, I taught elementary ESE for 3rd-5th grade. This will be my second year of teaching.

My husband and I recently moved back to Orlando, where he is finishing medical school.  

I am excited to be joining the ESE Team and the APS family! 

                                                                              Go Falcons!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -Ashley



Picture of Kelsey Gray 3rd grade

  I grew up in Naples, FL with my two sisters and parents. I later moved to Winter Park to attend Rollins College where I graduated with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. During my senior year, I was fortunate enough to intern at Audubon for a semester. Now, I am so excited to teach 3rd grade and to be an official member of the Falcon Family! 
                                   -Kelsey

 


Picture of Kelly Jones 1st grade

I am going into my 12th year as an educator with OCPS! In December, I graduated from UCF with my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and also I recently got married. I am passionate about equity in education and early childhood literacy. I love to read, garden, and snuggle my Cavapoo pup, Ruthie!
I can’t wait to meet my new first graders this fall! 

                                                                                                     -Dr. Jones