Our teaching staff brings a wide variety of education and experiences to our school. Their backgrounds are as diverse as our student population. We also welcomed aboard a reading specialist this school year to help drive instruction and provide extra support for teachers and students. It is especially nice to have Glades area natives on staff.


Born and raised Belle Glade resident, Vinnisha Jones, has been appointed Glades Academy’s newest principal. Ms. Jones serves as the academic leader of both the elementary and middle school. She provides curricular and instructional leadership in order to maximize student achievement and sets high expectations for all staff while fostering a positive and cooperative team atmosphere.

Teaching Staff

Jacqueline Payne – Kindergarten
Liliana Paniagua and Bre’Anna Collins – First Grade
Chrishae Roye and Gail Wheeler – Second Grade
Brunarious McKever and Shelisa Hewling
 – Third Grade
Sandy Craig– Fourth Grade
Jeannie Gibson and Zelma Rolle – Fifth Grade
David Houston and Mary Rainey –
Sixth Grade
Brenda Thomas – Seventh Grade
Kenteria Sistrunk– Eighth Grade
Kizzie Mears- Reading Coach
Frances Maxwell-Baxter – ESE
Justin Krellin – Speech Therapist
Leonard Grant – Physical Education Teacher/Coach

Support Staff

Shamika Bryant – Administrative Assistant/Parent Liaison
Linda Barnes – Administrative Assistant
Christina Vergel – Data Processor
Ednesha Willingham – Paraprofessional
Lyndora Shannon – Campus Assistant
Raquel Benitez – Campus Assistant
Dorothy Nixon – Campus Assistant
Ariel Brown – Campus Assistant
Raqueline Benitez – Cafeteria Assistant
Lisette Grant – Custodian
Earl Wright – Custodian