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.

Shamika Bryant – Administrative Assistant/Parent Liaison
Linda Barnes – Administrative Assistant
Christina Vergel – Data Processor

Teaching/Instructional Staff

Jacqueline Payne – Kindergarten
Liliana Paniagua – First Grade
Sandy Craig and Elyse Mermelstein – Second Grade
Brunarious McKever and Chrishae Roye
 – Third Grade
Bre’Anna Collins– Fourth Grade
Jeannie Gibson and Kenteria Sistrunk – Fifth/Sixth Grade
David Houston–
6th-8th Grade History, Science & Civics
Brenda Thomas – 6th-8th Grade Reading/Writing (ELA)
Charles Hugues– 6th-8th Grade Math
Shelisa Hewling– 6th-8th Grade Intensive Reading
Kizzie Mears- Reading Coach, Instructional Coach
Frances Maxwell-Baxter – ESE
Justin Krellin – Speech Therapist
Anthony Jackson<– Music Teacher
Leonard Grant – Physical Education Teacher/Coach

Support Staff

Ariel Brown – Paraprofessional
Vincynthia Jones – Academic Success Tutor
Raquel Benitez – Campus Assistant
Jacarri Humphries – Campus Assistant
Danielle Hairston – Campus Assistant
Toni Barnes – Campus Assistant