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Faculty Update
Posted 08/01/2017 11:53AM

Welcome New Upper School Faculty

This is the fifth article in a series introducing new CDS faculty, administrators, and staff members for the 2017-2018 school year. We are pleased to welcome these outstanding teachers to the upper school faculty next year.

Carolina Acevedo

Carolina AcevedoCarolina Acevedo received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Central Florida and her M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in chemistry from the University of South Florida as part of the NOYCE scholars. She has been teaching high school chemistry for four years and college chemistry for two years. Ms. Acevedo is fluent in Spanish, as she was born and raised in Colombia. She is very excited to be joining the CDS family as it places a large emphasis on well-rounded individuals, and cannot wait to be part of the larger scheme that helps develop CDS’s world minded young adults.

Steve DeBoskey
Physical Education

Steve DeBoskeySteve DeBoskey comes to Carrollwood Day School after making a commitment to dedicate every day to teaching and coaching. Prior to becoming a physical education teacher, Steve spent 13 years as a financial advisor to educators, state employees, and physicians. However throughout this career, the burning desire to impact the lives of youths through physical activity and athletics could not be denied. Steve followed his passion and became a certified PE teacher spending the last three years at Chasco Elementary. For two of those years, he has been a coach and mentor for the Patriots middle school football team.

Coach DeBoskey earned an academic scholarship to the University of Florida (’98). He earned All-State (baseball), All-Suncoast, and the Tony Saladino Scholar Athlete Award at Tampa Jesuit High School from which he graduated in 1993.  He also excelled as a running back and defensive back for Jesuit's football team.  Coach DeBoskey is certified with the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) as a Youth Speed and Agility Specialist, Youth Fitness Specialist, and Youth Nutrition Specialist.

Steve and his wife Kristin have two sons, Justin (13) and Baylor (6). 

Dora Gallagher

Dora GallagherDora Gallagher is originally from Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia that has been transformed over the last 20 years into a state of the art modern and vibrant city. She completed her B.A. in education English and Spanish at the University of Antioquia Medellin and worked as an English teacher there for a few years after graduating. Since she was a kid, Dora was fascinated with foreign languages and cultures and one of her dreams was to travel to a place where they spoke English and where they had snow. She was able to fulfill that dream when she received a scholarship to pursue her M.A. in Spanish language and literature at University of Rhode Island. As part of that program she taught Spanish to lower level undergrads while also working on her graduate courses. She truly enjoyed teaching those courses along with all the great student interactions. In 2009, the desire to live in a warmer climate brought her to the west coast of Florida. Over the years she worked in several public schools in Hernando and Pasco County where she learned a lot alongside her students.

Dora lives in Land O’Lakes with her husband David, their daughter Grace, and her mother Rosalba. Their family is a multi-lingual and cultural environment, where four people interact in different languages, Spanish, English, and “Spanglish.” Dora is eager to meet CDS students, families, faculty and staff.  “It is with great honor that I have this wonderful opportunity to join the CDS family. I look forward to being an integral part of the CDS faculty and helping all my students excel to new language heights.”

Shelly Hollingsworth
Learning Specialist

Shelly HollingsworthShelly Hollingsworth (Mrs. H.) comes to CDS with over 20 years experience as a school counselor, and will be the new Learning Specialist. Shelly received her B.A. from the University of Tampa and her master's degree from USF.

Shelly's interest and study in the area of Learning and Study Skills began when she received a grant to study the science of learning with the National Science Foundation at Villanova University. That experience launched further research and coursework in the areas of learning and study skills, and the publication of the ebook, Help Me Learn. She will support both students and staff at CDS with strategies to help our students learn, study, and retain knowledge.

Shelly lives in South Tampa with her husband Greg, two retired greyhounds, and two rescued cats. She is the primary spokesperson on WEDU-TV during their fundraising shows, sells Avon, and has a small baking business on the side as well.

Jamie Melton
English 10

Jaime MeltonJaime Melton is excited to bring her 14 years of experience as an English teacher to CDS this school year. While at her previous school, Bloomingdale High School, she was the English 3 Team Leader for 10 years. You may recognize her from running the Cooking Camp at CDS for the past 6 years. Jaime is certified in English and ESOL, received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University, and earned her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, Jaime was also a collegiate athlete during her time at FAU.

Jaime is extremely excited to join her family, Donna Holyman, Emma (prekindergarten) and Jax (nursery), at CDS!

Susan Ross

Susan RossSusan Ross is very excited to be joining the CDS faculty. Last year she worked at CDS as a substitute and came to love the students and the school. Susan has over 30 years experience teaching math at all levels from 4th grade to 12th grade. She has experience in public as well as private schools, and has been teaching in the Tampa Bay area most of that time.

Susan moved to Florida from Chicago in 1985. She has an M.Ed. in Math Education from National Louis University, Evanston, Il, and a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math and social studies from Alderson-Broaddus University, Philippi, WV and considers herself a lifelong learner. One of her passions is technology, and she loves to use it with her students to enhance their learning.

JoAnn Wund

JoAnn WundJoAnn Wund is originally from New Jersey and has taught there as well as in Ohio, Vermont, Tennessee, California and Indiana in both day and boarding schools. She also taught in Aix-en -Provence, France for a brief time as part of an exchange program. She has a BA degree in French Language and Literature from Ursuline College in Ohio.

JoAnn and her husband currently live in Tennessee and raise organic fruits and vegetables on a small "farm." Their son, Charlie, lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters, Ella and Ava. JoAnn enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening and is trying to learn to play guitar.

Additional Upper School Updates

In June, CDS welcomed Sara Rubinstein as the new Head of the Upper School. Read more… 

Along with the school-wide restructuring of the school divisions, John Horsington is now the Assistant Upper School Head. Read more… 

The College Counseling office has a new Director, Joe Runge; Dawn Bickoff is now the Senior Associate Director of College Counseling and Ashley Jackson is the Associate Director of College Counseling.  Read more…

Nancy Hsu has been appointed CDS’s new IB DP Coordinator following the retirement of John Burton.

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