NANCY HARVEY
administrator

As founder of The Harvey Academy, Nancy Harvey embraces the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for learning with her students every day.  She brings to the classroom over 25 years of experience, a Masters in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Villanova University, Florida Certification, and a determination to instill a love of learning in each child.  

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SHAWNA L. CHRISTENSON
6th-12th Grade Language Arts and Debate Teacher
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A graduate of the University of Central Florida (BS, Secondary English Education) and Florida Atlantic University (MS, Curriculum & Instruction). She is a Florida certified English teacher (grades 6-12) and holds endorsements in Gifted, Reading, and ESL. Ms. Christenson has been teaching for twenty-three years in Palm Beach and Martin Counties with a focus on English, Public Speaking, and Debate.  She is a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison, the K-12 STEM education liaison for the Palm Beach section of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an officer in the Palm Beach Middle School Forensic League, and is a nationally recognized Diamond Debate coach, earning the distinction of Middle School Coach of the Year in 2020. She is the "talkie" side of the "techies and talkies" that will be offered as part of the Aerospace and Innovation Academy. She regularly works with students on their technical papers and presentations to make sure they are conference-ready including the upcoming IAC in Dubai.   You can check out the AIA's podcast, which includes aerospace professionals and students on Apple and Spotify:  Let's Go to Space: BlueSky Learning and their Facebook page at Aerospace & Innovation Academy FB

Susie Cooper
LANGUAGE TUTOR

Susie Cooper is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner with fourteen years of experience as a Wilson Tutor, eighteen years as a classroom teacher, a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, and is certified as both a Reading Specialist and Elementary Educator,   Using various multi-sensory programs, Susie engages her students to help them make connections, learn new concepts, and gain significant confidence. 

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Alissa haymin 
MUSIC teacher & TEACHING ASSISTANT

Alissa Haymin has been the proud owner of Melody Vocals LLC for 8 years. She has performed leading roles in musicals at the King's Academy, such as “Brigadoon”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brother's”, “Phantom of the Opera” and “Meet Me in St. Louis”. She began her career as a classroom music teacher at Suncoast Christian Academy in Lake Worth.  In 2020, she joined The Harvey Academy as both a passionate music teacher and dedicated middle/high school assistant.

jo hill
3rd -7th Grade Math Teacher &
3rd-4th Grade Science Teacher

Received her degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education in 1997 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.  Shortly after graduation, she married and moved to California where she was a Director of Education for a Sylvan Learning Center until her second child was born in 2001.  When they moved to Florida in 2007, she taught math for a homeschool family and then homeschooled her own kids from kindergarten through 5th grade. Her family moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 2014 where she took a job as an instructional assistant and math specialist for 3rd – 5th grade. In 2018, her and her family moved back to Florida where she began teaching middle school math at a private school in Palm Beach County.  In 2020,  Jo was voted “Teacher of the Year” by her peers.  

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margie sawyer
History teacher

Margie Sawyer has taught for twenty seven years in Florida.  Prior to moving to Florida she taught in Ohio and Virginia.She has a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Reading.  In addition, she holds certifications in Curriculum and Development, Gifted Education, Elementary Education, and High School English. Her classroom experiences have taught her that children are most successful when their learning environment is designed to meet their academic needs, celebrate their talents, and encourage their sense of wonder.

Kevin Simmons
8th-12th Grade Math Teacher &
6th- 12th Science Teacher 

A professional educator, author, principal investigator for 2 NASA-selected satellites, and a Congressional advocate. He founded BLUECUBE Aerospace, Inc., co-created the Aerospace and Innovation Academy, Inc. (AIA), and currently leads the Wolfpack CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He led the first middle school team in the U.S. to launch a CubeSat in 2018.  He has worked in industry, military and academia. Simmons completed two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and four years as an analyst in the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate. Simmons serves in leadership roles for numerous aerospace and education professional groups.  Simmons most recent national-level awards include the National Space Council Space Worker Hall of Fame, AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award,  Dwyer Award for Excellence in STEM education, and Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. He is an NCSU graduate with Chemistry and Biochemistry degrees. 

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CHRISTINA VALDES
5th Grade teacher

Christina graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S in Elementary Education and is certified to teach English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Gifted, and is Reading Endorsed for grades K-6. She is a ten year classroom veteran and believes teaching is an incredibly rewarding experience. Christina enjoys sharing her love for learning with her students and believes all children can be lifelong learners. 

hoNora wall
Curriculum & Dyscalculia Consultant

An Ed.D. candidate for Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University Chicago. Her research area is dyscalculia; she hopes that her work will change the way educators and administrators view math-related learning disabilities. Ms. Wall has served 12+ years in education as a classroom teacher, private tutor, curriculum designer, and PD trainer/coach. She is the author of My College Planner, Ah-Ha! Games for the Brain, and The Story of MeAdvisory Workbook.  Ms. Wall founded EduCalc Learning as a vehicle to train educators and develop classroom materials. Her focus areas are dyscalculia, executive functioning issues, processing speed disorders, and severe anxiety and depressive disorders. Her research focuses on accommodations, interventions, and instructional strategies that positively impact student performance without increasing teacher workload.

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Abby Widmann
ADMINISTRATIVE &
teaching ASSISTANT

Abby Widmann brings to the classroom over thirteen  years of childcare experience. As the first educator to her three children, she has exceptional organizational skills and uses this experience to assist in each individual student’s learning path.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing and Communications from Lynn University.  Her previous experience includes Executive Assistant to the CEO of the American Red Cross, Palm Beach, and Account Executive at WPXP Television.

Donald Russell
DRP Fitness and health teacher

Donald Russell, owner of DRP Fitness and Health in Palm Beach Gardens, has ten years experience in the fitness/sports industry, and played at the professional level in the NFL. Donald is a (NASM) nationally certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enchantment Specialist, and (NASE) Speed and Explosion Specialist coach. His goal at Harvey Academy is for the students to develop a foundation of movement and balance and appreciate the benefits and enjoyment of physical fitness.  

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