Our Staff

  • Certified lead teachers and assistant teachers work together in a school climate of collegiality and ongoing professional development. Resource teachers provide physical education, art, music and yoga.

  • Each member of the Collage faculty and staff works to foster a peaceful and productive work environment for our students. Collage Day School embraces and depends upon the creativity of our team. Our teachers don’t follow scripted lesson plans developed by others. Instead, they offer subject matter to the students in an engaging way that’s tailored to the developmental stage of the student.

    Our faculty meets the rigorous standards of accreditation. Collage is working toward full membership and accreditation by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school’s VPK program is endorsed by the Florida Department of Children & Families.


  • Dr. G (Gigi Morales David, EdD)

    Head of School


    I am a bilingual Jacksonville native who brings a creative perspective combined with over 30 years of educational experiences including being a classroom teacher, elementary school administrator, and university professor. I am a published children’s author and have designed a variety of curriculum materials for children ages 3-12. My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in educational leadership, a specialist degree in early childhood education and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.

    I am very excited to join the Collage Family. Embedded in my educational philosophy is a quote by the well-known cognitive psychologist Jean Piaget.  He states, “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who have minds which can verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.” This quote shines a light on a very important goal at our school. We provide engaging activities and projects to appropriately challenge our students on a daily basis.  We prepare them to become confident, innovative leaders. Come explore Collage Day School, nestled on an 8-acre wooded campus, where children investigate, discover, create and thrive! In this inspirational setting, collage teachers nurture the mind, body and spirit of the children we serve.

  • Lauren Halstead

    Director of Business Operations/Human Resources


    I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida. I have completed my 45 training hours of Early Childhood Education from the Department of Children and Families and currently hold an active Florida Child and Education Director’s Credential.

    Prior to joining Collage Day School, I worked for nine years in human resource management and as a director of two preschools. For Collage, I provide day-to-day school leadership and management that mirrors our mission and values. Bottom line: Build and maintain a beautiful school community.

    I like to stay involved with the community by participating in local triathlons and charitable races as well as being a member of the CrossFit community, but my real joy right now is my new husband, his son and our beautiful new baby girl!

  • Kristin Lunsford, Ed.D.

    Director of Education


    After receiving a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching from Georgia College and State University, I taught middle school for nine years and high school for one year in Florida and Georgia respectively. I recently completed my doctorate degree in curriculum, instruction, and education while taking care of my two young children, Jake (4) and Abby (3).

    I enjoy planning innovative and differentiated instructional activities that motivate and inspire individual students. After analyzing data from assessment, I create and use various instructional activities and manuals to assist students in the learning process.

    At CDS, I assist in the day-to-day operations and provide leadership, training and support to the faculty. My goal is to create a supportive and team-driven environment. Collage Day School’s educational approach of providing varying hands-on and real-world curricula based on each student’s individual needs align with my own philosophy of educational best practices. I am very excited that Collage is opening in Ponte Vedra Beach and am eager to begin the new school year.

  • Tiffany Clark, M.A.

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction


    I bring 10 years of special education teaching experience to Collage Day School, eight of which occurred in St. Johns County. During my career as a public school educator, I have worked with students in self-contained, inclusion and co-teaching settings in pre-kindergarten through grade 7. In addition, I have taught third grade as well as served two years as an instructional coach where I observed and assisted teachers with the implementation of instruction and intervention.  

    At Collage Day School, I work with the leadership team to review student data to ensure the curriculum and instruction is meeting each student’s individual needs.

    I have a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. I am a Florida Certified Teacher in the areas of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten-grade 6 and special education kindergarten-grade 12. I also have endorsements in pre-kindergarten disabilities, English as a Second Language and reading. I am also a busy mom of three children: Campbell, Colton and Canon.

  • Emily Vasquez, M.S.

    Director of Health & Wellness


    As a highly creative physical education teacher, I am thrilled to serve Collage Day School as its director of health and wellness. I fully support the school’s dedication to promoting the health of our students. We all experience a wide variety of physical and mental benefits when moving our bodies in healthy ways. Our students will be learning outdoors in a natural environment in order to truly enhance this experience.

    With 10 years’ experience as a physical education teacher, preschool teacher and owner of a fitness activity program for young children, I believe in creating a positive environment where children can explore their potential. Moreover, my experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, which include organizational and motivational skills.

    I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for physical education and fitness. In addition to my professional certificate in physical education, I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education. I am currently pursuing my yoga certification with a specialty in pediatrics.

  • Karen Carmichael, A.A.

    Director of School Operations


    I am a Chicago native, and I have lived in the Jacksonville area since 2000. I taught at Collage’s predecessor, Accotink Academy by the Sea, a private school serving 18 months to third grade, and a Jacksonville child development center. I have always had a passion for working with children, including my own four, one of whom has special needs.

    Prior to teaching, I worked for a medical foundation supporting quality of care studies. I studied at Auburn University with an emphasis in liberal arts and science and the University of Illinois at Chicago in communication design.  I received my associate degree in early childhood education in 2010.

  • Sheila Tabassian, B.S.

    Director of Admissions


    I have a degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and have been a lead preschool teacher for the past 16 years. Prior to becoming Collage’s director of admissions, I taught at both Accotink Academy By The Sea and, most recently, a Jacksonville child development center. I find the education field fulfilling because I am able to make a positive impact on the lives of young students. I look forward to meeting many wonderful students and their families in my new role.

    I have lived in the Jacksonville area since 1997 and currently reside in Ponte Vedra Beach with my husband and two children. I love spending time with my family, cooking and exploring nature.

  • Our Faculty

    Office Staff

    Sara Goldsmith, Administrative Assistant


    Early Learning Community


    Ashley Hobbs, Lead Teacher

    Amanda Flowers, Assistant Teacher

    Lela Parker, Lead Teacher

    Hannah Pacot, Assistant Teacher

    Walking Ones:

    Desiree Blackman, Lead Teacher

    Shannon Mead, Assistant Teacher

    Kristie Albert, Assistant Teacher


    Nora Chambers, Lead Teacher

    Aimee Santimauro, Assistant Teacher

    Nicole Rhoden, Lead Teacher

    Laney Farris, Assistant Teacher


    Primary School Community


    Tina Rihlmann, 5-Day Lead Teacher

    Brandi Shelnutt, Assistant Teacher

    Sharon Mathews, 3-Day Lead Teacher

    Lisa Caffey, 3-Day Assistant Teacher


    Shari Goldman, 5-Day Lead Teacher

    Silimona Hamrick, 5-Day Full Day Lead Teacher

    Donna Buchholz, 4-Day Lead Teacher

    Erin Whitaker, 4-Day Assistant Teacher

    Amanda Greer, 5-Day Half-Day Lead Teacher

    Teresa Erickson, 5-Day Half-Day Assistant Teacher


    Elementary School Community


    Ashley Buss, Lead Teacher

    Jenn Currie, Lead Teacher

    Hannah Witt, Assistant Teacher

    First Grade:

    Patti Rossi, Lead Teacher

    Taylor Johnson, Assistant Teacher

    Upper Elementary

    Nicole DeLaCruz, Lead Teacher

    Hannah Witt, Assistant Teacher



    Erica Whitehouse, Enrichment Coordinator


    Erin Hunter, Teacher



    Mark Williams, Teacher


    Emily Vasquez, Teacher


    Monica Sevlever, Teacher

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