Meet our educators!
Rebecca Moody Matherne, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Director & Lead Facilitator
It is my belief that the most effective teachers take a genuine interest in their students as individuals and understand their unique differences. Once this is done, a teacher can help develop the individual strengths and talents of their students. Ensuring that every student is valued and appreciated establishes an educational environment where students thrive and develop the confidence and independence they need to be in control of their own learning success.
Michelle Couch, B.A. - Psychology
I moved to the panhandle of Florida in 1984, where I attended Choctawhatchee High School before obtaining my AA degree from OWCC (now NWFSC) and then my BA from the University of West Florida. I love our beautiful area, and especially the unspoiled charm of the beaches and parks in Santa Rosa Beach, where I have lived for the past 4 years. I began working professionally as an educator in a private school setting in 2012. However, I have spent the last two decades teaching and learning with my children as they have had experiences in different types of schools, and have also spent some years homeschooling my youngest two. As a mother of 3 very different children, I know firsthand how varied learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses can be. In addition to obtaining a psychology degree, I have spent countless hours studying about these learning styles and how to find success with and celebrate every child’s unique approach. It is my goal to bring the love of learning and the pride of accomplishment to every child I am fortunate enough to work with.
Jenifer Eich Trainor, B.A. Special Education
Learning Differences Consultant
This quotation by George Evans is the center around which my entire teaching philosophy revolves. I believe that all children have the innate ability to learn if given the opportunity to receive a quality education. Every child is unique and with guidance and support can use their special gift to make a difference in themselves and our world. Children have the following basic needs from their teacher and school community: support; a safe, positive school and classroom environment; understanding of their particular needs; security; and a variety of opportunities to learn by incorporating their multiple intelligences and learning styles.
Music and Performing Arts
Toccara Scott has been professionally trained as an opera singer since the tender age of 10, and has not missed a note when it comes to her accomplishments in music and performing arts. Ms. Scott has trained alongside some of opera’s greats to perfect her voice and further her singing career, which has helped her get quite far as a performer. In the summer of 2010, she was privileged to direct and star in two award-winning musicals at the Orlando Fringe Festival, both of which were lauded by the Orlando Sentinel. This led her to go on to star in the original cast of Psychic Follies, starring as Arianna DeSanctus. Scott has also sung concert/scenes as Serena in Porgy and Bess, and as the Countess in Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro). In between performing Ms.Scott has also competed in various competitions. Her accomplishments include: First place‐ NATS District competition; Top 6 (Semi‐finalist)‐ NATS Tri‐state (Florida, Georgia and Alabama); and Honorable Mention‐ Winter Symposium at North Florida University. In addition to competing and performing, she has also volunteered at the Orlando Youth Theatre and at Valencia Community College, helping the local youth with stage performance and opera/musical theater. Ms. Scott is thrilled to embark on her new exciting role where she can combine her passions for children, teaching, music, and theater.