Administrator

  • Josh Meurer, Academy Director
    pcs.meurerj@pcsb.org
    23 years with Pinellas County Schools
    15 years with Chi Chi's - 5 as Director

    "My favorite thing about Chi Chi's is when our graduates come back to visit and share all their great memories and the positive impact we had on their lives." 

School Counselor

  • Lauren Messina, Counselor
    pcs.messinal@pcsb.org 
    1 year with Pinellas County Schools
    1 year with Chi Chi's

    "My favorite part about working at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy is witnessing our students reach their fullest potential and begin to believe in themselves. Being the School Counselor gives me the opportunity to guide and assist students through their academics, mental health, social skills, and prepare our students for success in all aspects of life."

     

Staff

  • Paige Arrigoni, Middle School Teaching Assistant 
    arrigonip@pcsb.org 
    6 years with Pinellas County Schools
    6 years with Chi Chi's
    "My favorite thing about Chi Chi's is that it feels like family. I love working with all the kids and the staff is awesome." 

    Kyrena Azar-Capshaw, Reading Intervention Teacher
    azar-capshawk@pcsb.org 
    3 years with Pinellas County Schools, 23 years overall
    2 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about Chi Chi's is that I work with amazing staff, who teach me by their example, and set the bar high; and I am challenged by the students to be the best teacher I can be every single day." 

    Charlene Bartlett, Middle School Teacher - Reading/Language Arts and PCSD
    bartlettc@pcsb.org 
    13 years with Pinellas County Schools
    9 years with Chi Chi's 
    "The thing that I love about teaching at Chi Chi's is the strong sense of community that we have between the administration, the foundation, the staff, the students, and the parents.  There is a huge amount of support offered for and from all parties. I also enjoy the opportunity to teach the same students over three years.  This allows me time to truly get to know my students and provides me with the valuable tools to meet their individual needs. 
    I often tell people, I wouldn't work anywhere else!"

    Colin Haugh, Middle School Teaching Assistant
    haughco@pcsb.org
     

    Sean Hughes, Middle School Teacher - History/Civics and PCSD
    hughesse@pcsb.org 
    3 years with Pinellas County Schools
    3 years with Chi Chi's 
    "I love helping develop growth mindsets and watching the students' confidence grow."  

    Margaret Lucas, Middle School Teaching Assistant
    lucasma@pcsb.org 
    10 years with Pinellas County Schools
    7 years with Chi Chi's 
    "I love working at Chi Chi's because of the small "family" feeling we have. The staff is really committed to our mission and our students. We work so hard as a team and we enjoy each other's company."    

    Jenell Mann, Math Intervention Teacher
    mannje@pcsb.org 

    Melissa Murphy-Boyes, DMT/Front Office
    murphy-boyesm@pcsb.org 

    Kayla Olson, Middle School Teacher - Reading, Science and PCSD
    olsonk@pcsb.org 
    5 years with Pinellas County Schools, 12 years overall
    5 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi's is that we are more than just a school. We are a safe place, a community, and a family. We teach our kids life skills that they take with them wherever they go! When our kids succeed academically, it's a win for everyone on campus. Every adult here has the opportunity to make an impact on our students' success and I believe that is really special."

    Michael Shultz, Physical Education Teacher
    shultzm@pcsb.org 
    37 years with Pinellas County Schools
    8 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi's is the students."

    Barbara Spanolios, 5th Grade Teaching Assistant
    spanoliosb@pcsb.org 
    24 years with Pinellas County Schools
    7 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi's is seeing the 8th Grade students at their graduation knowing how I contributed in some way to their academic growth and success here at Chi Chi's!"  

    Lauren Stuart, Middle School Teacher - Math and Science
    stuartla@pcsb.org 
    8 years with Pinellas County Schools
    6 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi's is the ability to teach the same students from their 6th grade year through their 8th grade year.  We really get to know our students and how they learn best!"

    Lori Vanderklok, 5th Grade Teacher
    vanderklokl@pcsb.org 
    25 years with Pinellas County Schools
    21 years with Chi Chi's 
    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi's is watching the students grow from struggling, self-doubting elementary students to confident, successful 8th grade students."

School Safety Officer

  • Karriem Akbar
    akbark@pcsb.org 
    3 years with Pinellas County Schools
    2 years with Chi Chi's

    "My favorite thing about working at Chi Chi’s is how all the staff work well together and give their very best collectively and individually to help each student achieve success in their education at the school."

     

Staff Directory

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  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Academy Director
  • Counselor
  • Data Mgmt. Tech
  • Math Intervention Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher - History/Civics and PCSD
  • Middle School Teacher - Math and Science
  • Middle School Teacher - Reading, Science and PCSD
  • Middle School Teacher - Reading/Language Arts and PCSD
  • Middle School Teaching Assistant
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Intervention Teacher
  • School Safety Officer
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