Robert Mockrish, Ph.D.Head of School [email protected]
Dr. Rob Mockrish has worked as a teacher and school leader in the United States and abroad, including 26 years of private school leadership experience. He is passionate about educational leadership in the areas of assessment, appraisal, school design, and classroom application of brain research. Rob has studied at a number of institutions of higher learning, including Furman University, Emory University, the Union Institute and University, and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also passionate about the co-curricular domain, and continues to be involved in sports, music, and drama events in the community. Rob embraces diversity as a strength, and has a profound belief that all students can learn. He sees learning as both an individual and collective endeavor that involves solving problems, communicating appropriately, organizing and researching, being technologically literate, demonstrating perseverance, and interacting respectfully and responsibly.
Mellesia Nelson M.S.W., M. Ed.Principal, Upper School [email protected] (954) 389-2454, ext. 300
Mellesia Nelson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College. She went on to obtain a M.S.W. in Child and Family practice from The University of Illinois and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Nelson has been a valued member of the Sagemont family since 2004. She began her career at Sagemont as the Guidance Counselor, where she successfully implemented and facilitated drug prevention, self-esteem, and anti-bullying programs by building strong, lasting community partnerships. In 2010, Ms. Nelson accepted the position as College Counselor. While in that position, she increased college and university representation on the Sagemont campus by over 550%. She also raised scholarship dollars awarded by over 100%, matching students with right fit colleges. Ms. Nelson’s journey at Sagemont now continues as the Principal of the Upper School. She works collaboratively with students, facilitating their ability to reach their full potential and tap into their passions and talents. She provides students with the tools to explore, take risks, think critically, and create. Ms. Nelson’s vision for the students at Sagemont is that they own their education. She encourages students to put themselves in the driver’s seat of their future and set high standards for their educational growth.
Monica Vigna, Ed. S.Principal, Lower School [email protected] (954) 384-5454, ext. 3402
Monica Vigna has been with The Sagemont School for over 10 years. Her tenure at The Sagemont School began in the classroom but Monica also served as The Sagemont Lower School Assistant Principal for seven years. Earlier in her career Monica taught kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as the dual language program at an International Baccalaureate school. She is certified in early childhood, elementary education and administration and supervision, and is ESOL endorsed. Monica earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Florida International University, as well as a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Florida International University. She is very excited to be part of the Sagemont family. She enjoys working hand in hand with students, faculty, parents, and the community and believes that each child has a special gift and will bloom with the collaboration between home and school.
Pilar Valdes, M.S.Assistant Principal, Lower School [email protected] (954) 384-5454, ext. 3408
Pilar Valdes joined the Sagemont family in 2014. A motivated and hands-on leader, Pilar is passionate about education and has had a successful career. She is experienced as an Elementary School Teacher and a Math Curriculum Specialist/Math Coach, overseeing three different elementary schools in South Florida. Under her leadership, the three schools were able to use data-driven instruction which led to significant growth in student math scores on the state assessments. Mrs. Valdes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership. Additionally, she is state certified in Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, and has an ESOL Endorsement. Mrs. Valdes’ philosophy for learning is that each child is unique and learns in a different way. As a leader, her goal is to assist students in discovering their potential and individuality, working alongside them and their families to maximize their growth.
Michele Le Mar, M.Ed.School Counselor, Upper School [email protected] (954) 389-2454, ext. 385
Michele Le Mar has been with Sagemont since 2010 as the Upper School Campus School Counselor. She has many years of independent school experience in Pre-K – Grade 12. Mrs. Le Mar received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Cortland. She earned her Master’s degree of Education in Counseling and Consultation from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Mrs. Le Mar holds a Florida certification in School Counseling for students in Pre-K – Grade 12. She is very happy to be part of the Sagemont family.
Maritza Zea, M.S.W.Guidance Counselor, Lower School [email protected] (954) 384-5454, ext. 3417
Maritza Zea has been part of The Sagemont School since 1999 and has served as Guidance Counselor for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Columbia, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University, and Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Psychology from S.U.N.Y. Ms. Zea holds a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate as School Social Worker for students in grades Pre-K through 12, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also served as an educational consultant to the Minister of Education in Colombia, where she developed a program to increase literacy and co-founded the Bogota Children’s Museum.
Felicia Myers, M.A., M.S.Director of Admissions [email protected] 954-389-2454 ext. 304
Felicia Myers has been immersed in the educational world for over ten years. Prior to joining Sagemont in 2017, she taught at every grade level from pre-kindergarten to college in both private and public institutions, served as a high school Guidance Services Professional, was a Federal Grant Manager and coordinated Early College Programs for Brevard public schools, and even spent time selling and designing luxury homes. Felicia has a Bachelor’s degree in French and economics from Boston College, a Master’s degree in French language and literature from Middlebury College and the Sorbonne in Paris, France and a second Master’s degree in education from the University at Albany. Felicia is passionate about sharing all the Sagemont School has to offer prospective students and ensuring our enrolled students are on track to achieve their academic goals.
Shane MarceyAthletic Director, Upper School [email protected] (954) 389-2454, ext. 372
Shane Marcey is entering his first year as the Athletic Director and oversees all varsity, junior varsity, middle school and elementary interscholastic athletic programs. Prior to arriving at Sagemont, Shane coached and taught at Coral Springs High School. In 2010 he became Sagemont’s girls’ varsity volleyball coach. During his tenure the team reached the state tournament six consecutive seasons and won its first district championship in 2016. Shane has extensive background in coaching and training elite volleyball athletes and has been a Director for Wildfire Volleyball Academy in Weston for 10 years. Shane studied at the University of Florida and is currently seeking a BA in Sports Management from Columbia Southern University.
Elizabeth D. Rios, Ed.D.College Counselor, Upper School [email protected] (954) 389-2454, ext. 309
Prior to joining Sagemont in 2017, Dr. Rios worked in higher education as an Academic Dean, Academic Advisor and Adjunct Professor at a number of universities, both on-ground and online. Dr. Rios has a Master of Arts in Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Regent University, a Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership and Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University and is presently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Southeastern University. Dr. Rios is on the Educational Advisory Board of the City of Miramar and is very active in the South Florida nonprofit and faith-based community. She is passionate about helping students in a holistic fashion and looks forward to working with Sagemont families.