THIS IS US
Next Gen staff understands that a quality education includes more than just books. We focus on nurturing the WHOLE child; mind, body, and spirit.
As Director I would like to welcome you to our school, and invite you to spend some time reviewing the information on our site. I am confident you will see that our unique approach to Christian education is nothing like anything else in this area, and our commitment to excellence is second to none!
Ms. Jordan has been a resident of Manatee County since 1970. She holds a B.A. in Human Development from Eckerd College, and an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University. Her professional background includes teaching at all levels of K-12, as well as the collegiate level, private consulting and training, and school administration. Her passion for academic excellence is apparent in the high expectations she holds for her students and staff, as well as herself.
OUR STAR TEACHERS
Shandi Liter has been a proud resident of Manatee County her entire life, and currently lives in Bradenton with her children. She has had an interest in early childhood, ages Birth to 8, since her teenage years. Shandi served as a teacher’s aide at a private school before moving into a full time teaching position in First grade 9 years ago. Her enthusiasm for teaching is second to none, and is apparent to anyone who enters her classroom. She has received her B.A. from State College of Florida. Mrs. Liter's true love for children, coupled with her unwavering faith, make her the ideal Next Gen lower grades teacher.
Jessica Caller has lived in Manatee County her whole life, calling Palmetto home for 15+ years. She attended State College of Florida, and received her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Full Sail University.
Ms. Caller brings her design and technology background into the classroom in order to create a colorful and modern approach to education. She has been with Next Gen for 7 years, and continues to provide a quality education for her students every day.
Science: Grades 2-3
Betsy Caller is a lifelong educator. She has lived in Manatee County for more than 20 years with her husband and 4 children. She and her family have spent many vacations exploring the United States, there's only a few left before they've visited every single state! Prior to working with Next Gen, Betsy volunteered with Girl Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind, and many more. She is very excited to be working in a classroom again, and with a subject that she enjoys so much.
Madeline Russo is a recent University of Florida graduate, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in communications. Her passion for education has prompted her to work towards her Master's Degree in Education Leadership. Fresh from college, she brings enthusiasm and new techniques to her classroom. As a life long Florida resident, she enjoys the beach, rooting for the Bulls, and playing with her dogs. She is eager to teach and learn during her first year here at Next Gen.
Andre Hendrix is a local personal trainer in the Manatee County area who works with a variety of clients, helping them set and meet their goals. Andre has accumulated more than 5 years of experience using his ISSA and USAW certifications. He has an impressive past, having worked as an assistant coach for No Limit AAU Track and Field Team, and competing as a USAW olympic weightlifter.He brings all of these experiences together in his role as P.E Teacher here at Next Gen in a personally designed training program for all ages.
Hanna Jordan knew early on that teaching was the career for her. Being surrounded by experienced teachers all her life has only strengthened this belief. Hanna is currently finishing her A.A at State College of Florida, before moving into her B.A in education. She brings her deep seeded love for education with her to the classroom, as well as the latest Broadway soundtrack which she and her students can be found listening to during brain break.
Bible & Spanish
Mrs. Weist and her husband, Pastor Jim, accepted the call to join the Hope Church, with whom we share a campus. Norma has been teaching since 1987, her love for education never waning. With a deep understanding that children learn best when they enjoy what they are being taught, Mrs. Weist has made it her goal to make every lesson a memorable one. We are very blessed and so glad to have her as part of the Next Gen staff.
Kingdom Arts Academy
Next Gen is proud to be partnered with Kingdom Arts Academy. We believe that a quality education requires more than just books, that's why we offer daily P.E, community service projects, and weekly dance classes. Kingdom Arts Academy has been working with Next Gen for 2 years now, and we are so excited to watch our student's skills continue to develop.
Learn more about this wonderful organization here.
Next Generation Academics, Inc. admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.
In addition, Next Generation Academics, Inc. will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in the hiring of its certified and non-certified personnel.