Faculty

* All of Our Classroom Teachers are Florida State Certified **
& meet the NCLB Highly Qualified Standards

 

Juniper Di Giovanni Juniper Di Giovanni: Principal
Ms. Juni has earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her prior teaching experience includes all elementary grades, and middle and high school P.E., Math and English. Her special interests are all of our students, music, traveling, jewelry creations, health and wellness, and our environment.

 

Jennifer Lowery: First Grade Teacher
Ms. Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the Expression’s family. She loves working with students and parents in a cooperative, creative environment. Ms. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Her experience includes classroom teaching and directing early childhood programs. When not teaching in the classroom, she loves spending time with her family and their many, many pets.

 

Johanna WeissJohanna Weiss: Third Grade Teacher/ Dragon Band Instructor
Ms. Johanna has been an educator for 25 years. She is certified in Florida for K-12 Music and K-6 Education, and has her Bachelor of Music and Education from U of Victoria, B.C. Canada. Johanna performs regularly in Gainesville with her Jazz quintet (Stardust), and Klezmer Band.

 

Davi Peraino: Fourth Grade Teacher
Ms. Davi has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Technical Writing. Davi has taught in the elementary classroom for the past seven years. She enjoys making music, reading, yoga, and spending time with her family.

 

Scot DavisScot Davis: Drama, Chorus
Mr. Scot has more than 16 years professional experience in drama and performing arts in Gainesville. He has worked in children’s theater as a member of the Fable Factory. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida.

 


Aimee Fernandez:
 Spanish Teacher
Ms. Aimee teaches Spanish at Expressions.

 

Cheryl Valantis: Administrative and Educational ConsultantCheryl Valantis
Ms. Cheryl founded Expressions Learning Arts Academy in 1999 to present a comprehensive academic program enhanced by the arts in public elementary setting and served as the school’s principal. You will continue to see Ms. Cheryl at Expressions as the Administrative and Educational Consultant, Program Coordinator, Gifted Consultant and Compliance Specialist. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida. Her interests include playing music (especially harp and mandolin), travel, and nature.