Ms. Dubisky

    Room 33


    Emma Dubisky has been a kindergarten teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School since the 2012-2013 school year. She grew up in Jacksonville and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida. She is ESOL, Gifted, and Reading endorsed, and is also certified to work with interns as a mentor teacher.  Ms. Dubisky’s passion is Early Childhood Literacy, and planning reading lessons for her kindergarteners makes her very excited! She enjoys taking leadership opportunities at school, such as the Literacy Lead for kindergarten. She also serves as the grade level chairperson on the Shared Decision Making Team. Ms. Dubisky’s favorite thing about kindergarten students is the joy and excitement they bring into the classroom every day. It is her main goal to encourage and grow this excitement into a lifelong, committed love of learning. In her classroom, you will frequently see her singing and laughing with her students, as well as challenging them to do learning activities that expand their minds and teach new ways of thinking. When she’s not at school, some of Ms. Dubisky’s hobbies are spending time with family and friends, working out, traveling, doing home renovation projects, reading, going to local coffee shops, watching classic films, relaxing at the beach, and playing and listening to music.

    Mrs. Howard

    Room 35


    Although Mrs. Howard was born in Jacksonville, she didn’t spend much time here during her childhood. Six days after her birth, her family moved to Chichester, England. She was only two hours old in my first passport photo. I have lived in many different places including Colorado, California, and Hawaii. Mrs. Howard even spent a summer in college working as a missionary intern in Paraguay. She is married to the love of her life, Steve Howard, even though he is a Seminole. They have three daughters, Courtney (13), Whitney (15), and Delaney (15), who bring us great joy.  Mrs. Howard has taught for 15 years in primary grades. She believes teaching is a labor of love with global impact. It is her personal vision to touch the future by inspiring the hearts of students today.  

    I am looking forward to meeting each of you and learning about your journeys with your children. I am glad we will be together for this part of it. 

    Mrs. Lilly

    Room 39


    Candice Lilly is a Kindergarten teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Ms. Lilly’s teaching experience includes second and third grade. Ms. Lilly attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and an ESOL Endorsement. She has been teaching in Duval County for nine years. Ms. Lilly was recently nominated for Teacher of the Year for the 20-21 school year. Ms. Lilly loves volunteering and working with numerous clubs and programs after school as well. She has served as a coach for Girls on the Run, which is a character-building program for third through fifth-grade girls that teaches life skills and trains girls to run a 5k. She has also taught a cooking class for children, worked with the drama club, tutored, and currently works full time for the extended day program as a counselor. Ms. Lilly has been happily married for 7 years to her husband who served as a United States Submariner in the Navy. They share a home in Riverside with their two cats and a black labradoodle named Angus.

    Ms. MacKenzie

    Room 55


    Mrs. Patchel 

    Room 23


    Ms. Swindell

    Room 41


    Christina Swindell has been at Mandarin Oaks for 18 years (and counting). Although she was born in Michigan, she moved to Jacksonville at a young age and has never left. After attending The Bolles School for grades K-12, she went on to the University of North Florida and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree. Shortly after, she joined the MOE family and spent her first 11 years teaching First Grade before moving to Kindergarten. She is a model for small group instruction and her students enjoy the variety of her lessons. Whether she is singing, dancing, or working with her students individually, everyone is actively engaged in a positive, creative, and fun learning environment. Ms. Swindell is ESOL endorsed, served as a Professional Development Facilitator for 5 years, and has mentored University of North Florida student interns. When not at work, she spends time with her adorable and lively 9-year-old daughter, spending time at the beach, and traveling.

    Mrs. Wallace

    Room 21


    Crystal Wallace is a dedicated Kindergarten teacher, who grew up in Jacksonville and was a student at Mandarin Oaks when it first opened its doors in the late ’80s. Mrs. Wallace has always had a passion and a heart for working with children, which guided her to the field of education. She graduated with honors from the University of North Florida, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6 with an endorsement in ESOL. Mrs. Wallace’s teaching experiences include Kindergarten, First and Second grades. In her spare time, she loves reading and spending time with her husband and her son, who also attends Mandarin Oaks. Her dedication and love for her own family allow her insight into young children in a personal way.

    Ms. Wyatt

    Room 29


    Kala Wyatt is a Kindergarten teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. This is her 11th year here at Mandarin Oaks and her 6th year teaching. Ms. Wyatt was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education at the University of North Florida and graduated with high honors, in addition to an ESOL endorsement. During college, she studied abroad in England to broaden her knowledge of cultural differences in education. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, and cook. This past summer she went to Turks and Caicos. Ms. Wyatt loves to incorporate music, interactive technology, and hands-on activities that require frequent movement to engage students.