Kristen Caudill is a Kindergarten teacher at Mandarin Oaks. She grew up in Gainesville and attended the University of North Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health (public health education) and earned her teaching credentials from the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center. She has taught Kindergarten, first, and second grades as a classroom teacher, as well as grades K-6 as an ESE support facilitator. This is her 14th year teaching and her 3rd year as a MOE Eagle!
Her current teaching certifications include: Elementary Education K-6, Exceptional Student Education K-12, and ESOL K-12. She also has an endorsement in Reading.
Mrs. Caudill enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons Jackson (10 and a MOE 5th grader) and Benjamin (4), and the family dog Londyn (16). Mrs. Caudill loves to see live music, cook/bake, and curl up with a good book in her spare time.
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. Ms. Dubisky’s passion is Early Childhood Literacy, and planning reading lessons for her kindergarteners makes her very excited! She is ESOL, Gifted, and Reading endorsed, and is also certified to work with interns as a mentor teacher. 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. Hill
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.
Kailynn Mackenzie is a kindergarten teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. She grew up on the west coast in California and Nevada. Ms. Mackenzie graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. After school, she teaches arts and crafts and STEM classes for grades k-5. She is passionate about technology and play based learning in the classroom - education that centers around problem solving and developing social and cognitive skills. Ms. Mackenzie enjoys painting, listening to music, building on Minecraft, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.