First Grade 2020 - 2021
Mrs. Andenmatten has been teaching for ten years in Jacksonville. She has taught Kindergarten, first grade, fourth and fifth grade reading, and fifth grade science. In 2012, she was Teacher of the Year at Kings Trail Elementary and was the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Environmental Education nominated by Tree Hill in 2016, and was part of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Garden. In her decade of teaching, she created the Flying Eagles club and the Environmental Cleaning Committee. Kids and animals are her passion. She started the 501c3 non profit animal rescue Ana's Angels 16 years ago. Ana’s Angels saves animals from rural shelters, gets them veterinary care, and places them in loving homes. They have saved over 5,500 animals thus far and won the Wells Fargo Mandarin Community Outreach Award two times. Mrs. Andenmatten is the proud mother of two kids, Connor (four years old) and Aurora (a year old). She is excited and feels privileged to be part of the Mandarin Oaks family.
Daniela Arambula is a 3rd grade math and science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Ms. Arambula was born in California and moved to Jacksonville, Florida at an early age. She attended Florida State University with Magna Cum Laude and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Family and Child Sciences. She has been with Duval County Public Schools for 3 years. She is ESOL endorsed, Reading K-6 endorsed, and is working on her Gifted endorsement. She loves incorporating “hands on activities” and technology in her classroom. Ms. Arambula enjoys spending time with her family, watching Florida State football, traveling, and going to the beach.
Mrs. Bame was born in Columbus, Ohio but was raised in Brevard County, Florida. Her parents moved to Mobile, Alabama when she was a junior in high school, so she graduated from Murphy High School.
She moved to Lake County, Florida in 1980 where she met and married her husband Jack, who is originally from Washington State. They raised their son, Jeremy and daughter, Sarah there. Mrs. Bame was a stay at home mom until the kids were in school and then she started working as a Teacher Assistant. She served in several positions in Lake County for 10 years, and when Sarah was a senior in high school, Mrs. Bame decided to go back to school and get her degree. She earned her AA from Lake Sumter Community College and earned her teaching degree from St. Leo University in 2008.
Mrs. Bame taught 3rd grade for the first 8 years of her teaching career, and then made the move to 1st grade for 3 years. She and her husband decided, after living 32 years in the same home in Lake County, to move to Jacksonville to be near their only grandchild, Jayce. Their move here has been a blessing in so many ways, one of which is to now be able to be a part of the Mandarin Oaks Elementary family. Mrs. Bame looks forward to many years serving the MOE community.
Mrs. Driscoll has had the distinct pleasure of teaching at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School for the last 5 years. She has taught first and second grades and students with varying exceptionalities. Prior to teaching at M.O.E, she taught second grade in St. John’s County for four years. Mrs. Driscoll loves sharing her passion for reading with her students. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family at the beach.
Mrs. Kennedy has proudly worked at Mandarin Oaks for 19 years, with 3 years in third grade and 16 years in kindergarten. As a kindergarten teacher, she has had great success as an inclusion teacher while developing students to have the proper tools to exceed through their disabilities and move onto a successful school career. Prior to teaching at Mandarin Oaks, Mrs. Kennedy taught in South Florida as a 2nd grade teacher and, while there, she was selected to be trained at Nova University for their Behavior Modification Learning Center program, located in Davie, Florida. She has also had the opportunity to teach as the gifted teacher for a private school in Coral Spring, Florida and a delightful experience teaching as an ESE Resource teacher in the Columbus, Ohio area. All of these teaching experiences have lead Mrs. Kennedy down a road of compassion for young children and animals, and into the person she is today. She has proudly been a vegetarian for 26 years and an active member of PETA. If not spending time off with her family, (husband, son, daughter) or 10 animal rescues, she finds herself with her next love, gardening. Mrs. Kennedy finds peace within the beauty of her gardens throughout her yard.
Stephanie MacWhinnie is a first grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. She is a Jacksonville native who attended local schools Loretto Elementary, Mandarin Middle, and Stanton College Prep. She went on to attend the University of Florida where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Elementary Education and graduated with multiple honors, including Summa Cum Laude. She is ESOL and reading endorsed, and currently working towards earning her Gifted endorsement. Mrs. MacWhinnie has always had a passion for learning. Growing up, she LOVED going to school and adored working with younger children. She spent much of her childhood within the halls of Mandarin Oaks, volunteering in the ESE department with children with special needs. She was excited to return in 2014 to instill the same love of learning in her own students. She is in her 4th year teaching, and her 2nd year within the wonderful G.A.T.E. program. Mrs. MacWhinnie has a strong compassion for others, and passes this onto her students through monthly community service projects, reaching out to community members such as police officers, firefighters, military, the elderly, and the homeless. She has been a leader within Mandarin Oaks as grade level chairperson and co-chair of the Jax Kid’s Triathlon. Mrs. MacWhinnie firmly believes in fostering the ENTIRE child and feels there is no better place to do that than Mandarin Oaks Elementary!
Jennifer Richmond is a second grade teacher for Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Richmond was born in Westchester County, New York. While in New York, Jennifer first received her AAS Degree in Science, more specifically in Respiratory Therapy. While working as a respiratory therapist, Jennifer returned to school and later graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Education, with Honors. After graduation, in 2005, Jennifer moved to Saint Johns, Florida but began her teaching adventure in Duval County at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Richmond is in her 12th year teaching at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Before teaching 2nd grade at Mandarin Oaks, Mrs. Richmond spent her first 3 years at the school teaching Exceptional Student Education. After that she began teaching Kindergarten, and proceeded to loop up to the first grade where she stayed for the majority of her years. Mrs. Richmond then had the opportunity to teach Varying Exceptionalities where she was able to provide classroom teachers and students support with Individual Education Plans. She is married with 3 awesome kids and loves spending time with her friends and family.