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    Mrs. Andenmatten


    Mrs. Andenmatten has been teaching for fifteen 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 Animal Rescue  21 years ago. Ana’s Angels saves animals from rural shelters, gets them veterinary care, and places them in loving homes. They have saved over 9,000 animals thus far and won the Wells Fargo Mandarin Community Outreach Award two times. She won the Jacksonville Jaguars Community Award and was featured at a hometown game. Her class has been on the Jacksonville local news three times about pets in the classroom and featured as the Sonic Teacher of the Month on River City News.  Mrs. Andenmatten is the proud mother of two kids, Connor (nine years old) and Aurora (six years old). She is excited and feels privileged to be part of the Mandarin Oaks family.

    Connie Bame is a 1st grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She has previously taught first and second grades at MOE and first and third grades in Lake County.  Mrs. Bame earned her Elementary Education (K-6) from St. Leo University in 2008.  She also holds Reading and ESOL Endorsements.  She and her husband, Jack  moved to Jacksonville after living 35 years in Lake County, Florida where they raised their two children, Jeremy and Sarah.  They wanted to be closer to Sarah and her family, which includes their grandsons, four-year-old Jayce, and nine-month-old Lander.  When not actively participating in helping her students or colleagues in various activities, Mrs. Bame enjoys reading, the beach, knitting, and spending time with her family (especially her grandsons).


    Mrs. Gros


    Ms. Gros is a first grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She was born in Indiana and moved to Parkland, Florida after graduating from Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She began her career in Broward County, teaching PreK, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. After moving to Jacksonville in 2016, she began teaching ESE and reading intervention. Her current certifications include: Elementary K-6, ESE K-12, Media Specialist K-12. She also holds endorsements for ESOL, Gifted, and Reading. She has been teaching in Duval County for 6 years and joined Mandarin Oaks in 2021. Ms. Gros wants to instill a love for reading in her students and tries to support their learning in any way she can. Ms. Gros is the mother of two grown daughters and enjoys spending her free time reading, sewing, crafting, and being with her family and pets. 

    Ms. Kahan


    Mrs. MacWhinnie


    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, reading, and gifted endorsed. 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 9th year teaching, and her 7th 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! 

    Ms. Mobley