Second Grade 2020 - 2021
Ms. Delbra Easton
Delbra Walthour-Easton is a highly qualified second grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Walthour-Easton, aka Mrs. Easton, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been teaching for Duval County Public Schools for 15 years. She is certified to teach ESE K-12, Elementary Education K-6, and has her Reading endorsement. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Edward Waters College and her Master’s degree at University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Educational Leadership degree at Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Easton loves teaching students and helping parents enable the student to be the best he/she can be. Her class is group oriented and inspired by the Ben Franklin quote “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”.
Sommer Farhat is currently a second grade math and science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary with experience teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. She is a Jacksonville, Florida native and graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and is ESOL endorsed. Ms. Farhat began teaching 13 years ago and loves being a part of the Mandarin Oaks family. In addition to teaching academics, Ms. Farhat is also the Community Education Drama Teacher. She has a strong theatre background and performs in plays locally at community theatres. She uses her dramatic flair in her teaching style to entertain the students and keep them engaged in learning. She is Palestinian, American, speaks Arabic and is a huge Chicago Cubs and Florida Gators fan.
Jennifer McCormick is a first grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks. She grew up in Orange Park and attended the University of North Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has taught in Duval County Public Schools since January 2010. She is certified in PreK-3rd grade, Kindergarten-6th grade, ESOL, and ESE and is currently working on her Reading Endorsement. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Gladys Rodenberry Fellowship for Teaching Excellance award. Mrs. McCormick also works in the extended day program at Mandarin Oaks, is a teacher mentor, and volunteers for Girls on the Run. Mrs. McCormick enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Mrs. McCormick is an avid runner and likes to read in her spare time. Mrs. McCormick lives in the Mandarin Oaks neighborhood and her children attended Mandarin Oaks during their elementary school years. Mrs. McCormick was a member of the PTA, SAC committee and active in her children’s classrooms in various ways. During this time as a Mandarin Oaks parent, Mrs. McCormick realized her desire to become an educator and continues to enjoy working at her neighborhood school.
Andrea Novak is a third grade inclusion teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Novak was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from IUP she married her husband Michael and moved to Florida in 1984, where she later earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the the University of North Florida.. She began her teaching career in Duval County in 1985. She started at Crown Point Elementary and was part of the staff that opened Mandarin Oaks in 1989. She is endorsed to teach grades 1st through 6th and ESOL students. She holds leadership roles at MOE such as Duval Teachers United Representative, School Leadership Team, Grade Level Chair, Mentor, RTI Facilitator, and Directing Teacher of Interns. She was selected as Mandarin Oaks’ “Teacher of the Year” in 2016. She has two adult daughters who are attorneys for the State of Florida. She walks for different causes, loves watching her daughters play softball and volleyball, is a sports fan…GO STEELERS, and adores dogs!!!
Laura Studstill is a second grade teacher for Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Studstill was born in Waycross, Georgia and moved to Florida at the age of two. She has lived in Jacksonville since that time and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Florida State University. Mrs. Studstill taught in Clay County for 8 years, and has been teaching for Duval County Public Schools for 22 years. Her teaching experience includes Pre-K, first, second and third grades and is ESOL endorsed. Over the years she has co-taught many times and has enjoyed the experience working cooperatively with other teachers to enrich the learning environment for the many different levels of students in the class. She loves seeing her students learn and grow throughout the year. Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Studstill has been on many different committees, including Science Lead, Hospitality, Reading, Writing, Math, and Safety. She is an enthusiastic Seminole fan and loves reading books, singing in the choir, traveling, and going to the movies.
Lee Townsend recently joined the Mandarin Oaks Elementary School team after 13 years of teaching in Riverside. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and following graduation, she moved to Dallas, TX, where she ran gang prevention programs for at-risk youth. Ms. Townsend has also worked with refugee children in Jacksonville and traveled extensively - living in Spain for six months. She was named Teacher of the Year at West Riverside Elementary and was featured in the Times Union’s, Teachable Moments column which highlighted her teaching philosophy and favorite phrase, “Mistakes lead to discoveries.” Ms. Townsend establishes a positive classroom culture each year stressing the importance of the growth mindset, perseverance, and becoming part of the solution.