Third Grade 2020 - 2021
Mrs. Del Rocco
Sara Del Rocco is a 5th grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She was born in Jacksonville and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida, and has been with Duval County Public Schools for 5 years. Her teaching experience includes second, third and fifth grade. During her years at Mandarin Oaks, she has taught various types of learners from gifted students participating in the Accelerated Learning Academy to students with Individual Learning Plans in an inclusion setting. She is ESOL endorsed and enjoys creating lessons that engage all learners. Mrs. Del Rocco enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, and visiting different parks around Florida.
Megan Harvey is one of our Third Grade ELA teachers at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Ms. Harvey was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She was even a student at MOE all throughout her elementary years for K-5th grade! She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education K-6th and she is also ESOL endorsed. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and supporting the Florida Gators.
Brooke Harrison is a second grade English Language Arts teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Harrison was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and was educated through the Duval County Public Schools system. Mrs. Harrison is an alumnus of Florida State University and the University of North Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, is certified to teach Elementary Education grades K-6, and has her ESOL endorsement. Mrs. Harrison is in her seventh year of teaching and loves the relationships she builds with children and their families. Mrs. Harrison is currently completing coursework to become an Assistant Principal with Duval County Public Schools through the Aspiring Leaders program. She is the building leader of the Duval County Reading Council for Mandarin Oaks Elementary and is a directing teacher for student pre-interns with the University of North Florida as she enjoys introducing the profession of teaching to others. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Harrison loves to spend time with her husband, Mark, and her 3 year- old son, Noah.
Holly Hughes currently teaches second grade English and Language Arts. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received her BS in Elementary Education. Her first four years of teaching were in New York, however, when her family relocated to Jacksonville, she fell in love with the south, has been here ever since. She received her Master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Special Education, with a concentration in Deaf Education, and is fluent in American Sign Language. She is certified in Early Childhood, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and in Exceptional Student Education. In addition to being a National Board Certified Teacher, she is certified in ESOL and will complete her gifted certification this March. She has called Mandarin Oaks Elementary her home away from home since 1994. Her daughter received a wonderful educational beginning at Mandarin Oaks, and will graduate in May from the University of Central Florida, with a BS in Engineering. Ms. Hughes loves teaching, and cannot imagine doing anything else!
Alisa Yonge has been teaching at Mandarin Oaks Elementary for 18 years. She is currently teaching 3rd grade math and science. Mrs. Yonge graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Journalism, returning to college a few years later to complete a teaching certification program at Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia. She is certified to teach K-3, and she is endorsed to teach Gifted and ELL students. While at Mandarin Oaks, Mrs. Yonge has taught mostly third grade, with a handful of years in second grade. She loves the enthusiasm of third grade math students, most of whom start the year very excited to be working with multiplication and division. She strives to keep her students’ enthusiasm for math going strong, and to build enthusiasm among the reluctant. Mrs. Yonge has been trained for Project Lead the Way. She is excited about implementing these new STEM project-based learning units in her classroom. She enjoys spending time outdoors: working in her yard and garden, reading on her back porch, riding her bicycle, and playing with her dog. She has been married for 27 years and has two daughters.