Fifth Grade 2020 - 2021
Ms. Cole (Barker)
Cez Erika Generoso is a math and science teacher of the Gifted and Talented. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and actually attended Mandarin Oaks as a child. She went on to participate in the International Baccalaureate program at Stanton College Preparatory School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida. As a young adult, she sought opportunities to perform research and travel, and after returning to Jacksonville in 2013, she began pursuing her passion for education. Having been identified as a gifted learner herself in elementary school, Ms. Generoso is empathetic to both the advantages and challenges associated with giftedness as children grow into adulthood. She finds that this has served her well as one of the GATE teachers at MOE, and she’s excited to be a part of the program.
Kaleigh Hodge is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. Mrs. Hodge was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and decided to stay there for her college career. She graduated in January 2015 from Florida State University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Mrs. Hodge moved to Jacksonville to be with her now husband and to accept a position at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. She has taught with Duval County Schools since January 2015. She is ESOL and Reading K-6 endorsed. Her teaching experiences include teaching math and science in fourth and fifth grade. She loves to create math and science lessons that reach all levels of learners! Mrs. Hodge enjoys spending time with her husband and family, watching Florida State football, traveling, and making arts and crafts.
Brianna Hubbard has taught at Mandarin Oaks for six years. She attended Mandarin Oaks as an elementary student and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Hubbard has taught multiple grade levels at MOE and enjoys bringing her passion for learning to all of her students. She enjoys reading, singing, traveling, and watching basketball.
Mrs. Mia Jenkins is a 27- year veteran teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. As a native of Jacksonville, Florida Mrs. Jenkins is a product of Duval County Public School System. In 1992, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida. She has a strong connection to Mandarin Oaks Elementary, as she served as an intern under the direction of the current music teacher, Mrs. Deborah Mc Burney. Mrs. Mia Jenkins is ESOL and CET certified, and she is currently enrolled in the Gifted Endorsement Certification Program.
Mrs. Jenkins was selected as the “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the 2002-2003 school year, at Mandarin Oaks. She is an active participant of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, which keeps her very involved and connected to the community, through project work based initiatives.
In 2002, Mrs. Jenkins was instrumental in creating, WOW, (Writing Our Way), Mandarin Oaks’ very own Writing program. She was a model teacher that incorporated this program, through several lessons in many schools in the county, as an additive support for the district.
Presently, Mrs. Jenkins is a 5th grade ELA teacher for two of the GATE classes. She truly has a passion for children. She believes that they all can learn and enjoys watching them flourish daily.