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    Ms. Carta


    Mrs. Carta is a reading and writing teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She brings creative lessons, positive attitudes, and a calming environment to her students and enjoys watching them flourish! She has been teaching for 8 years and has loved her time at MOE so far. Having gone to Mandarin Oaks herself, it has been a pure joy to be back where her love for learning first began. She loves instilling a passion for learning in her students and pushes them to be the best versions of themselves. With a focus on their future and the person they will become, students rise to the challenges and grow beyond their own expectations!


    Meredith Cole-Smith is a fifth grade language arts teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Ms. Cole-Smith spent most of her life in Jacksonville but is from Knoxville Tennessee.  She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University North of Florida.  She is certified kindergarten through sixth grade with an ESOL endorsement. Ms. Cole-Smith  has been teaching since 2006. She has taught in Duval County for fifteen years and two years in Putnam County. When Ms. Cole-Smith is not teaching; she loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her kids, three Boston terriers, and two cats.

    Ms. Crothers

    Cindy Crothers is a 5th grade Math and Science teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She was born and raised outside Birmingham, Alabama and obtained a BS in Elementary Education (K-6) from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. This is Cindy’s 25th year of teaching–her first 15 years in Jackson, Mississippi and the last nine in Jacksonville. She is married and has two children–one at Paxon SAS and the other at Florida State. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, singing, reading, completing puzzles, walking, and landscaping. One of her major goals as a teacher is to help students develop of love of learning new things/becoming lifelong learners.


    Cez Erika Generoso is a math and science teacher of the Gifted and Talented. Born in the Philippines, she grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and actually attended Mandarin Oaks as a child. She went on to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma from Stanton College Preparatory and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2009. 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 public education. Ms. Generoso is active in her professional learning communities, serving on the board of the Duval Elementary Math Council and WJCT’s Teach Conference. She is a lifelong learner devoted to her content areas and craft of teaching, and during the 2018-2019 school year, Ms. Generoso was selected as Teacher of the Year at Mandarin Oaks, where she also serves as our social media manager and PTA Teacher Representative (that’s why you keep getting Class Dojo announcements from her). 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 thoroughly enjoys this quirky, funny, and intensely creative population of students and loves every minute in her classroom. 


    Mrs. Jenkins


    Mrs. Mia Jenkins is a 31  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, Gifted, and CET endorsed.

    Mrs. Jenkins was selected as the “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the 2002-2003 school year, at Mandarin Oaks. 

    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.

    In her spare time, Mrs. Jenkins enjoys traveling and most importantly, she loves spending time with her family.


    Ms. Kogan

    Michelle Kogan is a 5th grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. This will be her 15th year as an educator beginning her career as a long term substitute in 2007 and as a full time teacher in 2010. She has experience teaching 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades with 5th being her special place. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) and obtained her K-6 Elementary Education certification through University of North Florida’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) . She also holds her ESOL endorsement. Mrs. Kogan is a life long learner and aims to create a safe environment for her students to take chances and risk making mistakes to further their learning and interests.  She is married with two adult children - one a junior at the University of Florida and the other working in his chosen field.  She also has her fur child lab named Clyde. Mrs. Kogan loves being active outdoors, gardening, reading, trivia, music, cooking, yoga and running.  

    Ms. Swearingen
    Jennifer Swearingen is new to MOE, but not new to teaching 5th grade Math/Science teacher. She is a Jacksonville native and attended local schools, Bayview Elementary, James Weldon Johnson and Stanton College Prep. Ms. Swearingen earned a BA in Political Science and a BA in Public Relations at UNF.  She worked at Walgreens and K-mart in Human Resources but realized that teaching was her happy place. After completing an alternative certification track, she started in Kindergarten at Henry Kite Elementary. Ms. Swearingen then made her way to South Korea (non-military) and taught at a private kindergarten for 2 years and 1 year at Bucheon University. She came home because mom missed her too much. She taught Kindergarten at KIPP for 4 years and then most recently taught 4th and 5th Math/Science at Biltmore Elementary. Ms. Swearingen enjoys cooking, singing (off key), history and trying new restaurants. She is looking forward to getting to know the MOE family.