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Meet the People behind Our Success

Partner with the right people when it comes to child care. Children's Rainbow Day School / Rainbow Christian Academy in Miami, Florida, takes pride in having talented faculty and staff, including:


Administrative Staff

Mr. & Mrs. Ward

Mr. & Mrs. Ward

Owners/Administrators


Mrs. Nehrbass

Principal/Administrator

Mrs. Nehrbass' career at Children's Rainbow Day School / Rainbow Christian Academy began in 1985 as an aftercare staff member. Over the years, she was a preschool teacher, an elementary teacher, and a middle school teacher. Since 1997, she has been serving as Rainbow Christian Academy's elementary and middle school principal. Mrs. Nehrbass holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources and a Master of Science Degree in Education. In addition, she holds certificates in Administration, Guidance Counseling, and Preschool Director. She is happily married and has three children who have all attended Rainbow Day School and Rainbow Christian Academy.

As a Believer: Mrs. Nehrbass is a strong believer that God has led her to where she is today and continues to pray for the ability, together with families, to invest in the lives of God's most precious gift, children. Our principal believes that every child can be successful if given the appropriate foundation and tools. By forming a partnership between the people in home and school, Mrs. Nehrbass is confident that through academic training and social development, all God-given talents will be developed.


Ms. Sherie Harris

Ms. Sherrie Harris

Preschool Director
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration
Years Teaching: 17 years
Years at Rainbow: 17 years

"I have been a part of this Christ-centered ministry for 17 years. I began my career as a teacher, where I taught 2 year olds, kindergarten, and second grade. I then transitioned into the position of preschool director. I have a passion for working with children and their families. I take pride in my position as preschool director and summer camp director. My dedication to this ministry extends far beyond the classroom. I have been an active member of the Redland Nazarene Church for 18 years. It is truly a blessing to be able to serve the Lord and win souls for His kingdom. I love being a part of the Rainbow family because it gives me the opportunity to share my faith with students and parents."


Teachers

Mrs. Brenda Orinstein

Mrs. Brenda Orinstein

2-Year Olds Teacher
Education: CDA Certification
Years Teaching: 16 years
Years at Rainbow: 16 years

"I would like to welcome everyone to a new school year at Children’s Rainbow Day School. I am married to a wonderful man and we have two children, Joseph and Taylor. We attend the Redland Church of the Nazarene and would like to invite you to join us in fellowship there!"


Mrs. Lara

Mrs. Leighann Santiago-Lara

3-Year Olds Teacher
Education: CDA Certificate
Years teaching: 12 years
Years at Rainbow: 1

"My name is Leighann Santiago-Lara and I would like to welcome you and your little ones to our 2017-2018 Preschool class. I bring with me over 10 years of experience teaching preschoolers, and I am super excited to be a part of Rainbow Christian Academy family. I am married to my best friend and together we have three rambunctious boys of our own, Westin (10), Landin (2), and Eastin (1)."


Mrs. Chavez

Mrs. Chavez

3-Year Olds Teacher
CDA Certification
Years Teaching: 15 years
Years at Rainbow: 12 years

"My name is Mrs. Chavez, and I will have the pleasure of being your child's teacher this year. This will be my sixth year teaching here at the Children's Rainbow Day School and I am sure this will be a delightful year for your child. I am looking forward to teaching your child in an environment where God, and family are valued along with academic excellence."


Mrs. Maritza Castellanos

Mrs. Maritza Castellanos

4-Year Olds Teacher
Education: CDA Certification
Years Teaching: 24 years
Years at Rainbow: 24 years

"I have been blessed to be a part of the Rainbow ministry for so many years. I have a wonderful husband and two incredible children. I have a strong passion for teaching and positively impacting my students' lives."


Miss Ashley Rojas

Miss Ashley Rojas

4-Year Olds Teacher
Education: Associates in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami Dade College
Years Teaching: 6 years
Years at Rainbow: 4 years

"I have been with this wonderful ministry for several years and it has been such a blessing. I love working with young minds, especially when I can share the love of Christ with them."


Miss Stephanie Llanes

Miss Stephanie Llanes

4th Grade Teacher
Education: FACCS Certified, Associates of Arts Degree from Miami Dade College, and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University
Years Teaching: 6 years
Years at Rainbow: 11 years

"I am very excited and honored to be teaching 4th grade at Rainbow this year. I hope to pass on my passion for learning to each of my students, as well as assit them in reaching their educational and spiritual goals. Interestingly enough, I also attended Rainbow when I was younger and now I am proud to take on the teacher title! Currently, I attend Christ Fellowship Church in Palmetto Bay."


Ms. Sahire Barroso

Ms. Sahire Barroso

Kindergarten Teacher
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Florida International University
Years Teaching: 26 years
Years at Rainbow: 5 years

"I feel privileged to be a part of the Rainbow family and excited about bringing my experience and love for young children to RCA. I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and am a Certified Teacher by the State of Florida. My home church is Granada Presbyterian, where I am constantly growing in my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My pride and joy are my two wonderful children: Robert Adam and Scarlett Marie. Scarlett will be attending Killian Senior High and Robert will be a Freshman at F.I.U. It is my goal to reach my students on an individual level which causes them to flourish academically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am looking forward to creating a year filled with memories and lessons that will last a life time!"


Ms. Glass

Ms. Glass

1st Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, and received my teaching certification in elementary from the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
Years Teaching: 24 years
Years at Rainbow: 20 years

"My name is Ms. Glass, I have worked at Rainbow Christian Academy for 20 years as a first grade teacher. I believe that teaching is a HIGH calling and that the Master Teacher is Jesus Christ. I received Christ as my Savior at the age of ten. I attend Glendale Missionary Baptist Church. I’m a graduate of South Dade Senior High School. I earned my Bachelor degree from Delta State University, and received my teaching certification in elementary from the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Prior to teaching first grade, I taught kindergarten for two years and I have served as a K-4, N-3 and N-2 teacher. I also have a background in Montessori education."


Mrs. Allyson Dominguez

Mrs. Allyson Dominguez

1st Grade Teacher
Education: Master’s Degree & Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Years of Teaching: First year

"As a first year, first grade teacher I am overjoyed with the opportunity to teach at Rainbow Christian Academy. My experience with Rainbow Christian dates back to when I was a K-4 student. I also worked as part of the afterschool staff and currently have two of my own children attending this great school. I have experienced the love and commitment that the RCA faculty and staff have for Christ and their students first hand. My background in the Mental Health field has provided me with years of experience working with children of all ages and my obedience to God’s will has led me to teaching. I am blessed and humbled to be working with young children in a Christian environment and I look forward to a great school year."


Mrs.Meeks

Mrs. Meeks

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Meeks' career at Children's Rainbow Day School / Rainbow Christian Academy began 20 years ago. She was the preschool teacher for six years, a kindergarten teacher for another two years,  a first grade teacher for seven years, and a second grade teacher for three years. 

"As a Faithful Christian: Mrs. Meeks is a Christian woman who actively seeks God's will. She is married and has a son and daughter, who currently attend Rainbow Christian Academy. They also proudly attend Redland Nazarene Church. Mrs. Meeks loves her position as a second grade teacher, because it is a blessing to fulfill God's calling in my life while doing something I love."


Mrs. Montesano

Mrs. Montesano

3rd Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College; Educator Preparation Institute at Lake Sumter Community College
Experience working with children: 8 years
Years Teaching: 8
Years at Rainbow: 5

"My name is Maritha Montesano and I am excited to teach third grade at RCA this school year. All the Honor and Glory is for our God and King, Jesus Christ. Thirteen years ago, Jesus captured my heart and I currently attend and serve at Providence Road. After graduating from college,  I've substituted, tutored, assisted, and taught in public and private schools. My classroom experience includes teaching VPK, first, second,  and third grade. On April 28, 2012, I married the man of my dreams, Joel Montesano, and moved from Central Florida to reside here, in Miami. I believe it is our responsibility, as educators, administrators, and parents to give our children (through the leadership of Christ) all the tools they need to build a strong spiritual, social, and academic foundation based on our Faith in Him. I am delighted to be a part of the Rainbow Christian Academy family."


Mr. Sean Oberle

Mr. Sean Oberle

3rd Grade Teacher
Education: Associate of Arts Degree from Miami-Dade College
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University
Teaching Experience: 14 years
Rainbow Experience: 14 years

"My wife and I are very firm believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are members of Summit Church of Homestead, where our faith is constantly being stretched. I am devoted to helping my students grow academically, as well as spiritually. It brings me joy to see students learn and succeed."


Mrs.Adkins

Mrs. Adkins

4th Grade Lead Teacher
Education: Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University, Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science Degrees in Specific Learning Disabilities                                
Years Teaching: 30+ years
Years at Rainbow: 4 years

"I am very grateful to be teaching at RCA, a true Christian school which ministers to the whole child. I have taught on many levels, elementary through college level, and I consider it a blessing to be able to pour into my students, no matter how old they are. My husband and I have been married for 29 years, and we have a beautiful 28 year old daughter. We were in ministry as Pastors for 25 years, and now I consider my ministry to be to the children, parents and my coworkers here at Rainbow. I am committed to do my Father’s Will and to make a positive difference wherever He leads me."


Mrs.Bishop

Mrs. Donna Bishop

Librarian
Education: AA in Elementary Education
Years Teaching: 23 Years
Years at Rainbow: 2 Years

"Hello everyone and welcome to an exciting new school year! God has blessed me with the position of full time librarian for Preschool thru 8th Grade. I am so excited to be working with such a great group of students."


Mrs. Erin Oberle

Mrs. Erin Oberle

5th Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University
Education Experience: 12 years
Rainbow Experience: 12 years

"God is constantly moving in my life and it is my prayer that He will be the guiding light for each of my students. I firmly believe and feel truly blessed that God has placed me in this ministry. I come from a long line of teachers and a solid Christian upbringing, so teaching here is a real honor."


Mrs. Sharon Wooten

Mrs. Sharon Wooten

6th Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree from Taylor University and Masters from George Washington University
Educational Experience: 23 years
Rainbow Education: 16 years

"I knew when I was eighteen that God was calling me to teach in a Christian school. I thoroughly enjoy teaching middle school students and count it a privilege to help them grow spiritually, socially and academically."

Mrs. Isabel Poggys

Teacher's Aide
Education: Miami Dade College, FACCS Certified, CDA Certified, VPK Certified
Years Teaching: 29 years
Years at Rainbow: 27 years

"Greetings! My name is Isobel Poggys. I have been a part of the Rainbow Christian Academy family since 1990. As as educator, I have the Christian responsibility that God has bestowed in me, and the love to help each child build a strong spiritual, academic and social education."

Mrs. Jolinda Rodriguez

Mrs. Jolinda Rodriguez

8th Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and American Studies from University of Buffalo
Teaching Experience: 18 years
Rainbow Experience: 17 years

"The experience of teaching in a school that places God and the education of your children as its priority has given me a solid foundation in the teaching of a Christian education. Currently, I am the Middle School Language Arts, Algebra I, and 8th grade Old Testament Bible instructor. For the past 17 years, I have thrived in the classroom setting. Each academic year, I challenge myself to improve the abilities I have gained in my profession and to utilize the gifts given to me by God to educate His children."


Mr. Stephen Hager

Mr. Stephen Hager

Middle School Science and Physical Education Teacher
Education: Associates of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Miami-Dade College and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Florida State University
Years Teaching: 18 years
Years at Rainbow: 8 years

"I count it an honor and privilege to be entrusted with your child as part of the ministry at Rainbow Christian Academy.  Through my experiences over the past four decades in administration, teaching, and coaching, God continues to use my gifts and talents for building His kingdom.  The Lord gives me the wisdom and passion to spread the importance of a Christian Education.  A Biblical world view, along with the power of prayer will help us develop a partnership to enable your child to succeed!"


Mr. Greg Burgess

Mr. Greg Burgess

Middle School Bible, 8th Grade Science, 6th Grade Math Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Southeastern University
Years Teaching: 3 years
Years at Rainbow: 1 year

"I am very blessed to be serving the Lord as a teacher at Rainbow. The staff is wonderful and the students are amazing. I love to lead worship and speak to young people about the love of Jesus Christ. I’m a very passionate person and try to live life to the fullest every single day. I come from a family of ministers and educators and it's no accident God has placed me where the two can come together in an environment like Rainbow Christian."

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves"
Philippians 2:3