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

Principal/Administrator

Principal/Administrator

Education: Masters in education
Years at Rainbow: 32

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. Sherrie Harris

Ms. Sherrie Harris

Preschool Director
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration
Years Teaching: 20 years
Years at Rainbow: 20 years

“I have been a part of this Christ-centered ministry for 20 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 21 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

Lencola Cummings

Lencola Cummings

Prechool Teacher
Education: Preschool Certification- Associates Degree in Primary Education
Years teaching: 15 years
Years at Rainbow: 1 year

My name is Lencola Cummings.  I have over 14 years of experience teaching American and Japanese preschoolers in Japan.  We are a military family based in Homestead. My husband and I have had an amazing seven-year journey that has blessed us with two wonderful children Valerie (4) and Bishop (2).  I am excited for a phenomenal year of learning and growth with your child at Rainbow Christian Academy.

Mrs. Brenda Orinstein

Mrs. Brenda Orinstein

2-Year Olds Teacher
Education: CDA Certification
Years Teaching: 19 years
Years at Rainbow: 19 years

I have been blessed to be a part of the Rainbow ministry for many years. I am married to a wonderful man and we have two children, Joseph and Taylor, that both graduated from Rainbow. We attend Redland Church of the Nazarene located on our school campus and we would like to invite you to join us in fellowship on Sunday mornings at 10AM. I love my babies here at Rainbow and have been teaching 2 & 3 year olds here for 18 years.

Mrs. Chavez

Mrs. Chavez

3-Year Olds Teacher
CDA Certification
Years Teaching: 18 years
Years at Rainbow: 15 years

My name is Mrs. Chavez. This is my 15th year teaching preschool here at Rainbow Christian Academy and I am looking forward to a delightful year. I have been married for 28 years and we have two college aged, wonderful daughters. My family and I have been members at St. Kevin’s Catholic Church for 25 years. I am looking forward to teaching your child in an environment where God and family are valued along with academic excellence.

Mrs. Gabriela Jauregui (Palma)

Mrs. Gabriela Jauregui (Palma)

K4 Teacher
Education: Florida Child Care Professional Credential/ Florida VPK Staff Credential
Years Teaching : 4
Years at Rainbow: 8

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity God has given me to share the Good News with students and families. I have worked with children for more than ten years. I worked at Rainbow Christian for 8 years and then I moved to Canada where my husband and I were pastors at a local church in the city of Hamilton. We have a beautiful baby boy who just turned one, we love him and enjoy him so much.

I am looking forward to this school year, I know that God has brought each child into the Rainbow Family to meet Christ and live the life of purpose He has designed for each of us.

Eddafranci Rios

Eddafranci Rios

VPK Teacher                                                                                                                             Education: AA in Early Childhood Education
Years Teaching: 8 Years
Years at Rainbow: 1st year

My name is Miss Eddafranci Rios this will be my first year teaching at Rainbow. I am honored to be teaching K4 this year. I have my Associate in Science of Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching for 8 years. I serve God at a church called Manantial De Vida for 15 years where I sing on their worship team. I am looking forward to this year and excited to be part of Rainbow family.

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.”

Ms. Sahira Barroso

Ms. Sahira Barroso

Kindergarten Teacher
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Florida International University
Years Teaching: 30 years
Years at Rainbow: 8 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 Central 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 is a junior at Killian Senior High and Robert will be a Junior 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 Jessica Karansky

Ms Jessica Karansky

Kindergarten Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rollins College
Years Teaching: 13
Years at Rainbow: 1st year

My name is Jessica Karansky and I am very happy to be joining the Rainbow family this year. I taught 8 years as a 3 year old teacher at Little Disciples, the preschool at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. For the past 5 years I was a VPK teacher at Assurant Child’s Place. I attend Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. During my time at Rollins College I majored in theatre and now I am happy to be brining my love of drama and education to the children at Rainbow. Currently I am in the process of obtaining my state and FACCS teaching certifications in Elementary Education.

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 22 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. Montesano

Mrs. Montesano

2nd Grade Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College; Educator Preparation Institute at Lake-Sumter state college
Experience working with children: 13 years
Years Teaching: 11
Years at Rainbow: 8

“My name is Maritha Montesano and I am excited to teach 2nd grade at RCA this school year. All the Honor and Glory is for our God and King, Jesus Christ. Sixteen years ago, Jesus captured my heart and I currently attend and serve at Providence Road church. 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.”

Mrs. Meeks

Mrs. Meeks

2nd Grade Teacher Education: BA in Elementary Education
Years Teaching: 22
Years at Rainbow:22

My career at Children’s Rainbow Day School/ Rainbow Christian Academy began 22 years ago. I was the preschool director for six years, a preschool teacher for two years, a kindergarten teacher for two years, a first grade teacher for seven years and a second grade teacher for the past five years.
I am a Christian woman who actively seeks God’s will.

I am married and have a daughter and son who currently attend Rainbow Christian Academy Middle School. We proudly attend Redland Church of the Nazarene located here on campus. I love my position as a second grade teacher because it is a blessing to fulfill God’s calling on my life while doing something I love.

 

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.”

Miss Stephanie Watkins

Miss Stephanie Watkins

3rd Grade Teacher
Education: FACCS Certified, Associates of Arts Degree from Miami Dade College, and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University
Years Teaching: 9 years
Years at Rainbow: 13 years

“I am very excited and honored to be teaching 3rd 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.”

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: 6 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 31 years, and we have a beautiful 30 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. 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. Allyson Dominguez

Mrs. Allyson Dominguez

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

“As a middle school 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 three 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. 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: 22 years
Rainbow Experience: 21 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, Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 Instructor. For the past 21 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: 20 years
Years at Rainbow: 10 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!”

Mrs. Isabel Poggys

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. Donna 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 school year! My name is Donna Bishop and I have been part of the Rainbow family for 13 years. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 31 years and we have 2 grown children and 1 grandchild that currently attends Rainbow. Our family attends Life Point Church of Homestead. I am excited to see what God has in store for us in this upcoming year. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children.

Cinda Davidson

Cinda Davidson

My name is Cinda Davidson and I am so excited to be the Resource teacher at Rainbow Christian Academy. God has called me out of being a homeschool mom for the last 5 years to teaching art, music and computers. Previously I served as the children’s pastor here at Redland Church of the Nazarene for 3 years and now I am overjoyed to be used by Him to teach, minister and inspire your amazing children. I look forward to a fantastic year and consider it a privilege to be a part of this incredible school.

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Rainbow Christian Academy

A Christian Private School Serving Cutler Bay, Redlands, Homestead and South Miami.
22940 Old Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33170
Phone: (305) 258-0194 (Local)

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Monday - Friday:
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.