Meet the Teachers and Staff!

Elizabeth Ricks

Science + STEM

Elizabeth Ricks earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 from the University of Florida in Family, Youth and Community Sciences with a minor in Family Life Education. The 2019-20 school year will be her second at Micanopy Academy as our Middle School Science and Agritechnology teacher.

Mrs. Ricks lives not far from where she grew up in Hawthorne, FL with her husband Erik and their kids, Dalton and Fayth. When not spending time with her family her hobbies are photography, fishing, hunting, baseball, sewing and traveling.


Diana Kirkland


Diana Kirkland originally a

Miami, Florida Native went on a school campus tour and fell in love with Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU graduate in 1998 in Criminology and Social Work.

After ten wonderful years counseling children in need she decided to shift gears and begin teaching.

Diana earned a Masters of Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University-2006

She lived in Ft Myers teaching at a top ten school South Ft Myers High School, but relocated to be near extended family.

Diana taught in Sumter county for 11 years- Wildwood Middle/High School opening an AP Literature and Composition course and an AP Language and Composition course.

Diana took a sabbatical in 2019 and completed a Specialization in Education Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Doctorate from Walden earned January 2020.

She is looking forward to now being a Mustang at Micanopy Charter!

Marcia Roe

Data Entry

I live in Gainesville with my husband, James and our two daughters, Carmen and Caitlin. When I'm not working or being a mom, I love to dabble in carpentry, go saltwater fishing, putter in my garden, or curl up on the couch with a good mystery and any one, or more, of our 4 cats.

Brenton Washington


Brenton Washington completed his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences from Kean University. In the 2019/20 school year, Mr. Washington will be teaching 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade mathematics. He lives in the Gainesville area with his fiancé and his cat, Zora. When he is not at home, Brenton enjoys playing basketball, watching all sporting events, and going to the movies.

Kristin Walker

Assistant Principal

Kristin Walker graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College with a major in History and a minor in English. She earned her Master of Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in 2014. 2020/21 will mark her eighth year with Micanopy Academy, where she serves as assistant principal and teaches History and Reading.

Ms. Walker enjoys spending time with her son, Sebastian, reading a wide variety of books, testing new recipes in her kitchen and caring for her three crazy cats: Sorsha, Atreyu, and Caspian. Nyx the greyhound is the newest addition to her family!

Alene Williams


Ms. Williams graduated from Williston High School and has worked at Nationwide Insurance and the University of Florida. She joined the MA family in 2012 and enjoys working with the faculty and students alike. Her hobbies include reading and sewing. Alene is known for her smile, which earned her the nickname "Sunshine" by her coworkers at Nationwide. She was also told that it was her smile that helped someone make the decision to join her church. 

She enjoys spending time with friends and family and is looking forward to a great year with new and former students! 

Jeffrey Kline

English + Reading

Jeffrey Kline earned a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Education from the University of South Florida. This will be his second year at Micanopy Academy and his seventh year teaching Middle School overall. He will be teaching high school History classes and is looking forward to having a positive and productive year with both staff and students. His hobbies include movies, books, sports, and nature/outdoor activities.


Dakota Johnson

School Guardian

Dakota Johnson is a former student of Micanopy Academy who has volunteered to become our school guardian. He completed his rigorous guardian training with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office last year and continues to apprise himself of new information and best practices pertaining to the program and the safety of our students. He spends his free time tending to his wonderful flock of twenty one chickens and turkeys. He has always lived in Micanopy and loves his small town.

Tara Lowe-Phillips


Mrs. Lowe-Phillips earned a B.A. and M.A. in Art History from UF. Mrs. Lowe is certified in English 5-9, Integrated Curriculum 5-9, Humanities K-12, and has a Reading Endorsement for K-12. She has been with MA for 11 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and now principal. 
She is married to Dwayne Phillips and they live in Gainesville with their pet squirrel Rocky and Merican bulldog named Nitro. Mrs. Lowe enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and being with the MA family. She is also a classic movie buff and enjoys showing movies from the 30's, 40's and 50's to her students.