School personnel Highlights
Mr. afiba bertrand
2011 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year Nominee
It was at a very young age that Afiba Bertrand realized the value of education. Instilled by his parents and harnessed by mentors along the way, Mr. Bertrand knew that education was the key to success. Coming from humble beginnings, Mr. Bertrand had to overcome many obstacles to obtain a formal degree from The University of Florida. However, while in college, Mr. Bertrand saw a need to not only educate himself but also future generations, so he sought out to do something about it. Combining his background in Exercise and Sport Science and love for children, he decided to embark on a career in physical education. Mr. Bertrand has been teaching for six years at Ludlam Elementary school and during those six years he has been active in extracurricular activities and in the community where he visits the Claridge House and Villa Maria nursing homes every second and fourth Saturday. Mr. Bertrand also tutors at-risk youths every Monday and Tuesday evening. He feels that all people have the need to be taught to their full potential and that all minds are powerful and precious so he has vowed to educate and guide all minds in his classroom regardless of their background.
Ms. carolyn beers
2011 Sallie Mae Rookie Teacher of the Year Nominee
Carolyn Beers was born in central Florida and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of six. Carolyn attended Miami Killian Senior High School and soon after, Florida State University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She began teaching children of all ages to swim at the age of 19 and knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her teaching career in the public school system began as a Physical Education teacher at Miami Springs Elementary. This is her fourth year teaching and loves teaching second grade at Ludlam Elementary. When she is not teaching, Carolyn attends Miami Dade College to further her education. She truly enjoys being around family and friends as much as possible. She enjoys traveling to different places of the world, helping people in anyway she can, outdoor sports such as soccer, surfing and beach volleyball, enjoying a day at the beach and laughing as much as possible! Carolyn hopes to continue her education career well into the future, and is very excited and eager to see where this journey may take her.