Meet The Staff
DARLENE THIELE, M.A.
Director & Instructor
Ms. Darlene has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in literature and the arts from Hamline University in Minnesota. She has a Florida teaching license for K-6 and is certified in Mathematics, Science, and English Middle Grades 5-9 and Exceptional Student Education K-12. In addition, she is a member of the Mensa High IQ Society. Darlene's instruction is individualized, based on current brain research and differentiated learning styles. She implements a broad range of instructional and technological techniques to prepare students for 21st century learning. She promotes a sense of wonder about the world around us and the inherent pleasure that learning provides. Resume
Business Manager & Instructor
Mr. Nolan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida Gulf Coast University and is certified in Social Studies Grades 5-9. He has a Spanish certification from Guayaquil, Ecuador and is a member of the Mensa High IQ Society. Nolan draws upon his extensive experiences in mathematics and with travel to teach the subject matter. Using practical applications from everyday life, he engages students in discovering the purpose behind learning a specific skill. Resume
Ms. Tonia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Earth and Space Sciences from Florida Gulf Coast University. She combines her love of the
Ms. Sophia is a SPARK 8th grade graduate. She completed high school at age 16 and
is now a Data Analytics major at FGCU. She loves math and was able to test out of
College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Having been a student at SPARK, she
understands its philosophy and teaching methods.