My name is Jill Malman, and it is an honor and privilege for me to be helping to shape the minds of our future world leaders. I graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in Psychology and Photojournalism. I then went on to earn my law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and I am licensed to practice in both Florida and California. I was a partner in my own law firm for over twenty years. During that time, I spent numerous hours volunteering in local classrooms and learned that teaching was a passion that I had never thought to pursue. I woke up one day and decided that it was time to follow my dream, and I soon closed the doors to my law practice and began my second career as a teacher. Teaching is my joy, and it has helped me to find my purpose in life.
Before joining the Dual Diploma program, I taught writing, presentation skills, and research in the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone and Cambridge AICE programs.
I enjoy creative writing, diamond painting, hiking, and spending as much time as I can on my yoga mat. I especially love being with my family and cuddling my dog, Sophie.
Hi! My name is Monica Gras and I am so excited to be joining the Dual Diploma program this year! I was born and raised in Miami, Florida where I currently live with my husband (Giovanni) of 18 years and my four daughters (Arianna, Gianna, Mia and Ava). I received my Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Psychology and my Master of Science in Reading and Learning Disabilities both from the University of Miami. I have over 10 years of experience as a secondary teacher and have owned my own professional photography business for over 15 years. Although I love teaching, I consider myself a perpetual student, always looking for ways to improve my craft and learn new skills. For me, happiness means constantly evolving and reinventing myself. Luckily, education and discipline helps me to achieve just that.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful year getting to know everyone!
My name is Lucy Sargent and I have been an international educator since 2014. I am thrilled to be a part of the Dual Diploma program! My Bachelor’s Degree is in Globalization Studies from Gettysburg College, and I completed an Educator Preparation Program with the University of West Florida. I received my Master’s Degree in Globalization and Development Studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
I have experience working in person and online with a variety of international students and spent five years abroad in China, Kuwait, and the Netherlands. I am very passionate about our globalizing world and enjoy working with global learners at Dual Diploma!
Cindy Osorio graduated from The American College of Education with a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. She is also a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Her professional background includes certifications in the areas of ESOL, Gifted Instruction, English grades 6th – 9th, English 9th – 12th, and Social Science 6th -12th. Early in her career, she spent two years as a paraprofessional. In 2010 she was recognized as the “Rookie Teacher of the Year” at Pinecrest Preparatory Middle-High. In addition to classroom instruction she has served as the English Department head, and spear headed the literacy initiative. Cindy has also lead several extracurricular activities such as FEA, Book Club, the spelling bee, talent show, girls dance team, girls HS soccer team and many more. She is currently a Global teacher for Academica Virtual Education's Dual Diploma program, and was awarded the “Rookie Teacher of the Year” in 2016.
"I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, and hope to instill that belief in all of my students".
Cesar Seirotti graduated from Florida International University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He has received a variety of educational training that has prepared him to better assist each of his students. He is eager to help all his students achieve their academic goals!
My name is Lisa Baber and I am a Global Teacher. I was born and raised in South Florida and currently still reside here. I have a Bachelor’s in Education from University of Central Florida and both a Masters and Specialists Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University. I've been an educator for over 15 years. Every year has been unique and enriching in its own right and I can't wait to see what this year brings! I'm happily married and have two wonderful children: Raegan and Callahan. In my spare time I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with my family.