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BRENT GOLDMAN, Ed.D
CEO, Xceed Preparatory Academy

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ANNA GONZALEZ
Head of School
Teacher, Math

Anna brings over 17 years of experience as an educator to Xceed Preparatory Academy at DME. She began her teaching career in the college sector in 2003. She has experience in middle school, high school and college-level education. She also has experience in the online and traditional school settings. Anna has a PhD in Economics and Business from her native country, Italy.

DAVE SWEBILIUS
Teacher, Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science

My teaching career began back in 2007 when I started as a middle school science teacher and high school football coach. Over the past 13 years, I have taught nearly every discipline in science, from regular classes to AP and IB-level classes, as well as middle and high school English and social studies. I am a lifelong learner and I love to instill the thirst for knowledge in all of my students.

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. I have always enjoyed presenting information to people in a way that was understandable and entertaining. Coupled with the fact that my parents taught nearly 50 years collectively, I guess you could say I was a born educator!

When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, surfing, and traveling. I am always interested in learning about new cultures and places, and our travels have taken us to Australia, England, Scotland, Costa Rica and all around the United States. I look forward to helping your student grow not only intellectually, but as an athlete and a responsible, global citizen as well.

ALLISON DUFF
English/Language Art

Allison Duff is a passionate, student-centered educator, continually seeking to broaden both her content and pedagogical knowledge to help her students achieve success. Mrs. Duff earned her B.A. in English and Secondary education and her M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education from Stetson University. She has also earned her Reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsements. She is an eighteen-year veteran educator who strives to create an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect to foster student learning. Mrs. Duff’s students consider her to be a caring teacher committed to helping them learn and achieve their personal and academic goals.

DANIEL WILSON

My name is Daniel Wilson, and I have spent most of my career as a flight instructor, teaching people how to fly airplanes. I have always had a passion for helping people learn and seeing them grow and become more interested in what they are learning. Always having excelled in math through my school years, I thoroughly enjoy teaching it to people and helping them progress and become more confident in their math skills and abilities.

KRISTINA OLIKHVER
Teaching Assistant

Bachelor of Arts, major in Liberal Studies with concentration in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. My first official work was at DME/Exceed after I graduated college. I did some work on different kids basketball clinics and camps.

PETER RATZAN
College Counselor

Peter has been helping students prepare for college for more than two decades, first as a high school social studies teacher at Ransom Everglades School in Miami (his alma mater), as a guidance counselor to 12th grade students at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach and since 2007 as the owner/operator of College Funding Specialists, Inc., our boutique college planning firm.

He has personally helped more than 1100 families (and counting) successfully navigate the college process (and stay sane in the process).

He writes a weekly college planning column, is the author of two books on the business of higher education and his ‘Thick Envelope Magic’ for rising 12th graders is in its 8th edition. Peter is also a frequent lecturer on the current state of higher education, and a nationally-recognized expert in making college affordable for families across the board.

Peter also serves as a Mentor and a Member of the Corporate Council for Take Stock in Children, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. He is a former Advisory Board Member for the Alexander Muss High School in Israel and has served for 8 years as a Coach and Board member for Weston Area Little League.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA and an MA/MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Peter is also a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and of the American College Funding Association. He lives in Weston, FL with Jill, their two children – and Marley (their ferocious 7 pound silky terrier).