John Lazaridis is responsible for all things pedagogic with Dual Diploma Germany. He is an English Teacher and also the Program Director for all our Dual Diploma students who don’t have a Program Director in their school. Students can contact John at any time, for questions, support or problem solving. They can also contact him just to say ‚hello‘ and to keep him updated on how things are going. John loves hearing how students are progressing in Dual Diploma and his main motivation is that he hopes that the Dual Diploma Program can enrich, enhance and broaden the horizons of all participants.
John Lazaridis - Program Director
Jennifer Comiskey - Global teacher
Hello! I am Jennifer Comiskey. Although I was born and raised in Florida, I recently relocated to the Rocky Mountains in Northern New Mexico with my husband and two fur children, Finn & Bentley. My undergraduate years were spent at Florida State University where I played the saxophone in the Marching Chiefs Band. I earned a Master’s degree in Communication from Austin Peay State University and another in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Prior to joining the AVE faculty in 2015, I enjoyed twelve years as a middle school English and Social Studies teacher in South Florida.
Mari Galguera - Global teacher
My love for learning is what inspires me to teach.
Hello, and welcome! My name is Mari Galguera. I live in beautiful South Florida with my husband, two daughters, and the true King of the Castle our toy poodle “Boston.” In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, boating with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in education, with a concentration in mathematics, from Florida International University. Thereafter, I went on to pursue a master’s degree in TESOL from Nova Southeastern University. This will be my 14th year teaching. My professional experience includes teaching mathematics in Coral Gables High School, as well as teaching credit English courses to international students in Miami Dade Community College.
I am thrilled to be part of the AVE family, an institution in the forefront of the Virtual Education Movement. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to reach the minds of students all over the world.
James Hunter - Global teacher
Welcome to Academica’s Dual Diploma program. My name is James Hunter. I have taught for over 12 years in classrooms and virtually. I hold a professional certificate in 6-12 English, 6-12 Social Science, 5-9 Science, and K-6 elementary. I teach to inspire a love for life-long learning, for “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost
Originally from Seattle, I’m now an artist living in North Florida. I share a small farm tucked among a large nature preserve with my wife and two boys. From here, we enjoy nature-watching, fishing, and playing at the beach.
Melissa Brown - Global teacher
Melissa Brown earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Florida State University in 2009, and since then has also earned professional certifications in Secondary English and Secondary Social Studies as well as endorsements to work with ESOL and Gifted students. In addition to her role as a teacher, Melissa has served in school leadership roles such as Grade Level Chairperson and Literacy Committee board member, as well as sponsored many clubs like FEA and Student Council. One of her fondest classroom memories is the annual, out-of-state field trip to Washington, D.C. that she organized and chaperoned for her middle school students. Melissa Brown strongly believes that every learner can be successful and hopes to inspire her students to become lifelong learners. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
Cesar Seirotti - Global teacher
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!