Our Education Team

Academic Leadership

Brent Goldman
Brent Goldman

CEO, Xceed DME Academy

Dr. Brent Goldman is a visionary educational leader with 25 years of experience in the K12 for-profit education field. He has a unique skill set in creating new private schools, growing them, and providing a pathway to the next level for aspiring student-athletes.

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Anna Gonzalez

Head of School

Dr. Anna Gonzalez brings more than 17 years of experience as an educator to Xceed DME Academy. Anna has a PhD in Economics and Business from her native country, Italy. She has experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels, as well as an exceptional understanding of how to blend the online and traditional school settings into our dynamic hybrid model. 

Academic Staff

dave Swebilius
DAVE SWEBILIUS

High School Science

Dave is a graduate of The University of Central Florida and began teaching back in 2007 as a middle school science teacher. Over the past 15 years, he has 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. A lifelong learner, he loves to instill the thirst for knowledge in his students.

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ALLISON DUFF

Middle School Language Arts and English I and II

Allison earned her B.A. in English & Secondary Education and M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education from Stetson University. She has also earned her Reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsements. Allison is a nineteen-year veteran educator who strives to create an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect to foster student learning.

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Connie Conway

Middle School Science

Born and raised in Germany, Connie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, Cum Laude. She currently teaches Middle School Science; though she has previously taught maths and sciences at public schools and other private schools in Volusia County.

Connie enjoys teaching science because it “takes you from the tiniest living and nonliving thing on Earth all the way to outer space!” There is so much to learn and discover, and she is passionate about leading her students to their own discoveries.

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ELISABET CALDERON

Spanish

Elisabet earned her B.A. in Education from the University of Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rican native, Elisabet has worked in the Daytona Beach area as a teacher for 15+ years. She loves teaching and helping her students achieve their dreams and goals.

PETER RATZAN
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), then as a guidance counselor to 12th grade students at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach. Since 2007, he has been the owner/operator of College Funding Specialists, Inc., our boutique college planning firm.

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Stephanie Conway

Algebra II, Geometry, and SAT/ACT Math

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Aaron Chipman

Middle School Math and Algebra I

Aaron is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He has been teaching for twenty-six years at the middle and high school levels. His favorite part of teaching math is seeing his students’ confidence increase as they grasp difficult concepts.

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Kathy Wheeler

Administrative Assistant

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