Directory of AISF Member Schools

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Dr. Sarah Allison

Emeritus

Dr. Sarah Allison is an Alabama native who began her educational career in Quincy, FL teaching elementary education and special education. She received her B.S. in elementary education from Auburn University, her M.S. in reading, special education, and psychology from Florida State University. Dr. Allison received her Doctorate in Education from Nova University where she served as an adjunct professor for 15 years.…

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Afua Baptiste

Board Member

Afua Baptiste has found her passion in education. That passion led her to own and operate her own programs for over three decades, and it sparked her interest in accreditation. As a former Vice President of Accreditation for AISF, Afua values school improvement and is devoted to promoting the highest standards for independent education in Florida.

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Daniel Benitez-Oliveira

Board Member

Lawrence Cohen

Emeritus

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Peter Cohen

President

A native New Yorker, Peter was raised in Miami, Florida after being transplanted as a toddler. Coming from a long line of educators, Peter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University with a concentration on developmental psychology. He then received his law degree from New York University School of Law before moving back to South Florida.…

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Judith Dempsey

Emeritus

Judy Dempsey has been a Montessori educator for 41 years. She has owned and operated Summit-Questa Montessori School in Davie, Florida for the past 26 years. The school serves children from the ages of 18 months through 8th grade. The beautiful 10-acre campus has native habitats, numerous gardens, a wetland preserve, a mini-barnyard, outdoor fields, a gymnasium and two pools.…

Maribel Z. Diaz

Emeritus

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Carol Diaz-Zubieta

Treasurer

Carol Diaz-Zubieta is the Upper School Principal and Chief Financial Officer at Conchita Espinosa Academy, a private K3 through eighth grade school in Miami, where she has spent most of her educational career. Prior to her current position, Carol was a middle school teacher at the school for over 10 years and then served as Assistant Principal for four years.…

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Gina C. Duarte-Romero

Secretary

Gina C. Romero, MEd is the principal of the Biltmore School.  She attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood, both from Florida International University.  She participated in Harvard University’s Project Zero Institute 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has been working with educators in the South Florida Community to promote Visible Thinking. …

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Gary Fein

Board Member

After a successful career developing day and boarding schools; day and overnight summer camp programs; and mental health residential and day treatment centers for children and adolescents; Gary Fein now heads Kentwood Preparatory School.

Gary has served on the Nova Southeastern University Grade Appeals Board and was a Board Member of the Florida Independent Schools Association.…

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