The mission of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility. We are building intelligent, virtuous American citizens.


Lisa Wheeler, M.A., Ed.

Lisa Wheeler, M.A., Ed.


Mrs. Wheeler taught for 15 years in Florida public schools prior to joining the administrative team at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in 2015. Her teaching experience includes primary grades and literacy coaching, which provided extensive experience in supporting classroom and ESE teachers with core and intervention instruction, diagnosing reading difficulties, designing interventions, administering and analyzing assessments, working with at-risk students, and professional development for both parents and faculty. Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Reading.

Mrs. Wheeler has a long-standing relationship with Pineapple Cove Academy. In 2006, Mrs. Wheeler began working with PCA’s VPK teachers. Through curriculum development, training, and data analysis, teachers worked to create a prestigious VPK Literacy program that is known throughout Palm Bay and Melbourne. In addition, Mrs. Wheeler also authored and organized PCA’s SES and private tutoring program.

Mrs. Wheeler is a founding member of the Palm Bay location and has worked closely with the administrative team, instructional staff, Barney Charter School Initiative, and the governing board to ensure a successful launch in the school’s beginning years. In her role as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Wheeler oversaw student discipline and adherence to our school’s virtues and policies, monitored the MTSS process and student progression, coordinated student assessment, supported teacher instruction, and conferenced with students and families to enhance our school’s academic and school culture.

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Miranda Kraus

Miranda Kraus

Assistant Principal, Elementary

Mrs. Miranda Kraus is a founding member of the Pineapple Cove Classical Academy faculty. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a Florida certified teacher in Elementary Education (K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12). Mrs. Kraus began her career teaching Exceptional Student Education in Virginia before moving to Florida in 2015. When starting with PCCA, she was an ESE teacher for primary grade scholars. After a few years, she supported whole-school efforts as a Student Services Coordinator. In this role, Mrs. Kraus facilitated the MTSS process and worked closely with ESE teachers, classroom teachers, district personnel, parents, and scholars. Most recently, Mrs. Kraus became the Assistant Principal for grades K-6. She brings great experience with discipline, student services, parent communication, curriculum, and teacher support to this position. 

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Marla Connick

Marla Connick

Student Services Coordinator, Elementary

Mrs. Connick began working at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in August of 2016, upon moving to Brevard County from Pasco County, FL.  She was the founding member of a classical school in Pasco and taught second grade, third grade, as well as being the Exceptional Student Education contact for the school.  When joining PCCA, she began working as a fifth grade teacher. Upon the opening of our West Melbourne campus, she became a founding member and taught fourth grade and worked as a teacher in our Exceptional Student Education Department.  In 2020, an opportunity opened up for her back at the Palm Bay campus and she was happy to return to her home campus teaching third grade.  Mrs. Connick received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and is Florida-certified teacher in Elementary Education (K-6), Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Reading (K-12), and English Speakers of Other Languages (K-12).  In the summer of 2023, she was presented with an opportunity to become our new Student Services Coordinator and was thrilled at the possibility for growth.  Some of her responsibilities will be to serve as the Elementary ESOL Coordinator, New Teacher Mentor, Curriculum Support and MTSS/IPST Liaison.  Mrs. Connick has a heart for helping others, scholars and teachers alike.  Her new position working alongside the school administration, offers her opportunities for both by allowing her to help scholars on a daily basis and provide support to new and returning teachers on our staff. 

E-mail Mrs. Connick here.

Stacey Gilbert

Stacey Gilbert

AP of Student Affairs, Junior/Senior HS

Ms. Stacey Gilbert taught for 10 years prior to joining the administrative team at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy. In 2020, she earned a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida and received various awards such as UCF‘s Faculty Advisor Award. She is a Florida-certified teacher in Elementary Education (K-6), Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Reading (K-12), and English Speakers of Other Languages (K-12). She is also an active certified Crisis Prevention Instructor. She has presented at national conferences for the Council for Exceptional Children on anti-bullying campaigns and served as secretary for Florida‘s Division of Autism and Developmental Delays from 2012-2015 and before that was the president of UCF‘s student chapter. Just before joining PCCA, she was nominated Teacher of the Year. Most recently, Ms. Gilbert became PCCA’s Jr./Sr. Assistant Principal of Student Affairs.

E-mail Ms. Gilbert here.

Michelle Johns, M.S.

Michelle Johns, M.S.

AP of Academic Affairs/Jr./Sr. High School

Mrs. Michelle Johns has over 19 years experience as both a teacher and administrator in public schools and Pineapple Cove Classical Academy.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University.  Mrs. Johns is certified in Elementary Education and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) endorsed. Additionally, she earned her National Board Certification in 2008.

Mrs. Johns began her career at PCCA as a third grade teacher and ESOL Contact during its founding year. Mrs. Johns also taught Math Enrichment to PCCA’s middle school scholars before becoming the Student Services Coordinator and ESOL Contact schoolwide in 2018.  She currently serves as the Student Services Coordinator and ESOL Contact for the Jr/Sr High School.  Mrs. Johns works closely with district personnel, classroom teachers, ESE teachers, Bilingual Assistant, 504 Contact, Gifted teacher, parents, and scholars to coordinate support to meet the needs of our scholars. She also supports school operations with admissions, scheduling, discipline, technology integration, and coordinating state assessments.

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Leslie Hayford

Leslie Hayford

Student Services Coordinator, Junior/Senior HS

Mrs. Hayford is excited for her first year at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in Palm Bay as the 7-12 Student Services Coordinator. She was raised in Brevard County and graduated from Satellite High School before attending Valdosta State University for her Bachelors Degree and the University of Central Florida for her Masters Degree. She comes to PCCA with 14 years experience in secondary education with Brevard Public Schools. Her classroom experience includes Drama, Musical Theatre and course recovery. She also served as a Testing Coordinator with Brevard Public Schools. This role included implementation of state and district assessments, managing ESOL Programs, development of master schedules and various school wide events and initiatives. Mrs. Hayford holds certifications in Drama K-12, Elementary Education (1-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12). Mrs. Hayford is thrilled to be a part of the Pineapple family and serving our staff and families, while furthering our mission of developing graduates in mind and character.

E-mail Mrs. Hayford here.

Our Story


Pineapple Cove Academy, a highly successful early learning facility located in the Bayside Lakes Division of Palm Bay, has inspired the application for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy. Demand from parents for a K-12 opportunity that matches the rigorous and successful VPK program at the early learning facility has been the impetus for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s inception.

A Message from Our Founders


“Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is a natural extension of Pineapple Cove Academy Early Learning facility where excellence in early education has been established at the preschool level. It is with the overwhelming support of our parents and community that Pineapple Cove Classical Academy has become a reality.” – John and Beth Moran, Founders


Our Virtues


I will do the right thing even when it’s unpopular or difficult.


I will be persistent in my efforts despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.


I will be polite, use manners, and maintain a positive attitude in all daily interactions.


I will use self-control in my actions and my interactions with others.


I will speak the truth and act truthfully with others and myself.


I will seek to help others through my words and deeds.

In the News

Governing Board

PCCA’s Governing Board plays an essential role in the school’s success through its initial leadership and ongoing oversight of the school’s operations.

Meet Our Governing Board

School Accountability Reports

The annual Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) School Public Accountability Reports (SPARs) meet ESEA’s requirement for schools and districts to provide parents with an annual school status report at the beginning of each school year.

View the School Accountability Reports