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.
Mrs. Erika Lucarotti
After fourteen years in education, Mrs. Lucarotti has joined Pineapple Cove Classical Academy as Principal. She comes to PCCA-WM with a variety of different experiences. Mrs. Lucarotti has served as an assistant principal, guidance counselor, Exceptional Student Education teacher for grades 1, 3 and 4, and a general education teacher for grades K, 1 and 2.
Mrs. Lucarotti has an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s degree in School Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Lucarotti is professionally certified in School Principal-All Levels, Educational Leadership-All Levels, Exceptional Student Education K-12, School Counseling PreK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and PreK-Primary Education Age 3-Grade 3.
Mrs. Lucarotti’s vision is to build a community which focuses on utilizing individual strengths to create the best learning environment possible. She believes that TOGETHER we will continue to build virtuous and intelligent scholars.
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Mrs. Ashley Dawsey
Biography coming soon!
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Mrs. Denise Forsythe
Mrs. Forsythe is a founding faculty at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy. She taught first grade and Exceptional Student Education (ESE) at the Palm Bay campus. Mrs. Forsythe transferred to the West Melbourne campus in the 2018-2019 school year and continued her teaching practice as an ESE teacher. Subsequently, she accepted the role of Student Services Coordinator. As an administrator, Mrs. Forsythe’s approach to leadership and student learning exemplifies PCCA’s core beliefs.
Mrs. Forsythe has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and currently pursues a doctoral degree in Reading, Literacy, and Curriculum. Mrs. Forsythe is professionally certified in Elementary Education K-6, ESOL K-12, Exceptional Education K-12, and Reading K-12.
As an educator dedicated to promoting deep learning through literacy development, Mrs. Forsythe works closely with teachers and stakeholders in various student services programs to facilitate the continuum of rich learning experiences through the classical learning model. In fulfilling her different roles, Mrs. Forsythe stays committed to PCCA’s mission and vision by providing support, mentorship, and guidance to the students and teachers in our school community.
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Mr. Andrew Hoppenbrouwer
Dean of Students
Mr. Hoppenbrouwer is excited for his first year at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in West Melbourne as the Dean of Students. Mr. Hoppenbrouwer was raised in Brevard County and graduated from Satellite High School before attending Florida State University. He graduated in 2010 from the College of Education with his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. He began teaching high school social studies at Heritage High School and Satellite High School. After he finished his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida, he transitioned into school administration as a Dean of Students at Merritt Island High School from 2019-2021, and as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at James Madison Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year.
In his free time, Mr. Hoppenbrouwer spends his time with his wife, Jessica, and his two sons, Henry and Teddy. He enjoys playing lacrosse, reading and rooting for the Seminoles!
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Mrs. Laura Lopez
Student Services Coordinator
Mrs. Laura Lopez is a Florida certified teacher in Elementary Education (K-6), Exceptional Student Education (K-12), and holds her Reading Endorsement (K-12). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Education for Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. She began her pineapple journey in August 2016, teaching Exceptional Student Education for both the Palm Bay and West Melbourne PCCA campuses. In January 2022, Mrs. Lopez transitioned from teaching middle school ESE, joining the PCCA administrative team as Student Services Coordinator in which she collaborates with teachers, support staff, and parents to support the academic, social/emotional, and behavioral needs of our scholars. This will be her fourteenth year working in the public school system and her seventh year with Pineapple Cove Classical Academy.
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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
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.
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.