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. Michelle Melian

Mrs. Michelle Melian


Mrs. Michelle Melian joined Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the University of Miami, and is a Florida certified teacher in Middle Grades Math (5-9), Spanish (K-12), and the Gifted Endorsement.

Mrs. Melian brings almost 19 years of education experience to her new role as principal. She began her career as a math teacher with Miami-Dade Public Schools, where she was also a grade level team leader. In 2007, she moved to Melbourne Beach with her husband and taught math for a few years with Brevard Public Schools before advancing to a rigorous coordinator position. In this role, she gained invaluable experience managing various services, programs and events, including district and state assessments, ESOL program services, 504 student plans, career days, general student services, and various school-wide initiatives. In this role, Mrs. Melian also analyzed student performance data, facilitated professional development sessions for teachers, worked with course scheduling, and connected families in transition with needed resources and services. After 9 years in this position, she left the public school system to join the PCCA family as a K-6 Spanish teacher, where for 3 years she thoroughly enjoyed bringing the Spanish language and culture to life for our scholars. She truly believes in our vision and mission, and is immensely proud of our school and organization. Mrs. Melian is honored to be able to support our teachers, scholars, parents and administrative team as we work together to develop intelligent, virtuous American citizens.

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Mrs. Denise Forsythe

Mrs. Denise Forsythe

Assistant Principal, Elementary

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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Ms. Amy Gobeli

Ms. Amy Gobeli

Dean, Jr/Sr High School

Bio coming soon!

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Mrs. Laura Lopez

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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Mrs. Ashley Dawsey

Mrs. Ashley Dawsey

Student Services Coordinator

Biography coming soon!

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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