Head of School
It is a privilege to serve as the Head of School at Grace. I am passionate about providing an environment that is both academically challenging and spiritually encouraging. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on history and government and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.
I taught at both the middle school and high school level from 1993 - 1997 and served as the Director of a church-affiliated Early Learning Program from 1999 - 2005. Our family relocated to Jacksonville in 2006, and I was offered a position as the Director of the Extended Day program at St. Mark's Episcopal Day School. In 2013, I returned to the classroom teaching social studies to 5th and 6th grade students.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, and I am actively involved with Young Life, an inter-denominational Christian outreach to middle school and high school students.
Martha (Moppy) McGee
Director of Admissions
Melissa Van Horn
Director of Development and Communications
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Florida, and I hold a current Florida teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education. This is my 9th year teaching. I have experience in kindergarten through third grade.
I have been married for 21 years. I have a daughter who attends Florida State University and a son who is a Senior in high school. I love teaching at Grace and am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Hello! I am thrilled to be a part of the Grace Episcopal Day School family. I am a Georgia native and a graduate of Georgia Southern University, but now a proud Floridian. My college sweetheart and I have three children. Some of my favorite activities include reading (especially children’s books), learning about the past, taking walks with my dog, dining out and trying new cuisines, and exploring Florida. After teaching for seventeen years, first grade has become one of my favorite grades to teach. This can be a special year in a child’s learning to see the growth that takes place while recognizing their unique gifts and talents.
I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. During my teaching career, I have taught children in preschool through third grade in Georgia and Florida. I have been part of the GEDS faculty since 2011, but have been part of the Grace family as a parent since 2007. I absolutely love teaching second grade and guiding my students to become lifelong readers and learners.
After taking a year off to care for my father, I feel truly blessed to be back home with the wonderful students, families, and faculty at Grace. I have been married for 24 years. We have one daughter, Mary, who attended Grace from PK3 - 8th grade. She will be attending the University of Miami this fall. I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, and exploring all of Florida's natural beauty.
I attended the University of Georgia and received a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I have teaching experience in grades first through fifth. Although I am originally from Georgia, I have taught in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. I joined the faculty of Grace Episcopal Day School in the spring of 2014.
I have a daughter named Mimi. I enjoy cooking and reading to Mimi. We share a love for animals and have four dogs and two cats. I also enjoy tennis, riding horses, and walking.
Melissa Van Horn
5th & 6th Language Arts and Social Studies
5th & 6th Math and Science
I am excited to be teaching 5th and 6th grade science and math. I have the privilege to teach my favorite subjects this year. I have worked with preschool through teenagers in school setting as well as in the medical field.
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. The following year, I completed my internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando to become a Registered Dietitian. My most rewarding dietitian position was working for a Pediatric Endocrinologist, as I helped educate children and their families with Type 1 diabetes.
My husband and I, along with our two children moved to the Orange Park area in 2011. I have had the opportunity to serve in educational settings and have learned that I enjoyed teaching others. I have developed a passion to work with children and to see them grow. l look forward to a great year at Grace.
7th & 8th Math and Science
7th & 8th Language Arts and Social Studies
Librarian, Preschool through 6th Grade
Spanish Instructor, Preschool through 8th Grade
PE Teacher and Athletic Director
Hi! My name is Emma Corfield, and I am the PE teacher and Athletic Director at Grace Episcopal. I graduated from University of North Florida with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I absolutely love working with children, and I have a passion for creating a positive, active, and loving environment for them. Kindness, respect, and love will always be my number one priority. I know we are going to have a great year!
Teaching Assistant, PK4
Christian Education, 3rd - 8th
Music and Art Instructor for Preschool and Kindergarten; Christian Education Instructor for Preschool through 2nd grade
I was raised in Richmond, VA. I attended college at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. and transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music. I’ve been involved in education for over thirty plus years teaching Kindergarten through High School in both public and private school settings. I love teaching and touching the lives of others.
I’m married to Joe Porfidio and have three adult children, Courtney, David, Troy (my son in law) and adorable grandsons, Sterling will turn nine years old and Miles (who just started at Grace), will be five years old in September. We have two new additions to our home, Sadie Grace, a beautiful chocolate lab, five years old who came to live with us this past July, and of course our Duchess Ann, a silver black Labrador, now one year old, that my husband absolutely fell in love with in December of last year. Both girls love to play and have snacks. We've had Labradors for over twenty six years and love our labs. Our family loves to have big Italian meals, play board games, go to the club pool, the beach, and play golf.
I'm Children's Ministry Director over PK 3 through sixth grade at Resurrection Anglican Church in Jacksonville, where my husband is the Rector. One of my great joys has been to serve the church in children’s ministry as a teacher and children’s pastor.
Enhanced Learning, Pre-Algebra Teacher, STEM Teacher
I have been happily teaching at Grace Episcopal Day School since 2005. I have taught grades 4-8 here, and I currently coordinate our Enhanced Learning Program, which supports PK3-8th grade. I am excited to continue offering STEM classes to grades 4-8.
I received my M.S. degree from FSU in Exceptional Student Education. Since then, I’ve received a Math Endorsement for grades 5-9, as well as a Reading Endorsement. I am certified in the LiPS method, a multi-modality program that helps children with reading, spelling, and speech. I am also trained in Seeing Stars which develops symbol imagery, Orton-Gillingham, which supports literacy, and Visualizing and Verbalizing which builds concept imagery. I have also received training in On Cloud Nine, which addresses math visualization.
I married my college sweetheart many years ago, and we've raised three beautiful daughters together. Now we enjoy visiting them and our grand-children out west. We spend much of our free time kayaking, hiking, or combing the beach for shark’s teeth.