APIS strives for excellence in teaching:

  • To ensure measurable, standard-based student performances and achievements by implementing a cutting-edge curriculum and research-based instructional strategies.
  • To assemble a superb group of educators, who are not only excellent teachers but also accomplished individuals serving as role models.
  • To provide a Christ-centered, loving, and caring community that promotes students’ creativity and passion for learning.
Searching APIS Faculty
  • Kristen McCormack
    Grades 1 and 2, Counselor
    B.S. Flagler College
    Ms. McCormack received her bachelor's degree in social sciences with a minor in youth ministry and went to graduate school at Brandman University to receive her Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Before APIS, she worked as a youth pastor, helped start a swim school, and taught first and second grade at Piedmont Avenue Elementary in Oakland, California, for fifteen years. Ms. McCormack has a lot of loves: learning, students, writing, art, music, outdoors, cooking, design, culture, travel, community, and family - especially her daughter, Emma.
  • Kathy Rehfield-Pelles
    Dean of Teaching and Learning, Math
    M.Ed. Harvard University / B.S. Yale University
    Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles was most recently a superintendent for the New York City Department of Education, where she was responsible for 47 PreK to 12th grade schools and 18,000 students. Before her appointment as superintendent, she was a principal at School of the Future, a rigorous college-preparatory middle and high school in New York City. She began her career teaching math and computer science in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also in Rome, Italy. Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles majored in mathematics at Yale University and received her master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School. For high school, Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles attended United Nations International School (UNIS), a flagship international school in New York City.