About: Pastor Free was born in Ohio, and grew up in Wisconsin. Pastor Free and his wife, Kristin, have 3 children: Clay (8), Aaron (5), and JoJo (3)—Aaron and JoJo attend RSA! They enjoy spending time as a family swimming, playing sports, and hanging out with friends. Pastor Free has servedI at Risen Savior as the Pastor since 2016, and loves sharing the good news of Jesus with our church and school families!
Educational Background: Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Martin Luther College in 2009, and a Masters of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2013.
Dates at RSA: 2016—Present
Position: Director and Word of God Teacher
About: Miss Ginés grew up in sunny Merritt Island, Florida. She has been passionate about early childhood education since before her collegiate days and loves sharing her knowledge with others, whether as a teacher in the classroom or out in the community. Miss Ginés enjoys music, playing her violin professionally in orchestras and small chamber ensembles in Florida, reading, writing, dancing, performing professionally with Irish dance and fiddly playing, history, traveling, cooking, and snuggling her Chihuahua, Bella Grace.
Educational Background: Miss Ginés has a Music Education degree from Florida Southern College, an Early Childhood Degree and a Master’s of Educational Instruction with emphasis in early childhood from Martin Luther College. She has over a decade of experience in being a director and teaching in the classroom from preschool age up to collegiate education. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in early childhood education.
Dates at RSA: 2020-Present
Position: VPK Teaching Assistant
About: Mrs. Ward was born and raised here in Florida and has never left the sunshine. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree and Florida State University for graduate school. Her and her husband, Tyler, have two daughters, Lily (6) and Lana (4). Her favorite things to do are read and make fun crafts! She can’t say no to a game of charades or a cup of coffee and always thinks laughter is the best medicine. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and knows God has a wonderful plan for each of your children and she’s excited to be a part of it.
Educational Background: University of Florida, BS in Sociology with a minor in Elementary Education and a MSM-RMI from Florida State University
Dates at RSA: 2021- Present
Position: Lead Teacher for the 3’s Classroom
About: Mrs. Rateni is originally from suburbs of Chicago. She attended Elmhurst College in Illinois. After graduating, she and her husband moved to Sarasota. They reside in Parrish with their two children, Damon (5) and Rae (4) and our forever puppy, Ava (10). Aside from teaching, home design, décor, and DIY is something Mrs. Rateni enjoys.
Educational Background: Mrs. Rateni graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Concordia University Chicago with a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Rateni taught Grades 3, 4, 5 for seven years before resigning to stay home to raise my children. While staying home, Mrs. Rateni taught English courses to non-native speakers online for two years, as well as private tutoring.
Dates at RSA: This marks my first year!