Mrs. Michelle Knapp, Principal
Michelle Knapp is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida. She began her teaching career at EuGene Butler Middle School in downtown Jacksonville, FL designing their first foreign language curriculum. She went on to teach at the high school level, teaching all levels of Spanish including International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes. She became an assistant principal of curriculum at Orange Park High School in Clay County, FL, a school which had over 2,700 students at that time. During her time at Orange Park High, Mrs. Knapp designed several student programs which were implemented throughout Clay County. Following her time at Orange Park High, Mrs. Knapp became the inaugural Vice Principal at Oakleaf High School, participating in the construction, instructional design and operational design of the school. In 2013, she was named Clay County’s Assistant Principal of the Year and then went on to become one of three finalists for the Florida Department of Education’s Assistant principal of the Year award.
Mrs. Knapp is currently the inaugural principal at Virtue Arts and Science Academy, and all girls charter school in Jacksonville, FL.
Mrs. Abby Neal, Dean of Scholars
I am Mrs. Abby Neal, Dean of Scholars, and I am from Cleveland, Ohio. The Buckeye State and home of the NCAA Big 10 Football Champions, The Ohio State Buckeyes. I have a wonderful family of six, which includes my husband, my two girls and my two boys, and myself. I attended Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. I played basketball and track while managing my studies. I earned my bachelor degree in Chemistry. After a few years working with young kids. I decided to earn my teaching certificate at the University of North Florida. Then I taught and coached for five years in Duval County. I returned back to my home to teach and coach, then I earned my Master’s degree in Leadership at Cambridge College in Boston, MA.
I have been in education for many years. I have worked in high schools that were in rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods. These high schools have been in Ohio and Florida. I have truly enjoyed the different lives I have touched in the variety of schools. It has been a great experience watching students mature and graduate. I look forward to the scholars of Virtue maturing and graduating too. I am excited to be a part of a SISTER culture. Our scholars are going to take this world into the next millennium. I know this will be possible because “All things through Christ are possible.”