Mrs. Batzel joined the Island Prep Family 8 years ago when her son Ben became a student in our Preschool. With her background in the Public School District HR department and years of business management she was unsure of where her life path would lead her when she was ready to go back into the working world. She soon started working part-time in the classrooms and then in the office where she realized she had found her calling once again. Mrs. Batzel quickly became our director at Green Whale Preschool and then two years ago moved to the Elementary School. She has worked hard to foster strong bonds between the teachers, bring together the Island Prep families, and encourage them all to be involved and to keep the teachers and parents enthusiastic about education.
Her husband Brian and her children Ben and Reid who are now in our Elementary school have all had their hand in making our school great and though they do not have family in Florida, each one of them feels Island Prep and its teachers and families are an extension of their own. Mrs. Batzel feels that the community of St. Augustine is where she was always meant to live, though she grew up in Pennsylvania. She feels Island Prep is where she was meant to work as well. “Fate works in mysterious ways, but this school has changed my family’s life, it is an extension of this wonderful community in which we live.”
Mrs. Batzel will continue her efforts to oversee all that Island Prep has to offer with the help of the amazing staff to ensure that every child gets the best of what our program has to offer.