Laura White joined The Geneva School first grade team in 2017. She attended The Geneva School from 2005–2007 for her sixth and seventh grade years before her family moved to Gainesville. Laura began her teaching career in Alachua County teaching third grade in a local public school before returning to Geneva, this time as a teacher.
Laura graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in ESOL and reading. While completing her degree, she worked with children at the Boys and Girls Club and completed her internship in a first grade classroom at Roberts Elementary School in Leon County. She was also a part of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at FSU and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. It has been a passion of Laura’s to teach in a Christian classical school, and she is thrilled to a part of the faculty at The Geneva School.
Laura enjoys traveling, Disney, immersing herself in a good book, horseback riding, and being outdoors.
Amber Wilder joined The Geneva School first grade team in 2018. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Liberty University with concentrations in English and psychology. While at Liberty, Amber was a cheerleader, a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Educators, a dorm prayer leader, and on the dean’s list. Amber also received the Student Teacher of the Year award her senior year. She began her teaching career at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee teaching fourth grade and coaching the varsity cheerleading team. While there, Amber met and married the love of her life, Nathan Wilder. After teaching for four years, Amber became a stay-at-home mom to her children: Reese, Macey, Lexie, and Daisy May. In 2010, Amber went back to school and earned her master’s in education from Liberty University with a focus in administration and supervision in 2012. Before coming to Geneva, Amber taught the lower school enrichment program at The Master’s Academy as well as sixth grade English.
The Wilder family has been in the Central Florida area since 2006, and they are so glad God has called them here. Amber’s husband Nathan wears many hats in the community. He teaches Bible at The Master’s Academy in addition to coaching their middle school football team. He works bi-vocationally as a pastor, leading University Baptist Church. Amber and her husband spend a good deal of their time watching their children participate in their various activities (football, cheerleading, baseball, softball, and musicals), and they also love spending as much time as they can at the beach.
James Williams retired from active duty US Marine Corp in 1995 after twenty years of service. He later earned a BA in History from UCF (2000), a BA in Ministry from International College of Ministry (2008), and worked for Orange County Public Schools for fourteen years before retiring in 2018. Coach Williams coached cross country and track at Oak Ridge High for six years and at Trinity Preparatory School for nine years. He currently serves as a deacon and volunteers in the family care team ministry at the Hope Church of Orlando.
Coach Williams ran track and played football in high school, and began running 5K road races while in the military. Coaching is his passion and he is honored to have the opportunity to prepare young people to excel in their endeavors through the lessons learned as a member of the cross country and track teams. The ability to be on time, to work with a diverse group of people to achieve a common goal, to believe in yourself, and to accept the outcome (whatever it is) when you have done your best are character traits he wants our young athletes to learn and value throughout their life.
Naomi Wise feels that teaching middle schoolers is her God-given calling, and she is grateful for the opportunity to fulfill this vocation at The Geneva School. Naomi has been teaching her beloved seventh and eighth graders since 2004. Educated in South Africa, Naomi has her BA from the University of South Africa and a Higher Diploma of Education from the University of Natal. Naomi taught at Sandton High School in Johannesburg for one year before moving to the USA. She taught English at St. John’s Academy in Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine for five years. One year of homeschooling preceded her arrival at TGS. Naomi was the upper school recipient of The Geneva School 2014 Paideia Award, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching.
Naomi treasures family, friends, and fine food. She also loves stories—both in reading good books and in telling her own; one day she will pen her stories of students, South Africa, and snakes. Travelling with her family to see her siblings who live in four different countries, and documenting her trips with copious photos occupies her spare time when she is not devouring the Wall Street Journal.
Ron Wood began working with Geneva’s girls golf team in 2018. He views his coaching and mentoring of the girls as an extension of his ministry as a full-time associate pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Orlando. Ron earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with an emphasis in sports broadcasting from the University of Florida in 1997. He also earned an associate’s degree in golf management from The Golf Academy of America in 1999 and is pursuing certification as a professional golf teacher from the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Ron is currently enrolled at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary where he is seeking a MA in Pastoral Studies. He has been married to his wife Sabrina since October 2002. They have one daughter Selah ’30, whom they adopted from Armenia in 2014.
Elizabeth has been the accountant at Geneva since 2002. She received her BS in Accounting from Florida Southern College.
Elizabeth and her husband Tim are native Floridians and have been married since 1979. They have two daughters, Erin and Sarah. Erin and her husband Jason live in Jacksonville with their son Wesley and two dogs, Jewels and Maize. Sarah lives in Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth and Tim attend Grace Church Oviedo. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, FSU football, and especially being Gram”E” to Wesley and the grand dogs.