The SoLA Team

We are teachers, administrators, and staff members dedicated to carrying the founder, Mr. Holston’s, legacy and educational mission of SoLA into the present day. For over 50 years, SoLA has been one of the only non-sectarian high schools along the Gulf Coast panhandle at the Florida/ Alabama border. In honor of Mr. Holston and the next generations of alumni, we commit to operating SoLA as an intentionally small community of learners aspiring to meet the needs of the 21 century student.

 



Sharon Linezo Hong (she/her)
Since 2017
Interim Head of School, Alumna, Board Member
Sharon@pensacolasola.org


Sharon Linezo Hong graduated from SoLA in 1998, then worked with Mr. Holston on numerous projects on his sailboats and around the schoolhouse. She developed many of her values and thoughts on education, self-knowledge, and self-reliance during philosophical conversations with Mr. Holston. Sharon left the old schoolhouse to live and learn in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University (2015) and studied Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus in Social Justice from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. After 15 years, Sharon returned to her hometown to help build inclusive educational spaces in the deep south. She is a founding board member of the educational non-profit, School House 4 Reimagining Education. Sharon enjoys bayou living with her husband, two children, a rescue dog, Cola, and a black cat named Fred.

 




Mrs. Beth Williams (she/her)
Since 2007
Director of Finances, President/Treasurer of The Board
Beth@pensacolasola.org

   
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mrs. Beth moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1998. While working for an accounting firm in 2002, she met Mrs. Bea Holston and became quick friends of the Holston family. Mrs. Beth started working for Mr. Holston in 2007 after the unfortunate passing of Mrs. Bea. Mrs. Beth has been a vital member of the SoLA community ever since. She does the accounting work, scholarships, maintenance and pretty much has been willing to wear many hats.

 


 


Madison Murphy (she/her)
Since 2019
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Board Member, Alumna
Madison@pensacolasola.org

Madison grew up in the Pensacola area and briefly attended SoLA before moving to South Florida. Madison is currently finishing her Master’s of Education in Independent School Leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Before returning to SoLA, she earned her M.A. in Art History and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Alabama (2019). Madison also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Art History and Interdisciplinary Humanities (2017) and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts (2015) from Pensacola State College. In addition to being SoLA’s Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, she is an Adjunct Instructor at Pensacola State College, where she teaches the occasional Humanities Art class, and an Educator at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Madison is interested in student-directed learning models and community building through education.

 


 


Ms. Meghann Rosciszewski (she/her)
Since 2019
Office Manager
Meghann@pensacolasola.org

Ms. Meghann is a loving mother of two boys. Born in Pensacola and raised in New London, CT, she returned to Florida and has lived in Gulf Breeze since 1993. Ms. Meghann has an eclectic work history in Management and child-care. She joined the SoLA team and brings her expertise in human resources and event planning.


 

Harper Cummings (she/her)
Since 2009
Director of Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Teacher, Alumna
Harper@pensacolasola.org


Harper Cummings is the lead teacher for 11th and 12th grade students. A SoLA alumni, Harper holds an Associate’s degree from Pensacola State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida. She is interested in books, chess, boring art films, the vagaries of memory, and taking things way too seriously.

 

 

 

 


 

Ayla Green (she/her)
Since 2021
Interdisciplinary Teacher
Ayla@pensacolasola.org

Ayla has lived in Pensacola since 1994. She graduated from the University of West Florida achieving her Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Cello Performance (2015) and Master’s degree in Political Science (2017). While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Ayla spent an extra semester abroad studying World War II history in France, Germany, and parts of Eastern Europe. Ayla has experience teaching American Government with Pensacola State College and is currently an adjunct professor of American Politics with the Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government at the University of West Florida. When she is not teaching, she performs cello professionally around the Gulf Coast and volunteer coaches with local student orchestras. While at home, Ayla enjoys testing internet recipes on her spouse and 3 bonus children, as well as spoiling her 3 cats, Lady Sundae, Sir Waffles, and Mr. Tater Tot.

 

 


 

Dr. Bryan Oakes (he/him)
Since 2022
Interdisciplinary Teacher
Bryan@pensacolasola.org

Bryan has spent most of his life in Pensacola and is now raising his two children here. Bryan has most recently been an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Grand Canyon University and a substitute teacher for the Escambia County School district. Previously, Bryan was a Safety Officer for the Escambia County School district, where he oversaw the health, safety, and emergency management for all staff and students. Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, a Masters’s of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management, and a Doctorate in Health Science specializing in Global Health. Over the last few years, he opened a Health, Safety, and Wellness business providing health and safety services for the community. In his spare time, he loves exercising, triathlons, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

 

 


 

Justice Hall (he/him)
Since 2022
Interdisciplinary Teacher
Justice@pensacolasola.org

Justice is a Louisiana native. He has a BA in Theater Arts from Southern University and A&M College. He has lived and traveled all over the world — military and personal. He returned to the Pensacola area in 2021 after five years in Turkey, where he taught English at a private school and a language institute. Additionally, he taught English online to students in China and Russia. His teaching philosophy is, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes show that you tried, and trying leads to growth and learning.

 

 


 


Mrs. Monica Sanchez (she/her)
Since 2006
Spanish I and II Teacher
Msanchez@pensacolasola.org


Mrs. Monica Sanchez has been teaching Spanish I & II at SoLA since 2006. She was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. She graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 1989 with a Bachelor degree in Early childhood Education. In 1992 she attained a degree in Educational Supervision from The World Council for Curriculum & Instruction that was studied at Mayor University of Chile. She was studying Psicopedagogy at Central University of Chile when she got married and moved to the United States. She has been living in Pensacola since 2005 with her husband, daughter, and Leon y Kika their dog and cat. She loves to spend her time with her family and friends cooking, dancing and laughing.

 

 


 

Christopher Pitts (he/him)
Since 2021
Educational Assistant, TED Talk Director, Alumnus
Pitts@pensacolasola.org

An ever learning student of the world, Christopher Pitts, (2019 SoLA Alumni) has begun to etch his way from student to teacher by becoming an Educational Assistant and TED Talk Program Director. When not on campus his focus is aligned towards earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and making as much of a ripple as possible in the realms of music and social activism.