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. Mr. Holston had an enormous (and quite eccentric) presence in our city, and he made lasting impressions as an educational leader and trailblazer. 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.

 


Ms. Sharon Linezo Hong
Since 2017
Director, 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 is pursuing her Master’s in 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 and a collective member of Another Gulf Is Possible. Sharon enjoys bayou living with her husband, two children, a rescue dog, Cola, and a black cat named Fred.

 




Mrs. Beth Williams
Since 2007
Director of Administrative Affairs:
Student Accounts and Bookkeeping
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.

 


 

Ms. Madison Murphy
Since 2019
Academic Advisor, Board Member, Alumna
madison@pensacolasola.org

Madison grew up in the Pensacola area and briefly attended SoLA before moving to South Florida. She earned her Master’s in Art History and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Alabama (2019). Before attending UA, Madison got her Bachelor’s degree from University of West Florida in Art History and Interdisciplinary Humanities and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Pensacola State College. In addition to being SoLA’s Academic Advisor, she is also an Adjunct Instructor at Pensacola State College, where she teaches the occasional Humanities Art class, and an Educator and Public Programming Assistant at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Ms. Madison is interested in experiential learning and community building through education.

 


 

Ms. Meghann Rosciszewski
Since 2019
Records 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.


 


 

Mrs. Connie Merrill
Since 2006
Records Clerk, Administrator
connie@pensacolasola.org

Mrs. Connie is a former US Army Signals Analyst. She became Mr. Holston’s neighbor and friend in 2000. When Mrs. Holston fell ill in 2006, Mrs. Connie was asked to work for the school. She has been the Records Clerk and Administrator ever since. Mrs. Connie, her four grown children, and husband, Mr. Russ have given countless hours to help keep SoLA’s doors open for the community.

 




Mr. Travis Cummings
Since 2009
Resident Philosopher, Advanced Studies
Alumnus
travis@pensacolasola.org

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

 




Ms. Lolly Carlson
Since 2015
Alumna
Intermediate Studies
lolly@pensacolasola.org

Lolly Carlson is a Pensacola native and a SoLA graduate of 1992. Carlson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of West Florida and a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Carlson has 15 years of professional experience in journalism and communications. After living and working in New York City, she returned home to SoLA. She enjoys gardening and sewing in her spare time, as well as epic games of UNO with her students.


 

Ms. Jessica Vaughn-Clark
Since 2018
Alumna, Teacher
Jessica@pensacolasola.org

Originally hailing from Brookhaven, Mississippi, Ms. Jessica Vaughn-Clark settled in the Pensacola area in 1996. In the year 2000, she graduated from the Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts under the mentorship of Mr. Holston. She earned her Associate’s Degree from Pensacola State College and developed a career in horticulture at various farms in Santa Rosa County. Ms. Jessica is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of West Florida (2022). In 2018, she returned to SoLA to teach and works to encourage students to seek and find their passions and develop the same love of learning that was nurtured in her when she was a SoLA student.

 

 


 

Mrs. Monica Sanchez
Since 2006
Spanish I and II Teacher

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.

 

 


 



Sean Linezo
Since 2020
Alumnus, Teacher
sean@pensacolasola.org


Sean Linezo is a native of Pensacola and a graduate of the Pensacola School of Liberal Arts. He was awarded a minority scholarship as a Liberal Arts graduate and received an Associate’s degree in Philosophy and an Associate’s degree in Humanities from Pensacola State College. He went on to attain his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Florida State University. While enrolled at FSU, he studied abroad for one year in Paris, France and a year in Florence, Italy on academic scholarships. In 2014, Linezo completed a post-graduate course on Renewable Energy at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. Linezo has spent most of his adult life traveling and works primarily as an international producer for projects in Japan, Los Angeles, New York and places in between.


 


Mr. Chris Stewart
Since 2020
Teacher
chris@pensacolasola.org


Chris Stewart was born and raised in Pensacola. After a brief seven-year stint in the Air Force, he decided to pursue his interests in reading and writing by becoming an English teacher. He earned his Associate degree in Education at Pensacola State College in 2017 and graduated from University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s in English in 2019. After graduating, he got his feet wet as a substitute teacher before joining the SoLA team. When Chris isn’t spending time with his wife and young son, he likes to read fantasy novels, build models of sci-fi robots and spaceships, and play video games later at night than he probably should.