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.


Sharon Linezo Hong
Since 2017
Director, Alumna
Board Member

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

    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
Since 2019
Academic Advisor, Board Member, Alumna

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

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
Since 2009
Resident Philosopher, Advanced Studies, Alumnus

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. Harper is interested in books, chess, boring art films, the vagaries of memory, and taking things way too seriously.



Ms. Vickery June Russell
Since 2021
Mathematics and Science Teacher
Alumna,Board Member
Born into a Navy family, Ms. Vickie grew up in Pensacola. She attended SOLA under the tutelage of Mr. Holston and graduated high school in 1975. She received her AA in Liberal Arts from Pensacola State College, at that time Pensacola Junior College. From there, she received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Florida State University. Taking two years off from her educational pursuits, she taught high school chemistry and biology on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. From the islands, Ms. Vickie moved to San Francisco where she earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of San Francisco School of Law, which led her to a second island career as a Criminal Defense lawyer in Maui, Hawaii. After spending many years on the west coast, Ms. Vickie finally returned home to Pensacola. She has since taught math at Pensacola State College and science at Ferry Pass Middle School. She lives along Carpenter’s Creek with her son Wade, his best friend Bradley, her beloved dog Buddy and her troublesome cat Scamper.


Ms. Jessica Vaughn-Clark
Since 2018
Alumna, Teacher

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.




Ayla Green
Since 2021
Interdisciplinary Teacher

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.




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 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.


George Scheller
Since 2021
Co-teacher, Interdiscplinary

George was born in the tumultuous year of 1969 on January 9th in Orange County CA. His family eventually migrated to Pensacola after years of repeatedly moving from California to Louisiana. After serving in the Army at the age of 18, George settled down and made Pensacola home. George is a father, eternal student, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, fiction writer, and former chef. George graduated from Pensacola State College with an Associates degree in Education and is attaining his Bachelors in Creative Writing from the University of West Florida (2022). George enjoys gardening, exercising, and relaxing next to his Koi pond.