Governing Board

Bylaws, Meeting Minutes, & School Improvement Plan

Meet Our Board

PCCA’s Governing Board plays an essential role in the school’s success through its initial leadership and ongoing oversight of the school’s operations. The Board is accountable for the governance of all aspects of the school and each director fully recognizes and accepts his or her responsibility for the academic performance of our students and the sustainability of the school. The Board is guided by a set of bylaws that define how the Board will operate and oversee all aspects of School activities and otherwise be fully responsible and accountable for the governance of the school. The Board acts to ensure compliance with Florida’s Charter School Law, the Sponsor’s written policies, and the terms of the Charter entered into between the Board and the Sponsor.

Lisa Wheeler (Board President) – Mrs. Wheeler is a founding member of the Palm Bay location and has worked closely with the administrative team, instructional staff, Barney Charter School Initiative, and the governing board to ensure a successful launch in the school’s beginning years. Mrs. Wheeler taught for 15 years in Florida public schools prior to joining the administrative team at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in 2015.

Shakira Guice (Board Member) -Ms. Guice has worked in public post-secondary education for over ten years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University and is nearing completion on a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Webster University. Ms. Guice has vast experience in educational program planning and working with students and parents from diverse populations. Ms. Guice will advise the board on program planning, student and parent engagement, and staff relations.

Mike Contreras (Board Member) – Mr. Contreras has nearly 10 years’ experience in commercial banking and is nearing completion of a master’s degree in business administration and leadership. Mr. Contreras has vast experience in commercial audits and both state and federal compliance issues as well as human resources and staff training and will advise the board in these areas.

Nicole Silvestri (Parent Liaison)- Parents should follow the grievance procedure in the Family/Student Handbook. Should a parent need to file a grievance with the Board, the parent liaison shall facilitate the process. Ms. Silvestri can be contacted by e-mail here.

The Board works as a collective entity to supervise governance matters of the school. No single member of the Board has the authority to make decisions for the Board as a whole. The Board has an e-mail address at [email protected], but all matters must be addressed during a Board meeting or via a collective decision-making process.

Bylaws/Meeting Minutes

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s Governing Board bylaws govern the processes and duties of the Board. PCCA’s Governing Board bylaws are accessible here.


Out of Field Teachers

View our teachers who are in board-approved positions as out of field teachers for the 2021-2022 school year pursuant to F.S. 1012.42.

School Improvement Plan

Click to view Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne’s current School Improvement Plan (SIP).

School Grade

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is a State of Florida B-rated school for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here for the FLDOE School Grades website. Click here for our Academic Performance Summary. Please note school grades were not issued for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.

Child Abuse Reporting

Click here for PCCA’s Child Abuse Reporting guidelines. All citizens in the state of Florida are mandatory reporters.


Fortify FL

Fortify FL is the state of Florida’s anonymous tip reporting tool. Download the app to report any suspicious activity or call the Speak Out Hotline at 1 (800) 423-TIPS.

Management Company

PCCA West Melbourne is contracted with Classical Education Management, LLC, for management services. E-mail CEM President John Moran here.