About Us

Rosewood Academy is a private preschool serving the needs of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, including Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK). We have two locations in Jacksonville, Florida: Bartram Park, near I-95, and San Pablo, directly across from the Mayo Clinic.

At Rosewood, you’ll find management and teachers who are passionate about early childhood education. We strive always to love our children well, keep them safe and make every interaction a “teaching” moment. This is expressed in how we talk to your child, how we encourage interaction between students, and how we model good behavior by treating every child with dignity.

What sets Rosewood Academy apart?

  • A clean, safe learning environment for your child.
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and two snacks, including organic milk, fresh fruits and vegetables (morning snack for parents, too).
  • New experiences for your child through in house field trips.
  • Classroom transitions tailored to your child’s development.

Plus, our schools have maintained consistent NECPA accreditation. We’re not your typical Jacksonville daycare! Our students advance to kindergarten ready to learn.

Jodi Nesmith

Jodi Nesmith

Area Director, Rosewood Academy

Jodi has been with Rosewood Academy since our first school opened in 2012. She has been a VPK teacher, Lead Teacher and was in the three-year-old classroom before being promoted into management. Jodi was named Director of Bartram Park and in 2019 was promoted to Area Director. Prior to our school, she gained a wide variety of experience in childcare while working in California and other centers in Florida. She attended First Coast Technical Institute and received her CDA as well as her Director’s Credential. Our children and their families adore Ms. Jodi and our teachers and staff thrive under her leadership.

Fun Facts about Ms. Jodi: She loves riding Harley motorcycles with her husband (she calls it “wind therapy”) and she also collects seashells. Rumor has it she has more shells than containers to hold them!

Magan Lowery

Assistant Director, Rosewood Academy Bartram Park

Magan started at Rosewood Academy of Bartram Park as a lead teacher before accepting the offer to move into management. Her passion for children was sparked while working at the YMCA in high school and she later pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining our preschool, Magan was the Camp Coordinator for “Camp I Am Special” for children and adults with disabilities. She also received her B.A. in Psychology from Belmont Abbey College. Magan is happily married to Logan and their son Hunter is a VPK graduate of Rosewood Academy. They are ecstatic to have their two-year-old daughter Ella as a student at Rosewood Academy as well.

Fun Fact about Ms. Magan: She collects Celine Dion music and has been a fan since she was 13.

Magan Lowery
Hannah Rogers

Hannah Rogers

Assistant Director, Rosewood Academy Bartram Park

Hannah joined the Rosewood Academy team in 2014. She served as a lead teacher of two-and three-year-olds, as well as VPK, and also proved herself by jumping in to cover for teachers of other age groups. Hannah entered our Assistant In Management (AIM) training program in March of 2019 and earned a promotion to Assistant Director in January 2020. She holds a Directors Credential Level 1, VPK endorsed, and a CDA.

Fun Fact about Hannah: Hannah was accepted to the police academy and attended for a brief time. Her other love: animal rescue, which runs in her family.

Jennifer Rainbolt

Director of Education, Rosewood Academy Jacksonville

Jennifer joined the Rosewood Academy team in 2018. She has her AA degree as well as her CDA and Director’s Credential. Jennifer has been in the child care field for 15 years, with most of that time spent teaching VPK. She first became interested in child care while in high school, after working with special needs infants. Ms. Jennifer’s love for teaching and caring for children continued to grow, leading her to the role of Director for San Pablo, in addition to providing curriculum development and teacher training for both of our Jacksonville schools. In her new role as the Director of Education, Jennifer can now assure our children have every opportunity to reach their maximum potential through a solid preschool experience.

Fun Fact about Jennifer: Jennifer is a Sports fanatic!

Jennifer Rainbolt
Kristine Threet

Kristine Threet

Director, Rosewood Academy San Pablo

Kristine has 22 years of experience working with children, primarily as the lead teacher in the twos, threes, and four-year-old classrooms. She also has a degree in Early Childhood Development and served as the director of a preschool for 15 years before joining Rosewood Academy. Kristine is a native of Connecticut and relocated to Jacksonville with her husband in 2003. They are the proud parents of four busy children.

Fun Fact about Kristine: Her “guilty pleasure” is playing Candy Crush…which she can do for hours!

Cathy Hemphill

Assistant Director, Rosewood Academy San Pablo

Cathy started her career in early childhood education more than 20 years ago. She has enjoyed 14 years as a Lead VPK teacher and has worked in preschool management, including for the U.S. Army in Virginia Beach, VA. Cathy loves children — she has three of her own, as well as nine grandchildren. We’re thrilled to have Cathy as part of our Rosewood Academy family!

Fun Fact about Cathy: She is an adrenaline junkie.  Cathy has been sky diving, loves roller coasters and has even done cliff jumping.

Cathy Hemphill
Liz Marscheck

Liz Marscheck

Assistant Director of Communications, Rosewood Academy San Pablo

Liz has been a part of the Rosewood Academy family as a parent since 2014. She joined our team as a VPK teacher in 2015 and soon after accepted the offer to move into management. Liz’s love for children started during her high school years through a volunteer mentorship program. She went on to earn a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Education from Baylor University. Prior to joining Rosewood Academy, Liz was a Marketing and Communications coordinator and she is thrilled to be able to utilize those skills along with loving your children.

Fun Fact about Liz: She is an avid crafter and has been sewing since childhood. (You’ll see her designs around the school!)

Jennifer Rainbolt

Director of Education, Rosewood Academy Jacksonville

Jennifer joined the Rosewood Academy team in 2018. She has her AA degree as well as her CDA and Director’s Credential. Jennifer has been in the child care field for 15 years, with most of that time spent teaching VPK. She first became interested in child care while in high school, after working with special needs infants. Ms. Jennifer’s love for teaching and caring for children continued to grow, leading her to the role of Director for San Pablo, in addition to providing curriculum development and teacher training for both of our Jacksonville schools. In her new role as the full-time Director of Education, Jennifer can now assure our children have every opportunity to reach their maximum potential through a solid preschool experience.

Fun Fact about Jennifer: She is a Sports fanatic!

Jennifer Rainbolt