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Our Mission

To foster multilingualism, embrace diversity, and inspire children to work for a just and sustainable planet through a program rich in the arts.

Our Founding team and governing board

Bennett Zamoff

Bennett Zamoff is the founder of Tampa Bay International School. Bennett is an experienced educator who is passionate about language immersion as best practice in fostering bilingualism. Bennett has taught in a number of schools throughout the Washington, DC area, in Ecuador, and in Tampa Bay. Bennett’s graduate and professional interest and expertise center on first and second language acquisition and immersion education in the United States and Canada. Bennett is also a strong proponent of arts integration as a vital component of a rigorous academic program. Bennett holds masters degrees in Education K-8 and Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in TESOL. He is a recipient of the 4.0 Schools Essentials Fellowship as the founder of Tampa Bay International School. Bennett believes strongly in bilingualism as a necessary tool for all global citizens. He is the proud father of two small children whom he and his wife are raising to be culturally competent, empathetic, and bilingual world citizens.

Dr. Vonzell Agosto

Dr. Vonzell Agosto is an associate professor of curriculum studies in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of South Florida. Her research agenda focuses on curriculum leadership and anti-oppressive education for adults and youth with an emphasis on issues related to race, gender, and dis/ability. In pursuing this line of inquiry she considers the role of technology, ethics, arts, aesthetics, and culture (ethnic, popular, material). She has published articles in Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, and the Journal of School Leadership.

Virginia Chacon

A native of Uruguay, Virginia Chacon is a licensed Realtor specializing in providing assistance to first-time home buyers. She is also a part-time private Spanish tutor, and a mother of two young children. Prior to moving to Florida in 2011, Virginia worked at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, DC. Virginia is a strong proponent of multicultural education, diverse schools, and helping children form a global mindset that allows them to understand multiple perspectives of issues and appreciate the diverse cultures that make up our world.

Erika Lopez

A native of Chicago, Erika Lopez is a mother of three with a profession in dental healthcare. Erika holds a BA in Communications/Marketing but her passion is working within her community, where she has been active for the past decade. Erika has served as a board member and vice chair of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and is currently a Political Action Chairwoman for the NAACP St. Petersburg Branch, educating the community about the political process through voter registration, public events and candidate forums. Erika has earned the NAACP Presidential Award for Excellence in Service. Growing up bilingual in English and Spanish, Erika believes in an intellectual as well as a cultural advantage in education that she very much desires for her own three children, and would love to help bring to children throughout Tampa Bay.

Our location

We are located at 1685 S. Belcher Rd. Clearwater, FL 33764.

Donation request

Donations to Tampa Bay International School help pay for everything from musical instruments to microscopes. They enable our faculty and staff to participate in valuable professional development opportunities. And they make it possible for us to offer tuition on a sliding scale, in order to bring our school the socioeconomic diversity that is a cornerstone of our program.