About Us

Our School’s Story

Judie Batt-Yarnell and Roy Yarnell founded the Batt School in 1994. The school provides educational programs in a comfortable and stimulating setting enabling each child to develop to his or her fullest academic, social, and emotional potential. We guide our students toward becoming good citizens, kind and honest human beings, and responsible leaders. Our small class sizes enable us to provide maximum acceleration of curriculum and address the individual spirit of each child. Our goal is to create an environment where children develop a love of learning. In a small, nurturing educational environment, children will develop empathy, thoughtfulness, and consideration for others. They will develop the ability to form and nurture friendships, and learn honesty when dealing with themselves and others. Effective leaders are molded by self-discipline, appreciation of the value of hard work, and the ensuing sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. We are dedicated to the continuous pursuit of excellence in education for each child with whom we are entrusted.



The teachers at The Batt School hold degrees from a variety of colleges and universities throughout the country, with many holding Master’s Degrees in their field of instruction. All elementary school teachers are fully certified. All of our faculty offer guidance and support to students, with special focus given to each individual child.

Shihan Albert A. Andrews Bio

Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Land Surveying from the University of the West indies, Faculty of Engineering;  1988

6th Degree Black Belt in the Don Jitsu Ryu System with over 30 years international teaching experience. Teaching the subject of Martial Arts at the The Batt school since 2005. Owner and Head Instructor of the Purple Dragon Karate Dojo in Tequesta Florida. Owner of ZenTao Artist Studio specializing in Oriental Brush painting and Landscape Oils in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Angelina O. Gallesi 

Originally from Perú, Angelina graduated in 2008 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She obtained a degree in Italian with a double minor in Spanish and International Studies. She studied a semester abroad at the University of Urbino, Italy in 2006, as well as the Université de Franch-Comté in Besançon, France during the summer and fall of 2007. She is fluent in four languages, and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Arts in Foreign Language with concentration in Spanish.

Joseph Bustani

BS Finance & Marketing Cum Laude, MBA Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Equivalent 2nd Masters Varying Exceptionalities (FAU).

Certifications: Special Ed. 6-12, Elementary K-6, Business Ed., Reading Endorsement Level 4.

Teaching Specialities: Algebra, Biology, Social Studies, World History, American History, Language Arts, Literature, Business Math, Real Estate, and Bible.

Evelyn Evans

Evelyn Evans graduated from Vanderbilt University with a MEd. in Elementary Education. She has over 15 years of experience and specializes in the areas of Language Arts and Gifted Education. She also has four children of her own ranging in ages from 10-18.

Kelli Dreier

Kelli is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Maryland.  She is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She also earned my Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to The Supreme Court of New Jersey as an Attorney at Law in 1993.  She practiced outside of Princeton, New Jersey before moving to Florida where she stayed at home to raise her two children, one of whom attended The Batt School 15 years ago!  Kelli then went back to school to obtain her teaching certification for Social Sciences – middle and upper grades. She is also a Real Estate Broker and owns her own real estate company.

Jacqueline Jacobson

Jacqueline is a graduate of Polytechnic Institute of NYU (now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. With great interest in expanding her knowledge in mathematics, she then completed a Master’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences from Florida International University. During her studies, she worked as a Design Engineer and consultant for Applied Magnetics, LLC, and served as a tutor in all areas of math and physics including Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamics. She then became a math professor for multiple colleges and universities in South Florida, including Broward College, Miami Dade College and Florida International University. She has worked as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Broward College, and as a full time math instructor and lecturer at Florida International University. She is currently the Director at The Batt School, as well as a professor of mathematics at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens.

Christine Sylvain

Christine loves the art of storytelling in any medium. She especially loves the intersection between history, politics, and literature. She received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s Studies from the Harriet L Wilkes Honors College, and earned Master of Arts in Journalism from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University. Before finding her passion for education, Christine worked as an associate producer of documentary films for broadcasters such as PBS and HBO. One of the films she worked on, “Hecho a Mano,” won an Emmy in the cultural and historical documentary category. Since that time, Christine ran the Journalism Department at a charter high school, where her magazine team designed, reported, and photographed for a biannual magazine publication. She is an International Baccalaureate certified film teacher and her current teaching specialties include: English 9-12, Social Sciences 9-12, as well as AP Government and AP US History at The Batt School.

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