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Get to Know … Rhonda Gauger


By Angela Higginbotham

Rhonda Gauger grew up in Georgia surrounded my music. Both of her parents were musicians and she began playing piano while in the fifth grade. Gauger’s passion for music carried on throughout her childhood and still remains today. She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano and masters in education from Columbus State University. She met her husband, Bob, a music leader and piano technician, while pursuing her master’s degree. They recently celebrated their 34th anniversary and are proud parents of Ben and Katie, who both serve in the Marine Corps.

Get to Know … Jermaine Reynolds


By Martie Thompson

Jermaine Reynolds is the director of bands at Ponte Vedra High School, but that might not be the case if not for a last minute schedule change by his middle school principal. Reynolds, who was born and raised in Alachua, Fla., was a member of his middle school chorus for two years when the principal ended the program. He wanted to stay with his music teacher, Amy Beres, so he decided to give band a try. What followed was an auspicious music career at Santa Fe High School, where he played baritone and was the head drum major as well as band captain his senior year.

Get to Know … Joe and Georgette Cornello


By Angela Higginbotham

Joe and Georgette Cornello grew up worlds apart, but have called Mandarin home together since 2011. Joe grew up in Italy and Greece. His parents were victims of concentration camps. Around the age of 12, Joe began attending military school in Italy. Years later, not knowing a word of English, he made his journey to America. Alongside his uncle, Joe spent his time working in a factory making drill bits for the military. Proud of his new country, at 21 years old, he joined the United States Army, and served six months of active duty before entering the Army Reserves.

Get to Know … Zeina Spaulding


By Elaine Omann

Zeina Spaulding is the new principal at Atlantic High School. She has been a previous administrator in the Duval County School District with seven years of experience at Englewood and Southside Middle School.

Get to Know … David Naples


By Angela Higginbotham

David Naples grew up in the tri-state area of Westtown, N.Y. before moving to St. Augustine in 2009. He and his wife, Kaley, met while living in the same condominium complex and they married in 2016. David and Kaley Naples are proud to call the MuraBella neighborhood home.