Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Representing and connecting the diverse cultures of Shorecrest Chargers.
The International Connection group strives to support Shorecrest Preparatory School as the independent school of choice in the Tampa Bay Area for families who seek diversity, inclusion and cultural enrichment within a globally-aware community. Based on a 2019 family survey, over 65 different countries are represented by Shorecrest families, faculty and staff – with many more having joined at the start of the new school year. (Families have reported their nationality as being from Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Granada, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Phillipines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam)


The International Connection group, supported by the Director of Diversity & Inclusion:
  • acts as a social and support network to new and existing international families at Shorecrest
  • liaises with faculty and staff to offer first-hand knowledge of international customs and traditions in the classroom, increasing global perspective
  • partners with the Parent Ambassador program through the Admissions office to facilitate the entry of new incoming international families into Shorecrest
  • serves as a conduit for students to become better ‘global learners’ through participation in suitable exchange programs, conferences, organizations and experiences


I.C. is open to all parents/guardians, grandparents, faculty and staff interested in international culture and cultural enrichment, including families who were born outside the US, who have spent time living abroad, who speak different languages at home and/or have a general passion for or interest in this topic.

Meetings and events throughout the year allow for networking and socialization. In addition, there are ample volunteering opportunities through our committees. Our focal point of the year is the school-wide International Festival, held in the spring.

International Connection Committees

Admissions Liaison Committee
Partners with the Office of Admissions to facilitate entry of incoming international Shorecrest families.

Global Readers
Coordinates volunteers to read to Experiential School students in their native language and share cultural activities.

International Festival Committee
Contacts: Gisa Bok Mollohan & Zeina Hemadeh
Plans and directs the annual International Festival on campus.

School Liaison Committee
Contact: Susi Bean
Partners with faculty to offer first-hand knowledge of cultural perspectives and traditions that support the curriculum and prepare students for a global and culturally diverse environment.

Social & Networking Committee
Contacts: Sebnem Koc & Savina Mintcheva
Plan social events for IC group.


There are many extra-curricular opportunities for Shorecrest students and the wider Shorecrest community to learn more about and connect to different cultures, including:

Global Explorers Student Exchange & Hosting Program
Opportunities for Lower and Middle school students and their families to join annual exchange programs and host overseas students.
Contact: Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, Global Explorers Chair, Lower School Spanish Teacher

Global Scholars Initiative (GSI)
For students interested in advancing their international studies through an appreciation of world cultures and the acquisition of advanced language skills. Open to grades 10-12 upon application. For more information click here.
Contact: Kayla Brazee, US Social Studies Department Chair

Latinos en Shorecrest
Parent-led affinity group whose mission is to foster intercultural and language understanding in our children and empower Hispanic students and families in our community.
Contact: Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Model United Nations (UN)
Simulation of UN General Assembly and bodies where students perform ambassador roles and debate a variety of topics.

Middle School: Open to students in grades 6-8 (and exceptionally to 5th graders who demonstrate skills in geography). Commences November 2019.
Contact: Steven Dionne, eighth grade History Teacher

Upper School:  Open to students in grades 9-12. Contacts: Daniel Asad and Ron Heller
SEED (The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum)
National peer-led leadership organization now in its third year at Shorecrest and open to parents/guardians. For more information click here.
Contact: Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Student Affinity Groups
Upper School also has student Affinity Groups. Student can learn more in the Upper School Clubs Handbook. 
    • Student at International Fair

View photos from International Festival 2019 or 2022.

I.C. Contacts

Primary Parent Contact: Gisa Bok Mollohan

Primary Staff Contact: Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Become a Parent Ambassador

Help us welcome new families to Shorecrest and make them feel part of the school community! The Admissions Office needs volunteers from each grade level. If you're interested, fill out the form below.

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5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.