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Teresa Stoupas


Teresa Stoupas is a veteran educator, spending the last 20 years as a school administrator in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Always involved in the arts, she joined the inaugural faculty at  Bak Middle School of the Arts in 1997.  In 2010, inspired by her research, Stoupas launched the first El Sistema-inspired public school program in Palm Beach County at The Conservatory School.


This program, the Children’s Orchestra and Performing Arts Project, now has over 900 student musicians in grades Kindergarten through 8, with all TCS students receiving a strong musical arts education. The mantra of Play, Passion, & Purpose grounds her school's academic and performing arts work. It has been her great joy to work with others similarly inspired by children, learning, the arts, and innovation. 


Derek Schuemann

Assistant Principal


Derek Schuemann is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BSBA in Business Management and an MS in Educational Leadership. Since 2004, he has served as an educator and athletic coach in Palm Beach County schools, the past year at The Conservatory School. With his past experiences in athletics, Mr. Schuemann has developed the athletic department at The Conservatory School. 


As a former piano player, Mr. Schuemann believes in the principle ideal of El Sistema - transforming children's lives through music. Our mantra, Play. Passion. Purpose. is deeply rooted in all areas of instruction, where students get to play through their learning in order to develop a passion for their purpose in life.


Annick Charlot

Assistant Principal / Choice Program Coordinator


Annick Charlot has served as an educator in Palm Beach County for the last 14 years. She is a product of Palm Beach County Schools, graduating from Suncoast High School. Ms. Charlot continued on to Duke University, earning a Bachelor's in Public Policy Studies and Elementary Education, a Master's from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, in Learning and Teaching, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. In her 11 years in the classroom, she has taught in inclusion, dual-language, and gifted education settings. 


Ms. Charlot is inspired by the mission of TCS, where all learners are urged to innovate and pursue their passions. She supports teachers and students with project-based learning, encouraging learners to question and explore the world around them. In addition to her passion for teaching, Ms. Charlot is an ardent arts advocate, who began her musical journey as a child, playing the piano. As an educator, her arts interests expanded using arts integration to teach through visual arts, music, and drama. Ms. Charlot aims to provide TCS student musicians with unique opportunities to express their creativity and voice.