• Adkins

    Melina Adkins

    I was born in Texas but grew up in Bradenton Florida.  I graduated from Southeast High School in 2003.  I got my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN in 2007.  I then attended the EPI Program at Hillsborough CC to get my alternative certification in Elementary Education K-6.  I am going into my 12th year of teaching.  This is my 6th year at Tuttle. Throughout my teaching career I've taught K, 1st, 3rd and 4th!  I've loved my time at Tuttle and I am looking forward to working alongside my partner, Mr. Loeffel, for a 5th year teaching ELA, Social Studies & Writing.

    I've been married to my husband Tristan for almost 12 years.  He is a first responder here in Sarasota County.  We have 2 children.  Our son is in 2nd grade and our daughter is 2 years old.  I love football! Go Bucs!  I like watching movies, spending time with my family & friends, going to concerts, Harry Potter, going up to Tennessee to visit my best friend, trying different foods, The Office, tulips and traveling.  I hope to one day write and publish a children's book!  

  • Sarah Gimmi

    I’m Sarah. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and we have one beautiful baby boy who will be one in August. We are National Park junkies and love to travel. We have lived in Florida for about 7 years. We enjoy spending time with friends and family. I went to USFSP for my Bachelor degree and Lynn University for my Master degree. My goal is to love unconditionally and foster a strong community within my classroom with my students and colleagues. I am a Christian, and my faith is what drives me in all things.

  • Harp

    Emily Harp

    Hello Tuttle Turtles!  This is my first year as an educator in the Sarasota County School District and I couldn't be more proud to teach at the number 1 ranked school district in Florida.  I earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Eucation at Central Michigan University where I focused on integrated science, reading in elementary grades, and early childhood development.  For the past 11 years, I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, but can't be more exhilarated to meet my new 4th grade students and collaborate and work with the families, staff, faculty, and my team to make sure our students have a wonderful, productive, and fun year.  My family and I enjoy spending our time swimming, board games, music, riding bikes, and playing with our beloved pug and kitty.


  • Loeffel

    Rob Loeffel

    I was born in El Centro and raised in Southern California.  I attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship where I played from 1985-1989.  I have been married for 16 years and have two children, Layla (8) and J.D. (6). I received my Bachelor’s Degree from The University of New Mexico and my Master’s Degree from San Diego State University.  This is my 20th year teaching, and my 16th year here at Tuttle.  I enjoy walking, yard work and playing with my children.

  • Tavill

    Rebecca Tavill

    Hi! My Name is Ms. Rebecca Tavill! I am 57 years young and I will be your child’s 4th-grade teacher for the 2020-2021 school year! This will be my 10th year teaching Elementary and my 5th year here at Tuttle. I am excited to make this our best year yet!  I grew up here in Sarasota and attended Alta Vista and Gulf Gate Elementary for Kindergarten through 6th grade. I then attended Brookside Junior High for 7th-9th grade before graduating from Riverview High School in 1981.  In December of 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida.  I love Harry Potter, orchids, Target, and cookies.