The mission of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility. We are building intelligent, virtuous American citizens.

Our Virtues


I will do the right thing even when it’s unpopular or difficult.


I will be persistent in my efforts despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.


I will be polite, use manners, and maintain a positive attitude in all daily interactions.


I will use self-control in my actions and my interactions with others.


I will speak the truth and act truthfully with others and myself.


I will seek to help others through my words and deeds.

Our Story


Pineapple Cove Academy, a highly successful early learning facility located in the Bayside Lakes Division of Palm Bay, has inspired the application for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy. Demand from parents for a K-8 opportunity that matches the rigorous and successful VPK program at the early learning facility has been the impetus for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s inception.

A Message from Our Founders


“Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is a natural extension of Pineapple Cove Academy Early Learning facility where excellence in early education has been established at the preschool level. It is with the overwhelming support of our parents and community that Pineapple Cove Classical Academy has become a reality.” – John and Beth Moran, Founders



Kelly Gunter, M.A., Ed

Kelly Gunter, M.A., Ed


Kelly Gunter, M.A., Ed. – Mrs. Gunter has over 10 years of teaching and leadership experience in the public school and post-secondary setting. Prior to joining Eastern Florida State College as an advising/testing specialist and adjunct faculty member, Mrs. Gunter taught Core Knowledge for three years. Her extensive professional experience includes: implementing a classical education model and Core Knowledge; serving as an elementary teacher and a Title 1 reading resource teacher; teaching college courses in educational leadership, composition, and developmental reading; and providing guidance and advising services to adult learners. Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and graduate certificates in exceptional student education (ESE) and professional writing.


Mrs. Gunter is the founding principal of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at Palm Bay and also authored PCCA’s charter school application, as well as the charter applications for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne and Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s high school program.


Mrs. Gunter brings to PCCA an exceptionally strong background in education, with particular strengths in the areas of classical education, curriculum development and implementation, reading instruction, working with diverse and struggling learners, and adult education and professional development. Mrs. Gunter also secured the half million dollar Charter School Program grant for both the Palm Bay and West Melbourne locations.



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Lisa Wheeler, M.A., Ed.

Lisa Wheeler, M.A., Ed.

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Wheeler taught for 15 years in Florida public schools prior to joining the administrative team at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in 2015. Her teaching experience includes primary grades and literacy coaching, which provided extensive experience in supporting classroom and ESE teachers with core and intervention instruction, diagnosing reading difficulties, designing interventions, administering and analyzing assessments, working with at-risk students, and professional development for both parents and faculty. Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Reading.

Mrs. Wheeler has a long-standing relationship with Pineapple Cove Academy. In 2006, Mrs. Wheeler began working with PCA’s VPK teachers. Through curriculum development, training, and data analysis, teachers worked to create a prestigious VPK Literacy program that is known throughout Palm Bay and Melbourne. In addition, Mrs. Wheeler also authored and organized PCA’s SES and private tutoring program.

Mrs. Wheeler is a founding member of the Palm Bay location and has worked closely with the administrative team, instructional staff, Barney Charter School Initiative, and the governing board to ensure a successful launch in the school’s beginning years. In her role as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Wheeler oversees student discipline and adherence to our school’s virtues and policies, monitors the MTSS process and student progression, coordinates student assessment, supports teacher instruction, and conferences with students and families to enhance our school’s academic and social culture.


E-mail Mrs. Wheeler here.

In the News

Governing Board

PCCA’s Governing Board plays an essential role in the school’s success through its initial leadership and ongoing oversight of the school’s operations.

Meet Our Governing Board

School Accountability Reports

The annual Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) School Public Accountability Reports (SPARs) meet ESEA’s requirement for schools and districts to provide parents with an annual school status report at the beginning of each school year.

View the School Accountability Reports