Get to Know Us

Mrs. Ayrish Booysen - Media Specialist               me
I am delighted to be starting my third year at Palencia Elementary. This is my 20th year as an educator. Before coming to St. Augustine, I taught for 17 years in Tallahassee, FL. I’ve taught media, K-2 and College courses. My first degree is in Elementary Education and I have a master’s in Information Studies (media specialist). I obtained my National Board Certification in 2003. On a personal note, I have two children. My son Avery is 21 and my daughter Marla will be in tenth grade at St. Augustine High this year. I enjoy reading, running, traveling and taking pictures.

LisaMrs. Degutis - Media Assistant
I am very blessed to be able to say I have one of the best jobs in St. Johns County! I have worked at the Palencia Media Center since opening year. Before I came here I was a teacher in grades 2, 3, and 4. I love reading and am passionate about getting students excited about reading as well. I live in St. Augustine with my husband, Michael, and our two dogs, Max and Mulligan. (Be sure to check out their pictures when you stop by the media center!) When I am not working or reading, I enjoy playing golf, walking our dogs, or just being outdoors.