The SoLA Team


We are teachers and staff members dedicated to carrying the school’s founder, Mr. Holston’s, legacy and educational mission onward.  Mr. Holston had an enormous (and quite eccentric) presence in our city, and he made lasting impressions as an educational leader and trailblazer. He had a special gift in seeing the best in those around him and set thousands of students off on their personal life long educational journeys. Our current Head of School, Mrs. Jacqui Tarver worked closely with Mr. Holston in his last years to ensure the school would remain open as one of the only non-sectarian independent schools in Pensacola, FL. As alumni and dear friends of Mr. Holston, we are honored to continue his vision of having an intimate family of staff, teachers, and students thriving in a comfortable learning environment for the sole purpose of a quality Liberal Arts education.


Mrs. Jacqueline Tarver
Since 2005
Head of School, Alumna,
Board Member



Mrs. Beth Williams
Since 2007
Administrator, “Girl Friday”
Secretary/Treasurer of The Board



Mrs. Connie Merrill
Since 2006
Records Clerk, Administrator




Mr. Travis Cummings
Since 2009
Alumni, President of The Board
Resident Philosopher, Advanced Studies



Ms. Lolly Carlson
Since 2015
Intermediate Studies




Ms. Kodie Parker
Since 2014
Alumna, Teacher




Mr. Brian Kohl
Since 2016
Alumni, Teacher


Ms. Sharon Linezo Hong
Alumna, Project Coordinator
Teacher, Board Member