Coral Springs residents since 2009, Mark and Jamie are thrilled to be living in our Broward oasis with their two children, Aiden, 15, and Jordyn, 11. Mark has lived in Coral Springs his entire life, and graduated from JP Taravella high school. Jamie also grew up in South Florida, graduating from Hollywood Hills high school. Now that they are all grown up, Mark is a successful Financial Planner, and Jamie is a Pediatric Speech Pathologist, managing teams in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Aiden is entering his sophomore year at Coral Springs Charter School and has been playing baseball for Charter since 7th Grade. He grew up playing little league and travel baseball in Coral Springs/Parkland since age 4. He is currently spending his summer as a pitcher for Elite Squad National, a nationally ranked travel baseball program. He also volunteers for Challenger Baseball as a mentor. His favorite subjects are math, science, and leadership.
Jordyn is entering her 7th grade year at Coral Springs Charter, where her favorite subject is math. She has a passion for and has been dancing since she was three years old.
Jamie gives us some insight about her and Mark‘s involvement with the kids’ activities. “As two full time working parents, our free time is very limited. Mark coached/managed Aiden’s travel baseball teams for years, but now we are both the biggest fans and chauffeurs around!” Most families with multiple children understand their dilemma. She continues, “We spend our weekends and evenings shuffling between dance competitions and high school/travel baseball games.”
When they are not at the field or Dance Competitions, the family enjoys spending time with friends and family by the pool or at the beach. Mark chimes in, “We also enjoy cooking together.”
When reflecting about their hometown, Jamie beams when she describes what her family appreciates.“The thing we enjoy most about this area is all of the close friends that we have made through all of the children’s activities. We also enjoy the feeling of community and neighborhood.” Her refreshing demeanor is positive and sunny. She continues, “It’s a joy going into Brookside Publix and seeing the same folks week in and week out for the last 12 years. We have gotten to know many of the employees at our local businesses, and them, us. They are part of our extended family!”
Now that things are opening up again, Mark shares some insights. “The pandemic allowed us to slow life down for a little while. We had a lot more family meals together, game nights, shopping trips, and car rides. We built a pitcher’s mound in the back yard for Aiden to continue training, a ballet barre to do dance class virtually, and Jordyn also helped build a bird house for the backyard, which we enjoy every day.”
The family attends services at Temple Beth Chai