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Teacher Feature: Mark Heller
Words by Kenny Quayle ’16, Marketing Intern and Alumnus All students at Academy at the Lakes know who Head of School Mr. Mark Heller is. He is the man you go to see when you first come to Academy; the man whom you go to for help and sometimes discipline; the man who conducts you...
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Teacher Feature Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn
Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn, Director of College Counseling and Registrar, is known for her expert guidance when it comes to the college admissions process. She has been sharing this knowledge and helping students find their perfect college fit for six years. “I’m in charge of scheduling all of our students,” said Mrs. Pitcairn. “When I’m doing...
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Teacher Feature Mrs Melissa Ovitt
“Life is too short not to be happy.” This is Mrs. Melissa Ovitt’s favorite quote and it isn’t too hard to see why. After all, optimism and joy are essential for what she does: wrangle a classroom full of PreK3 students alongside Ms. Becky White, her equally sunny teaching assistant. Spend just a few minutes...
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Using Google Docs in the Classroom
Written by Mrs. Kim Vreeland, Upper Division & A.P. English Instructor Gone are the note cards. Gone are the highlighters, the piles of papers, the ink smudges and eraser flakes. Gone are the plastic covers. Rest in peace, note cards et al. Google Docs has arrived. I’d heard of Google Docs and even dipped my...
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Teacher Feature: Coach Haslam
  The Teacher Feature blog series celebrates our faculty’s passion for education and their joy in the journey of building our students’ futures. In this series, we will get to know these beloved educators. Just like our students and families, our instructors matter here. To learn more, visit our website.   As leaders in sports...
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Gary Compton
With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time. Why? It’s simple: Because of our community - something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.
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Academy at the Lakes students aren’t the only ones who stem from different backgrounds. Likewise, our Academy teachers also bring varying experiences and perspectives. On Academy’s campus, we have teachers who began teaching in the 1970s and those who began teaching in 2014. We have teachers who had never dreamed of teaching and those who...
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Desiree Rodriquez Teacher Feature
It was fate. Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez was driving down Collier Parkway exploring her new hometown, when she came across a beautiful school called Academy at the Lakes. “I was just driving by and I saw this little sign and I said, ‘I wonder what that is?’ We drove in and it turned out to be...
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Teacher Feature: Meet Our New Faculty | Academy at the Lakes
In this very special edition of our Teacher Feature blog series, we are introducing the new 2014-15 faculty! The level of experience, passion, diversity and dedication that the Academy at the Lakes faculty brings into the lives of our children every day is nothing short of astounding. The new educators that will be joining our...
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The Teacher Feature blog series celebrates our faculty’s passion for education and their joy in the journey of building our students’ futures. In this series, we will get to know these beloved educators. Just like our students and families, our instructors matter here. To learn more, visit our website.   When Ms. Jenna Knoke was...
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