Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature: Head of School Mark Heller

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

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

Posted on: March 21st, 2016

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

Posted on: January 15th, 2016

“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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Teacher Feature: Coach Tom Haslam

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015

  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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Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015

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.


It’s simple: Because of our community – something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.

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Teacher Feature – Spanning the Decades

Posted on: April 13th, 2015

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 knew from childhood that they wanted to teach.

In spite of the differences, one thing remains constant – the love each has for education and teaching.

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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez

Posted on: March 6th, 2015

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 a school,” Mrs. Rodriguez said with a smile. “It was just one of those things.”

She went inside, spoke with Lower Division Director Assistant Ms. Twila about the school and immediately submitted an application, took a tour, and interviewed with the Lower Division Director.

Soon, Ms. Twila called her in to substitute teach a class.

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