Mrs. Jackson has taught preschoolers for over 19 years. She has taught at FOA for over 9 years. During this time, she has worked as a K3 teacher, K3/K4 teacher, Aftercare teacher, manager of the Summer Program, and teacher in charge of the Elementary Building. Mrs. Jackson has an ECA (Early Childhood Associate), which is equivalent to a CDA in childhood education.
Mrs. Perez - 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Yolanda Perez joined FOA in 2006 as a teacher assistant. She returned in 2018 as our first grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. Her teaching experience includes both public and private schools. Mrs. Perez is a dedicated educator who has a passion for teaching and seeing her students succeed.
Lindsay Santos - 2nd Grade
Mrs. Santos has taught at FOA since 2006 as our second grade teacher. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. Mrs. Santos has been teaching since 1976 in Puerto Rico, New York and Florida. Mrs. Santos also has been the co-director of some of our Christmas dramas, as well as various other programs.
Ms. Rodriguez- 3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Josephine Rodriguez joined FOA in 2018 as our Third Grade Teacher. She has taught students from infant through 3rd grade for about 13 years. She went to school at Ashford University where she received her undergraduate in Early Childhood Education. Working with children is her passion, so she decided to continue her studies a couple of months later with a Master of Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services from Ashford University in 2013. Ms. Rodriguez has taught 3rd grade in public school as well as being an Intervention Specialist in Reading for Kindergarten to 5th grade.
Michaela Paleveda - 4th Grade
Mrs. Paleveda has taught at FOA since 2005. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade and more recently fourth grade for us. She has been teaching since 1995. Mrs. Paleveda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tampa College in 1990 and her degree in Elementary Education from U.S.F. in 1997. She is returning this year as the fourth grade teacher.
Heather Flaschenriem - 5th Grade
Mrs. Heather Flaschenriem graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has taught 1st through 5th grades and has been teaching elementary students since the year 2000. Mrs. Flaschenriem has taught third grade at FOA since 2014.