Alee Academy is marking a milestone this year as it begins its seventeenth year of serving at-risk high school students in Lake County. The past fourteen years have been quite memorable as have each of the students who have successfully graduated from high school each year. Some of the high lights have been the recipient of the 2003 Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention and in 2008, and again in 2013, being recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools–Counsel on Accreditation and School Improvement as an “Accredited School.” Accreditation means the Alee Academy meets the AdvancED standards, engages in continuous improvement, and demonstrates quality assurance through internal and external review. The standards are based in the research on the factors that impact student achievement. The accreditation process helps schools and districts bring together all the parts of the school or district to improve student and organizational performance.
We are pleased to welcome you and your students back for another school year. We also look forward to a very successful and rewarding year working in concert with you–the parents–to assure your students continued learning and academic success. We ARE Alee.
The Alee Academy staff is comprised of a group of competent, caring, and committed individuals who are truly a team. Each and every staff member brings his or her own special gifts and talents to fulfill the vision of Alee Academy.
Ms. Barnhart graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education, specializing in Science and Language Arts. Ms. Barnhart is in her 9th year of teaching and holds certifications in General Science, English, Early Childhood Education (K-6), and ESE, and is fully ESOL endorsed. She is in her fourth year at Alee and is highly qualified to teach both Biology and Environmental Science, she also serves as the ESE School Specialist at Alee.
Mr. Blackall is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Fitness. He has been a teacher in Lake County for 9 years. He is highly qualified in Social Science, Physical Education and Elementary Education. He will teach World History, Economics, and Government this year. He has also received his ESOL Endorsement. He believes that school is like sports, it takes sweat and endurance to become successful.
Mr. Boulais is in his 2nd year at Alee Academy. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Math Education from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He is a highly qualified teacher who has taught math for 21 years and his teaching experience has included Virginia, Florida, Nicaragua, The Canary Islands, and Jamaica.
Ms. Jenkins is starting her third year at Alee. She received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education K-6 with a minor in Middle School Literature and Language Arts from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in Arizona with two Master’s Degrees: Teaching Reading K-12 and Teaching English to Second Language Learners K-12. As a highly qualified teacher she is able to teach English at all grade levels K-12, Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades Integrated 5-9, Reading K-12, and ESOL K-12. This year, Ms. Cousino will be teaching English II, English IV, and Journalism. She also will continue to be the Prom Advisor and Key Club Sponsor, adding Yearbook Advisor thru the Journalism class. Ms. Cousino is very excited to share these learning experiences with her students as they grow and expand their knowledge.
Mr. Davis is beginning his first year here at Alee Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Kansas and will be teaching HOPE and Basketball/Volleyball, as a highly qualified teacher. His goal is to help students understand why health and PE are so important in life. He also would like to help students build their self-worth and self-esteem.
Ms. Emerick is returning to Alee Academy for her tenth year. She graduated from Indiana University and received her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies. She earned her Master of Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in 2012 and will be holding the position of Instructional Dean this year. She will be providing administrative support to the teachers and students as well as supervising our student interns. Ms. Emerick is a highly qualified instructor and is excited about her new position and the opportunity to use her experiences and passion for education to help Alee Academy students fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
Ms. Medley is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). This is her fourth year at Alee Academy. She is highly qualified to teach US History, Law Studies & Court Procedures.
Mr. Merola is in his third year at Alee Academy. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Colgate University. He will teach Algebra I A & B, as well as Liberal Arts Math 2 ~ he is a highly qualified instructor in these areas. His goal is to strengthen students understanding of mathematics and algebra in order to better prepare them for the world that is increasingly reliant on the skills and processes used in mathematics.
Mr. Price is entering his fourth year as a highly qualified Physical and Earth Space Science teacher with Alee Academy ~ he will also be teaching Astronomy this year. He is a graduate of the Richard Stockton College of New jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Physics along with a minor in Mathematics. His senior year ended with an internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he spent a summer studying the x-ray data from Eta Carinae, which is one of the largest known stars in the universe. His goal for this year is not only ignite his students’ interest in science, but to give them the confidence they need to be successful in whatever choices they make in life.
Ms. Zakaluk received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa, and her Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. Prior to teaching, Ms. Zakaluk worked as a Copywriter in Advertising and owned/operated a coffee shop. She has taught in both middle and high schools. As a highly qualified teacher she is certified in English 6-12 and ESOL K-12. Returning for her second year as our English I and English III teacher, she is extremely excited about sharing her passion for reading and writing with our students here at Alee.
Ms. Daniel began as our school counselor in February of 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree from Troy University in Counseling and Psychology with a concentration in Community Counseling. She has a Professional Certificate in Behavioral Analysis and a Professional Educator’s Certificate in Guidance and Counseling K-12. She is highly qualified. Her experience includes extensive work with at-risk and developmental delayed youth. Her goal this year is to continue to expand the Dual Enrollment program with Lake Technical Center and assist the students with developing individualized career plans.
Mr. Valentino is a certified Food Manger and manages the Southside Eatery. He brings with him a wealth of restaurant and catering knowledge that will enhance and expand the already popular eatery. Mr. Valentino looks forward to sharing his expertise with Alee Academy’s juniors and seniors who will receive hands-on training in the culinary arts. He is highly qualified as he holds certification as a Paraprofessional which provides additional instructional support for Alee Academy. Mr. Valentino previously worked in corrections at several institutions including Marion County Juvenile Detention Center and Northeast Ohio Corrections Center.
Ms. Valentino is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and has a Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education. She is a graduate of Walsh University, where she obtained a Master of Education Degree. She also graduated from Regis University where she earned her Master of Educational Leadership degree. She has been in education for sixteen years and is licensed as a teacher in both Ohio and Florida. She is highly qualified and has a professional educator’s certificate in Elementary Education, grades K-6 and Middle Grades Mathematics, grades 5-9. She served as the Assistant Principal for six years. This is Ms. Valentino’s third year as the Director of Alee Academy. Her goal is to continue to learn and grow as a director, support the staff as much as possible, and influence our students to become productive, contributing members of society.
Mr. Brown has worked in education for nine years, all with Lake County Schools. He received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He then went on to complete his Master of Science in Education from Walden University. Mr. Brown is a proud graduate of the Lake County School System. He also served as an assistant football coach at Eustis High from (2006-2013) and enjoys mentoring youth. He is highly qualified and has a professional educator’s certificate in Elementary Education Grades K-6 and pre-k thru 3rd. This will be his third year serving as Assistant Principal at Alee Academy. Mr. Brown looks forward to serving each student, parent, and community stakeholder of this school.
C. Efant is the system administrator for Alee Academy. He attended Alee Academy before returning to Eustis High School where he graduated in May of 2000. He is a graduate of Daytona Beach Community College with an Associate in Science with Honors, Computer Programming and Analysis. The School of Technology and Occupational Education also recognized him as the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award. He has worked at Alee Academy since his graduation from high school establishing the school’s data network as well as building classroom computers and network servers.
Mr. Eiserman serves as the maintenance man at Alee Academy. He has been with Alee Academy since 2007. He has served in the United States Air Force and worked at Winn Dixie as a meat cutter before joining our team.
Mr. Gugliuzza is in his sixth year as a bus driver for Alee Academy. He has experience as a property manager in Boca Raton, Florida and is a retired police officer from the state of New York. He also has experience as a substitute teacher.
Ms. Thornton is the Data Clerk for Alee Academy. She joined the Alee Academy family after working for 10 years with Lake County Schools. She is a vital link for the school in tracking student data and information from enrollment, credits earned, reporting of grades, Full Time Equivalent (FTE) and graduation.
Ms. Ostic is the Transportation Coordinator and a bus driver for Alee Academy this school year. She has been with Alee Academy since 2001 and has fulfilled the duties of administrative assistant, receptionist, bus driver, and transportation coordinator in that time. Prior to coming to work at Alee, Ms. Ostic was a routing coordinator for Lake Limo, dispatcher for Lake Limo, chauffer, and a bus driver for Lake County School Board.
Ms. Peters is now in her second year as a bus driver for Alee Academy. She is very excited to join our team and work with the students.
Ms. Sceal is the school secretary and a substitute bus driver for Alee Academy. She has been with Alee Academy since 2004. She worked as an Activity Director for Lake Ridge Village and as a bus driver for 5 years. She worked at Sunrise Arc as a Behavioral Tech, completed Road Master Truck Driving Schools with a Class A driving license, and was a Lake County School bus driver and monitor before joining our team. She can be found at the front desk meeting and greeting each person as they enter the front door.
Mr. Vaughn is in his fifth year with Alee Academy Charter School. He is not only a bus driver and maintenance, but also fills in as a substitute teacher when needed. Mr. Vaughn and his wife are retired and live in the Eustis Area.