Leadership Academy senior Kiara C., who is one of several junior and senior high school students who are dual-enrolled at Valencia College, was named to the VC Dean’s List for her outstanding academic performance last semester. Kiara is well on her way to finishing her AA degree and will have that college degree almost finished by the time she graduates from CFLA next spring. Congratulations Kiara!!!
In its seventh year of operation, the Leadership Academy welcomes new school leader Joanne Goubourn. For the past eight years, Mrs. Goubourn has been the Executive Director of the Hyde Foundation, which oversees all of the Hyde public schools, and will continue to lead the Hyde Foundation from Orlando. She has 28 years of educational experience, including the Principalship of the Hyde Leadership Charter School in Bronx, New York. She has her B.A. from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, her Masters Degree from American International University, a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Connecticut Southern State University and has completed her doctoral coursework at Howard University.
Mrs. Goubourn’s first year goal is to improve the level of excellence in the delivery of the academic curriculum while maintaining the school’s strong commitment to incorporating character development in every part of the school day. Mrs. Goubourn is excited to start the year with a strong team of both new and returning faculty and staff, each of whom is dedicated to helping each student discover and develop his or her unique potential.
The students and families of the Leadership Academy are excited to welcome Mrs. Goubourn!!
Starting its seventh year with over 240 middle and high school students, CFLA was ready for some structural improvements. Volunteers, including students, parents, faculty, staff, families and friends donated their time to improve the school entrance and to add a new music classroom and a new separate high school library. Other summer improvements included the addition of a second computer lab. Interestingly, OCPS implemented a program this year issuing laptops to all high school students, a system the Leadership Academy inaugurated in 2012. We are proud to have led the way in this important area of ensuring the technological abilities of our graduates.
Keaton J. addresses his fellow students, families and guests at CFLA’s first graduation ceremony.
The inaugural graduating class of the Leadership Academy, the Class of 2016!, achieved a 100% graduation rate, with all graduates planning to attend college or pursue a career in the military. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan delivered the commencement address and each student receiving a degree or diploma gave brief remarks chronicling his or her high school journey and personal growth. Congratulations to this outstanding group of young adults!
Leadership Academy seniors kicked off their “senior process” with a canoeing trip on the Wekiva River. The students spent the day challenging themselves to show leadership and courage as many of them canoed for the first time, navigating rocks, tree branches and even a couple of alligators. They followed this with a time dedicated to really getting to know each other – the real people behind the masks we sometimes wear. The senior process will continue for the balance of the school year an the seniors prepare for graduation and their next phase of life, thinking deeply about their passions and their dreams and helping push each other to be their best.