ABOUT PATHWAYS FOR LIFE ACADEMY
The School Board's Welcome
We are excited to begin a new year at Pathways For Life
Academy. There has been a great need in the West Orange
Community for a distinctive program for Middle and High
School students which incorporates core academics with real
life application through a therapy-driven learning approach. In
addition to an emphasis on life skills, our curriculum integrates
social skills and executive functioning classes to create a course
of study which builds independence, confidence, and success.
We are currently nearing capacity for 2022-23. We have been working
hard planning a schedule which reaches each student in the areas of
academics, fundamental survival skills in life,
interpersonal communication and critical/higher order thinking.
What we offer at Pathways for Life Academy:
-Small class sizes
-Low student to teacher ratio
-Life, social, and executive functioning training
-Health and Fitness opportunities
-Excellent communication from school to home
-Guidance and learning through strengths and challenges
-Guidance and Fostering of Independence
-Encouragement of students to reach their highest potential
-Inclusion, acceptance, and grace
-Lessons/activities learned in the classroom setting which
translate to community service opportunities
We can't wait to get started and see all the great progress in each of our students this year!
Pathways For Life Academy School Board
We appreciate all our local Pathways Partners who help donate their time and financial contributions to our school. We are a 501(c)(3) so all gifts are tax-deductible. If you are interested in partnering with us please email us at email@example.com. If you would like to donate please send checks to PFLA PO Box 1816 Windermere, FL 34786.
We need your help today!
8:00am - 8:30am Starting our Day
8:30am - 9:15am Session 1 -Academics
9:20am -10:05am Session 2 -Academics
10:10am -11:00am Session 3- Academics
11:05am - 11:50am Session 4- Academics
11:50am - 12:00pm Movement Break
12:00pm - 12:30pm LUNCH
12:30pm - 1:30pm PE/Elective
1:30pm - 2:30pm Social Skills/Elective
2:30pm - 2:50pm Daily Chores
2:55pm - 3:00pm Dismissal
Pathways For Life Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin in its administration of educational, admission, or financial policies.
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We are a Private Middle and High School that supports students to excel in all areas of academics, life application, and social skills integration in a therapy-driven and positive environment.
To provide academic support and excellence while working on life and social skills through a therapy-driven approach.
To support the unique needs of all students and provide a positive and safe environment for learning and growth.
To guide and help create a well-rounded individual who after exiting school can reach the goal of independent living.
To promote an inclusion model which prepares students to build relationships and live and work successfully within their communities.
To be a community for Middle and High School students within the West Orange area which provides development and support in making connections through life, social, and employment opportunities.
Patty Myers, BA, BCaBA
Mrs. Myers has been in the field of leading varying exceptionality schools for children over 12 years. She has served as Principal of The First Hope, and currently the Executive Director of Building Pathways Foundation, a nonprofit program serving teens and adults training them in life, social, and job skills. She is also the author of Autism Is A Blessing which shares her personal journey her family has traveled helping her son Charlie, who is now 21 and has autism. Her passion and heart for children and adults with unique abilities is known throughout the community. She wants to help students achieve great progress in life and help them work towards independence.
She recently lost her husband of 31 years in September 2021 and has 2 children.
Frank Mastandrea, M.S.
Mr. Mastandrea graduated in 2008 from Touro University with a Master's Degree in Regular and Special Education. He has 14 years of experience working with Exceptional Student Education. His philosophy is for all students to be heard, flourish, and learn at their own pace. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, making and designing items for his home. He also enjoys growing flowers and vegetables. Mr. Mastandrea is married and has 2 children.
Anjuli Stabile, M.S.
Lead Teacher for High School
Mrs. Stabile has been recognized for delivering innovative Reading and English learning programs to students with versatile learning needs and cultural differences. She is certified in ESOL and guided reading programs for English language learners. Mrs. Stabile initiated and implemented reading comprehension and writing workshops for students. She has a tremendous bank of knowledge in multiple types of Differentiated Instruction methods and techniques.
She is married and has 2 children.
Lead Teacher for High School
Mr. Rivera graduated with a Bachelors in English from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and minored in Secondary Education. He worked as an English Educator for more than 25 years at all age levels, but mainly in middle school. Mr. Rivera has 2 excellent sons and a precious granddaughter. He moved to Florida this summer where he resides with his lovely wife.
Teacher Assistant for High School
Mrs. Hauser has a degree from Florida Atlantic University in International Business. She began working in education when her own children started grade school and found her passion was in the classroom. She has over 10 years of experience of working with students and differentiated instruction. She strives to assist in finding each child’s own unique way of learning to help them excel. She joined the PFLA family after moving here from Texas in 2020. She is married and has two children.
Lead Teacher for Middle School
Ms. Jack earned her Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University and is currently completing her Masters in Educational Administration. She has worked in the educational field for almost 15 years and has experience with exceptional student education for 6 years. Her experience ranges from being an Educational Specialist, Lead After School Director, as well as a Curriculum Coordinator. Her passion led her back to teaching and is proud to work in a school inspired by the needs of Special Education.
Lead Teacher for Middle School
Mrs. Myers has over 22 years teaching students as well as tutoring and homeschooling children. She has over 18 years working with students who have unique abilities. Mrs. Myers loves to see children excel and grow, making great progress.
She is married and has 3 children.
Our School Board
Mrs. Myers has a heart for students with learning differences and has been in this field for nearly 20 years. She was the prior Principal of a Private Special Needs School in Orlando for nearly 10 years. She wants to give students skills training in life application so that they can leave here more independent than when they arrived. She has started and created 4 companies over the years, making a difference in the lives of many.
She has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst for over 12 years who strives to help students excel and grow. She has 2 children one of which is 21 and lives with autism. She has been married to Tony for over 31 years.
Mrs. Laddu is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and owner of Avanti Acupuncture in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando, Fl. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in 2011. Being married and having three children, with her youngest son on the spectrum for autism, Mrs. Laddu understands the challenges that individuals with unique abilities encounter every day. She is passionate about providing alternative solutions by the way of Eastern Medicine to those facing physical, mental, and learning challenges. She brings her passion with her as a board member of Pathways of Life Academy.
Mrs. Shroff is a small business owner who operates multiple retail websites. She is married with 3 children, and her youngest has epilepsy and learning difficulties. She grew up with a brother with special needs and brings a passion for making an impact in our local community - with the philosophy of "If you can dream it, you can do it" and strives to raise the bar in what our kids can achieve.