Team Talk

Open on Tuesdays 9am-3pm until July 16.

The School Board's Welcome

We are excited for the inaugural year of 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 pleased to announce limited opening seats for this
2020-2021 school year. We have been working hard planning a
unique schedule which reaches each student in the areas of
academics, fundamental survival skills in life, and
interpersonal communication and thinking.


What we offer at Pathways for Life Academy:

-Small class sizes
-Low student to teacher ratio
-Therapy-driven instruction
-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 changes in each of our students this year!


Pathways For Life Academy School Board

Our Schedule
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8:15am - 8:30am Starting our Day

8:30am - 9:15am Session 1 -Academics

9:20am -10:05am Session 2 -Academics

10:10am -11:10am Session 3- Academics

11:15am - 11:45am Session 4- Academics

11:45am - 12:00pm Movement Break

12:00pm - 12:30pm LUNCH

12:30pm - 1:00pm Social Time

1:00pm - 1:45pm PE/Elective

1:45pm - 2:30pm Exec Func/Life Skills

2:30pm - 3:00pm Journal/Review Work

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.

Our Mission
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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.

Our Vision
  • 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.

Our Team

Patty Myers, BA, BCaBA

Executive Director


Mrs. Myers has been in the field of leading varying exceptionality schools for children over 10 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 20 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.

Kathy Ikonomidis, M.S., BCBA


Kathy is a Florida Certified Educator and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has taught in public schools, private schools, home schools, and hybrids of each. Kathy has worked with both neurotypical and neurodivergent populations from birth through adults. Her passion is to ease the suffering of others, and I believe programs like PFLA that build independence, confidence, and success can assist in that goal. Integrating academic and life skills to form a solid foundation from which students can draw their entire lives brings her joy. She is 100% Greek, and a native speaker. Kathy's faith is essential to her. She enjoys writing, baking, and building relationships over coffee or food.  

Kathy is committed to exploring new ideas to meet the needs of all students and collaborating with parents, caregivers, and the community.

Jennifer Siracusano

Lead Teacher for History/English

Mrs. Siracusano graduated from Adelphi University and is a Certified Educational Therapist with the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD), Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment, (FIE) and the Lindamood-Bell LiPS program.  This will be her 16th year teaching. She has 3 adult children, two of whom dealt with learning differences.  Educating students who struggle to learn is a personal passion, as well as, a professional one for Ms. Jen. 

Karla Carson

Lead Teacher for Math and Science

Mrs. Carson graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in Computer Science.  She worked with Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin for 21 years as a systems/Software Engineer on such well known programs as AFIS and WARSIM.  After becoming a mom Mrs. Carson decided to slow things down professionally and become a teacher to spend more time with her family.  This will be Mrs. Carson's 15th year teaching upper level math in a private school setting covering the math spectrum from 6th grade math to Pre-Calculus.  Mrs. Carson is ACSI certified.

Chessie Pyatt, M.S., RBT

Lead Teacher for Life/Social/Executive Functioning

Mr. Pyatt brings over 12 years of experience helping students and adults with behavior and skills training. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors in Psychology and he received his Master's from the University of West Florida in Exceptional Student Education. He is also a Registered Behavior Technician. Mr. Pyatt has worked in both public and private schools in the ESE departments.

He is married to Allison and has one daughter.

Our School Board
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Patty Myers

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 is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst that strives to help students excel and grow.

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Vaishali Laddu

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.

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Sweta Shroff