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 2021-22. 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
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.
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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 11 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.
She recently lost her husband of 31 years in September 2021 and has 2 children.
Kathy Ikonomidis, M.S., BCBA
Director of Administration and Finances
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.
Walkiria Cash-Ward, M.Ed
Director of Curriculum and Communication
Mrs. Cash has her Master's of Education and is an ACSI standard and professionally endorsed certified teacher and also all principal levels. She is also FACCS endorsed. She has experience teaching a transitions middle and high levels as well as guidance and curriculum instruction in the private school arenas. She has experience with ESOL students and enjoys doing differentiated instruction.
She brings lots of professionalism and encouragement to our school. She has a great commitment to her family.
She 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.
Mrs. Beck earned her degree in Office Administration from Daytona State College in 2019 and is excited to put it to work here at PFLA.
Her passion is to lend a helping hand to anybody that needs it and will strive to be a great asset to the PFLA family.
She is a mother to 7 children and a caregiver to her husband, a Combat Veteran.
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.
Teacher Assistant for Middle School
Ms. Fox has joined us to assistant in the middle school classroom as well as the afternoon life, social, executive functioning class time. She is a Registered Behavioral Technician and brings that expertise to our program to support students. She is full of life and encourages students in all areas.
In her free time she likes to do improv.
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 is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst that strives to help students excel and grow. She has 2 children one of which is 20 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.