Lake County's 1st Non-Traditional School - Company Message

Staff Biographies:

Anna Monroy 
  (Academy Director & K-1st Grade Supervisor)
  I have been teaching 2-5 year olds for over 15 years, I also have 6 years experience working in the public elementary school as well. I have my CDA and Director's Credential in Early Childhood Education. I am the director of our childcare center. This year I will be teaching the Kindergarten/First grade class as well as Spanish. I am a mother of two children middle school and college age, and I have been married for 11 years. I am very loving,consistent, happy and very efficient in communication and providing you with all the necessary information about you child's day and school year. I look forward to working with your child this year.

Susie Brower 
(Personalized Learning Instructor)

  I am excited about teaching your children!  I am retired from Orange County after 37 years of teaching Pre-K through 5th grade.  My Bachelor's Degree is from the University of Central Florida and my Master's from Nova University.  My most prized awards are the Disney Teacherrific in 2002 and the Disney Helping Hand in 2004.  I love working with children. We are going to have a great year!!! 

Ariela Zagorini 
           (Middle School Supervisor)

   I came to building Futures Academy in August 2013. I have worked in the child development field for the past 19 years. I started out as an assistant, teaching gymnastics in an after school arts community program in my hometown of New Paltz, NY. I then worked for the YMCA for many years as Unit Director for a traditional summer day camp. During the school year I was heading up the YMCA before & after school program at the local elementary school. The YMCA gave me a great opportunity to start my own gymnastics program on Saturday mornings, and it was wonderful. I got to combine my love for gymnastics (a sport that I participated in from age 4 to 17) and my love for working with children. 
  In 1999 I went back to work at a childcare center, it was a good match for me as I needed a more suitable work schedule. I worked in the four year old room and absolutely loved it! The year 2000 brought marriage, and a little over a year later my husband TJ and I welcomed our first daughter, Fiona. I stopped working to stay home with Fiona, and returned to work part-time. We made a couple moves due to my husbands job (from NY to FL, and back to NY and finally to FL). During that time, in 2006 our second daughter Cecilia was born and our family was complete. The second move to FL brought us to Clermont, where I worked in a two year old room in a childcare center that catered to about 50-60 children on a given day. In March of 2013 our family moved to Mount Dora, and I am happy to say, we are here to stay! 
  Over the years I have found that working with children is so rewarding and fulfilling. It is truly amazing to watch a child grow, learn, and create friendships right before your eyes! I have completed all of the required courses in order to work in a Florida Childcare Center, and complete  CEU's each year. I hold a current certification in CPR for professionals. I take great pride in what I do, and I truly believe in each and every child has been blessed with their own special magic that they are going to share with this great big world!   

Ladrica Chastain  
           (1st-4th Grade Supervisor)
Bio coming soon. 


Vikki Bartscher 
           (Pre-k thru K Co-Teacher)
Ms. Vikki has worked at BFA since 2009! She has worked with every age. She is a vital part of our team and the kids absolutely love her! She has 3 children of her own and loves living in the area! Her children are very active in sports, and because of that you may hear her around the school making up cheers in the classrooms! 
  She is the co-teacher/assistant in the  Pre-k/K class, as well as aides in some of the other academy classrooms. 
Ms. Robin Holguin 
(Threes Teacher & Preschool Director)

  Ms. Robin has worked with us since the opening in April 2008.  She is the most amazing preschool teacher you will find!  As the mother of three, she understands the needs of children and offers diverse ways to handle any challenge that comes her way. After teaching for 25 years, she is truly loved by all and we are privileged to have her on staff here at Building Futures Academy.  Students are well-prepared to continue on to Kindergarten once they have graduated from her Pre-Kindergarten class! 

Jessica Cegura 
             (Two's/Toddlers Teacher)

   Jessica has worked at BFA since 2010. She is an amazing toddler teacher and absolutely loves working with the little ones! Her compassionate and affectionate personality makes her a perfect fit for the Preschool! She has two children of her own and loves teaching the children Spanish and sign language. 

Minta Lopez
                (Three's Co-Teacher)

Minta has worked with us at BFA since 2014. She is a valuable member of the team and absolutely loves what she does! Children are her passion, and it shows. She loves working with students of all ages! As for now she is a co-teacher in the three year old room with Ms. Robin. 
  In her free time she is very involved in  her church. And loves animals of all kinds although cats are her favorite!

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