About our Bloggers
April Fleetwood, FLVS Administrator of Research and Evaluation, manages university and internal research opportunities at FLVS that focus on best practices and student achievement in online learning for grades K-12. She started her career teaching high school English after graduating from the University of Florida with her Master of Education in 2007. She joined FLVS and received her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2017.
Anne Flenner, School Counselor, has worked to meet the academic, social, personal, and professional needs of FLVS students since 2011. Previously a school counselor in Alachua County, she has received several awards and serves on multiple state counseling boards and committees. She has a Master's degree in Counselor Education from UF. Anne loves working with student athletes, supporting college and career readiness, and focusing on student mental health and wellness.
Amy LaGrasta, School Counseling Manager, helps students make informed decisions about courses, career and college options, and the study habits needed for online success. Prior to joining FLVS, she served as the guidance director at Estero High School in Lee County, FL where she was honored with the Teacher of Distinction award.
Caroline Lyles, FLVS 2016 Teacher of the Year, has been with FLVS since 2011 as both a Spanish instructor and curriculum writer. She has dual Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. A passionate believer in life-long learning, she has been instrumental in creating and designing Spanish courses at FLVS. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring historical sites and kayaking with her family.
Cara Piper loves teaching Kindergarten students online with FLVS Flex Elementary! She is a teacher mama, grammar aficionado, blogger, and collector of creative headbands to keep her students engaged during Class Time. Follow her on Instagram @virtualelementaryteachers.
Darcey Addo is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching at FLVS since 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and Urban Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership, Policy and Change in Education. Darcey is an Examiner for the Florida Sterling Council and has a keen interest in process and performance improvement. In her local community, she serves as an adult member of the Youth Advisory Board to the Mayor, helping students get involved in local government and community activism.
Elizabeth Fulcher, Career and Technical Education Curriculum Specialist, joined FLVS in 2011 after 8 years in the traditional classroom. She owes a lot to CTE. She graduated from high school with a Gold Seal Scholarship and earned a Master's degree from UCF in CTE. She firmly believes CTE provides endless opportunities for students and prepares them for college and in-demand careers.
Elise Harris, FLVS 2015 Teacher of the Year, has been teaching in Florida for ten years and joined FLVS in 2008. As a middle school Social Studies teacher, she enjoys creating innovative and unconventional opportunities for student success and believes firmly that every student deserves the right to learn in their own way.
Dr. Jeanne Giardino, FLVS instructor, has a true passion for all things literacy. She enjoys the collaborative process in promoting reading in all aspects of virtual education. Having held a variety of positions with FLVS since 2006, she brings a global perspective to her current position. After 20 years in the field of education, she maintains a wealth of literacy knowledge and enthusiasm for student success.
Linda Childs teaches Earth/Space Science and Forensic Science at FLVS. She is a lover of the three S’s (Science, Space and Sports) and is a certified NASA ambassador providing support with lessons and educational outreach. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching students’ light bulbs go off when they understand a concept. Challenging them to make connections with science so they better understand it is her goal. On weekends and evenings, she can be found in basketball gyms either watching her two kids play on teams or at the Amway Arena cheering for the Orlando Magic.
Lori Wurtzel has been teaching Criminal Justice Operations and Law Studies since 2014. Before making the jump into education, Lori had a six-year career as a criminal defense attorney. Lori is passionate about advocacy and education...and blogging!
Marissa Draeger, FLVS Digital Content Manager, joined the Marketing & Communications team in 2012. She helps build a sense of school community by engaging students and families through creative content that inspires, connects, and educates.
Michael is a Product Specialist with the FLVS Global Support Team. Previously, he worked with the Curriculum Development team and taught for 13 years before joining FLVS. He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, currently serves in the Army National Guard, and is an avid runner and musician.
Mary Mitchell is an instructor who has held several positions at FLVS over the years. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year for FLVS, the United States Distance Learning Association, and Discovery Middle School in Orange County, FL. She has written articles on topics ranging from computer image processing to teacher training for the online classroom.
Melodie Robelo joined the FLVS team in 2015 as an English 1 instructor, after 9 years in the traditional classroom. She has had a well-rounded career, having taught exceptional student education, language arts, and mathematics to students in grades 4-8. Her passion is helping students of all ages learn to express themselves and share their stories through writing. Above all, Melodie values relationships and is proud to work for an organization where students come first.
Rose Rodriguez is a passionate educator with more than 15 years of hands-on experience in the classroom, both traditional and virtual. Rose truly believes that education can be transformed one student at a time and strives to bring the FLVS vision to life through innovation and the reinvention of education every day of the school year.
Suzan Kurdak is a published author, blogger, and communication specialist who joined FLVS in 2011. She is passionate about boosting and encouraging others to live life to their fullest potential.
Tiffany Ludwig, Elementary Program Lead Teacher, has taught multiple grade levels at both private and public schools. She joined FLVS in 2011 as a 7th grade math instructor. After becoming a Lead Teacher for 8th grade Pre-Algebra, she eventually found her way back to elementary students, joining the 5th grade team. She loves helping students explore what kind of people they would like to grow to be.
Tina Leslie, Career and Technical Education Curriculum Specialist, joined FLVS in 2008 after 4 years in the traditional classroom. Tina earned a Master's degree from University of South Florida in Career and Technical Education. She firmly believes CTE provides endless opportunities for students and prepares them for college and in-demand careers.