Central Florida Leadership Academy – HAPA Pitches In

Central Florida Leadership Academy – HAPA Pitches In

Jody Litchford and son Andrew (Bath '07)
Jody Litchford and son Andrew (Bath '07)

When the Litchford family (Andrew, Bath, ’07) graduated from Hyde, Jody Litchford, Andrew’s mom, was sure of two things: 1) by attending Hyde all the members of her family had been blessed with real growth through invaluable life altering experiences; 2) there were thousands of students in her home community of Orlando, Florida who would benefit from the Hyde experience, but who could not afford private school tuition.

When Jody heard about the Hyde Charter Schools and learned that these schools were achieving similar successes in the non-boarding environment, she scheduled a trip to Washington, DC, to see the charter schools in action. She was accompanied that day by a colleague from Orlando, who was so impressed with the school that he agreed to form a non-profit corporation with Jody and to bring the Hyde Schools to Orlando.

Three years later, having won approval to operate as a charter school from the local district school board, and having received the support of the City of Orlando which offered a favorable lease on an appropriate facility, the Central Florida Leadership Academy plans to open in August, 2010 as a Hyde affiliated public school. The CFLA will offer grades 6 and 7 in 2010, eventually expanding to serve grades 6-12 by 2015.

During her time at Hyde, Jody was impressed with the “daily small miracles” that occurred in the lives of Hyde students and families. She is determined to bring those same daily miracles to the lives of struggling students and families in Central Florida.

CFLA is searching for a head of school and several “amazing teachers” for the 2010-2011 school year. Teachers must be certified, or able to be certified, in Florida and anyone with a Hyde background (graduates, former faculty, or HAPA) would be extremely valuable in helping bring the Hyde culture to Orlando. Anyone interested in teaching (or in helping out with family weekends) should contact Jody at CFLAcademy@earthlink.net. The CFLA website is www.CFLAcademy.org. Faculty positions will also be advertised through teachers-teachers.com.