We asked all Firebirds, what is your story here at Falls Lake Academy. We want to know what drew you to Falls Lake Academy, why have you chosen to stay, and since you have been here how have we grown. What do you think is in Falls Lake Academy's future?
This is our story.
Amy Hobgood, Danielle Cunningham, Nealie Whitt, Dana Vaughan, Lisa Mayhew, Lindsay Graham, Amanda Moore, Hannah McGarry
Our future is bright! We have a great team of faculty and staff that genuinely care about the success of each student. I know that together, we will create a caring, supportive environment that will foster the needs of each individual student to help them develop to their full potential.
- Hannah McGarry
I was working as an athletic director at a school that competed with Falls Lake for the past few years in athletics. Due to our school closing this year, I was searching for my next great opportunity. The opportunity came when Patrick told me that I needed to come work at Falls Lake. I know Patrick and Stephanie from when we worked together at East Wake Academy and knew this is where I wanted to be!
- Kate Wright
The administration has worked tirelessly to ensure our first graduating class has all they need in order to achieve their “higher education” goals. Since I have a child in the first graduating class, this speak volumes to me! The board is always looking for ways to improve the foundation, and working toward solutions to problems that arise. The FLA future is bright!
- Heather Cudak
Kindergarten Teachers and Teacher Assistants
2nd Grade Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Jessica Pendergrass, Valerie Hemenway, Tracy Hill, Molly Smith, Kayla Yager, Samantha Lee
4th Grade Teachers
Jacquelyn Creech, Allison Averette, Karen Teague, Missy Lee
1st Grade Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Lisa Watkins, Emery Bowser, Danielle Harrison, Robin Thomas, Jenny Hanson
Molly Voss, Brittany Wadford, Kim Frazier
3rd Grade Teachers
Caroline DeDecker, Adrienne Scott, Tiffany Jones, Leslie Morris
5th Grade Teachers
Wendy Beauchaine, Emily Buddo, Brittany Sheargold, Tracy Holcombe
Exceptional Children's Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Alexandra Hendricks, Rebecca Sigmon, Jean Kwiatkowski, Hannah Proctor
I have seen a lot of change since that first year and FLA has only gotten better. The campus has grown so much and the teachers have grown too.
- Jean Kwiatkowski
I continue to work at FLA because I feel surrounded by an exceptional staff where I feel supported and share the same goals and mission that we have for the success of our students. As part of the EC department, I have a passion for EC population of students and I feel that our EC staff does an excellent job collaborating with our school staff to ensure that our specific students are supported and their needs are met in/out of the classroom.
- Hannah Proctor
6th Grade Teachers
Sarah Sprouse, Ashley Keith, Cynthia Blake, Kristen Watson
8th Grade Teachers
Karsyn Ellis, Philip Morris, Stephanie Arneth
7th Grade Teachers
Amanda Siegfried, Lynn Ritter, Sarah Hybels, Tara Wagner
I loved working in the charter school, but I was looking for something that really stood out from the traditional public schools. I loved that Falls Lake was focused on Project Based Learning and helping preparing students for the 21st Century world and college. I think that collaborative learning and hands on activities are very beneficial for our students.
- Amanda Siegfried
Exceptional Children's Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Amber Wood, Kelly Good, Joyce Fuller, Danielle Harvell-Jervis, Leslie Fagert
In the two years that I have been a part of Falls of Lake Academy, the Exceptional Children’s program has doubled in size. The teachers are developing a close relationship with their students and families. Falls Lake Academy has a great future as they continue to foster learning for all.
- Lisa Fagert
I love the “family atmosphere” that can be experienced from the moment you arrive on campus and can appreciate the opportunities and respect given to teachers and students through project based learning as a charter school.
- Kelly Good
I was looking for a school that shared my passion for education and belief that every student has the ability to grow and learn. I was also looking for a charter school because of my belief that public schools have been failing students. From the moment I became a Firebird, I can easily see the tremendous potential this school has for years to come. The biggest take-away is the family-feeling and support you get the instant you become a Firebird.
- Jon Bruno
I think the school is will continue to impact so many students and families in the area. I see the school being a better and better PBL school with new ideas and activities that will help students learn more and more each year. We have already shown the ability to adapt with the changing technology and we will continue to embrace that in ways to develop our students even more.
- Joey Johnson
I am excited to learn, teach, and grow as an educator while serving the community and children here at FLA.
- Casey Taylor
I am excited to see how the Spanish Department grows. For now, we are only offering Spanish 1 and 2, but hopefully the Spanish Department starts to grow with more teachers, as we move into the upper levels of Spanish, and hopefully all the way up to AP.
- Davis Lever
I stay at FLA to watch my children grow academically. I also want to see the students I teach grow and prosper.
- Jennifer Frederick
FLA has a great future as they continue to foster diversity across cultural and intellectual boundaries.
- Kim Landis
The future is promising, I'm looking forward to seeing the different options that will become available to the students. I am also looking forward to seeing a more diverse representations with our students and staff.
- Pamela Criswell
Our future is enriching the lives of students. We are also responsible for creating a positive learning experience that our students will not only learn from academically, but socially and emotionally.
- April Black
I enjoy the freedom to implement the style and pace that works best for my students. I also really enjoy the PBL aspect of what we do. Hands on and into the subject are how I like to teach.
- Scott Decker
Having attended charter school for kindergarten through the end of high school, I have always had an interest in other charter schools. FLA is a wonderful charter school that is focused on bringing superior education while making it a memorable experience; that is something anyone with a passion for education should be interested in.
- Victoria Johnson
Jason Porter, xxx, Lacey Wallace, Tricia Korneluk
FLA will grow into a family built on positive relationship between staff, students and parents. It’s a great place!
- Jaron Cox
Beside the increasing number of students and staff each year, FLA has grown in the capacity to teach, and to nurture an entire spectrum of learners. I have seen countless times how FLA has promoted the “no child left behind” ethos. What we are doing here works, and it works well. The ever-growing number of believers and supporters is testament to that framework.
- Patrick Vincent
We have grown numerically, of course, and in our knowledge and development of our vision and mission, and how we strive to educate our children.
- Betsie Forsythe
I stay at Falls Lake Academy because I wanted to build an elementary music program. That is what I've been doing and what I want to continue to do.
- Lacey Wallace
I stay at FLA because of the higher standard that FLA has. I want my children to have the best. I also stay because I love the opportunity to change and mold the minds of the future.
- Keneica Moore
I was interested in being a part of the FLA staff, because project based learning seemed like a great fit for my teaching style and an interesting approach for my daughter. Inquiry learning and its hands-on approach to learning, teaches children to think for themselves, collaborate with others and apply mastered concepts.
- Tricia Korneluk
I love our children, I believe in our mission and I am dedicated to seeing that each of our students has a positive education and one in which they thrive and feel secure and cherished.
- Stephanie Yarbrough