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West Oaks' Elementary academic plan establishes and reinforces educational basics likes phonics, penmanship, and math fundamentals.

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Verlanda Bullard

Kindergarten

Mrs. McBride- Bullard is a native of Orlando, Florida. After graduating from Jones High School. She decided to plant a stable foundation in her hometown where she began her educational and professional journey into elementary education. With a passion for instilling the basic foundation of a primary education, she has dedicated over 30 years to teaching. She has a firm belief that “..if we pour our heart, love and best effort into equipping our youth with basic life and learning skills, their light will eventually turn on and they are destined to succeed.” She strives to continually refresh herself with the changing times and needs of children. She has also volunteered countless hours to mentoring and tutoring youth, with a preference for guiding young girls to help them become social and educational successes.

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Janet James

1st

I love teaching! I have been teaching now for over forty years.God has blessed me with the gift to teach Reading and l am using that gift now as a First Grade teacher.  I was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica where I earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.),and a Diploma in Theology from Caribbean Christ for the Nations.

I have always believed in bringing out the best in all my students with God's help.As a result, I try to instill in them the all powerful words from Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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Alecia Thompson- Clark

2nd

Ever since I can remember I have had a love for working with children. I have been teaching for a total of 15 years. This will be going on my second year working at West Oak Christian Academy. I have a master’s degree in elementary education. I love to create an atmosphere in my classroom that is loving and inspiring. I love to teach my students how important it is just to try their best everyday and let God do the rest. My favorite teaching quote,” Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!

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Maggie Jones

3rd

I have been teaching at West Oaks for 9 years. I am so excited to be here and I look forward to a wonderful year!  I graduated from Indiana University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree and Associate’s Degree. I believe that children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. I consider it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth. I believe each student learns in their own way and style. I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond the four walls of our classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. 

Jazmyne Gilliam


•From Orlando. Middle child of 3. Mother of 1 (boy)

Educational background
•high school: Jones High
•college: University of Southern Mississippi

Career info
•Second year at west Oaks Academy
•Taught VPK for 3 years

Philosophy of education
•All children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas.

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Vonda White

5th

Vonda White is originally from Orlando, Florida, where she began her teaching career over 15 years ago, presently entering her fifth year at West Oaks Academy. Vonda graduated from Florida Memorial University earning her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. As a child growing up in a family of educators, Vonda realized at a young age teaching was her passion. Vonda believes that becoming an educator opens the opportunity to impart life lessons that students will never forget, allowing you to be in a position to influence their decisions, behaviors, strengths, weaknesses and imaginations. Teaching to Vonda is one of the most direct ways to make an impact and invaluable contribution. She knows that she is taking part in shaping the next generation. Through her years of teaching, she had the potential to interact with students at all stages of development and from all walks of life. Vonda believe each student have their own learning style. Her goal is to continue fostering a safe and nurturing classroom environment where each student can have the opportunity to achieve success.

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