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St. Andrew in the News

Academic Excellence

We believe in the dignity and worth of every child of God and set high expectations for academic achievement and character formation. Called to teach in the name Jesus who said, "I came that they might have life and have life to the full" (John 10:10), we seek to fan into flame the gifts God has given each child. We are committed to providing an excellent education that puts our students on the path to college and heaven. Notre Dame ACE Academy leaders and teachers possess growth mindsets and persist in creating a culture of academic excellence and continuous learning so that all in our school may come to see ever more clearly, God in all things.

Leadership

NDAA provides on-going leadership formation for principals and research-based evaluation tools that give school leaders concrete feedback for improvement and assist the School Leadership Committee of the regional NDAA board in holding principals accountable for school improvement.

NDAA also facilitates access to the expertise of Notre Dame faculty, and provides principals with intensive, on-going support in curriculum, instruction and coaching, assessment, school culture, and Catholic identity.

Learning Climate

NDAA schools have access to annual instructional and curricular resource upgrades, and NDAA provides teachers with training and support in use of new materials. Teachers are prepared to constantly reassess and meet their students’ needs.  

Professional Capacity

NDAA conducts regular Teacher Leadership Formation (TLF) workshops to implement the NDAAs Framework for Excellent Teaching, and facilitate the development of professional learning communities both within and across school communities.  The Framework for Excellent Teaching and professional learning communities together establish a professional culture of excellence and provide teachers with support to meet all their students’ needs.

Family/Community Engagement

Parents are the primary educators of their children. NDAA honors this and creates opportunities for families to be engaged in their children’s education by hosting community events and developing family programming. In addition, NDAA connects regional Notre Dame alumni and the ACE Advocates to NDAA school communities.

Instructional Guidance

Each NDAA region employs a Teaching and Learning Specialist who provides regular 1-on-1 teacher coaching and advises the Principal on curricular and instructional issues. In addition, NDAA provides researched-based feedback and evaluation tools to assist principals in holding teachers accountable for constant improvement in planning, instruction, assessment, and school culture.

Get Involved

You can make a secure, online donation via PayPal. If applicable, please indicate your Donor Type (Alumni, Friend of St. Andrew, or Corporate Partner) and Campaign (Annual Appeal, Giving Tuesday, or In Memory of...) in the note section below. 

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If you would like to make an offline gift, you may mail your check or credit card information to:

St. Andrew Catholic School
Office of Advancement
877 North Hastings Street,Orlando, Florida 32808

For more informtion, call (407)295-4230 x1769 or email:

Staff Directory


 

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  • Rev Leo Hodges
  • Pastor
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  • Latrina Peters-Gipson
  • Principal
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andy sojourner
  • Mr. Andy Sojourner
  • Assistant Principal
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chris dellaporta
  • Mr. Christopher DellaPorta
  • NDAA Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Email
jessica kozlowski
  • Mrs. Jessica Kozlowski
  • NDAA Advancement Specialist
  • Email
racheal zurita
  • Mrs. Rachael Zurita
  • School Counselor
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equilla bruce
  • Ms. Equilla Bruce
  • Office Manager
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katy harris
  • Mrs. Katy Harris
  • Receptionist - Records Clerk
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cynthia castanheira
  • Cynthia Castanheira
  • Pre-K 4 Teacher
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roselene louis
  • Ms. Roselene Hayes
  • Kindergarten Teacher
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leigh nassis
  • Ms. Leigh Nassis
  • Kindergarten Teacher
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Kathleen Zielinski
  • Mrs. Kathleen Zielinski
  • First Grade Teacher
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mina hendershot
  • Ms. Mina Harper
  • First Grade Teacher
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tina volrath
  • Mrs. Tina Volrath
  • Second Grade Teacher
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temeka hanford
  • Ms. Temeka Hanford
  • Second Grade Teacher
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lauren mccann
  • Ms. Lauren McCann
  • Third Grade Teacher
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monique moore
  • Ms. Monique Moore
  • Third Grade Teacher
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jane jones
  • Mrs. Jane Jones
  • Fourth Grade Teacher
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nancy pavlovsky
  • Mrs. Nancy Pavlovsky
  • Fifth Grade Teacher
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mark fortier
  • Mr. Mark Fortier
  • Fifth Grade Teacher
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chamaris delgado
  • Ms. Chamaris Delgado
  • Middle School Science
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diane etheridge
  • Mrs. Diane Etheridge
  • Middle School Math
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stephanie jean jacques
  • Ms. Stephanie Jean-Jacques
  • Middle School Language Arts
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marisol searles
  • Marisol Searles
  • Spanish and Art Teacher
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steve gibson
  • Mr. Steve Gibson
  • Physical Education Teacher
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vicki sharkey
  • Mrs. Vicki Sharkey
  • Media Specialist
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tree booher
    • Tree Booher
    • Information Technology Coordinator
    • Technology Instructor
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alex diaz
  • Mr. Vincent Howard
  • Music Teacher
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alex diaz
  • Ms. Briana Ciccarino
  • AmeriCorp Volunteer
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alex diaz
  • Mr. Jamari Fowler
  • AmeriCorp Volunteer
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desiree ali
  • Ms. Desiree Ali
  • Extended Care
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donna bodurtha
  • Ms. Donna Bodurtha
  • Teacher Aide
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karen fowler
  • Ms. Karen Fowler
  • Teacher Aide
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SrRose
  • Sr. Rose Bernadette Hoeffner
  • 2B Religion Teacher
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kami neely
  • Ms. Kami Neely
  • Catapult Math
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melanie stewart
  • Ms. Melanie Stewart
  • Catapult Reading
  • Email
phyllis hartshorn
  • Ms. Phyllis Hartshorn
  • Extended Day Care
  • Email
donna krueger
  • Ms. Donna Krueger
  • Extended Day Care
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migdalia rodriguez
  • Mrs. Migdalia Rodriguez
  • Cafeteria Manager
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cherry guzman
  • Ms. Cherry Guzman
  • Cafeteria Assistant
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marie sophia belizaire
  • Ms. Marie Sophia Belizaire
  • Cafeteria Assistant
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michael sebastiani
  • Mr. Michael Sebastiani
  • Maintenance Supervisor
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frantz pierre
  • Mr. Frantz Pierre
  • Maintenance
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  • Mr. Alex Diaz
  • Maintenance
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  • Mr. Rafael Rivera
  • Maintenance
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  • Mr. Adrien Oriol
  • Maintenance
  • Email
 

Notre Dame ACE Academies

NDAA ModelThe Notre Dame ACE Academy initiative is an innovative university-school partnership program that effects comprehensive school excellence in regional clusters of partner schools. The Notre Dame ACE Academies represent a unique model of urban Catholic schooling, in which schools and communities are supported by parental choice scholarships and the mobilization of the resources of the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and partnering dioceses. In the Notre Dame ACE Academies, pastors and bishops delegate certain responsibilities to a regional board of specified jurisdiction, and ACE provides comprehensive school support that attends to multiple dimensions of schooling in the areas of Catholic identity, advancement, and teaching/learning.

NDAA Executive Summary

Meet our Teachers

We employ a team of dedicated, enthusiastic, learned, kind, and moral educators. From Early Childhood to the eighth grade, the faculty is devoted to the well-being and success of every student. All members of the faculty hold Bachelor’s Degrees, and several hold Master’s Degrees. All faculty members are certified in the State of Florida to teach in their assigned instructional areas. They have been trained in the most current educational trends, and have the experience to implement the best practices in the classroom settings.

Many of the teachers at the school have dedicated their professional careers to our school – some have even been at the school for over 25 years! With extensive classroom experience, a dedicated approach to education, and training in best practices, we could not be prouder of our faculty!

Mrs. Brenda Budd - Principal

University of Scranton, M.S. Educational Leadership

University of South Florida, B.A.

At St. Joseph since 2011

Sr. Nivia Arias - Art

 

William Paterson University, B.S. in Elementary Education

At St. Joseph since 2009


Ms. Elizabeth Baker

University of South Florida, B.A.

At St. Joseph since 2014


Mr. Anthony Crafa - 8th Grade / Dean of Students

University of Notre Dame, M.Ed;

University of Notre Dame, B.A. in History

At St. Joseph since 2007

Catholic Identity

This Church constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him, although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure. These elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward catholic unity. (LG 8)

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Mission and History

Mission

St. Andrew Catholic School is committed to academic excellence and to developing the students’ spirituality and creativity in order to be disciples of Christ in the 21st century.

History

St. Andrew Catholic School is located in the Pine Hills area of Orlando, Florida.  The Pine Hills community in Orlando learned in 1955 that it would soon be established as a new parish.  A church was the first building planned on the site facing highway 50.  The new chapel was dedicated in March of 1956.  Ground was broken in mid-June, 1961, for a school in November, eight classrooms and an administration building was ready to open.  The school was officially dedicated on January 15, 1962.  There were 385 students initially enrolled.  In 1966 there were 600 students enrolled. It cost approximately $130,000 to build the school that was entirely financed by the parish tithing program.  Seven lay teachers were hired for staff and Fr. Cyril J. Kennedy, C.Pp.S., was the first principal.  In April of 1963, by papal order, St. Andrew parish was given over in perpetuity to the Society of the Precious Blood.  Three sisters of the Precious Blood from Dayton, Ohio arrived to teach at the school.

Soon after, the school expanded to 16 classrooms, an infirmary, a library, two offices and four “fully equipped” restrooms.  This addition was dedicated in 1965.  Christopher R. Clarke became the school principal in 1968. In 1970, Mr. Henry Marino assumed the principal position.  After five years, Mr. Ken Soistman, who had been a teacher at All Souls School in Sanford for six years, began his administration at St. Andrew School in June, 1976.

Additional structures were built throughout the years including the Parish Center, which is also utilized as a gym.  A fully equipped kitchen and stage were included in the design of this building.  Neidert Hall was built to allow for additional meeting space and cafeteria with a partial Kitchen.

In 1995, Mr. Soistman left St. Andrew School after serving as principal for 20 years.  Mrs. Roberta Streppone succeeded him as principal for two years.  In 1998, Rev. Benjamin Berinti, C.Pp.S., Pastor of the parish school became the interim principal while Mrs. Yvonne Toro, assistant principal assumed full responsibilities for the daily operations of the school.  Mrs. Kathryn Welsh became principal of St. Andrew School in July,, 1999.  Mrs. Yvonne Toro was appointed the interim principal in February, 2001.  Mrs. Yvonne Toro assumed full responsibilities as principal of St. Andrew School in May 2001. In July of 2007, Dr. Kathleen Kiley took over for Mrs Toro. Mrs. Latrina Peters-Gipson is the current principal of St. Andrew as of July, 2015.

Pine Hills is an area that has dramatically changed over the past twenty years.  St. Andrew Catholic School was founded to serve the needs of the families in this area. Currently, families from various geographical areas are being served, while only a small percentage of families are from the surrounding area.

Throughout the years, a constant variable at St. Andrew Catholic School has been a dedicated staff striving to deliver a developmentally appropriate education for students in Pre-K through eighth grade.  This school is committed to high standards of quality education while providing students with a clean, safe, and well-equipped environment.

St. Andrew Catholic School is a ministry of the Diocese of Orlando and is under the direction of the Office of Catholic Schools.  It is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association.  All teachers employed at St. Andrew possess professional or temporary teaching certification for the state of Florida, as well as religious certification from the Diocese of Orlando.