Ms. Ekblad has been with Millennium Academy for more than thirteen years. Ms. Ekblad graduated with honors from University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and Disorders of the Hearing Impaired. She has recently completed the Masters program at the University of South Florida earning her Masters degree in Educating Children with varying abilities, including ASD and Gifted education. In her spare time, Ms. Ekblad enjoys creating jewelry through various mediums, and working with glass to create jewelry and other works of art.
Mr. Ferguson holds an Associate in Arts degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of South Florida. Mr. Ferguson has been a percussionist for 30 years and has received the “Sempre Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence” from the U.S. Marine Corps, the “John Phillips Sousa Band Award” and numerous superior ratings from the Florida Bandmasters Association. He is also a Drum Corps International World Championship finalist with the “Suncoast Sound” and has performed professionally in musical theater, studio recording and several bands. Mr. Ferguson also has over 15 years experience in web development, programming and computer repair. He holds certifications from Microsoft, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Ferguson will be teaching Middle School Science, Language Arts, Percussion, and Drumline.
Miss Fran Lisiewski
Over the years, Fran has become the heart of Millennium Academy because of all her many responsibilities. Dependable and trustworthy, Fran’s duties are not just limited to being an exceptional administrative assistant and gardening instructor. She is also known for her role as student advocate and parent/teacher liaison. Being the first point of contact at Millennium Academy, her friendly and patient demeanor have been an asset to this school, especially while giving tours to all prospective parents and students which she enjoys so much. She is very proud of all this school has to offer.
Because of her vast knowledge and passion for gardening, Fran has been given the opportunity to share her wisdom with those attending the school. The children are taught this amazing life skill which shows them the miracle of life and how precious our food supply is. Fran’s enthusiasm and proficiency have even encouraged the involvement of some of the parents. Nature is her game!
Fran is a true believer in the Millennium Academy’s mission and, along with all other faculty members, works very hard to bring it to life. Despite all she does in the office, the students are by far her main priority. Even when the kids are injured or not feeling well, Fran cares for them like she does her own children. You can always count on her for that extra TLC. Fran is a very important part of Millennium Academy and truly loved and appreciated by all.
Ms. Washington is a working actor, director, playwright and costume designer, as well as the director of theatre here at MA. She has been performing on stages throughout the Bay area, as well as her home state of Michigan, for 40 years. In 2014, BroadwayWorld.com named her the Best Costume Designer in Tampa Bay for her work with the Patel Conservatory production of The Tempest. Mrs. Washington holds a BA in Music Education with a concentration in voice and theatre from the University of Tampa.
Miss Amanda is graduate of the Biomedical Sciences Program at the University of South Florida. She spent two years at the University taking high level math courses (up to Calculus 3, and Differential Equations) and other engineering classes including Physics, Statics, Nanomedicine, as well as an Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. She has also attended classes on elementary literature.
A lifelong learner, Miss Amanda is always willing to try something new and is never afraid to stick with what works when needed. Ms. Amanda teaches the elementary children in such classes as E-1, Brain Benders, and Art. With her notable math skills, she also teaches Algebra to the middle and high school students.
One thing she enjoys very much is working with and training rescue dogs such as Chessie, who she adopted in December of 2013. Miss Amanda is rarely seen without her trusty rescued sidekick. Chessie serves the school by assisting in the classroom and helping students to reduce their anxiety, therefore improving their behavior. Chessie’s calming effect can be seen as soon as a frustrated child begins to pet her.
Mr. Addison attended a two-year program at Marchman Technical Institute in which he studied Commercial Art. Later, he graduated with an Associates in Arts and Sciences degree from The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale where he majored in Advertising Design and Photography. For the past 20 years, Mr. Addison’s experience includes working in a variety of areas in the fields of graphic and web design, and at one time even ran his own web/graphic design business and photography company specializing in weddings. His graphic design skills include creative development, company branding, and directing/designing the visual aesthetics of web, print, and multimedia applications.
Mrs. Roberts was born in Ft. Myers, Florida and raised in Cincinnati Ohio and a small town east of Columbus, Ohio called Granville. She Graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art Education. She has worked in all sorts of schools from very rural schools in the country to very urban schools in the city. She has experience teaching art to all age–from babies to High School seniors. She currently lives in Hudson with her husband and two kids, a girl age 9 and a boy age one and a half as well as a dog named Keeta. She owns her own portrait photography company that she is excited about starting up again after moving to Florida from Ohio last summer. Her previous jobs were both working as product photographers for DSW (the shoe store) and an online estate sale company called Everything But The House. Her passions include drawing, photography, and playing with her kids.
Miss Alexus is a working actress and performer in the Tampa Bay area. She has choreographed multiple professional shows. Her favorite shows are, “Suds the Musical”, “Give Our Regards to Broadway”, and “Assisted Living the Musical”. Miss. Alexus has danced for 15 years and was professionally trained at Sell’s Broadway Dance Company in New Port Richey. She also graduated from River Ridge High School as the dance team captain.
Ms. Estep obtained her Associates in Arts from Pasco-Hernando State College. She then, went on to obtain her Bachelors Degree from the University of Phoenix in Psychology. She currently is working towards her Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Developmental Disabilities specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She also holds her Registered Behavior Technician certificate. When Ms. Estep is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her two children.
Ms. Melissa Stockman is originally from Philadelphia PA, where she received classical training in music, theater, and dance
while attending PAS, The Performing Arts High School. Her concentrations included flute & cello, Ballet & Modern dance,
and Musical Theater. She spent time performing, choreographing, and entertaining with local theaters around the Philadelphia area as well as being cast in 2 movies and an infomercial local to Tampa FL. Melissa has a B.A. in Developmental Psychology & a dance minor from St Leo University. As well as teaching preschool, she has been teaching music and movement programs to children and families for over 15 years with her mobile children’s program offering enrichment in the arts, child development, and academics in a creative, nurturing setting. She is also a certified children’s health coach who believes there needs to be more access to movement programs for children of all ages in their daily lives. Melissa is continually studying more creative ways to unify the arts and academics, for the sake of the development of the child’s mind.
Ms. Scott [also known as Ms. S] holds an Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Warner University. Ms. S. has played softball for more than 15 years and even received softball scholarships from St. Petersburg Community College and Warner University. After graduation, she received her Florida teaching certification and joined the staff at Millennium Academy. Ms. S. has retired from the game of softball and picked up coaching a middle school softball team in her spare time. Ms. S. takes pride and joy in coaching and hopes to inspire younger girls to pursue their softball dreams.
Mr. Udoh has a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Education and Social work from the University of North Texas (UNT). He also obtained his Master of Education concentrating in Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Assessment, and Development from Strayer University. Throughout his career as a Director of an after-school program teaching students from ages 5 through 18 he obtained several certifications in Child Growth and Development, Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, Health, Safety, and Nutrition. He obtained the Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) which was a training he learned while working as a Behavioral Specialist.
Mr. Udoh also is a Certified National and International Education Consultant which he has worked with and taught Administrators, Principals, and Teachers different curriculum strategies. He has helped to identify curriculum issues in school districts and within individual classrooms and offer suggestions for improvement.
My Philosophy of Teaching
I believe that all individuals have the inner ability to learn if given the resources and opportunity. Every person is their own individual and no two are the same or learn the same. My role as an Educator is to ensure all students receive a grade level standard through guided practice and independent practice. A person’s way of thinking changes according to her/his life experiences good or bad that’s why I incorporate cognitive teaching. I believe it is important that students learn in the best classroom setting as possible and to make sure all resources are utilized and to assist as needed.