Andrea DiBartolomeo was born in Alabama, but shortly thereafter moved to Florida where she was raised. Working with children has always been a passion of Andrea’s, so it was no surprise that she pursued a degree in Elementary Education.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2002. After teaching for five years in Orlando, Andrea knew the Lord was leading her to pursue mission work.
In January of 2008, she left for Uganda to teach vulnerable children through an organization called The Rafiki Foundation. She taught Language Arts for kindergarten, second, and third grades. Her year in Uganda was one that has left her forever changed.
After teaching in Africa, Andrea strongly desired to further her own education. Andrea continued teaching while working on her graduate degree part-time. In 2015, she graduated from UCF with her master’s degree in Exceptional Education. Andrea heard about United Global Outreach through her church and contacted Mr. Timothy McKinney about possible teaching opportunities. In 2017, she began teaching first through third grades at Orange County Academy. She absolutely loves what she does and is so thankful for the chance to work at a place that combines so many of her passions!
My education background includes a B.A. in Professional Chemistry (Case-Western Reserve University), an M.S.T. in Chemistry (University of Florida), and an E.D.D. in Mathematics Education (University of Central Florida).
My work history includes working in a medical laboratory for several years at the Medical School at Case-Western Reserve, teaching chemistry at the College of Orlando, and then 3 semesters of part-time teaching in science (chemistry, earth science and physical science) at Valencia Community College. In the fall of 1974, I was hired as a full-time faculty member on the East Campus of VCC to teach chemistry. In 1982, I became the department chair for mathematics, science and physical education. I taught a minimum of one class in chemistry and/or mathematics each semester during the next 12 years while I supervised both full-time and adjunct faculty. In 1994, I returned to teaching mathematics full time and taught at the VCC center on the UCF campus as well as at the VCC East Campus.
After retiring in 2004, I taught several classes for another year and a half as a Professor Emeritus. I became interested in Therapy Dog activities in 2014 and my dog, Kelley and I joined the Be An Angel Dog Therapy Group. We visited several venues a month until December 2016. We brought our dog, Kacey, home in the summer of 2016 as a 10-week old puppy. Because of Kacey’s training at Pawfection Dog Training, Kelley’s activities were limited in her therapy work. Since that time, both Kelley and Kacey have become fully certified Therapy Dogs through Pawfection Therapy Dog Training. Their activities have introduced me to several wonderful private schools including the Florida Methodist Children’s Home School and the Orange County Academy as well as several assisted living facilities. Kelley and Kacey’s activities have kept me busy many hours each week and we love doing our visits and meeting everyone involved. I am looking forward to combining my teaching experience in mathematics with the visits the Kelley and Kacey enjoy during the next school year at Orange County Academy.
Lisa was born and raised on the shores of Northeastern Ohio. In 1992 she graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelors of Science in Geology and Speech Communications. In addition to having a passion for the study of the earth, she was also an avid participant in her college's radio station logging many hours as a DJ and holding various board member positions. While raising 4 children, she was transplanted to Central Florida in 2005. Settling in Orlando, she spent the next years teaching a variety of subjects from language arts to science to varying age groups all in ability lead classrooms. During the last year of co-op teaching, she helped take a group of middle schoolers to competition level in the National Science Olympiad Competition. Due to a life-changing event, Lisa obtained her TEFL and teaching certification and joined Orange County Academy in 2018.
If you ask Lisa what her favorite job has been, she will tell you, "Hands down, teaching middle schoolers at Orange County Academy. Working with these students has been the most challenging AND the most rewarding job. To reach each student where they are and help them see their own strengths in order to move forward has been a life-changing experience. I am grateful to God to have been chosen for this job!"
Hi, my name is Linda Wheatley. I am a native Floridian and married for 33 years with three adult daughters and one grandson. I received my BS degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College and then earned my Montessori Primary certification from The Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. I taught in a Montessori classroom for two and half years and after moving to an area without a Montessori school taught in a traditional Kindergarten classroom. For the past 24 years I worked as the Director of Children’s Ministry at a local church. I am now teaching the Pre-K and Kindergarten Class at OCA.