Ocala Preparatory Academy
OPA Staff Biographys:
Dean of Students
Jeremy (Mr.S) is a long time resident of Ocala having lived and worked here for over 25 years. Jeremy earned earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Leo University in 2000 and a Master's of Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2002. After working several years in the Marion County school system, Jeremy caught the vision of personalized education in development by the founding team at Ocala Preparatory Academy and came along side as their Dean of Students for their inaugural year. Jeremy enjoys working with students in academic pursuits such as Chess, Science club, and Mathcounts.
AnnMarie has been teaching in the state of Florida for over 30 years. In that time she has worked in public, private, and online schools as well as participated in the local home school community as a teacher, evaluator and as a parent. She has operated several businesses in the Ocala area including music instruction and tutoring services. AnnMarie has had a passion for the struggling learners since the beginning of her career and has continually worked to the best of her ability to support students who need a helping hand to access age appropriate instruction.
Ms.Lori is the "Wonder Woman" of OPA and our parent company, OaSN Inc. She was born in New York, but spent her childhood in Rhode Island. In 1974, she graduated from Sawyer Academy as an executive secretary. She worked as an executive assistant for a few years before moving to Florida in 1979. After spending some time in other professions, Lori found her niche building her own business in auto sales for 11 years. She later ran a multi-corporate business in the auto industry, successfully managing a salvage yard, used car lot and other related businesses. After raising a family, Lori decided to go back to school and graduated with honors from Rasmussan College in Ocala with an associate of science degree in Health Information Technology. Soon after, Lori was appointed to the board as the secretary of our parent company, OaSN Inc. As the organization grew, Lori became the first employee of OaSN Inc. and later, OPA. She now wears many hats while serving as our School Administrator at OPA, as well as, Executive Administrator for OaSN Inc.
Cynthia Ladkani, P.H.D
"Dr. Cindy" (our affectionate nick name for Dr. Ladkani) taught English in public schools for both Citrus and Broward Counties for 30 years. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Central Florida College. Dr Cindy has a BA in English Literature from Stetson University, her Master of English Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Doctorate in Philosphy, Educational Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a current Florida certificate to teach English reading, English as a second language and educational leadership.
Catherine P. Martin
Cathy recently retired from 25+ years as a teacher with Volusia County School Board. Cathy received her B.S. Degree in Political Science & Business from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master degree in varying exceptionalities from Nova Southeastern University. She is Florida certified in Political Science, Social Sciences Exceptional Student Education and is ESOL endorsed. Her teaching experience includes elementary & middle grades, all academics, general education, at-risk and exceptional student education.
Lavern is an enthusiastic advocate of personalized and holistic education. She has fifteen years of experience teaching in various locations including the island of Jamaica, New York City, and at Shores Christian Academy in Ocala, where she also served as the Guidance Counselor. She has taught elementary and middle school grades as well as various high-school classes such as biology, anatomy, physiology, physical science and health. A graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences, she has also enjoyed previous employment in the fields of health care research, nursing, and aquaculture.
Samantha started college in 2013 with plans on becoming a physician's assistant. While interning with our parent company (OaSN Inc.), she developed a love of working with children with different learning needs and found that her unique talents and creativity allowed her to meet the individual needs of children, causing them to blossom into their own talents and gifts. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida in 2016 and is currently working towards a Masters in Exceptional Student Education at the University of West Florida. She interned for OaSN Inc. for two summers before coming to work at the Active Minds Summer Camp and then for Ocala Preparatory Academy in 2016. She is now in her second year of teaching at OPA. She is excited to continue using hands-on experiments, projects, and games to teach the Grammar class at Ocala Preparatory Academy.
Alphabetarian Blended Learning Teacher
Nicole is originally from Chicago, Illinois and relocated to Ocala in 2004. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Needs. Her experience includes teaching children birth to high school in Marion County Public Schools and through her church ministry. She loves working with children of all ages and looks forward to working with the students at Ocala Preparatory Academy through their new blended learning program with Florida Virtual School.
Kelley has been involved in the public school system for 15 years as a paraprofessional. She has a B.A. in Behavioral Science with coursework in Special Education. She is an active volunteer for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Kelly believes in empowering young students to strive for excellence both academically and behaviorally.
Sarah Fiske is the paraprofessional for both Grammar and Dialectic classes. She has been involved in helping children learn since her early teen years.
Her love of working with youth began when she start volunteering at her church to help with the Sunday School program.
Later, she became the assistant Christian Education director working with children from preschool through high school.
She also worked for a local tutoring company for many years. She graduated from Citrus High School in 2003 and attended CFCC.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Jocelyn recently moved to Ocala. She has a BA in Early Childhood and Primary Education
as well as a MBA in Business Administration. She previously worked as Educative Assistant. Jocelyn loves working with kids.
IT & Web Development Teacher
John has a long history of working with children even those with special needs. His passion for children and the way they learn has brought him into the teaching environment in 2013. He started teaching at Ocala Preparatory Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Some students from his classes maintain & design this website.
Ocala Preparatory Academy
7634 SW 60th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34476