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I have 22 years of high-quality teaching experience in Lake County Schools, including seven years of working at the district office as a technology integration specialist. I received my bachelor's degree in education from the University of Central Florida. I am a certified K-6 teacher with a certification in ESOL. I have received stellar evaluations each year both from my administrators for my classroom teaching methods and the State of Florida for my students' standardized test scores. I served as the Astatula Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015 and have been nominated for Teacher of the Year a total five times throughout my career. I am also a two-time recipient of the Walt Disney Teacheriffic Award. In addition, I have received several awards for my grant writing accomplishments. Kellyann has the ability to help children make academic gains beyond the typical classroom setting.
I remain an active learner in order to further my knowledge of pedagogy and academics. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator, a CK-12.org certified instructor, as well as an Intel Teach to the Future certified teacher. I am also trained in Kagan Cooperative Structures. I continue to strengthen my knowledge of education by attending conferences such as The Florida Educators Technology Convention and Get Your Teach On.
When I'm not working with students, I enjoy traveling with my husband in our RV, hiking waterfalls, and riding our bikes. I work with animal rescue groups, including Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida where I have fostered over 40 Goldens, giving them a second chance in life. I am the proud mom of 27-year-old fraternal twin boys who are very successful in their own careers.
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior. I then passed my boards to become a Certified Health Education Specialists after graduation. From 2016 to 2020, I worked as a health educator in a private clinic coaching patients in lifestyle changes: food, exercise, sleep, stress management, etc. I grew passionate in my line of work and strived for a greater challenge. Now, I am currently getting a post-bachelor degree at the University of South Florida in Biomedical Sciences and plan to apply to medical school in 2021.
I started tutoring chemistry in 2013 and enjoyed helping student learn the basics of atoms and molecules. I have continued tutoring on and off until I started tutoring regularly for the USF Chemistry Society during the Fall 2020 semester.
Growing up, I found a passion for baton twirling and have had the honor to twirl for the University of Florida, twirl at many international level competitions, and teach baton twirling to several students. I am also a Level III United States Twirling Association (USTA) Judge and working towards my Master Level Judge Certification to judge internationally. I volunteer my time with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and the USTA Judges Apartment on new educational programs. I also enjoy the occasional traveling, strategic board games, and roller blading.
Lauren is available by special appointment only. Please contact us to make an appointment with Lauren for higher math and science courses.
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