From Your Principal

Welcome To Orlando Gifted Academy!

Mrs. Britt Despenza

I believe that every child must be given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential with the support and guidance of a caring and nurturing teacher/facilitator. Every child should be able to learn and flourish in a classroom environment where they are permitted to engage in independent learning activities based on their interests. I believe that all students should be exposed to challenging and rigorous learning opportunities while having fun. Students should be able to have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of content through research and investigating open-ended tasks.

Additionally, students should have the ability to guide their own learning and engage in thought provoking conversations with their peers while learning how to collaborate and debate effectively. I believe all students need to develop skills to defend their thoughts and ideas, while being able to communicate in a positive and respectful manner.

My goal is to recruit and retain teachers that understand the importance of differentiation and are willing to differentiate lessons, activities, experiences and projects. I believe that a school community must be established that fosters a sense of social and emotional well-being for all and embraces diversity and inclusion.

As the new principal of Orlando Gifted Academy, I am committed to develop an environment where we “value respect, creativity, and collaboration” while allowing students the opportunity to learn and be challenged. I am excited to work with parents, teachers, staff, students and all stakeholders to ensure Orlando Gifted Academy is a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to student success.

Britt Despenza