Ina A. Colen Academy recently welcomed Annie Avery as principal of the new tuition-free, public charter school which is opening in August.
The school is located in Calesa Township, a new family community in Ocala. During the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, the school will teach students from kindergarten through sixth grade.
According to the school’s website, seventh grade will be added during the 2023-2024 school year, and eighth grade students will be able to attend the school beginning in the 2024-2025 school year.
Avery brings academic and instructional leadership to the school with over 25 years of experience in early childhood, elementary, specific learning disabilities, and gifted education throughout Florida. She has worked as an educator in the Marion County Public School system for the past several years.
Avery completed her undergraduate studies at Florida Southern College and went on to earn two master’s degrees: one in Early Childhood Education at Florida State University and another in Educational Leadership at Western Governors University.
The school plans to offer an educational program that entails high-quality standards-based instruction, project-based learning, and social-emotional learning. “What an incredible opportunity the Ina A. Colen Academy has provided to me and the students in Marion County,” said Avery.