Christina feels that every child can be a happy, accomplished student, given the right tools and attention. She says, “Working alongside my wonderful staff and helping these students is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life”.
At a young age, Christina studied Child Development and assisted classrooms of special needs children throughout middle and high school. In the years that followed, she was invited to speak at many seminars and coached hundreds of teens on the topic of doing the right thing, despite peer pressure.
As a mother of three, she found herself coping with each one of her children facing individual academic challenges. When her youngest was three, she was told by his teacher that he should see an occupational therapist and be fitted with a weighted vest, so as to “make him more aware of his body and stop moving around so much” (she withdrew him immediately). Her daughter, who at the time was attending second grade at a “good private school” in Miami, could not read at all and could barely recognize letter combinations. When she met with her teacher, she was told that the school felt they should wait another four months or so, before remediating (she withdrew her immediately). Christina knew that one-on-one attention, a personalized curriculum and the use of a workable study method was the only answer. She spent one full year with a certified teacher researching the best, most comprehensive curriculum and most workable teaching methods. Once these were formulated and implemented, her youngest son went from a mid-Grade 2 reading level to a beginning 4th Grade level, in 5 months. Christina knew that there were other children, like her son, also badly in need of individualized attention in a nurturing environment, so she founded New Village Academy. Word of mouth immediately spread and she quadrupled her amount of students in the first year.
Tiffanie’s hands-on teaching technique, and her math games and science labs are loved by many of our students.
Lead Instructor High School
While in high school, in the 9th grade, Tiffanie took a health science course and fell in love with the subject. She graduated high school magnum cum laude and continued her studies at Florida International University. On the pre-med track, she graduated with her Bachelors in Biological Sciences. While applying to medical schools, she began tutoring high school students in mathematics. It was during this time that she realized how much she really enjoyed teaching. Several students would arrive for tutoring feeling discouraged, and express their dislike for math. After a tutoring session with Tiffanie, students were able to understand and apply it remarkably better. It brought her joy, knowing that she could help students learn and get them excited about math. When she began working at New Village Academy, she knew right away that this environment would be the perfect fit. She loved the idea of teaching small groups of students, and having the ability to build strong bonds with them. Also, that students could work at their own pace and not feel pressured to rush through the content. Tiffanie’s hands-on teaching technique, and her math games and science labs are loved by many of our students.
What Makes Us Unique?
Today’s educational environment can be tough on your child. Study Technology, developed by Humanitarian and Educator L. Ron Hubbard, is a tool which teachers and parents can use to help their children succeed in school, at home and in life; and that students can use to improve their own learning rate. The basic principle behind Study Technology is teaching people how to learn, and how to learn effectively so as to be able to use and apply what they study both now and later on in their lives. New Village Academy’s approach, using Study Technology, is to help a student get to the bottom of why they are having troubles with their education, and provide them with tools to help them overcome their educational struggles and learning difficulties.