Our Teachers

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
—Japanese proverb

Pamalea Baker

Certified Administrator K-12; Certified Teacher; K-6 and 5-9 Math, English and Science

Pamalea Baker graduated from Ohio University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. Pam has continued her education and in 2008 achieved National Board Certified Teacher status as well as earning her Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. Ms Baker has 19 years teaching experience from elementary to high school. Pam has taught in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and internationally in Dubai, UAE. Ms Baker is a Highly Effective Teacher and comes highly recommended by her students, parents, and peers. Pam believes in every child having their own set of educational needs and she works to develop the whole child not just the academics. She has a way of connecting to students which allows her students to build self-esteem and develop confidence in their abilities as a student and a member of society.

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Nicole Iannaccone

Certified Teacher Primary/Elementary

Nicole Iannaccone graduated from Edison State College majoring in Early Education. She went on to obtain a Director's Credential along with her Primary/Elementary CGMS degree. Nicole's love of learning led her to explore various teaching philosophies. Her passion for teaching children continued to grow as she achieved the role of Head of School within the Montessori educational system. Ms Iannaccone has 18 years experience as an educator. Nicole is honored to be a part of 3 Oaks Academy.  "3 Oaks Academy is everything I could have hoped for in all my years of teaching children. The philosophy is in tune with all my years of studying and learning about what strives children to become wholesome, well adjusted, well rounded, future adults."   

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Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in both Early and Middle Childhood Development. After working ten years, in many different capacities within the education setting, she continued her education by attending Florida Gulf Coast University receiving her Master of Education in Special Education. Emily has training in Orton Gillingham and will be working towards her Associate Level Certification this Fall.

 

Emily began her career by creating a program for adults and children with unique needs to participate in exercise therapy. She worked with Occupational and Physical therapists of her students to continue their therapies through exercise and play therapy. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Emily began working in the public-school setting at the Elementary level in Indiana. After her son was born at 23 weeks’ gestation, Emily stayed home with him to bring therapies to her home to assist him and his development. Emily learned how to do developmental therapy and began working with students virtually. Along with this, Emily worked with students overseas, specifically teaching English as a Second Language. Emily and her husband also created a nonprofit organization called Miracles Around Us that provided assistance to families who had children who were hospitalized or who had passed away. When her children became school age, Emily began BTC Academy here in Southwest Florida. This was a hybrid learning center working with students who were homeschooled and providing academic courses for them, along with intervention for children who needed additional support to close academic gaps. When the pandemic hit, Emily began working virtually with students providing intense intervention one on one through BTC Academy. Along with this, she contracted with public and private school districts around the United States, through BTC Academy, providing intense intervention to their students to close academic gaps and provide highly personalized and tailored academic programs for their students, along with creating curriculum for their virtual programs. Emily has worked with children with all different academic abilities from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Emily focuses on creating academic plans specific to her student’s academic and emotional needs, while providing a fun and exciting learning environment that allows children to flourish in all areas of their lives!

"STEM encourages students to think outside the box and realize that there are many multiple solutions to any problem. I encourage all students to go above and beyond what they feel they can achieve to face any challenge that comes before  them."

Laurie Thomas

Certified STEM Teacher

Laurie Thomas is returning to her passion of teaching students after retiring from 30 years of teaching. Over the course of her career she has taught students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The last eight years of teaching she has solely focused on STEM education in order to train young minds for the future of tomorrow.

Mrs. Thomas majored in Elementary Education from Georgia Southern University and went on to get her Master's degree from Walden University in Reading and Literacy. She is excited to begin working at 3 Oaks Academy.