Administration

Alison Olson
Principal, Patriot Oaks Academy

[email protected]   904.547.4053

My name is Allison Olson and I am honored and humbled to have been asked to serve as the new principal at Patriot Oaks Academy.

My husband and I relocated from Denver Colorado just two years ago and we are loving it here. We have four adult children and each has found the perfect spouse for them. We are so blessed and grateful. Our family means the world to us!

My career has given me opportunities to teach ESE students, gifted students, elementary students and middle school students. I have been an administrator in an elementary setting for 10 years now and I want you to know that I love little people! I love helping them figure out how to be a student and how they can learn.  I also love middle schoolers! Teaching them was one of the highlights of my education career. I love that they are discovering their passions, their talents and what makes them tick. Kids are just amazing- all ages! I truly believe that a K-8 is perfect as it brings together all the things about education that I have grown to love.

I am here to serve. I commit to you that I will do my best every day to make this school the best it can be for your children. I am about people. I am about relationships. I am about building trust and I am about kids. My decisions are always based on what I feel in my heart is best for children. I am about caring and kindness and compassion. I am about collaboration, teamwork and working with families on behalf their children.

My door is always open- literally. Come in- tell me all about you. I can’t wait!

Stoddard_JeffJeff Stoddard
Assistant Principal, Patriot Oaks Academy
ESE, Discipline, Gifted, & Para Professionals

[email protected]      904.547.4062

Mr. Stoddard joined Patriot Oaks Academy in the 2014-15 school year.  He has a B.S. in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.  Prior to coming to Patriot Oaks Academy, he began his teaching career outside of Boston, Massachusetts teaching computer technology classes.  In 2009, Mr. Stoddard returned to St. Johns County to teach Social Studies where he taught in the International Baccalaureate program.  In 2011, he became the Academy Coordinator of Nease High School where he oversaw two programs of choice and was instrumental in creating a new program of choice for high school students.  Mr. Stoddard holds professional certification in Social Science 6-12 and Educational Leadership (all levels).

 

McCormick_AshleyAshley McCormick
Assistant Principal, Patriot Oaks Academy
Curriculum, Professional Development, & Field Trips

[email protected]     904.547.4054

Ms. McCormick has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University and her MA in Educational Leadership from UNF.  Additionally, she is reading endorsed.  Ashley has been an educator in St. Johns County for 20 years.  The last two years she has served as the Instructional Literacy Coach at Valley Ridge Academy.  Having opened a K8, Ashley knows first-hand the complexities of running a K8, as well as the importance of processes and hard work!  She has served on the MTSS team, as a SAC chair, as model classroom teacher, and as a Lighthouse Team Chair for Leader In Me.

 

 

 

Dianna Carlson-Bright
Assistant Principal, Patriot Oaks Academy
Guidance & Testing

[email protected]     904.547.4071

Mrs. Carlson-Bright is serving in her second year as Assistant Principal at Patriot Oaks. She earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida and her MS in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Florida International University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Mrs. Carlson-Bright’s certification areas include Educational Leadership K-12, School Social Work K-12, Early Childhood Education PK-Grade 3 and Elementary Education K-6. She also has endorsements in Gifted, ESOL and Reading.

Prior to arriving at POA, Mrs. Carlson-Bright was at Liberty Pines Academy. While at this neighboring K-8, she worked as a testing coordinator and also taught 6th grade ELA (both Gifted and standard) and 3rd grade Gifted, Inclusion and General Education. She served as a team leader and SAC co-chair. Before coming to St Johns County in 2007, Mrs. Carlson-Bright taught 1st and 3rd grade in Palm Beach County as well as worked as a children’s therapist and children’s case manager.

Mrs. Carlson-Bright brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from many disciplines to POA that she will apply and share as she serves our students and families.