It’s time for an introduction to another new All Saints Academy staff member, and this month we are highlighting Allison Futch. Allison is one of our third grade teachers, and she is becoming an integral part of our Lower School staff here at ASA. We were thankful to have the chance to sit down and interview her this week and learn more about her, and now we get to share her story, her love for teaching, and even a few fun facts, with you!
Allison was born in Jamestown, NY, and moved to Winter Haven with her family when she was only 12 years old (she says she still misses the changing of the seasons). Throughout her childhood she danced (from age 3!), was part of the Girl Scouts of America (beginning as a Brownie) and she enjoyed being a member at Beemer Methodist during high school. During high school she fell in love with the arts – specifically drama, theater, and playing the flute. But it was during these latter years of high school where she discovered her passion for education and teaching. Her lifelong love of being a role model and working with children started with the inspiration of her own 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Cimo and continued through her time teaching Sunday school and leading children sermons at her church. She graduated from Winter Haven High School, class of 2006, as a member of the National Honor Society, and then attended Florida Southern College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. She completed her degree in 2010 and then went on to teach at Winter Haven’s Elbert Elementary until her second daughter was born. She continued her career in education at Florida Virtual School starting in 2016 and stayed until an opening came available right here at All Saints Academy where her daughter was already attending school.
This year at ASA, some of Allison’s favorite moments in the classroom have been working with a great group of kids who have a “helper’s” mindset. Their “Robot Roamers” class project required students to work together to design a maze, and then use a robot to navigate it to solve a math problem. This project incorporated teamwork and collaboration, both of which are very important skills to learn during the early years. At All Saints Academy this is also an integral part of our Middle and Upper school curriculum. Allison and her co-teacher Mrs. Hutton are building the foundation for the higher-level education to be received by each and every student at ASA as they move upward toward graduation. Another major part of her classroom is helping children become comfortable with the technology they’ll be using in their education at All Saints for years to come. As third graders, her students utilize laptops, iPads, and Promethium Boards help them practice skills such as reading comprehension and fluency (at their own pace) and gathering information. This part of their learning not only helps them during their years in school, but also as they head into a world that is increasingly invested in technology and its use in everyday life.
When it comes to goals for the future, Allison is currently working on her Reading Endorsement, which she will complete, within the next two years. This will help her as she encourages students to become better readers, and therefore, better students. She will also be serving in another role in our community in 2019/2020 as the President of the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven. This amazing organization seeks to empower and better women and families through volunteering in the community and participating in acts of service such as a mobile food pantry that serves many families in Dundee, Wahneta, Snively, and other local areas by partnering with a food provider in Tampa. The Junior League also sponsors the Light Up The Night 5K, and last year’s race raised over $15,000 that will go toward helping people in need.
Beyond teaching and volunteering, Allison enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Kate (age 4) and Victoria (age 1), and experiencing the great outdoors with her family. A few fun facts about Allison…
In 10 years where do you see yourself?
“Still teaching, taking care of the girls, and road trips across America.”
What do you enjoy doing with your daughters?
“Legoland, Bok Tower, and the Children’s Museum locally. We also enjoying being outdoors, going to restaurants, and traveling.”
What Is your favorite food?
“Tacos. Taco Tuesday is my language.”
What Is your favorite music?
“Country. The new stuff.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you (kids not included)?
“Cookware, matches, and a tent.”
Thank you Allison Futch for taking the time out of your busy schedule to allow us a glimpse into your life, and letting us get to know you a little better. If you see Allison around campus, make sure to stop and say hello!