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Our Staff

Think of the best teacher you had during your school days. Then imagine a school full of these best teachers who are eager to help students succeed, using creative and innovative methods to make learning fun and interesting. Focus Academy teachers meet and exceed those expectations.

Our teachers are certified by the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education. Educational Assistants are in every classroom, helping students and aiding teachers in daily lessons. A low student to staff ratio ensures that every student has the personal attention they need.

For any inquiries, call the main school office at 813.443.5558 or email If you are a Focus Academy family, you can email staff directly by logging into our Alma student information system

Looking to join our dynamic team? 


As we continue to grow we are seeking enthusiastic, energetic, and creative educators to join our dynamic team. We are dedicated to changing the lives and futures of our students and seek like-minded professionals with an openness to our innovative, unique, and highly successful approach to join us on this amazing journey. 

Elisabeth Kraft


Loretta Gallo-Lopez, MA, LMHC

Executive Director of Programs

Meagan Tucker

ESE Specialist

Ellie Thompson, MS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Christine Macaluso

Office Manager

Kristi Benson

ESE Assistant

Megan Cusack


Nick Gallo-Lopez


Robin Carbonell

Senior Job Coach

Nathan Juliano

Educational Assistant

Gisela (Gigi) Lewis

Educational Assistant

Carmen de Quintanilla

Educational Assistant

Josephine Isenbergh

Executive Director of Operations

Heather Rodriguez

Senior Manager, Marketing & Technology

Richelle Morton

Therapeutic Education Specialist

Isabel Bertram

Data Processor/Registrar

Maritza Gomez

Administrative Assistant

Keri Como


Lawanda Fox Broadnax

Transition Specialist

Hannah Nyberg


Cindy Rivera


Lena Lemire

Educational Assistant

Mary Nasca

Educational Assistant

Brianna Wortley

Educational Assistant

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