Allen Anderson, Principal
Allen Anderson was selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of the new K-8 school, Freedom Crossing Academy. “Allen is an innovative and collaborative leader,” said Forson. “I know that his familiarity with the community and ability to build rapport with students and parents will serve him well.” Anderson was the principal of Palencia Elementary School since the 2013-2014 school year and has more than 20 years of experience within the SJCSD. Prior to PES he served as principal at Cunningham Creek Elementary, assistant principal at Mill Creek Elementary and Durbin Creek Elementary schools, a curriculum coordinator at Switzerland Point Middle School and a teacher at CCES. Anderson was recently chosen as the 2017-2018 Principal of the Year for St. Johns County. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree from Jacksonville University.
He has made maintaining a positive school culture a high priority at FCA and ensures that state and district mandates are communicated in a way that supports the school’s mission and vision. He is extremely supportive of his staff and always lauds their successes, even when they won’t. “I am very thankful for the trust and confidence from Superintendent Forson,” said Anderson.
Melissa Lime, Assistant Principal
Amy Rugen, Assistant Principal
Amy Rugen is thrilled to join Freedom Crossing Academy and the St. Johns School District! She comes with more than 20 years of educational experiences. She previously served as an assistant principal in three elementary schools in Clay County. Mrs. Rugen was also a literacy coach in Clay County and Duval County as well as a classroom teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Early Childhood Education and her master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Educational Leadership. She is passionate about literacy education, elementary curriculum, and collaborative teaching practices. Mrs. Rugen believes a collaborative school environment with a focus on Professional Learning Communities is the key to creating a successful teaching and learning environment. Mrs. Rugen is proud to be an FCA Falcon!
Jessica Hamelin, Assistant Principal
Jessica Hamelin is thrilled to join the administration team at Freedom Crossing Academy. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education as well as her Master of Education in Elementary Education from Jacksonville University and her Educational Leadership Certification from The University of North Florida. Ms. Hamelin is currently completing her Doctorate of Educational Leadership and is set to graduate from The University of North Florida in May 2020. Ms. Hamelin has served in various roles in St. Johns and Clay County Schools. Ms. Hamelin assisted in opening Palm Valley Academy in its inaugural year as the Instructional Literacy Coach and was also a classroom teacher, previously nominated for teacher of the year, as well as a Model Classroom Teacher, SAC Chair, Leadership team member, and graduate of the St. Johns County Leadership Academy. Ms. Hamelin also presented on a panel at the “Girls Can” event held in Putnam County, FL that promoted leadership and career readiness skills for 10th and 11th grade students. Ms. Hamelin brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the MTSS system, Professional Learning Communities, as well as Professional Development in Curriculum and Instruction in order to best serve students and teachers. Ms. Hamelin is passionate about collaborative learning, highly effective instructional practices, curriculum support, community involvement, and servant leadership. She is proud to be a Falcon!
About our School
School Established – 2018
School Location – Aberdeen community, St Johns County, FL
School Cost – $38 million, funded by the Half-Cent Sales Tax
School Mascot – Falcon
School Colors – Navy, Grey, Kelly Green
School Capacity – approximately 1,490 students
School Building – 190,000 square feet
Feeder Pattern High Schools – Bartram Trail HS & Creekside HS
School Design – The design is a modification of Patriot Oaks and Valley Ridge Academies with the addition of a third floor that houses 8 classrooms, three science labs, ESE classrooms, a Technology Lab, Business Lab, Skills Lab and Resource Room.
Teacher of the Year 2018 – Matt Ostrowsky
Rookie Teacher of the Year 2018 – Jarrod Branco
School Mission Statement: “Falcons take FLIGHT”
The letters in FLIGHT encompass qualities that we want for our students and staff = Focus, Leadership, Imagination, Grit, Heart, and Team
School Vision Statement: “Breaking Barriers”
It is our goal for our students, staff and school to ‘break the barriers’ that are holding us from the next step in our dreams and achievements. These could include such things as the fear to fail, misconceptions, a fixed mindset, self-esteem, etc.