Charter School’s Senior Director of Education, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida
EDUCATION: FSU Bachelors in Education, UCF Masters in Education
YEARS IN AREA: 18
YEARS AT COMPANY: 8
UCP of Central Florida’s 63-year legacy of providing vital services to children with disabilities has evolved over the last decade to serve children of all abilities through a ground-breaking inclusion model at its elementary Charter School campuses. Inclusive education is based on the research and philosophy that when children with and without disabilities get the opportunity to learn and grow together, are held to the highest expectations and given access to high-quality education, all students will excel academically, developmentally and socially.
Anna O’Connor-Morin, UCP Charter School’s Senior Director of Education, has been key in developing the practice, policy, and educational culture at UCP’s campuses over the past eight years. The leadership impact she has had on the UCP community has been a result of the collaboration and vision of UCP Charter School’s teachers and stakeholders. Through an intense focus on student achievement, she has challenged teachers to create classrooms that meet the needs of all students. Whether that need be instruction on grade level standards or assistance with mobility or feedings, all students are getting what they need.
Where many educators would struggle with an inclusive setting, including students with significant disabilities, she offers her team a balance of autonomy and coaching, inspiring and empowering teachers to create an educational experience unique to each child.
UCP Charter Schools are proud to be a University of Central Florida partner school. To learn more about Anna O’Connor-Morin’s work and UCP’s Support, Inclusive Education Program, and therapy services, visit www.ucpcharter.org.