Our highly trained staff is dedicated to supporting the development of all children. Our teachers and support staff use proven methodologies and a highly effective curriculum to help children grow academically, socially, and physically. We regularly participate in professional development in order to improve our skills and offer a better learning experience for the children. 

As a Teacher, I agree to:

  • Teach my students to work hard and become self motivated
  • Be a positive role model for character formation
  • Instill the basics, especially reading, arithmetic, and enthusiasm for learning
  • Promote socialization skills and teach my students to work cooperatively with others
  • Help my students become happy and self-sufficient adults

Teachers at Monarch Academy have over 25+ years of experience working with students of various exceptionalities.  Qualifications include ESE certification, general education certification, ESOL endorsement, and SLD certification. They have experience in classroom routine as well as administration to develop curricula and programs for children with ASD.       


Valerie Bourbour
High School Teacher
B.A. Psychology Temple University, Educational Endorsement
UCF, Florida Certified Teacher: K-12 ESE, Middle School Endorsement 6-8, English 6-12, Psychology 6-12

Valerie has over 30 years of administrative experience working as a pioneer with students of autism in developing an optimal academic environment to promote student success.  Her belief is "If a student can't learn the way we teach, then we will teach a way they can learn."

Lora Brewer
Assistant Administrator
High School Teacher
Autism Resource Specialist

Lora has been an Autism advocate for the last 15 years. She has organized BFOCASD support and resource groups and volunteered for five years in association with CARD.  Lora has been a consultant for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO)  for over 15 years.  Her employment includes Volusia County Schools and private school teaching.  She's raised two sons on the autism spectrum and her motto is "Every Day is an Adventure!"
Alex Coe
High School Teacher
Yearbook Coordinator
A.A. Daytona State College, B.A. Candidate in social studies

Alex enjoys giving future generations the knowledge, not only be be good students, but good citizens.  He is passionate about finding out what interests his students and utilizing that information to create sound  academic enrichment opportunities through trust.  He believes a student who trusts his teacher is more likely to ask for help or want to succeed.   Alex believes "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey   
Emily Sweet
Middle School Teacher
Literary Enrichment Specialist
B.A. Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education, Appalachian State. MS. Ed with a concentration in School Counseling, Indiana University. 

Emily's experience includes a Residential Instructor for the Autism Society,  a Behavior Consultant for Easter Seals, and a middle and high school guidance counselor.  She takes great pride in seeing her students respond positively to individualized behavioral and academic interventions that she creates. 

“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” — Valerie Bourbour, Principal


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