Ms. Elizabeth Keller, Art
My name is Elizabeth Keller and I love Art. I enjoy creating my own artwork, viewing other artists' work, and teaching Art to young people. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of art history and the process of making art, and I want students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives.
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. My passion for teaching children grew, so I went back to school to earn my Professional Teaching Certification in Florida. I am honored to teach art at Ozona and encourage all the students to find their artistic strengths.
Ms. Ellie Magnuson, Gifted
Hello Ozona Families! I am excited to be back another year at Ozona as the full-time gifted teacher. Students who are gifted have learning needs that go beyond what is traditionally offered in the regular classroom. The nature of their needs require differentiated learning opportunities to allow them to pursue topics in greater depth and/or challenge than they traditionally would. That’s where gifted pull-out comes in. Students who are determined to be gifted through the district’s eligibility process and have developed their educational plan in a meeting with me will come to my classroom one full day a week for their differentiated learning instruction.
I am certified to teach Elementary Education (K-6) and possess gifted education and ESOL endorsements in the State of Florida. I have experience teaching in a general education classroom, in a full-time gifted model classroom, and as a pull-out gifted services teacher. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and am currently pursuing my Master’s degree online from the American College of Education in STEM Education. I look forward to this upcoming school year and developing your child’s learning outside of their traditional classroom to reach their full potential. Go Ospreys!
Ms. Tammy R. Folstad and Dr. Mary Lou Cruz, Music
Ozona students get music class once a week for 45 minutes with a certified music specialist. Students learn music through a variety of resources, including our Yamaha MIE keyboard lab, World drumming equipment, Ipad composing stations, Orff Instruments, singing and movement activities. Recorders are also a part of the 4th and 5th grade curriculum. 4th and 5th grade students also have the opportunity to sing in the Osprey Chorus.
Coach Boychuk, Coach Harty and Coach Ruffino, Physical Education
Introduction to the Ozona Physical Education Program Goals
The PE Department at Ozona Elementary recommends that quality, daily physical education be available to all children. Quality physical education is both developmentally and instructionally relevant for all children being served. Appropriate instructional practices in physical education are those which recognize children's development and changing movement abilities. Children's past psychomotor (body movement), cognitive (intellect), and affective (feelings) experiences are also recognized and accommodated in developmentally appropriate instruction. We consider a variety of individual characteristics when developing units, daily lessons, and instructional strategies. Some individual characteristics include developmental status, fitness and skill levels, body size, and age.
Our program instruction incorporates the best-known practices, derived from both research and teaching experiences, into a pattern of lessons that maximizes opportunities for learning success for all of our Ozona students. Our program is accountable through an ongoing daily assessment of student learning and progress.
Our Mission Statement:
To provide all of our students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to make active living a priority in their lifetime.
Every student will graduate to middle school with the basic skills and fitness levels needed to participate in a variety of healthy lifestyle activities either recreationally or competitively.
All students will gain an appreciation and healthy understanding of the importance of making good lifestyle choices.
Our instructional program emphasizes the development of each individual child in a healthy, noncompetitive atmosphere that supports a safe, cooperative and non-threatening environment. However, competitive environments are introduced to enhance the development of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship.
Quality and Variety:
Our planned activities offer a wide range of activities and experiences that meet the needs and interests of all of our students.
Currently, all students' grades one thru five receive no less than five 30 minute period per week.
Mrs. Kelly Zody and Mrs. Erica Houser, Speech
Communication Disorders Mission Statement: The mission of the Communication Disorders Program is to ensure opportunities for all students to acquire and develop skills necessary to reach their full potential as effective communicators.
Hello Ozona Osprey Families! My name is Kelly Zody and I am a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) here at Ozona Elementary. I am starting my 15th year at Ozona Elementary, and I love being an Osprey! I graduated from the University of Florida and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2003. GO GATORS!! From there, I attended the University of South Florida and obtained a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology in December of 2005. In addition, I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and I am a Licensed SLP in the state of Florida. My job is fun and rewarding in so many ways! I enjoy seeing my scholars become effective communicators and thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. GO OSPREYS!
My name is Erica Houser, and I am a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) here at Ozona! This is my 10th year working for Pinellas County Schools. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2016. From there, I attended the University of South Florida and obtained a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in August of 2021. GO BULLS!! In addition, I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and I am a Licensed SLP in the state of Florida. Before becoming an SLP, I worked in an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) classroom for four years. I have a B.S. degree in the area of ESE K-12, with endorsements in the areas of reading, ESOL, K-6 curriculum, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am so happy to work with my Ozona Scholars every day! It is my passion to watch them develop the skills necessary to reach their full potential as effective communicators. GO OSPREYS!
Speech and language therapy services will assist your child in achieving academic growth, greater self-confidence, and improved social skills. Good communication skills between parent, teacher, and student are needed for your child’s academic and social growth. We will be working with your child this year to obtain his/her goals in speech and/or language therapy. In addition, we will be working collaboratively with your child’s teacher by incorporating therapy techniques into classroom activities to further assist the learning process.
Ms. Nicola Repetosky, School Guidance Counselor
Hello Ozona Families! This is my 19th year as Ozona Elementary’s School Counselor. As student advocates, School Counselors provide a comprehensive program that promotes student success through a focus on academic achievement, social/personal/emotional and career development. I have many different responsibilities at Ozona that provide services to help each child be as successful as possible. A few of my responsibilities include one on one counseling, Tier III Coordinator, Gifted Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, SAVE Coordinator, Middle School articulation, Wellness Coordinator, classroom guidance lessons, Attendance Team member, EL chair, tutor list facilitator, Leadership Team member, and Bully Prevention.
If I can be of assistance to you and your family, please contact me through our school’s phone number or email@example.com. I look forward to working with you and having a wonderful school year!