Meet your Specialist Team
A little about your Art teacher
Hi! 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 about 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 Bachelors 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.
Students are provided with opportunities to explore, discover, and encounter through the following disciplines:
• Language Arts
• Social Studies
Ms. Folstad and Ms. Cruz
Thank you for visiting the Ozona Elementary Music Department webpage. 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.
Meet our music teachers...
Tammy R. Folstad
Hello Ozona families! I am originally from Minnesota where I taught band and chorus for 17 years. I am a graduate of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud Minnesota where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. I am a member of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). In my spare time I love to read, play my French Horn and sing Karaoke wherever I can find it! I am also the director of the Dunedin Showcase Kids Theater and do some acting myself with various community theaters in the area. I am very excited to be working at Ozona with the wonderful students, staff and parents that we have here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lou Cruz
Dr. Cruz received a bachelor of arts degree from New York University with certification in Music K-12 education, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southern University, and earned her doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University in September 2016.
Dr. Cruz was nominated as the 2018-2019 Pinellas County Music Educator of the Year. She is a two-time “Teacher in Excellence” grant winner and she has conducted over fifty concerts in her career including winter, spring, choral, and violin recitals. She currently teaches 475 students per week at two area schools. She has led her chorus at community events such as St. Petersburg Tarpon Campus, Sweetbay in Tarpon Springs, and Festival of Trees in Clearwater. She has brought the chorus to sing at Morton Plant Hospital in downtown Clearwater for the holidays for five years.
Dr. Cruz was the Principal Second violinist of the Suncoast Community Orchestra for five years and currently maintains a private studio in piano and violin. She has played at Steinway Hall in New York City and has made her first recital debut at St. Petersburg College of Fine Arts. She has been the recipient of the Teacher-in-Excellence grant twice, which provided funds for her music classroom. She has brought scores of students to Student Day auditions with MTNA. Her students continue to pursue music with students excelling in All County Honors festivals in St. Petersburg and the All State Chorus Convention in Tampa.
Dr. Cruz is the President of the Greater Tampa Bay Orff Chapter (GTBAOC) and member of Pinellas County Music Educators Association (PCMEA); the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association (FEMEA), and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She has presented at the Florida Music Educators Conference in 2011 for her work on music advocacy. Two of her students were selected by audition to perform in the 2013 Florida All State Chorus in Tampa at the Tampa Convention center in January and six performed in All County in March 2014. In 2017, Dr. Cruz had an unprecedented nine students perform among all four categories of Orff, Violin, Choral, and Drumming at the All County Honors Festival.
Dr. Cruz is a staunch supporter of the arts, having been accepted into Florida Music Educator's Association's Summer Institute of 2017. Her dissertation entitled, "Effects of a music literacy integration intervention on teachers' self-efficacy and proactive attitudes toward music integration in classroom instruction" was accepted into the scholarly community of the Fischler College of Education of Nova Southeastern University in September 2016. She is currently writing articles for the Journal of Research in Music Education and believes that music is an academic discipline and that all children can make music and are innately musical by nature! Her email is: email@example.com
Physical Education -
Coach Boychuk, Coach Harty and Coach Edwards
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. Zody and Mrs. Houser
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 9th year working for Pinellas County Schools. I graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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 (M.S.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology in August of 2021. GO BULLS!! Before becoming a 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.
School Counselor -
Hello Ozona Families!
This is my 18th 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 OZES that provide services to help each child be as successful as possible. A few of my responsibilities include classroom guidance lessons, Tier III Coordinator, one on one counseling, 504 Coordinator, STEP Coordinator, Red Ribbon Week, Holiday Program, Middle School articulation, Wellness Coordinator, Attendance Team member, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you and having a wonderful school year!