Warm welcome to Mrs. Lakeitha Black!

Congratulations to Mrs. Lakeitha Black, new Principal of the Tangelo Park Elementary School!

Mrs. Lakeitha Black moved to Orlando from Miami, Florida and became a 5th grade science teacher at Tangelo Park Elementary on January 24th 2008. In 2011 she was selected teacher of the year at Tangelo Park Elementary. Coaching and supporting the professional development of teachers and increasing student achievement was her primary focus as curriculum resource teacher, instructional coach, testing coordinator, and lead mentor of an all-girls mentoring organization, Young Ladies of Distinction.

As she began to explore her School-Based Administration career she was appointed one of the five assistant principals at Dr. Phillips High School which is the feeder high school for Tangelo Park Elementary School students. Many of the students at Dr. Phillips High School clearly remember Mrs. Lakeitha Black as she their fifth grade teacher and mentor.

On June 19, 2018, she became the proud principal of Tangelo Park Elementary. Mrs. Black is new to her principalship position, but not new to Tangelo Park Elementary.

Welcome back! We wish you continued success!

Hats off to our Cornell students!

This past April, we welcomed nine Cornell students to Orlando as part of their alternative spring break. During that week, the students spent their time off, not as typical spring breakers but as civic-minded individuals volunteering and making a difference in the community.

The group had a full week of activities that allowed them to engage with school-aged children and members of the community. This year’s group was the first to engage with the new Rosen Preschool opened last August 2017 and serving children in the Parramore community. They also took part in community efforts benefiting elementary, middle school and high school aged children in the Tangelo Park community. The itinerary also provided opportunities for team building and leadership activities as well as mentoring and reflection time for the volunteers themselves.

It was another fulfilling service trip! The students gained valuable insights on the Tangelo Park and Parramore programs.

We look forward to next year!


To our Cornell students, with much appreciation!

ASB 2017This past April, we hosted once again a group of students from Cornell University. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this annual event that many in the Tangelo Park community look forward to with great anticipation. What made this year even more special was that the students were welcomed by a brand new school!

It was another successful service trip! The students gained valuable insights on our Tangelo Park initiative. Between helping the care providers with the preschoolers, assisting teachers at the elementary school and mentoring youngsters at the middle school and high school, the collegians made the best out of a busy but productive and informative week!

Thank you again for making a difference!


Congratulations to Christie Ray!


Congratulations to Christie Ray, Tangelo Park Elementary School’s new Principal!

Christie Ray graduated from the University of South Florida with her B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University.  She also has her endorsement in Gifted Education and Principal Certification.

A lifelong educator, Christie spent 20 years as a classroom teacher, teacher of the gifted, New Teacher Mentor, and assistant principal in Hillsborough County Schools.  A recent transplant to Orlando founds her working in Professional Development Leadership Development for Orange County Schools where she worked to prepare aspiring leaders and to develop leadership pipeline.  She was recently named principal of Tangelo Park Elementary and is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the unique programs and the Tangelo Park Program.

Wishing you continued success!

A big Thank You to our Cornell students!


This past March, we welcomed 9 students from Cornell University.  This annual trip to Orlando during spring break is an event that we all look forward to. It is an occasion that brings together many of us involved with the Tangelo Park Program and it is also an opportunity for us to share our experiences and insights with others. Over the past 9 years, Cornell students have enjoyed this weeklong visit to the Tangelo Park community and learning about our Tangelo Park initiative.  It was another successful service trip and what a great way to spend spring break while giving back to the community!  Between helping the care providers with the preschoolers, assisting teachers at the elementary school and mentoring youngsters at the middle school and high school, the collegians had indeed a productive and informative week.

Thank you again for your contributions! You have made a difference!

Cornell students, you made a difference!


This past March, we welcomed 8 students from Cornell University.  They were all excited to learn about our Tangelo Park Program.  It was another successful service trip for those  students.  What a great way to spend spring break while giving back to the community!  During the busy week ahead, the collegians interacted with youth in the Tangelo Park elementary school and daycare centers, and mentored students at the Southwest Middle School and Dr. Phillips High School.  They also had the opportunity to help with science projects for the Literacy through Science Fair at the elementary school. The displays were incredible and made the parents so proud!

Thank you for your contribution! You are making a difference and touching lives!

Another successful visit!

This past April, seven students from Cornell University made their annual service learning trip to Orlando, FL.  They spent their spring break interacting with youth in the Tangelo Park community. The collegians spent their days mentoring students at Tangelo Park Elementary, Southwest Middle School and Dr. Phillips High School as well as working with preschool students at various Tangelo Park daycare facilities. The highlight of the week was participating in the Literacy Night at the elementary school. The event was a huge success and it showcased the talent and creativity of these amazing youngsters who made their parents proud.

Thank you for spending your spring break serving the community and for making a difference!

1st Alumni Reunion – June 29, 2013

TP Alumni Reunion

It was an evening to remember! The 1st Tangelo Park Alumni Reunion was a huge success! Thank you to all of the alumni who joined us at this special occasion.  

It was so wonderful to see everyone reconnect with one another and hear all of the amazing success stories.  There was a lot of pride in the room…

Great celebration! We look forward to more to come.

Warm welcome to our Cornell students!

Students from Cornell University visited us once again this past March as part of the their Alternative Spring Break.   This will be the sixth consecutive year that Cornell students have been coming back to Orlando to spend their spring break volunteering in the Tangelo Park Community.  This year was even more special as three returning students made the trip back.  And this did not go unnoticed as some of the children remembered the familiar faces when they returned to the Tangelo Park Elementary School.   Tangelo students at Southwest Middle School and Dr. Phillips High School as well as the children at the Care Providers’ homes also enjoyed this visit.   With such a busy week filled with activities, time just flew by and it was just too hard to say good bye.  We all enjoyed this yearly visit though. See you next year!