At our school there is a team of people who make sure that all organizational and business activities are synchronized. To make it easier for you to get in touch with the people who can help you, allow us to present our support team.
Personal and professional conduct
Shaidy Fernandez – Principal
Mrs. Shaidy Fernandez is a Florida State Certified Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Florida International University. Throughout her career, Mrs. Fernandez has tutored and mentored students at all educational levels, helping them reach their full potential and achieve their academic goals.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, Mrs. Fernandez continued her educational journey pursuing a master’s degree, which proves her dedication to education and professional development.
Mrs. Fernandez joined Allison Academy as a Language Arts teacher, imparting her love of literature and language upon her students. She also taught Spanish and served as the leader of Student Council, advising students on the organization of school-wide events, fundraisers, drives, and community projects. Before this role, Mrs. Fernandez assumed the role of Registrar and assisted the principal in planning, organizing, and developing functions essential for student growth, success, and an outstanding educational program.
Carolyn Longstreet – Faculty / Accounting
Ms. Longstreet grew up in North Miami Beach and is Allison Academy’s technology specialist. Graduating from North Miami Beach High School she became a certified EMT and paramedic graduate in 1985. Deciding to make a career change to business,
Ms. Longstreet began working in accounting, office, operations and Business management and was President of a medical software company before opening her own software/hardware business in 2013.
A former tutoring student of Allison Academy, she returned to college in 1997, and earned her Associates degree from Broward Community College graduating with honors. After graduating from Broward, Ms. Longstreet attended Florida Atlantic University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She is an advocate for victims rights and has her Victims Services Practitioners Designation from the State of Florida.
Ms. Longstreet has been Allison Academy’s technology specialist for over fifteen years, oversees accounting, Human Resources, and the smooth operations of our facilities. She also teaches and exciting Robotics and Coding course and a Computer Science and Software class.
Jorge Vargas – Faculty
Mr. Vargas, a native of Miami, began working with children at the age of 19. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Barry University where he graduated in 2000, and went on to earn his M.S. in Psychology from Barry in 2002.
Mr. Vargas has been an integral part of Allison Academy for over 20 years he has taught has taught psychology, social studies, peer counseling. He is the school counselor and a mentor that has dedicated his life to the growth and well being of all of our students. He is also the leader of the guided study program that takes place after school. Mr. Vargas is also the coordinator the school’s international travel programs and has taken groups of students abroad to Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, England, Wales, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Each year presents another opportunity to expose our students to different cultures and immerse themselves in foreign opportunities for intellectual growth and personal development.
Elthon Castillo – Faculty
Mr. Castillo received his diploma from Miami Carol City High in 1995 and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Florida International University in 2003. Upon graduation, Mr. Castillos worked in several architectural and engineering firms in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. He is a Florida Certified Teacher in Mathematics and Elementary Education. Before joining Allison Academy, Mr. Castillo taught at Coral Springs Charter school and as an adjunct professor at ITT Technical Institute.
Mr. Castillo has been a part of the Allison Academy family since 2012 and currently
teaches advanced mathematics, physics, and creative design. His hobby is sewing and
dressmaking, he holds a Professional Fashion Design Certificate from Parsons School
of Design, awarded in 2021, and is a member of the American Sewing guild of Ft.
Lauderdale Chapter. He currently lives in Plantation, FL.
Kimney François – Faculty
Ms. François grew up in Miami Florida and is a 2021 Florida State University graduate with a B.S. degree in Literature. She triple minored in African American Studies, Education and Retail Entrepreneurship.
Ms. François is also Fashion Designer that has been featured in several accredited magazines in Miami such as VoyagMIA and ShoutoutMIA. She wanted to bring creativity to the classroom, so she began her teaching career with Allison Academy after obtaining her degree.
Ms. François joined the faculty for the 2021 school year as a middle school reading and
geography teacher. She also teaches visual technology and high school English.
Kenny Noel – Faculty
Mr. Noel grew up in the North Miami area. He graduated from North Miami Senior High School and furthered his education by obtaining his Bachelors in Pre-Med Biology with a minor in Sports Medicine in Barry University in 2016.
Mr. Noel has a great passion for Mathematics and Science. Mr. Noel is a certified teacher in grades 6-12 in Biology/Science. Prior to that Mr. Noel has tutored and taught mathematics while focusing on high school students that need improvements in Florida Standards Assessments and science from different educational backgrounds.
Mr.Noel joined the Allison Academy faculty in 2021 teaching mathematics and science
to high school students.
Janet Horowitz – Faculty
Mrs. Horowitz has an Associate’s Degree in early childhood, and a Bachelor’s degree in elementary Ed., she teaches middle school education.
Prior to joining Allison Academy in 2017, she taught at the Museum of Science, and the Children’s Museum, as well as other private schools in South Florida for 30 years. At Allison Academy Mrs. Horowitz teaches middle school math, English, reading, and
history. She also teaches chorus and drama for middle and high school, and is the choral director.
Mrs. Horowitz is married and lives with her husband Adam and two children, Nina and Daniel. She is also a professional singer and performs regularly in area venues.
Charles Weiss – Faculty
Mr. Charles Weiss has joined the Allison Academy family this year as a middle school teacher of science and physical education.
Apart from his roles in the school, he coaches U18 girls’ competitive soccer with the goal of placing student athletes into colleges across the country. He believes strong leadership allows students to reach their highest potential and personal goals. It is his goal to provide a pathway for students to be successful at Allison Academy.
His personal interests include: Crossfit, beach, and movies.
Nicolette Milner – Faculty
Mrs. Milner is a native of North Miami Beach and graduated from Allison Academy as valedictorian. She attended the Honors College at Miami-Dade College where she was an Environmental Fellow at the Environmental Ethics Institute, was honored on the Dean’s List, and received multiple Service Learning Awards.
She graduated with “Highest Honors and Distinction” with an Associate’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education. She then went to Florida International University where she received the Sanford and Dolores Ziff and Family Scholarship. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.
She is certified and endorsed in ESOL and has a minor in Environmental Education. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Mrs. Milner joined our faculty in 2011. Shortly after joining Allison Academy, Mrs. Milner was awarded Teacher of the Year which was honored by the Nova Fischler School of Education in partnership with the N. Miami Bch. Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Milner teaches Middle School Mathematics, Florida History and High School and Middle School Art. She also runs Art Club which is an extracurricular activity.
Walter Milner – Faculty
Mr. Milner grew up in North Miami Beach. He received his B.S. from Florida International University in Journalism with a minor in English. He received his M.S., also from FIU, in Comparative Religion. He will be completing a second Master’s degree in the summer of 2022, in Instructional Technology from Florida Atlantic University.
Mr. Milner joined Allison Academy in 2006. He teaches history, government/economics, music, as well as advanced English, and is the developer and director of the Allison Academy rock/jazz band. He is also an adjunct professor at Broward College.
Mr. Milner graduated magna cum laude for Undergrad degree with a major in
journalism, and a minor in English. He graduated summa cum laude for his Master’s
Degree, and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa.
Nicholas Kaiser – Faculty/Facilities Manager
Mr. Kaiser grew up in the North Miami Beach and attended local schools. He worked at several businesses before joining Allison Academy in 2002.
Coach Nich also oversees the girls volleyball team, is an assistant coach for the boys basketball team, and he does a wonderful job managing the schools facilities.
Esther Alvarez – Administrative Assistant
Esther Alvarez emigrated to the United States from Cuba with her parents in 1969. She completed her elementary and secondary school education in Miami. Graduating from Miami Senior High School, in 1976, with a Certificate of Child Care. In 1981, she started her career with the International Trade Transportation, handling customs formalities while working with different foreign corporations, and she remained there until May of 2020.
An opportunity was presented to her in September 2020 to become part of the Allison Academy staff as an administrative assistant. She seized the opportunity by letting go of her past and embracing the future.
Alexandra Gales – Admissions Counselor
Alexandra Gales grew up in Washington, D.C. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management.
Prior to joining Allison Academy, she helped with the intellectual disability in the private sector and in the school system.
Ms. Gales is excited for the opportunity to help the students at Allison Academy achieve their educational goals.