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  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Sunrise Academy is pleased to announce the nominees for Step Up For Students annual Rising Star Awards.

Each year, up to 3 students enrolled in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Opportunities (FES-EO), Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA), or Hope Scholarship can be nominated for an award.

Schools can nominate students in the following categories:

Outstanding Character Award. This recognizes students who demonstrate

outstanding compassion, perseverance, courage, initiative, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, honesty or optimism.

Turnaround Student Award. These recipients have made notable gains/improvements since enrolling at their school.

High Achievement Award. This honor is given to a student who excels in a specific area such as academics, athletics or the arts.

Super Senior Award. This award is for seniors that demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community service and/or extra-curricular activities.

This year, Sunrise Academy has nominated three students for an award, Mariah Brown (Top Left), Julius Bundy (Middle Left), and Ketly-Ann Torres (Bottom Left).

We look forward to celebrating their accomplishment at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 30th at Center Academy-Maitland.


Yahayra Marte, Head of School:

Shellnisha Franklin, Executive Director:

Dawn Melani, Assistant Principal:


  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Sunrise Academy is pleased to announce the beginning of Sunrise Academy Chorus, a musical group where students can come together to share their love of singing.

Sunrise Academy Chorus is a wonderful opportunity for creativity and fun as the students explore large-group singing. Students are provided with the opportunity to further develop singing skills by learning how to properly use their voice as well as performance techniques in preparation for spring, graduation, and holiday performances.

Upper elementary and middle school students, who enjoy singing, are encouraged to join chorus. Chorus rehearsals take place on select early release Fridays from 1:30PM-2:30PM and during designated homeroom blocks.

For students interested in joining chorus, please see one of the coordinators, Ms. Bedenbaugh, Ms. Grimes, or Ms. Dawson.


Cheryl Bedenbaugh, Assistant Principal:

Tameka Averett-Grimes, Office Specialist:

Elaine Dawson, Elementary Teacher:


  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Sunrise Academy is excited to announce that Mr. Joseph Collins has joined our Upper School 6th-12th as its new assistant principal.

Sunrise Academy is pleased to welcome Mr. Collins to the team. As the Upper School continues to grow, we are excited by all the possibilities Mr. Collins leadership will have for this division of our school.

Mr. Collins has been dedicated to the field of education for more than 20 years. He has worked in a variety of areas in education such as teaching, school admissions, and school administration on the middle and high school levels.

In partnership with the faculty, students, and parents, Mr. Collins will work diligently to continue the legacy of success established by Sunrise Academy and looks forward to building strong bonds with faculty, students, parents, and community partners.

With his leadership style of "My door is always open," he welcomes the opportunity to work together in all areas for the betterment of our students and school.


Upper School Assistant Principal

Joseph Collins:

Lower School Assistant Principal Cheryl Bedenbaugh:


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