Alumni Spotlight: Luke Ebbesmeyer

I attended The First Academy from Kindergarten through Senior Year (Class of 2013). I loved every second of it and was positively impacted by so many phenomenal people. Teachers that I had in Lower School like Mrs. Lamp, Mrs. Savage, Mrs. Combs, Mrs. Stokes, Ms. Bacon, and many others all...

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Margaret (Collingsworth) West

From the time I started at TFA in Kindergarten until I graduated in 2002, I experienced some of the most formative time of my life. Often when I think back on the most influential people in my life, many of the teachers from that season come to mind. Some of my favorite memories include serving as...

Alumni Spotlight: Jenny (Baker) Blount

TFA prepared me for life-long work in Christian education. I graduated from TFA in 2005 and headed off to Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. With a passion for business, I pursued a degree in Marketing and graduated at the top of my class in 2009. That same summer, I married my husband, Tyler...

Alumni Spotlight: Bethany Williams

I started at TFA in 3rd grade, when my mom started teaching in the Lower School. I graduated in 2011 and went on to Florida State University where I pursued a biology degree. During my time at TFA, I was well known for my love of the ocean. While I was in college, I found out that I could turn that...

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Miller

I attended the First Academy for 13 years, graduating in 2014. I then went on to Florida International University on a football scholarship and finished out my career playing for the greatest coach of all time, Butch Davis. I graduated with a degree in Communications in May of 2018. I have since...

Alumni Spotlight: Whitney (Gebben) Henneman

I graduated from TFA in 2004 and proceeded to the University of Florida where I was an ADPi and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. Post College, I started my own medical sales distributorship selling cardiovascular products to Thoracic Surgeons and hospitals all...

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Higgins

TFA, K through 12, that’s me! I graduated from The First Academy in 2004 and studied Psychology at Mercer University (Go Bears!). I entered college with a pre-med focus but fell in love with the subject of Psychology and instead decided to pursue a Marriage and Family Therapy degree following my...

Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey (Miller) Hetrick

My husband, Adam, and I both had the privilege of attending The First Academy, I for 11 years and Adam for 13. We both graduated in 2008, and although we were good friends during our time at TFA, it was not until our time at the University of Florida that we dated and were married in July of 2012. I...

Alumni Spotlight: Jon Wood

I graduated from The First Academy in May of 2000. In some ways that feels like a lifetime ago but in other ways, it seems like yesterday because of the great memories I carry with me. Of course, I can remember hanging out with friends, playing sports, homecomings, etc. but my time at TFA set me on...

Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Tower

I started attending The First Academy when I was in first grade after my family moved to Orlando. When I was not in class, my time at The First Academy was spent inside of the black box theatre where I cultivated a passion for the arts, a love of teaching, and a desire to share the arts with...