Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall policy and direction of the FLCHE, and delegates responsibility of day-to-day operations to its officers and committees.
Dr. Tammara Purdin, Executive Director
Dr. Bernadette D. Bennett, Board Member
Bernadette Bennett, Ed.D., is a member of the Curriculum and Instruction Department of Sarasota County Schools, FL. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Art in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on disciplinary literacy and staff development. She has taught social studies at the middle grades and then elevated her craft by becoming the District Social Studies Specialist. As the social studies specialist, Bernadette’s major responsibilities include coordinating K-12 social studies curriculum initiatives, identifying staff development needs and fulfilling them, supporting staff and schools as they implement standards based instruction with a focus on individualized instruction, and developing curriculum resources for all grade levels. She also serves as the Education Coordinator for Embracing Our Differences (EOD) educational initiatives serving as liaison between EOD and the Sarasota County School Board bridging educational and community partnerships. Bernadette has an established track record creating partnerships with educational facilities, for –profit, non-profit and community agencies.
Mrs. Carol LaVallee, Board Member
Carol LaVallee is a Social Science educator for Sarasota County Schools in Florida. She earned her B.S. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. LaVallee was 2008 Teacher of the Year for North Port High School in Sarasota County, Florida. She was also a Steering Committee Member of Sarasota County’s Teaching American History Cohort, an Alfred Learner Fellow on Holocaust Education (Columbia University), and a resident for the George Washington Teacher Institute (Mount Vernon). She is a Library of Congress Ambassador and is an Executive Board Member of the Florida College and University Faculty Assembly (FL-CUFA) and the Florida Council for History Education. Finally, LaVallee is a published author of Using SOURCES to Examine the Nadir of Race Relations in The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas.
Dr. Kacie M. Nadeau, Treasurer
Kacie Nadeau is a fifth grade teacher of language arts and social studies at Pine View School for the Gifted. She holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Education with a concentration in the social foundations of American education and social studies education at the University of South Florida. Her research includes the history of American education and curriculum reform, as well as social science content and instruction.
The advisory board provides advice/counsel on issues raised by executive board of directors; provide unbiased insights and ideas from a third point-of- view (not involved in the operation of the non-profit business); encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas; act as a resource for executive board.