PedsAcademy brings together UCF's world class faculty from the colleges of Community Innovation and Education, Medicine, Sciences, and Health Professions and Sciences.
School Advisory Board; Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatrician in Chief; Chief Scientific Officer
School Advisory Board; Dean and Professor College of Community Innovation and Education
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Nationally Certified Counselor, Child Life Specialist
Why Choose Us
Joint oversight from a school advisory board of Nemours physicians and clinicians, UCF education faculty, and community partners.
JoAnn Newman, CEO Orlando Science Center
Terri Finkel, MD, Ph.D., Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatrician in Chief, and Chief Scientific Officer
Lisa Dieker, Ph.D. Pegasus Professor, Exceptional Education, UCF
Linda Walters, Ph.D. Pegasus Professor, Marine Biology, UCF
Carolyn Hopp, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, UCF
Eleazar “Trey” Vasquez, Ph.D., Exceptional Education, Director Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute, UCF
Pamela “Sissi” Carroll, Ed.D., Dean, College of Community Innovation and Education, UCF
All school-age children on Nemours premises are eligible for PedsAcademy immediately. This includes patients and siblings with no exclusions.
All children are served on day 1.
Credentials and Experience
- Record of research in education of kids with chronic and critical illnesses (Ph.D.)
- Ph.D. and/or Ed.D.
- Teacher certifications; Special Education
- Emergent research in hospital subpopulations, such as children with autism (Ph.D.)
Education specific to teaching in hospitals
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, all school age children at Nemours are eligible to participate in PedsAcademy. With your authorization, we are happy to reach out to your child’s school to coordinate class activities and ensure a smooth transition between academic settings.
Our team of UCF faculty and pre-service teachers can assist with any subject area. Each faculty member holds an advanced degree, typically a doctorate, in one of the core subjects areas (mathematics, literacy) and our pre-service teachers are trained in all content areas as well.
At PedsAcademy our primary mission is to provide extraordinary learning experiences for your child that is specific to their disease or condition in order to help offset some of the learning difficulties that may arise from treatment and frequent absenteeism. This kind of learning takes place in PedsAcademy using virtual reality, robotics, and pedagogical agents. We know homework is important too and can often be a worry for both children and parents. Our teachers will happily incorporate your child’s homework into their learning plan.
PedsAcademy is in operation M-F from 10-5. Your child will be seen at a time agreed upon between PedsAcademy faculty, Nemours’ physicians and nurses, and you! Times will vary daily depending on your child’s treatment.
Welcome to PedsAcademy
If your question is not answered in the frequently asked questions section, please email, call, or stop us with your question. We want to hear from you!