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Florida Connections Academy Names Trombino Lead Principal

Experienced educator to lead new tuition-free virtual public school; enrollment open for inaugural 2018-19 school year

April 2, 2018 (Tampa, FL) – Florida Connections Academy has named veteran educator Marcie Trombino as the new online school’s Lead Principal. Trombino has over 16 years of experience in the education field, including experience with online learning platforms and virtual public schools. Before coming to Florida Connections Academy, she was most recently the Lead Principal for grades K-5 at Florida Virtual School Full Time.

“I have seen firsthand the amazing benefits online schools can offer students, and I’m excited to bring this opportunity to more students through a new virtual option,” Trombino said. “With Florida Connections Academy, we will be giving students across the state access to a top-quality education, state-certified teachers and state-of-the-art technology so they can pursue their own passions and opportunities.”

Trombino holds an M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, an Ed.S. in Management and Administration of Educational Programs, and a B.A. in History. Additionally, she holds a Florida Professional Certificate in Elementary Education, ESOL and Educational Leadership. She has taught in both private and public schools in Florida. In 2006 she was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Kissimmee Charter Elementary and in her most recent role, Trombino was named internally by her Connections Academy colleagues as Principal of the Year.

Florida Connections Academy (FCA), a full-time statewide online public charter school, is authorized by Hillsborough County Public Schools to serve students throughout the state beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The school will initially serve students in grades K-8, and will add a grade level each year until it serves grades K-12 by its fifth year. Enrollment is currently open to students across Florida, with preference given to Hillsborough County students.

Learning from home, FCA students will work closely with licensed teachers using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs. Curriculum, from the nationally recognized Connections Academy® program, will combine high-quality resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology tools and hands-on materials. A parent, or another adult “Learning Coach” helps to monitor student progress in the home.

A virtual school approach can serve a wide range of students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, those who need a flexible schedule or learn at a different pace from their peers, and those who need more individualized attention or live in isolated rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in the Florida Connections Academy program. As a public school, there are no fees or tuition to attend and all students are required to take the same state assessments as traditional public school students.

The Connections Academy name is known to families across Florida as it has provided online learning to students since 2006. The program’s provider is approved by the Florida Department of Education. For more information about Florida Connections Academy, visit the school’s website:

About Florida Connections Academy
Florida Connections Academy (FCA), a tuition-free, virtual public charter school, is authorized by Hillsborough County Public Schools and will begin serving students in the 2018-19 school year in grades K-8, adding a grade level each year. FCA provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere there is an Internet connection and with an innovative online school curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of certified Florida teachers, an award-winning curriculum, engaging electives, technology tools, and social experiences provides a supportive online learning opportunity for students who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 1-800-382-6010 or visit