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2019-2020 Governing Board Meeting Schedule

2019-2020 Navigator Academy | Valrico Budget

Meet Our Governance Board


Shane Clark

Board Chair and Representative
Phone: (813)609-2502

Shane Clark leads the Governing Board as Navigator Academy of Leadership’s Board Chair.

With 23 years of experience in education, 4 of which was spent as a charter school administrator, Mr. Clark offers the guidance and experience necessary to steer the school to success. Mr. Clark is currently working as life group pastor where he is able to unify his two passions; education and ministry.

Mr. Clark was an integral part of the vision and mission that helped establish Navigator Academy of Leadership. In addition to his experience in education, leadership, and administration, Mr. Clark’s extensive experience as a Physical Science and Chemistry teacher ensures that Navigator Academy of Leadership’s science-based, SMART curriculum is effectively executed.

Mr. Clark also shares the vision of educating and growing students to be well-rounded leaders by developing their character. As a teacher, he accomplished this while coaching scholar athletes and expects that Navigator Academy of Leadership, along with The Leader in Me, will accomplish the same with even better results.


Diane LaFrance

Diane LaFrance is an Assistant Professor of Education at Florida Southern College. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Southern College, she was an instructor at Georgia Southern University and was a teacher and administrator in both public and private K-8 schools in Hillsborough County. She has spent the last 25 years of her life in education.

She believes all students are capable of learning. While, they all do not learn at the same rate, with different methods and strategies it is possible. She believes that it is our job to prepare students to be successful in society.

Diane enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and son and daughter. She also enjoys reading and cooking.


Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is born in Tampa and played High School football in Armwood.

He attended the University of Florida and played football with a scholarship. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UF in Business.

He then was drafted to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was an elite NFL player. Mr. Pearson is a well-respected business man and role model for the students at Navigator Academy of Leadership.
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