Our FAMU DRS Freedom School team consist of educators, researchers, college students, and community members focused on helping children fall in love with reading, increasing their self-esteem, and generating positive attitudes toward learning. We implement the model curriculum which supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.
Sheila labissiere, m.ed. (Executive director)
Sheila Labissiere, earned her B.S. degree in Social Science from Florida State University in 2009 and began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in 2010. Since then, she has earned two Master of Education degrees (Educational Leadership – 2013 & Curriculum and Instruction – 2015) from Florida A&M University, served on the FAMU College of Education Dean Search Committee, Faculty Senator, Steering Committee Member, Grades 3-5 Department Chair, and has recently been invited to participate on the Admissions Committee and the Curriculum Redesign Committee for the FAMU Educational Leadership program.
Currently, Ms. Labissiere serves as the Title I/ESOL Coordinator for FAMU DRS, is an active member of National Association of University Women & the Tallahassee Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Policy and Evaluation from Florida State University.
This is her fourth year operating a Freedom School program at FAMU DRS.
janell massaline, co-site coordinator
Ms. Janell Massaline began her journey with the FAMU DRS Freedom School in 2016 as a Level 1 Servant Leader Intern and fell in love with the program, its purpose, and mission. She has returned every summer to dedicate her time to the program transitioning roles from a Servant Leader Intern to a Co-Site Coordinator. During the traditional school year Ms. Massaline is a Language Arts and Journalism Teacher at Young Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. Ms. Massaline is a proud 6th generation graduate of Florida A&M University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education.
Marlon williams-clark, m.ed. co-site coordinator
Marlon Williams-Clark is a 2009 FAMU graduate with a B.S. in Public Relations. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland. Mr. Williams-Clark, whose students affectionately call him “Mr. WC,” is in his 7th year of teaching. He currently teaches middle school social studies Florida State University Schools. He is also the adviser the middle school SGA and Building Incredible Generations and the History Fair Coordinator. This is Mr. WC’s second year with Freedom Schools. He aspires to be a school administrator and obtain his Ph.D in education. His interests are in history especially in African American studies, performing arts, politics and religion.