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Our Mission

Mission Statement: Accelerate growth in language, literacy, and social skills for students with special needs while engaging parents as partners in education.

What We Stand For

Our vision is to partner with the Florida Department of Education and the Polk County School District in narrowing the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.  We want to assist in increasing the graduation rate for students with disabilities and prepare them to enter into a post-secondary institution or prepare them to enter the workforce. 

Our Vision



INTEGRITY– Integrity creates trust. As an organization, collectively, it’s our most valuable asset. Individually, it’s the constant choice to infuse every action with honesty, fairness, and respect for our employees, families, & communities.

SPIRITUALITY– A framework of organizational values evidenced in the culture that promotes employees’ experience of transcendence through the work process, facilitating their sense of being connected to others in a way that provides feelings of completeness and joy. It is exhibited through active listening, assertively stating one’s opinions, drawing health boundaries, showing respect for others, and responding to conflicts and challenges with empathy and compassion.

RESILIENCE– The defining characteristic of resilient students is having the ability to bounce back and refocus after failure. To come out of loss and disappointment with determination, belief and a willingness to fight to the end. “Resilience is ordinary magic – all of us have the power within to bounce back from failure.”

ADAPTABILITY– Being adaptable is important because it showcases your ability to be resourceful, displays your leadership skills, determination, analytical skills and shows how relevant you are to an ongoing landscape. Having flexibility enables you to effectively handle adversity without it getting the best of you. This means having a renewed mindset and being resilient regardless of workplace challenges.

FAITH– It’s the hard work required to act with fidelity and to earn trust. It’s the hard work of being grateful for what you have instead of being resentful for what you don’t have; of forgiving when it is much easier to hate; of loving your enemies as well as your friends; Faith is fidelity to a cause with no guarantee that the cause will be successful.

A Message From

Our Principal

Dr. Callins is a Speech & Language Pathologist and her Ph.D. is in Special Education. She believes education from cradle to career is essential to achieving prosperity for every student at Language & Literacy Academy for Learning. Her vision is for every student to excel in the areas of literacy and language across all content areas. She believes in the potential of every student and chose the Phoenix as their school mascot. Just as the phoenix rose from the ashes, we will rise and soar above educational barriers.

“I no longer feared the darkness once I knew the phoenix in me would rise from the ashes” -William C Hannan.

Dr. Tandria Callins CCC-SLP



Executive Director & Principal, Dr. Tandria Callins CCC-SLP
Assistant Principal, Sheenah Adams
Board of Directors President, Markeishia Smith
Board of Directors Vice President, Jimmy Downing Jr.
Parent Representative, Kristeen Sanchez

Public Records

Pursuant to Florida Statute §119.12 (2) the contact information for Language and Literacy Academy for Learning custodian of public records is as follows:
Dr. Tandria Callins CCC-SLP
Primary address where records are routinely created, sent, received, maintained, and requested:
330 Ave C SE Winter Haven, FL 33880

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