Teacher Academy

The CFHLA Teacher Academy Program provides Central Florida educators the opportunity to learn - first hand - the hospitality industry by job shadowing a specific Lodging Establishment for an entire week during the month of June each year. This experience culminates with recognition as a participant at the CFHLA Reception.

Shadowing experiences include working the front desk of a hotel, attending management meetings, and supporting the hotel's food and beverage department.

To maintain the integrity of the CFHLA Teacher Academy program a revision has been made starting 2012 - Open to High School educators/administrators only.

CFHLA encourages High School Principals, Counselors, Hospitality Program Coordinators/Instructors, Career and Technical Educators, Tech Prep Coordinators, Business Teachers and Career Specialists to submit an application.

2015 Photographs:


The 2015 Teacher Academy program provided 20 Central Florida Educators the opportunity to Job Shadow "Department Heads" at 20 CFHLA Lodging Establishments.

CFHLA "salutes" the following Teacher Academy Partnerships:

The Alfond Inn partnered with Meg Pietkiewicz of Winter Park High School

Avanti Resort Orlando partnered with Kimberly Taylor of Evans High School

B Resort located in the Walt Disney World Resort partnered with Amy Parker of Boone High School

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa partnered with Jamila Mitchell of Evans High School

Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center partnered with Barbara Barber of Dr. Phillips High School

CLC Encantada Resort partnered with Kristal Armstrong of Mid Florida Tech / Freedom High School

Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Mary / North partnered with Christopher Canone of Cypress Creek High School

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort partnered with Laura Doud of Dr. Phillips High School

Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South partnered with Elliot Schwartz of Dr. Phillips High School

Embassy Suites Orlando Airport partnered with Anthony Davis of East River High School

Give Kids the World Village partnered with Corey Anderson of Evans High School

Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort partnered with Krista Slechta of Ocoee High School

Hilton Orlando partnered with Lorraine Matos of Dr. Phillips High School

Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort partnered with EJ Shiver of Simon Youth Academy

Melia Orlando Suite Hotel partnered with Camille Wright of Dr. Phillips High School

Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club partnered with Sophie Irizarry of St. Cloud High School

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside partnered with Richard Grace of Colonial High School

Orlando World Center Marriott partnered with Kyle Roach of Winter Park Tech

The Point Orlando Resort partnered with Renee Giddings of Westside Tech / Ocoee High School

Wyndham Cypress Palms, Wyndham Vacation Ownership partnered with Michael Schmidt of Winter Park Tech

If you have any questions relating to this event, please contact CFHLA Staff Member: Taylor Hahn -
407-313-5022 or assistant@cfhla.org