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    About Teach Florida

    Teach Florida, a division of Teach Coalition, was founded in 2016 to advocate on behalf of Florida’s nonpublic schools and parents. Our advocacy has helped Florida become the national leader in school choice. With a projected 200,000 state scholarships in 2021-2022, more than a quarter of the country’s nonpublic school scholarships will be in Florida. Florida offers two primary scholarship programs:

    • Income-based scholarships for K-12 students designed to give parents on average a $7,500 voucher for nonpublic school tuition and fees.
    • Disability-based educational savings accounts (ESAs) worth on average $9,300 to pay for tuition, therapies, or approved services or products to support the education of their special needs child. Children between the ages of 3 and 22 are eligible.

    See our dedicated scholarship page

    Florida Legislators, Jewish Community Leaders, Join Orthodox Union’s Teach Florida at Annual Event to Celebrate $60 Million in 2022 Funding for Jewish Day School Families.

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    Our Team

    Dan Mitzner

    COO & Director of Government Affairs, Teach Coalition

    Daniel Aqua

    Executive Director, Teach Florida

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    Daniel Aqua

    Executive Director, Teach Florida

    Danny Aqua is an impassioned advocate for educational opportunities for children, parents and schools. As Field Director at Teach Florida, Danny built a grassroots initiative that engaged parents in the legislative process. In addition to trips to Tallahassee, petition signings and traditional advocacy, Danny has been an integral part in Teach Florida’s get-out-the-vote program that has resulted in doubling and sometimes tripling voter turnout in the Jewish day school community over multiple elections. Danny’s work at Teach Florida enables him to use skills from his two prior careers – law and teaching. Prior to working at Teach Florida, Danny practiced real estate law as an Associate at Blank Rome, LLP and then taught both in elementary and middle schools. Danny received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Baruch College magna cum laude, his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School Order of the Coif and his Masters Degree in Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Education.
    Dean Andrews

    Associate Director, Office of Public Affairs

    Melissa Glaser

    School Advocacy Coordinator, Teach Florida

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    Melissa Glaser

    School Advocacy Coordinator, Teach Florida

    Prior to joining Teach Florida, Melissa created a shampoo company and worked as in house lawyer for Total Relief Skincare . She is actively involved in the Hollywood Jewish community and has worked for the past three summers in Camp Kfir Katan's day camp, running programming and communications. Melissa has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women and received her J.D.  from Touro Law Center. Melissa is a native Floridian who returned to Florida after law school with her husband Josh. They have three children and live in Hollywood, Florida. Melissa brings passion, a strong work ethic and a deep belief that every child deserves a Jewish education.  Melissa will be working to grow our advocacy program by strengthening old relationships and building new ones.
    Malka Kownat-Rhodes

    School Funding Specialist, Teach Florida

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    Malka Kownat-Rhodes

    School Funding Specialist, Teach Florida

    Malka Kownat-Rhodes is a long-time professional in the field of special education, with over 10 years of experience working in a large school district in Ohio. Malka graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College with a BA in Psychology, and then earned a master's degree in Education from Notre Dame College in Ohio. Most recently, Malka worked as the Director of Student Support for The Torah Academy of Boca Raton in South Florida.  Malka has a history of successfully partnering with government agencies and school districts, and with non-profit organizations like The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services, to procure funding for educational initiatives. Malka’s years of experience working with families struggling with the cost of private school tuition combined with the cost of services for children with special needs, has led to her joining Teach Coalition. In her new capacity as a funding specialist, she helps families access funding for both specialized services and private school tuition.
    Elizabeth Wolff

    Executive Administrator, Government Maximization, Teach Florida

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    Elizabeth Wolff

    Executive Administrator, Government Maximization, Teach Florida

    Elizabeth Wolff is the Executive Administrative Assistant/Government Maximization Specialist on our Teach Florida Coalition team.  She joined the Florida team in July 2022 and is originally from Brooklyn, NY but has now lived in South Florida for over 30 years.  Elizabeth has worked in Customer Service and Education for the past 16 years and has seen the tremendous growth of the Jewish communities and Yeshivas in Florida. As a Torah observant mother of four children (now a grandma too), all who have graduated from Yeshiva and an inaugural Step-Up parent, Elizabeth understands the value and sacrifices it takes to make sure families and schools get the support, financial assistance and student services that Teach Florida constantly provides, which also aids in instilling Torah values within our community. Elizabeth's work supports the growth of the Teach Florida Coalition, new and current School DOE Compliance, Jewish Day School Security Guard Grants and scholarship families and schools.