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Member of GAPSEC (Georgia Association Private Schools for Exceptional Children) , GISA (Georgia Independent School Association), Wilson Accredited Partner & Accredited by Georgia Accreditation Commission

MEET OUR FOUNDER

Ava White, M.Ed., WDT

A Gainesville High School graduate, Ava White began her educational journey as a middle school babysitter.   Curiosity about different learning styles led her to receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Special and Elementary Education from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University).  After teaching in public school, she earned her Masters in Education from the University of Georgia in Special Education.  She worked as a special education teacher in Griffin-Spalding and Gwinnett County schools, then was the Educational Coordinator for the Alpine Psycho-Educational Center, which served the severely emotionally disturbed students in the ninth Congressional District of Georgia. 

In 1981, she opened a private tutoring practice, open to any student who had learning difficulties.  Ava White Tutorials grew in student and staff population over the years, and Ava continued to see more students of all ages struggle to learn how to read and write.  Driven by the belief that dyslexic students deserved the finest instruction available, Ava researched the best curriculums available and discovered the scientifically-based, multi-sensory Wilson Reading Program®.  Over several years, she became a Wilson Trainer so that she could offer her staff, as well as other teachers, this expertise. She saw the success of Wilson with the tutorial students (both dyslexic and not) who could now read on or beyond their grade levels. 

In 2007 she opened Ava White Academy, a private school that began with four learning challenged youngsters and had a vision to provide intensive instruction in a full-day classroom setting.   Enrollment grew and now there are 28 students and five teachers, working with pupils in grades 2-12.  Because of this growth, in March of 2017, Ava White Academy changed its name to Academy of Innovation and received its 501 (c)(3).  

All AOI Teachers are required to earn Wilson Level 1 Certification, a rigorous 90 hour class which entails 60 lessons with an individual student, five observations and a computer class. The belief is that the Academy teachers have to have access to the very best toolbox of strategies, professional development, materials and equipment to reach and teach our students.  The low student/teacher ratio also allows the instructors to get the know each pupil and family so that the teachers know strengths, weaknesses, favorite foods, hobbies, interests and can recommend books and activities to help each youngster reach his or her full potential.

“Teachers have three loves: the love of learning, the love of learners and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”

– Scott Hayden