Tayden Hale is the principal and CEO of the Haile Academy. He is a Navy veteran father of 7 children, a husband, pastor, and a community service leader. He has a AS in Nursing, BS in Criminal Justice and is finishing up his Master’s of Divinity. He has a passion for education and loves to see his students grow and excel beyond their prescribed capabilities.
Since starting the Haile Academy of Higher Learning with her husband Tayden, Toyia has consistently brought passion and dedication to inspiring our youth every single day. Her experience and love for education and learning makes her a great fit as our Principal. Mrs. Haile has 18 years of educational experience, with 13 of those years being in a public and charter school setting. The remaining 5 years were in a youth services program. Mrs. Haile has served as a Life skills coach, Counselor, High school science teacher, Assistant principal, Science Fair Coordinator and District Curriculum Coach. Mrs. Haile has a bachelor's in Biology Pre-med, a masters's in Ed Leadership and currently obtaining her PhD in Ed Leadership with emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction. Along with her husband Tayden, they parent seven beautiful children, for which two are special needs, one gifted and the remaining four general Ed students. They are the reason behind the passion to open a school that is academically sound and understands that the whole child must be taught
Miss. Ash attended Lycoming college for art, before moving to pursue a career with dogs. She apprenticed and became a Dog trainer at 20, where she found her love of working with children with different abilities while training service dogs for them. During this time she began training her own service dog Kali - a German Shepherd, who now attends school with her each day. This experience gives her a special insight and responsibility into working with children with different disabilities. She works with our students to help each of them mitigate their disabilities with coping skills in their day to day lives whether in the classroom, in the social lives, or giving them daily life skills to take home with them as well!
Mr. Chaun has experience with children going back 30 years. I had a babysitting business at 13, I have 24 years experience driving a schools bus, I have been a para professional, I have worked at after school programs like team-up/boys and girls club, I had several clients for behavior modification, and the best of all those roles, a step parent for 24 years. In my spare time, I am stylist, a relationship coach, and a financial coach. I enjoy empowering others to get to their next level, to accomplish their goals, and to educate them on how to fully love themselves. Being at Haile Academy gives Mr. Chaun an opportunity to utilize his professional, and personal experience to the fullest. His goal with the students is to ensure that they understand how what they practice now becomes a permanent part of their life, so it is important to be consistent, kind, respectful, and integral.
Mrs. Mendez studied the vocal arts at Douglas Anderson for 3 years. She facilitated and worked alongside youth of all ages and abilities at the MWR Youth and Teen Center. Mentoring and inspiring youth to get out of their comfort zones and try new things is a passion for her. Her experience and gentle encouragement will aid in giving our students a chance to understand and dive into the fun of music theory and the ability to unleash their inner voices in a positive and encouraging environment!
Mr. Jay Brown's specialty is the drum set with an emphasis on working with special needs students. He studied music at Florida A & M University and FSCJ, where he studied jazz. He directs an amazing drumline of talented young people. We are so happy to have him on our team.
Denise Hambrick is our amazing yoga teacher. She spent 30+ years as a pediatric nurse working primarily with special needs children. She has always had a passion for alternative medicines and healing. So yoga was her natural next step. We are so lucky to have her
Ms. Kisha is a proud single mother of 3! She was a surgical technician for 10+ years before pursuing her passion and love for food and cooking, which she now shares with her social media following! Despite suffering a stroke in 2021, she continues to defy all odds! She also owns a mobile beauty business and line of food products as well as being a spiritual mentor in the community. Above all, her biggest accomplishment is guiding her children to be happy, fruitful, and self- sufficient! She wants to share her desire and passion for culinary with her students to become functional, independent, and driven young adults with a positive outlook on life and to know that nothing is impossible. "If you can dream it... you can achieve it!"