Drs. Peter and Yolanda Ancona, both of whom are doctors of pharmacy and former teachers, founded The Tutoring Center in Oviedo to provide support for students in their academic pursuits. Using a Rotational Approach to Learning Method developed by Edward S. Thalheimer, PhD, they work to go beyond simple homework help and equip students with long-term skills. Their expert tutors specialize in a variety of programs beginning as early as kindergarten, with subjects that include math through Algebra II and AP math, writing enrichment, study skills, reading, and pre-SAT courses.
The faculty members at the School of Rock believe that immersion is the best way to learn any new skill, which is why they don’t just teach students how to traverse the notes and rhythms of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals in isolation. In addition to teaching students the technical skills during one-on-one lessons, the professional music instructors push them to fuse their individual parts into songs during full band practices with fellow beginner rockers. This combination of one-on-one attention and cooperative group learning helps kids of all skill levels hone their craft while overcoming common pitfalls such as stage fright or playing off-tempo. As kids learn to shred riffs, pound out drum solos, and summon Ronnie James Dio by hitting the correct vibrato atop a silver mountain, the classes build their confidence and kick-start a lifetime of loving rock 'n' roll.
When varsity football arrived at Central Florida in 1979, it capped off a decade of drastic changes on the university's campus. In 1970, the school unveiled its new nickname for athletics: the Knights. At that time, though, UCF wasn't even UCF yet—it was still Florida Technological University, a title that was shed in 1978 to gain larger statewide appeal and minimalize applications from college-aged robots. With a new mascot and a new identity, the school's athletics program began to develop its own personality. The football team wasn't just the Knights; they were the Fighting Knights. The baseball club became the Diamond Knights, and the tennis team the Smashing Knights. It was an era marked by change and by a collective toughness among the school's teams. When it joined Conference USA in 2005, UCF athletics showed similar resolve almost immediately. The football team won conference championships in 2007 and 2010, and the women's basketball team did the same in 2009 and 2010. The 2013–14 seasons mark yet another chapter in the university's history, as it begins competing as part of the Big East.
Employing the methodical skills he gained as a mechanical engineer at BMW and the culinary skills he developed at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, chef Jermaine Allen whittles the steps required for families to share a meal at home down to just two: heat and eat. After consulting with his clients about their preferences, he and his staff take care of all the meal preparation, including hunting down wild lettuce. They plan the menu, go to the store to procure its ingredients, and then take them to the clients' kitchen, where they assemble the home-cooked meals. Once prepared, the meals are packed away and labeled with heating instructions, and the chefs leave the kitchen just the way they found it. Chef Allen also prepares one-time meals for customers in their homes, whether it's a sit-down dinner for two or a lunch buffet for 16, and leads in-home cooking classes for up to 12 aspiring chefs.
Berto Ortega can't even remember the first time he picked up a pencil or paintbrush. By age 8, he was already a portraitist's apprentice while his peers were still working in the medium of macaroni and glitter. When he got older, Ortega bolstered his natural talents with a formal education at the Swain School of Design and Philadelphia's Studio Incamminati. Today, he teaches oil-and-acrylic techniques to painters of all experience levels. Ortega's own portfolio features portraits and landscapes rendered in a variety of styles: impressionist-inspired lilies, shadowy charcoals, and realist portraits in glowing hues.