2023 - 2024
Independence Classical Academy
Faculty & Staff
Meet The Administration
Executive Director of Operations
Mrs. Howard has spent over 25 years in education and public policy-having served on numerous SAC, PTO, and Booster organizations as well as having led the charge on multiple charter start-ups. Recognized for her expertise in education, she was appointed to the IRSC Board of Trustees in 2014 by then Governor Scott, where she served for over 7 years until stepping down as Chairman of the Board in 2022 to focus on the expansion of ICA. Mrs. Howard has obtained a bachelor's degree in Public Administration and is focused on completing her final courses to obtain her dual master's (Masters of Public Administration and a Licensed Law Master's in Education Law). As Founder and Executive Director, she mentors the administration and leadership to ensure the mission and vision of the school is strictly adhered to. She handles grants, fundraising, facilities, contract negotiations, enrollment, marketing, and oversees the future growth of the academy. She and her husband have six children between them, and both are native Floridians and avid outdoor enthusiasts who love hunting, fishing, & boating.
Dean of Students
Jessica Chancey has been with ICA since we opened our doors in 2020. She is married with four children, one of which graduated from ICA in 2022 and another currently enrolled in 5th grade. She is an active wife and mother who has made a life in education. She has worked almost every non-instructional position in a school setting and has experience in private, public, and charter schools. With her amazing ability to multitask, her familiarity with our families from the 2.5 years managing the front office, and her relationships within our community, she is the perfect candidate for a Dean of Students. Mrs. Chancey has such a heart for children, the Ag community, and a strong foundation in education, she knew immediately upon considering her own children's enrollment, that ICA would also be the perfect home for her as well. Dean Chancey also volunteers with the Game Day club for 3rd-5th grade after school. We welcome Dean Chancey to the Administration team at ICA.