Center for Community Schools
College of Community Innovation and Education
University of Central Florida
Health and Public Affairs I
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2200
Amy Ellis, M.M.E., Director
Amy Ellis currently serves as the Director for UCF’s Center for Community Schools. Ellis earned a Master of Education from Florida State University and an Educational Leadership Certificate from Stetson University. Prior to assuming her role at UCF, she worked for five years as a senior administrator for Orange County Public Schools and co-director for Evans High School • A Community Partnership School, where she helped begin and successfully implement the first community school of its kind in Florida. Ellis is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at UCF.
Melanie Rodriguez, Coordinator
Melanie Rodriguez, MSW is the Coordinator for the Center for Community Schools at University of Central Florida, where she assists community school professionals with evaluating and growing their community school partnerships. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and went on to New York University to earn her Master of Social Work. Upon graduation, Melanie provided individual and group counseling honed her clinical spend the first has worked with children and families in schools and as an in-home counselor.
Ann Fivie Coordinator, Administrative Services
Administrative Coordinator Ann Fivie provides organizational support for the Center for Community Partnerships and the Center for Community Schools in the College of Community Innovation and Education. Ann began employment with UCF in January 2016. Prior to joining UCF, Ann worked for Children’s Home Society of Florida where she gained an introduction to community schools. In her current position, Ann continues to support the ongoing efforts of implementing Community Partnership Schools throughout Florida.
Jarrad D. Plante, CNP, Ed.D., Programs Coordinator
Jarrad Plante is the Programs Coordinator within the Center for Community Partnerships. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Central Florida, Masters in Public Policy and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Louisiana State University. Jarrad runs the Volunteer Center where he manages programming around mentoring, tutoring, and service-learning. His research areas are in volunteerism, service-learning, national service, and community engagement. Jarrad replicated the LEADS (Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed through Service) program that he managed at UMASS Dartmouth at the University of Central Florida in collaboration with Evans High School ∙ A Community Partnership School.