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rising leaders academy

High Performing Charter School

Rising Leaders Academy was awarded High Performing Charter School by the Florida Department of Education.  Signed Award Letter (03-2701)

Parent Liaison

To contact Rising Leaders Academy or our Board, please email our Parent Liaison and Operations Director: Dr. Suha Jaber at jabersa@bay.k12.fl.us.

Dr. Suha Jaber is the Founder of Rising Leaders Academy. She served as the principal of Rising Leaders Academy for the first 5 years.  In July 2017, Dr. Jaber became the Parent Liaison and Operations Director focusing on overall school operations.  She works closely with the our Board.

Our Board

Dr. Eren Ozgen:

  • Dr. Eren Ozgen is Full Professor of Management in Florida State University. 


  • She has MBA and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. 


  • Her research is on entrepreneurship and strategy. Her research has been published in numerous
    academic journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, International Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of International Business and Economics, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, etc. 


  • Some of her papers are now in press in the Business Research Yearbook and Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.  She also has a book chapter in “Social Networks: Development, Evaluation and Influence, New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc. 


  • She received Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award (2011), London, UK as her Journal of Entrepreneurship (2007) paper she coauthored has been chosen as one of the top 50 articles with proven impact since its publication date from the top 300 management journals in the world.


Mr. Tarone Watley:

  • Mr. Tarone Watley is an entrepreneur who originally founded Watley Engineering, LLC whose goal is to design “green” buildings and building systems. 


  • Mr. Watley has over 12 years of engineering experience ranging from project engineer to manager. Most of his experience is comprised of Department of Defense government project work. 


  • Mr. Watley’s most recent project experience includes power systems designer and project manager
    for the $24.5 million electrical overhead to underground conversion project at Tyndall Air Force Base and the $13 million Deployable Joint Command & Control (DJC2) project at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City.  


Mr. Osama Albibi:


  • Mr. Osama Albibi is an Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.  He also holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation.  Mr. Albibi has been in practice serving citizens of Bay County since 2005.


  • Mr. Albibi has multiple degrees in both Fiance and Microbiology with highest honors from the University of Florida.  He earned his MBA from Florida State University with highest honors. 


Dr. Ahmed Baker:


  • Dr. Ahmed Abo Baker is the primary provider of his medical practice, Future Pediatrics.  


  • Dr. Baker has conducted prior research on the Anthropometric and Nutritional Status of Children with Chronic Renal Failure and is now involved in research on the Role of Neuropeptide Y in Obesity in Children and Adolescents.  


  • Dr. Baker is currently the Director of the Adolescents Obesity Program at Children’s Medical Services of Bay County.  He has been a member of Bay County Medical Reserve Corps since 2005 and was recognized for his service and dedication to the community by the MRC in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health.  


  • In addition to Dr. Baker’s pediatric practice, he is actively involved in the M.D. Anderson International Center project affiliated with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

Board Minutes

RLA Board Minutes Feb 20, 2013

RLA Board Minutes May 2, 2013

RLA Board Minutes September 18, 2013

RLA Board Minutes Jan 16, 2014

RLA Board Minutes March 16, 2014

RLA Board Minutes September 22, 2014

RLA Board Minutes November 10, 2014

RLA Board Minutes Feb 4, 2015

RLA Board Minutes March 18, 2015

RLA Board Minutes April 23, 2015

RLA Board Minutes June 3, 2015

RLA Board Minutes September 10, 2015

RLA PUBLIC MEETING Agenda Feb 18, 2016

 RLA Public Meeting Agenda May 31, 2016

RLA Public Meeting Minutes September 22, 2017

RLA Pubic Board Minutes March 17, 2017

RLA Public Board Minutes April 4, 2017

RLA Public Board Minutes August 30, 2017

Rising Leaders Academy School Advisory Council (SAC)

SAC Members:

Mrs. Julia Arafa 

Mrs. Suha Jaber 

Mrs. Cynthia McClauley 

Ms. Amanda Spillane 

Mrs. Shayma Salman 

April 11, 2014 SAC Meeting Minutes

May 30, 2014 SAC Meeting Minutes

Sept 8, 2014 SAC Meeting Minutes

Nov 11, 2014 SAC Meeting Minutes

Feb 12, 2015 SAC Meeting Minutes

March 18 2015 SAC Meeting Minutes

June 3 2015 SAC Meeting Minutes

Sept 9, 2015 SAC Meeting Minutes


Rising Leaders Academy Parents Teachers Organization (PTO)

Our RLA Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is made up of parents, teachers, and administrators who meet to organize activities and opportunities for the student body. The meetings are open to any parent, teacher, or administrators.

PTO Minutes 24 OCT 2017

RLA PTO Meeting Minutes Oct 6, 2015

RLA PTO Meeting Minutes October 20, 2015

RLA PTO 03-08-2016 PTO Meeting Minutes




Rising Leaders Academy Audit 2014

Rising Leaders Academy Audit 2015 

Rising Leaders Academy Audit 2016

Rising Leaders Academy Audit Report 2017

RLA Budget 2015-16 

RLA Budget 2016-17

RLA Budget 2017-18