Brit’s Academy is a place where children come to learn, grow, and explore. Created in 2019, the Academy offers a unique approach to education, emphasizing hands-on learning and active teaching methods. With a focus on the Agile Mindset, students are empowered to think critically, empathize with others, and adapt to change. Each day, students engage in a range of subjects, including English, math, physical science, social science, global citizenship, French and Creole communication, and literacy. In addition, special classes are offered in health education, music, art, physical education, sewing, and technology. On weekends, students take part in dance and gymnastics classes, trade classes, and chess tournaments, building their skills and challenging themselves to grow. And throughout the week, they participate in worship services and sports tournaments, creating a sense of community and connection. At Brit’s Academy, students are encouraged to showcase their talents and express themselves through a weekly Variety Show. Whether through singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy, or poetry, students are given the opportunity to shine and inspire one another. Brit’s Academy is more than a school – it’s a place where students can become their best selves and dream big.

On weekends, children are involved in dance and gymnastic classes which are very popular. We also offer various trade classes, such as mechanics, cooking, and woodworking. In addition, a Chess Club has been started and hosts several chess tournaments to promote critical thinking. A few times each week, we also host worship services and sports tournaments such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball with co-ed groups for all ages. As a capstone for the week, each Friday evening we have a Variety Show where children are invited to participate and showcase their many talents like hosting the event, singing, dance, acrobatics, comedy, and poetry.

Children have been learning and incorporating business concepts and skills including:
  • Financial literacy and business acumen
  • Project planning and development
  • Global news exposure and current events
  • Customer service skills (includes public relations, practicing English, showing respect and welcome)
  • Management skills (organization, time management, inventory, need assessment, performance of duties in the gift shop)
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Increase in self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Development of an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Creative and divergent thinking
  • Team building

Teacher and caregiver training is at the heart of Brit’s Home. Trainings are provided by the Program Director and Superintendent of Schools on a monthly basis. Topics include child/adolescent development; developing positive social relationships and friendships; assessment and evaluation; learning styles, active learning, developing and maintaining an Agile Mindset, classroom management, and effective behavior management.

In order to be truly and fully aligned with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of Brit’s Home we conduct a full history and psychological assessment to ensure the most suitable learning environment. This evaluation process will serve to foster the children’s academic success, love of learning, and emotional/social intelligence.

Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine, Ph.D. has worked to develop the curriculum and training while establishing Brit’s Academy as an on site learning base. Debbie has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut; Sixth Year in Counseling Psychology, University of Connecticut, M.Div.- Hartford Seminary – She was a professor at Becker College for 22 years and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Now, Debbie serves as our Superintendent of Brit’s Academy and is an esteemed member of our Board of Directors.

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For more information or to help support Brit’s Academy contact Cherylann at Cherylann@BeLikeBrit.org


(508) 886-4500

66 Pullman Street, Worcester, MA, 01606

Brit's Home

33 Brit's Way, Grand Goave, Haiti