As Huskies, our motto is “The Power is in the Pack” as we lead our students to excellence. Avalon Middle School consistently scores among the top tier of middle schools in Orange County, and has been rated an “A” school since opening in 2006. The school has adopted a philosophy that all stakeholders are valued including students, teachers, parents, and community members; therefore, we empower these groups to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to become lifelong learners and leaders. Avalon Middle School communicates openly and frequently with our stakeholders and encourages parental and community involvement. Through the use of shared decision-making, the school works to promote a positive school climate that truly focuses on student outcomes in all areas.
We strive to ensure that all of our students receive appropriately rigorous instruction in their courses. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best educational environment possible to every Husky student. Our students have the ability to access a well-rounded curriculum which includes advanced high school coursework, along with performing arts and STEM education. Avalon’s academic program is supplemented by solid athletic and extracurricular programs. Our overall goal is to provide our students with a strong 21st-century education within a safe and nurturing environment that will prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship.
Ms. Karen Furno
Ms. Furno has been with Orange County Public School for over 25 years. She has served as the principal of Avalon Middle School since January 2015. Prior to that, she served as the principal of Chain of Lakes Middle School and the Director of Leadership Development for OCPS. She began her career in education at Wymore Secondary School as a teacher and administrative dean. She also served as the assistant principal of Meadow Woods Middle School and Freedom Middle School. Ms. Furno obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Furno spends her free time cheering on her children on the field and court and traveling with her family.
Mrs. Suzanna Pacheco
Mrs. Pacheco has over eighteen years’ experience in education and has served as an assistant principal for the last three years. Prior to becoming an assistant principal, her instructional experiences included serving as a dean, reading coach, and language arts teacher. Mrs. Pacheco obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from The American College of Education. When Mrs. Pacheco is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Mrs. Michelle Anderson
Mrs. Anderson has been with Orange County Public Schools for the past eight years. Prior to becoming an assistant principal, she has served as a dean, testing coordinator, and science teacher. Mrs. Anderson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. During her spare time, Mrs. Anderson enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband.