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Melanie
Sarakinis,
manager of the
enrichment academy

Q: What is your role in the Enrichment Academy?
A: My job is to ensure successful operations, administration and programming of the TEA program, a new
division of the Recreation and Parks Department.
Q: How do TEA courses accomplish the goal
of bringing stimulating learning opportunities
to the community?
A: The program is a perfect fit for The Villages
lifestyle, offering a variety of enrichment courses that
complement the department's existing resident-led
lifestyle volunteer and recreation services. We keep it
interesting, with ongoing additions of new, innovative
course opportunities throughout the year.

Q: What is your relationship to course instructors
and how have you worked with them to bring their
offerings to the community?
A: Our first kickoff of classes started in October 2017.
We have enjoyed coming together with our instructor
team to facilitate and grow the program. Our talented instructors put a lot of work and pride into the curriculum
they propose and offer to the community. It's a pleasure
expanding relationships and recruiting new instructors,
bringing new and innovative talent to the program.
Q: What kind of growth has TEA experienced
since its inception?
A: The program has grown tremendously in a short
period of time. We continuously add new course
offerings and expand the speaker series. We continue to
work with our instructors and team to gain input and
feedback, evolving with the growth as we continue to
build on the program's early success.
Q: What kind of feedback have you received
from instructors and course attendees?
A: Here are some of the testimonials we have received
from residents:
"TEA is one of the many avenues here to enhance and
improve quality of life."
- Village of Buttonwood resident
"Having just retired, I'm anxious to try all new types of
activities now that there is time."
- Village of Virginia Trace resident

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