With NYS Certification in English, grades 7-12, Flori began a 29-year teaching career intent on sharing, through her experience and training, the power of drama. As soon as state certification in Theatre Arts became available, Flori qualified as a candidate and received certification.
Flori benefited from a pedagogical approach to learning how to teach theatre through assisting drama teachers and high school directors as a student teacher, intern and permanent substitute teacher. As a teacher at Good Counsel Academy, Flori was moderator of the Black Awareness Club and directed several school assemblies that included keynote speakers and student performances in dance, music and drama. She also served as Drama Club advisor and directed plays.
When she accepted a position as an English teacher and advisor to the Drama Club at Ardsley High School, Flori directed the Fall Play, Spring Musical and produced the Senior Revue. At both GCA and AHS, she established chapters of the International Thespian Society. Every spring, students are inducted into this honor society. Flori wrote and produced the ceremony that included awards and student testimonies about how theatre education impacted their lives in high school. Followed by “a modest repast” and an evening socializing with parents and alumni, this event celebrated theatre transforming students lives.
The Flori Doyle Drama Scholarship provides a modest monetary award for a high school senior planning to study drama in college. Alumni, parents, faculty and students purchased framed Broadway or AHS show posters established an initial source for funding.