The Filipino Language and Cultural School is a 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Organization that is formed to provide opportunities to preserve and perpetuate the Filipino Culture. The first class was launched in August 2017.

The specific objectives and purpose of the school is to:

1) Pfilipino dancers_high resolutionrovide instruction for children’s tagalog and adult Tagalog with the goal of each student to become fluent in the Tagalog language

  • 2) Provide cooking classes for students to learn Filipino cooking3) Provide lessons in cultural Filipino folk dancing.


Tagalog Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM and are located at

Maharlika Restaurant

14255-E Beach Blvd

Jacksonville, FL  32250



Dec 2016 headshot PRINCIPAL – Ms. Sharol Noblejas is the Principal of the Filipino Language and Cultural School. She has served on the Advisory Committees at the University of Central Florida, South Seminole College and Florida State College. Sharol was also a Senior Professor at Everest University, Santa Fe College and Fortis College.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Central Florida and has a Master in Business Administration from Orlando College.  Ms. Noblejas was formerly the Vice Principal of the Jacksonville Chinese Association Chinese School.  She is active in the Filipino and Asian Community serving on the Mayors Asian Advisory Board, Commissioner on the Housing and Community Development Commission, Board of Directors at the Literacy Alliance, Night of Asia, and Executive Director of Fil-Millennials Dance Group.

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DEAN OF STUDENTS – Mr. Norman Noblejas is the Dean of Students for the Filipino Language and Cultural School.  He is the Pursuivant of the Knights of Rizal of Jacksonville and on the Board of Directors for the Visayas Mindanao Association.


ADMINISTRATOR – Ms. Caroline Bai. Ms. Bai is a mother of 3 girls who dance with the Filipino Dance troupe, Fil-Millennials.  She works at Mayo Clinic.

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CHILDREN’S TAGALOG INSTRUCTOR:  Steve Spence, Children’s Tagalog Instructor.  Steve is an Environmental Engineer who is passionate about the Filipino Culture.  Mr. Spence became fluent in Tagalog while serving in the Peace Corps for 7 years in the Philippines.

ADULT TAGALOG INSTRUCTOR- Doreen Gross, Adult Tagalog Instructor.  Doreen is on the Board of Directors for We Filipinos Inc, and the Visayas Mindanao Association.  She is also the President of Read Philippines.  Doreen works as the COO for the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.