Mrs. Latoya McGuire, is the lead teacher in the Upper School A classroom. Latoya has been committed to the field of Education for over 15 years. Latoya and her husband have 2 children, and a dog named Pecan. They enjoy traveling, long walks, good food, and new experiences. Latoya says she feels honored to have the opportunity to empower children to become confident and limitless learners.
Jennifer Severs is the lead teacher in the Lower School Full Day classroom! The 2021-2022 school year marks her 25th year as an educator and 5th year at ABELS Academy. Jen has been at ABELS since the beginning and is proud to be a part of our team. Jen enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, and playing with her son, Brice in her free time! Jen loves to travel and is an avid football fan! Being from the suburbs of Chicago and attending college in South Carolina, she says “go Bears and go Gamecocks!”
Stephanie Hutchinson is a Floridian and has been in the field of education for over 13 years. She holds a Bachelor in Education from UCF, where she graduated top of her class on the Dean’s List.
Before she came to ABELS Academy, she received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision and completed a 2-year administrative internship.
She is a proud parent of three school-age children: Hannah (9), Hayden (7), and Heath (5). Stephanie has been married for eleven years to her husband John, and they live in Winter Garden. She enjoys going to the gym, taking weekend trips to the beach with her family, and coaching volleyball at the YMCA.
Serenity Howard is the administrative assistant at ABELS Academy. She has her Associates in general studies and has loved working with kids for the past 9 years! Serenity enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling with her husband. They are looking forward to the arrival of their first child in June!
Keyanna is the co-teacher in the Upper School Aclassroom. Keyanna has been teaching for four years and has been a tutor for almost ten years! Keyanna is a Jamaican American who is also a New Jersey native, where she completed school in Essex County. Keyanna has a seven year old daughter, Tashanna, two dogs, and a cat! Her favorite activities include reading, teaching, and learning whenever the opportunity arises.
Dominique Devaux is the ABELS Academy Curriculum Coordinator. She has been teaching for nine years and has been a Curriculum Coordinator for three. She received an education form Bethune Cookman University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, her Masters degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University, where she is completing her Doctorate in Elementary Education. Originally from Charleston, SC, Dominique enjoys her time away from work visiting the beaches here in Florida and park adventures with her two kids Jonathan and Juliana.
Tiffany Mann is the co-teacher in the Lower School Full Day classroom! The 2021-2022 school year begins her 11th year teaching. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at The College of New Rochelle. She comes from a family of educators and believes learning is a lifelong journey. Tiffany is a mom to six amazing children, three girls, and three boys! She enjoys reading, taking long walks, going to the beach, helping others, and spending time with family and friends!
Amy Shabluk is our lead teacher in the Upper School B classroom and has been teaching for 20 years! Amy earned her Masters degree from Ball State University and has taught in Michigan, Indiana, and Florida! Amy says she loves teaching and learning from her students and colleagues. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, watching sports, working out, golfing, and reading.
Andrea Ortiz is the co-teacher in our Upper School B classroom. She was a preschool teacher for 4 years before she became a nanny which she has loved doing for the last 8 years. Andrea says she loves working with kids and making a difference in their lives. She is so excited to be a part of our team and to learn new skills while continuing to have a positive impact on those around her.
Mrs. Ashley Naraine is the lead teacher in the Pre-K-K classroom. She has been working in the special education field for five years! She has been in multiple roles as an aide, instructor, behavioral specialist and lead therapist. She is married to an army veteran and they have a beautiful baby boy. Ashley enjoys cooking, going on road trips with her family as well as arts & crafts. Ashley recently moved to Florida from New York and is very excited to start this new chapter with her students. Ashley says that helping her students achieve their goals is the most rewarding feeling and one of her greatest accomplishments!
Andi is our amazing classroom assistant! She jumps in to help in any classroom as needed and is our built-in substitute! Andi loves Disney, working with kids, and traveling!
Katie Schutt is the co-teacher in our Functional Communication & Lower School Half-Day classroom! Currently, she is a freshman in college and is majoring in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, going to the gym, traveling, and exploring new places!
All of our teachers are Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) trained and competency evaluated, which means ABA therapy is brought into the classroom! We also have therapists from Southlake Autism who work with our students as well as speech, occupational, and physical therapists that come in and work with students who need it!
Sarah is the classroom aid in the Lower School Full Day classroom! She just recently moved to Florida from Kentucky and is pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida beginning next Fall! Sarah enjoys traveling and has been to 37 states so far!