Ms. Tyteyona is the Lead Teacher for the Functional Communication and Lower A classroom. She has a passion for helping children and adolescents learn and grow physically and mentally. She earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is currently completing an M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on children and adolescents within the education system. She has five years of experience as a Registered Behavior Technician in various settings, with the school setting being her favorite. She also has experience as a TA and student mentor and looks forward to bringing creativity and engagement into the classroom. For fun, she loves fashion, modeling, and spending time with her two-year-old daughter.
Andi is our amazing school specials teacher! She instructs our students weekly in art, music, drama and more. Andi works as a reading interventionist with out students, and She serves as a school substitute. You can count on her to jump in to help in any classroom as needed. Andi loves Disney, working with kids, and traveling!
Ms. Ashley 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!
Keyanna is the co-teacher in the Upper School A classroom. 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.
Ms. Andrea 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.
Ms. Latoya is the lead teacher in the Functional Communication and Lower A Half-Day classrooms. 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.
Stephanie 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, Hayden, and Heath. Stephanie is married 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.
Ms. Amie has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is pursuing her master's degree in US history with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at Gettysburg College. She has been teaching and in the classroom for 10 years however, has been involved in the education of children for over 25 years beginning with supporting roles in her own children's schools. She loves history and whenever possible enjoys traveling to historic sites, volunteering at the Orlando History Center, and is an alumnus of the George Washington Teacher Institute. Amie has been married for 29 years and has three grown children whom she calls her greatest achievement.
Stacey is the Administrative Assistant at ABELS Academy. Before joining ABELS Academy, Stacey enjoyed 16 fulfilling years as a preschool teacher. She is the married mother of 3 adult children. Originally from North Carolina, Stacey and her family now love exploring the Florida beaches, springs and theme parks. She loves spending time with her family, volunteering at church, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Mr. Barry is a teacher's aide for Functional communication and lower A. He is a former special education teacher from NY with 37 years of experience. He loves spending time with his family and especially his granddaughter. He enjoys visiting the theme parks, traveling, scuba diving and tennis. Mr. Barry loves watching students achieve their goals and having fun while learning!
Ms. Jen is the lead teacher in the Lower School Full Day classroom! The 2023-2024 school year marks her 27th year as an educator and 7th 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!”
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!
Ms. Kim is the teacher's Aide for the Lower B classroom. She is the married mother of two children, Kaitlyn and sean, and has a cat named chase. She volunteers her time with her son's cub scout pack. She loves to spend time with her family, cook, geocache, and be outside. She is very excited to be a part of the lower b classroom family and watch the students bloom this year!
Ms. Devon hAS A LOVE & passion for teaching. SHE BRINGS 8 years of early elementary education experience and IS lookING forward to being in the pre-k classroom this year. sHE HAS been married to HER high school sweetheart for 18 years and THEY have 2 children who love to play sports. SHE spendS HER weekends at the lacrosse and soccer fields with HER 11 year old son and 10 year old daughter. Rounding out HER family is A 100+ lb. Sheepadoodle, Beau. SHE IS excited about this school year and can’t wait to watch your little ones grow and learn.
Bethany is the co-teacher for the functional communication class and lower A class. She is a mother to a beautiful 4 years old daughter named Isabella. She married her high school sweetheart. She loves making learning fun and doing creative crafts. She first started working with children in 2016 and has loved it ever since. She loves sharing her love with all the children.
Working in the field of behavioral sciences since 2009, Cindy has dedicated countless hours of her time into learning and applying the best methods of behavioral modification for children faced with challenges. From some of the most challenging cases in the southeast region of the U.S. to simple cases of non-compliance, Cindy has a wide range of experience in which her passion for helping children and their families learn and grow can easily be seen. She understands the concept that there is always a way to succeed. Just because you haven’t found the right way yet, doesn’t make it impossible, it just means that you must keep trying. With some of the most creative methods of behavioral change, Cindy always knows what the next plan is, and never gives up.
Kelsey is the ABELS Academy Curriculum Director. She is excited to support teachers by creating student-centered instruction and engaging lessons to enhance learning inside and outside the classroom. A Penn State University graduate, Kelsey has a bachelors in elementary education and is pursuing her master's in STEM education. She brings many years of experience as a public school teacher, district resource teacher, and educator with the Disney Youth Education Series. Kelsey enjoys traveling, crafts, and reading in her free time. .
Chelsea is the co-teacher for the lower school full day program. She is currently at Valencia college and majoring in Elementary Education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Sophie, spending time with her family, baking and going to the beach!