My name is Jennifer Severs and I am thrilled to be working with your child in the classroom. This school year begins my 22nd year as an educator.  I attended The University of South Carolina, studying Early Childhood Education.   Over the years, I have taken many hours of professional development and continuing education in order to be prepared to meet each child’s needs. In addition I recently obtained my Registered Behavior Technician certification.

I love teaching!  My mission as a teacher is to encourage each child to discover the joy of learning, and to help each child develop a strong belief in his or her own ability.  I want them to do their best and to have a sense of pride in accomplishing their personal goals.   

My name is Heidi Brewton. I joined the ABELS team for the 2017-2018 school year after working for Lake County Schools as an educator in an autism classroom. 

I hold a BA in psychology and an ESE Florida Teaching Certification.  As the Enrichment teacher for ABELS, my primary subject matter will be art, music, social studies and handwriting.

I am the mother of three boys, the youngest of whom has autism.  In addition to my education and training, I feel I bring a unique skill set to ABLES as an autism mom.  I am a passionate believer that If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an army to raise a child with special needs.  It takes an army of determined and compassionate people who will not give up, and who see the ability in those with a disability.  I am proud to be a member of the ABELS team, and excited to help students not just reach their potential, but exceed it. Type your paragraph here.

My name is Marie Gruca and I am very excited to begin another school year with your children at ABELS Academy.  I am the mother of two small children, Joshua and Alexia.  Prior to working for ABELS Academy, I spent 7 years as an educator with Lake County Schools and enjoyed every minute of it!  Aside from being an teacher at ABELS Academy, I recently obtained my Registered Behavior Technician certification.  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year. Type your paragraph here.

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