Our Staff

Staff Directory

Our staff are the collective heartbeat of North Florida School of Special Education. We are educators, cheerleaders, confidants, and coaches, united by a love for our students and an eagerness to see them grow and succeed. North Florida School of Special Education starts and ends with these people.


Sally Hazelip, Head of School
Deb Rains, Assistant Head of School
Kim Namey, Director of Business Operations/Donor Relations
Dawna Vaughn, Director of Academics
Emily Knight-Smith, Director of Advancement
Leigh Washburn, Director of Community Engagement
Stacy Santiago, Director of Family and Student Activities
Natalie ThomasSpecial Events Manager
Hannah Jacobs, Social Media Manager and Development Assistant
Maria Carnicelli , Business Office Manager
Carolyn Williams, Human Resource Officer
Susan Parisi, Administrative Assistant/Lower School
Nancy Hutchison, Administrative Assistant/Upper School
Beth Mueller, Nurse
Catherine Roberts, Nurse


BJ Strawn, Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Culinary Services

Carrie Eagle, Director of Culinary Arts Program
Phillip Abbott, Culinary Academy Manager
Adam Tate, Lunch Services Manager
Peter Reynolds, Culinary Services/Food Truck Manager
Annette Himmelreich, Cafe Manager/Employment Specialist
Cedric Johnson, Food Truck Manager
Katie Dumphy, Baker
Avery Williams, Culinary Assistant (Postgraduate)

Berry Good Farms

Jordan Williams, Berry Good Farms Manager
Keri Ann Beckman, Berry Good Farms Vocational Coordinator
Bryce Larson, Farm Employment Specialist / Mobile Market
John Piselli, Assistant (Postgraduate)
Ryan Smith, Assistant (Postgraduate)

Berry Good Blooms

Jill Morrow, Berry Good Blooms Manager
Bryan Ayer,  Berry Good Blooms Assistant

Barkin’ Biscuits

Gail Wickenden, Barkin’ Biscuits Manager
Colleen Miller, Barkin’ Biscuits Assistant
Brooke Fry, Barkin’ Biscuits Assistant
Leigh Ann Gray, Assistant (Postgraduate)
Carson Quisenberry, Assistant (Postgraduate)
Erin Nowikowski, Assistant (Postgraduate)
Jessica Gajewski, Assistant (Postgraduate)
Jamal Kyser, Assistant (Postgraduate)

Art With Soul

Jill Morrow, Art with Soul Manager
Grace Williams, Art with Soul Assistant Manager
Ingrid Fabianova, Art With Soul Employment Specialist
Braxton Beattie, Art With Soul Artist (Postgraduate)

Therapeutic Recreation

Angela Fountain, Therapeutic Recreation Manager
Katy Mixon, Summer Camp Coordinator (seasonal program)

Equestrian Therapy

Faye Clever, Barn Manager
Sis Van Cleve Miller, Equine Therapy Instructor
Michelle Onorato, Equestrian Employment Specialist
Sarah Harris, Barn Volunteer Coordinator
Megan Barrera, Barn Volunteer Coordinator


Ariana Cruz, Elementary 1
Roberta Cooley, Elementary 2
Hope Cowherd,
Elementary 3
Elizabeth Conte,
Elementary 4
Eslene Ledgister, Intermediate 1
Cornesha Howard,
Intermediate 2
Linsey Arnett,
Intermediate 3
Jacqui Williams Raesemann,
Intermediate 4
Miranda Nowak,
Becca Emery,
Secondary 1
Jessica Lee,
Secondary 2
Lauren Perry,
Secondary 3
Blair Putz,
Secondary 4
Grace Boston,
Secondary 5
Jessica Ricordi,
Secondary 6
Brittany Selmon, Vocational 1
Jennifer Donald,
Vocational 2

Teacher Assistants

Jackie Williams, Elementary 1
Maddie VanHouten, Elementary 2
Brittany Capon, Elementary 2
Maddie Kollath, Elementary 3
Caroline Wilbur, Elementary 3
Carissa Williams, Elementary 4
Reilly Spadafora, Intermediate 1
Casey Wilbur, Intermediate 2
Hannah Alexander, Intermediate 3
Brooke Farrell, Intermediate 4
Michelle Medina, PAES Lab
Patti Sexton, Secondary 1
Jon’Taye Nicholas, Secondary 2
Rachel Dedmon, Secondary 3
Tashalee Ortiz, Secondary 4
Hannah Walker, Secondary 5
Laura Damato, Secondary 6
Nicholas Pfent, Vocational 1
Louis Ashley, Vocational 1
Victoria Dove, Vocational 2
Alexandria Mitchell, Vocational 2


Shane Tripp, Instructional Support Coach
Kara Omesol, Instructional Support Coach
Michele Achtemeier, School Wellness Coach
Ciaran Sontag, Music Teacher
Amy Hunt, Physical Education Coach
Kaitlyn Mixon, Health & Fitness Coordinator
Kristen McCauley, Art Teacher
Heather Heywood, Art Assistant
Page Skinner Thomas, Horticulture/Garden
Carley Granick, Theater Arts
Andrea DeCrescenzo, Drama Therapist
Courtney Headley, Behavior Coach
Ashley Mills, Occupational Therapist
Mary Kay Hall, Physical Therapist

Transition & Postgrad

Ann Atkins, Director of Transition and Postgraduates
Hayley Davidson, Transition Teacher
Madeleine Gilmore, Transition Teacher
Madeline Walther, Transition Teacher
Stephanie Eagle, Transition Teacher Assistant
Alexia Romney, Project Search Coordinator
Christine Iglesias, Community Vocational Coordinator
Barbara Brutschy, Life Skills
Matt Wiley, Employment / Vocational Specialist
Marla Anderson, Employment Specialist
Desiree Jomant Kinsey, Employment Specialist
John Lee, Employment Specialist
Shannon Darner, Employment Specialist
Monique Thompson, Employment Specialist
Liz Oxford, Employment Specialist

Extended Day Program

Madeline Vanhouten, Extended Day Manager