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
Kit Thomas, Director of Major Gifts/Planned Giving
Emily Knight-Smith, Campaign and Donor Relations Manager
Rina Park, Director of Programs/Services
Stacy Santiago, Director of Family and Student Activities
Donna Fritsche, Special Events Manager
Brittney Anderson, Communications and Marketing Director
Hannah Jacobs, Social Media Manager and Development Assistant
Allison Mitchell, Admissions and Student Services Coordinator
Carolyn Williams, Human Resource Officer
Nancy Hutchison, Administrative Assistant/Upper School
Kristina Nelson, Administrative Assistant/Lower School
Beth Mueller, Nurse
Cheryl Potrzuski, Nurse


BJ Strawn, Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Culinary Services

Carrie Eagle, Culinary Services/Executive Chef
Phillip Abbott, Culinary Services Manager
Adam Tate, Lunch Services Manager
Natalie Thomas, Culinary Instructor
Annette Himmelreich, Cafe Manager/Employment Specialist
Anissa Theiling, Food Truck Assistant
Katie Dumphy, Baker
Avery Williams, Culinary Assistant (Post Graduate)

Berry Good Farms

Jordan Williams, Berry Good Farms Manager
Jenna Thompson, Berry Good Farms Assistant Manager
John Piselli, Assistant (Post Graduate)
Ryan Smith, Assistant (Post Graduate)

Barkin’ Biscuits

Gail Wickenden, Barkin’ Biscuits Manager
Colleen Miller, Barkin’ Biscuits Assistant Manager
Kim Cisneros, Assistant
Leigh Ann Gray, Assistant (Post Graduate)
Carson Quisenberry, Assistant (Post Graduate)
Erin Nowikowski, Assistant (Post Graduate)
Jessica Gajewski, Assistant (Post Graduate)
Jamal Kyser, Assistant (Post Graduate)

Art With Soul

Jill Morrow, Art with Soul Manager
Grace Williams, Art with Soul Assistant Manager
Ingrid Fabianova, Art With Soul Resource Job Coach
Braxton Beattie, Art With Soul Artist (Post Graduate)

Equestrian Therapy

Sis Van Cleve Miller, Equine Therapy Instructor
Andrew Sack, Barn Manager
Michelle Onorato, Equestrian Employment Specialist
Sarah Harris, Barn Volunteer Coordinator
Jaime Warren, Barn Volunteer Coordinator


Ciaran Sontag, Music Teacher
Amy Hunt, Physical Education Coach
Kristen McCauley, Art Teacher
Lenae Lowe, Art Assistant
Page Skinner Thomas, Horticulture/Garden
Roberta Cooley, Reading Instructor
Courtney Headley, Behavior Coach
Ashley Mills, Occupational Therapist
Mary Kay Hall, Physical Therapist
Shane Tripp, Instructional Support(Lower School)
Kara Omesol, Instructional Support(Upper School)

Kaitlyn Mixon, Recreational Activities Coordinator

Michele Achtemeier, Social / Emotional Coach


Rebekah Rogers,
 Elementary 1
Lauren Carr,
Elementary 2

Jennifer Lane, Elementary 2
Cornesha Howard, Elementary 3
Hunter Sullivan Bracken, Elementary 4
Eslene Ledgister,  Intermediate 1
Kathryn Arrington,  Intermediate 2
Eden Bort, Intermediate 3
Jacqui Williams Raesemann, Intermediate 4
Jessica Ricordi, Secondary 1
Lauren Perry, Secondary 2
Blair Putz, Secondary 3
Emma Bennett, Secondary 4
Kristine Koffler, Secondary 5
Hayley Davidson, Secondary 6
Brittany Selmon, Vocational

Teacher Assistants
Michelle Achtemeier
Shannon Darner
Brooke Farrell
Angela Fountain
Jennifer Gainey
Kylie Hurst
Peyton Johnson
Carley Levy
Miranda Nowak
Patti Sexton
Madeline Vanhouten
Hannah Walker
Dana Camadine
Ashley Maldonado
Tashalee Ortiz
Jennine Vlasaty

Brittany Brigance

Linsey Arnett

Michelle Medina

Louis Ashley


Transition/Post Grad Program


Ann Atkins, Director of Transition/Post Graduate Program
Dawn Thomas, Transition Teacher
Madeleine Gilmore, Transition Teacher
Madeline Walther, Transition Teacher
Stephanie Eagle, Transition Teacher Assistant
Matt Wiley, Employment/Vocational Specialist
Monique Thompson, Employment Specialist
Kiki Examond, Employment Specialist
John Lee, Employment Specialist
Marla Anderson, Employment Specialist
Monique Thompson, Employment Specialist
Barbara Brutschy, Life Skills Teacher
Christine Iglesias, Project Search Teacher

Veronica Sisto, Employment Specialist

Extended Day Program

Madeline Vanhouten, Extended Day Manager