Our Teachers

Lionheart

Our Approach

At Lionheart our teachers are trained in methods and strategies specific to the needs of the target population. These include the ongoing daily use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Social Thinking® (developed by Michelle Garcia Winner); methodologies for building upon their learning styles and strengths; a specific daily class period for Project-Based Learning (for application, generalization, problem solving, and learning to work as part of a group); two daily check ins and an abbreviated class period at the end of the day to address executive functioning skills, as well as the specific strategies for academic success. 


Lionheart is proud to offer specialized educational programming and teaching strategies specific to the research based needs of diploma seeking students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Lionheart offers a smaller school environment and classroom sizes of 15 students with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher.

The smaller school size minimizes distractions and provides a sense of safety as they pass from grade to grade increasing their ability to make friendships at school and relieve the anxiety of starting over each year with new teachers and often, entirely new classmates.

Universal Design of Learning Model and Instructional Systems Design will provide the framework for teaching. Major instructional methods include: 

  • Direct Instruction
  • Interactive Instruction
  • Experiential Learning
Technology will be incorporated throughout the instructional day as appropriate and meaningful. Content will be differentiated ensuring that those below grade level, on grade level or academically gifted can achieve academic growth.

Meet the Team

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Dr. Jessica Brammer-Owens

Head of School

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Sarah Carlton

Teacher Assistant

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Dr. Joanna Koch

High School Teacher

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Jeffery Mills

OCS Teacher

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Sandy Eaton

Director of Finance and Administration

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Daisha Brown

Specialist

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Laura McLaren-Harrington

High School Teacher

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Allison Kostedt

 Middle School Teacher

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Mary Ellen Suggs

Teacher Assistant

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Alex Garrou

Office Support Specialist

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Whitney Bryant

High School Teacher

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Thomas Haynes

Teacher Assistant

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Abby LaMachio

Teacher Assistant

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Melia Trowbridge

Teacher Assistant

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Allison Butwinski

High School Teacher

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Amanda Johnson

Teacher Assistant

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Ragina Martin

Extra Curricular Program Coordinator

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September Ward

Middle School Teacher