Staff Bios

AriasMichelle Arias, Teacher

Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education from University of North Florida and is a certified Florida educator in kindergarten through sixth grade with an ESOL and ESE endorsement. Prior to coming to Mainspring, Michelle worked with a company that provides ESE services to private schools in Duval County. Many of the ESE students were EBD. Michelle has always wanted to be a teacher and after working with students with special needs, knew that she was meant to teach in an ESE setting.  Michelle plans to further her education by pursuing a master’s degree.

BowmanAlisha Bowman, Teacher

Alisha graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education from Western Kentucky University. She continued her passion for teaching and just graduated from University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a reading endorsement. Alisha’s teaching experience includes assistant toddler teacher while attending WKU and then preschool teacher at a Head Start in Shelbyville, Kentucky. While there, she had the opportunity to work with several families who had children with special needs. This experience led her to the realization that special education was the field in which she wanted to work. Alisha is excited about teaching at Mainspring.

BrunoLauren Bruno, Resource Teacher

Lauren graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Special Education Degree with a concentration in Autism, and will be graduating in December 2016. Prior to this school year, Lauren worked as Mainspring Academy’s substitute teacher and a Clinical Assistant at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics. Lauren is inspired every day by the staff and students at MSA, and is thrilled to be a part of the thriving community.

CrismonAmy Crismon, Teacher

Amy is a native of Mobile, Alabama. She moved to Jacksonville to pursue her love of working with children. As one of five siblings who grew up in a family of teachers and caregivers, Amy has always known she wanted to work with children. After she had the pleasure of becoming a nanny for a young boy with autism, she realized her passion and gift for working with children who have special needs. Prior to her move to Jacksonville, Amy earned a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama in special education and elementary education for kindergarten through sixth grade. This two-year candidacy program focused specifically on working with children with special needs in various small group and one-on-one settings.

CrossElizabeth Cross, Teacher

Elizabeth started working with children with special needs in high school through the Best Buddies program. Since then, she has worked as a teacher’s assistant and a caregiver for many children with special needs. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She has taught for four years and is certified in Florida for teaching children with autism and exceptional student education. In 2013, she was accepted into the Project SPD program at the University of Central Florida. She completed coursework for a Master of Education degree in Exceptional Student Education with a graduate certificate in Severe Profound Disabilities. Elizabeth is a teacher liaison for the PTO at Mainspring Academy.

 EgidioRoseann Egidio, Art Teacher

Roseann attended Parsons School of Design in New York and graduated from Newark school of fine and industrial arts with a degree in advertising design. She worked as an art director in an advertising agency in New York City for many years before working on the child study team at the local high school. Over the past several decades, Roseann has taught art and design at all levels of education. After moving to Florida in 2005, Roseann has taught art at Mayport Elementary and community education for Duval County Public Schools. Roseann served as senior artist in residence at UF Health in the Arts in Medicine Program, doing art therapy with patients for four years. She has provided art education to students of all ages and exceptionalities. She has won a number of awards for her watercolor paintings and is a past recipient of the distinguished Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Art Ventures grant.

FullerChris Fuller, PE Teacher

Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education specializing in teaching and a master in education degree specializing in physical education and leadership from Jacksonville University. He is a member of the Kappa Delta Phi Educator’s Academic Honor Society. While in college, Chris was a Division 1AA collegiate athlete for the Jacksonville University Dolphins playing football three years as defensive back and on special teams. He also works in the community volunteering for Florida’s First Coast YMCA’s, and coaches varsity athletics for Wolfson High School Chris was a part of the 2008 National Championship team at JU. Chris’s experience includes teaching adaptive physical education to the students at The North Florida School of Special Education.

HardyTom Hardy, Teacher

Tom is originally from Massapequa, New York. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and was a four-year student athlete in swimming. He attended Touro College where he received a master’s degree and teacher certification in special education, while working as a teacher assistant with Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, New York. Tom teaches in the upper-school working on Common Core Curriculum used in the public schools along with social and vocational skills in  his class.


JohnsonLeslie Johnson, Teacher

Leslie holds a child developmental associate credential from the Childcare Education Institute/University of Cincinnati. Leslie worked 11 years as lead teacher at a private local preschool and is VPK-certified. She also has 15 years of experience providing clinic and home-based ABA services and school consultation. Leslie worked several summers as a behavior therapist at Jacksonville School for Autism. At Mainspring Academy, Leslie oversees training and implementation of Tools of the Mind (TOTM) and Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM) curricula. Leslie is a firm believer of using music to teach. She is a licensed instructor with “Music Together LLC.”

KlayDonny Klay, BSN, RN

Donny is the school nurse and is a shared employee with Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics.  Donny holds a bachelor’s in nursing science from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently working towards a graduate degree as a Nurse Practitioner. Donny’s experience includes inpatient and outpatient psychiatric nursing of all age levels, medication management, and high acute cardiac telemetry/progressive care. His experience in both hospital based care and community based care offers a balanced approach in serving Mainspring students, which allows him to deliver excellent daily care coupled with his ability to respond to emergencies.

MohlerRachael Mohler, Teacher

Rachael graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She also received her Master’s Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Autism at the University of North Florida. Upon completing her Master’s she completed her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Florida Institute of Technology. She will be sitting for the BCBA exam in February of 2017.  Her previous work consisted of scoring behavioral assessments as an intern for Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics, where she moved on to serve as a behavior therapist. She also worked with children in the mental health field in community-based centers.

ReymanKira Reyman, School Coordinator

Kira Reyman is responsible for coordinating all school events and activities, as well as the day-to-day tasks of scheduling meetings and tuition billing. Kira works closely with the head of school and board of directors to ensure that Mainspring is run efficiently. In addition, she is CPR-certified and able to medically assist the school nurse as needed. She is currently working on gaining Florida residency to complete her degree in education. Coming from a large family, she hopes to one day work hands-on with children in a school setting. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Kira lived on the island of Guam. Growing up as a military brat, she has lived in many different places worldwide and aspires to travel as often as able. Her favorite place so far is Costa Rica, which she visited on a mission trip.

SwillingRonnie Swilling, Resource Teacher

Ronnie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.  In his junior year there, Ronnie volunteered as a coach for adaptive Physical Education.  It was through this experience that Ronnie realized his passion for working with students with special needs.  Ronnie has completed his ESE Certification testing through the Florida Department of Education.  At Mainspring Ronnie serves as a Resource Teacher and is the main point of intervention for behavior support and crisis calls.  He also serves as academic support and facilitates brigance testing to students on an individual basis.