Staff Bios

AriasMichelle Arias, Elementary 2 Teacher

Michelle has always pursued being a teacher for students with special needs and through her education she knew she was meant to teach in an ESE setting. 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. 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.

CrismonAmy Crismon, Transition 1 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.

Maya Crosby, Resource Teacher

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Elizabeth Worrell, Lead Teacher, Intermediate Co-Teacher

Liz 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. Liz graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She taught briefly in the public school before coming to Mainspring and has been with the school for going on six years. In 2013, she was accepted into the Project SPD program at the University of Central Florida. She has a Master of Education degree in Exceptional Student Education with a graduate certificate in Severe Profound Disabilities. She is a registered behavior technician and is currently completing coursework to become a board certified behavior analyst. Liz’s role as lead teacher is to provide support in the areas of classroom management, curriculum presentation,  the classroom and mentorship to Mainspring’s teachers.

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 andleadership 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, Upper School/Transition 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.

KlayDonny Klay, BSN, RN

Donny is the school nurse and  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, M. Ed, BCBA,  Behavior Specialist, Transition 3 Co-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 received her BCBA certification in May of 2017.  Her previous work consisted of scoring behavioral assessments as an intern at a pediatric behavioral services clinic, where she moved on to serve as a behavior therapist. She also worked with children in the mental health field in community-based centers.

Elizabeth Oxford, Primary Teacher

Elizabeth graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree and a Certification in Athletic Training from Mercyhurst University. Her love for teaching came when she started working at a provider for behavioral services as a Clinical Assistant in the fall of 2015. Since passing her teaching certification test in 2017, she is pursuing higher educational training to further her teaching career. Elizabeth loves working at Mainspring Academy and working with the staff and students that attend the school.

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.

Molly Wagner, Transition 2 Teacher

Molly recently relocated to the Jacksonville area from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. After graduating she began working for the Bluegrass Center for Autism as a paraprofessional. Through her experience at Bluegrass Center for Autism she found her passion for working with special needs children and has continued to work with these gifted individuals since. Molly is currently completing the Registered Behavior Technician certification through Florida Institute of Technology and hopes to continue to enhance the students lives here at Mainspring.