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Our Team

Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.

Mike Schmoker

Benhaven Academy’s richest resource is the competencies, knowledge and experiences of the professional staff.

  • Linda Grimm, Director:  Certified Elementary Education Teacher, Certified Special Education Teacher and Administrator, PhD in Leadership; more than 35 years’ experience in the field 
  • Christa Jachym, Clinical Coordinator:  Certified Special Education Teacher and Administrator.  A Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst; more than 25 years supporting students in home and school settings. 
  • Five certified special education teachers for five classrooms.
  • Five certified subject area teachers provide academic classes for middle school and high school age students.
  • Mike Ocone, certified special education teacher as our vocational/transitional teacher, provides support to individuals attending college classes or working at a job
  • Jaida Hart, certified, licensed speech/language pathologists 
  • Geoffrey Canales, certified school social worker and licensed MSW
  • Chris Abildgaard, contracted school psychologist
  • OT/PT, art therapy, karate are contracted as determined appropriate for a student
  • 15 well-trained, dedicated instructional assistants

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