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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:
  • Certified subject area teachers provide academic classes for middle school and high school age students:
  • 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
  • Well-trained, dedicated instructional assistants



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