Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff here at Blue Jay Academy consists of well-qualified, highly trained teachers whom also specialize in crisis management and are dedicated to making Blue Jay Academy your top private school for special needs children. Because our school is unique in the fact that we accept children with various special needs and disabilities; including those with Autism, ADHD and Processing Deficits. At Blue Jay Academy, we provide our students with a strong, motivating learning environment where your child will feel comfortable. With the support and ability of our wonderful teachers, your child will be able to more confidently achieve academic success.




Megan Hober

Megan Hober

Administrator | Director

Megan has earned two degrees; one in Child & Family Development and another in Communications. She has a strong passion for helping people which...


Elliot Sams

Elliot Sams

Intervention Specialist

Elliot developed his love for teaching at an early age and when he got to college he knew what his major would be. While attending...


Robert Brant

Raynard Brandt

Intervention Specialist | CPI Trainer

Intervention Specialist at Deland West. I received my Bachelors in Educational Studies with a concentration in Music from Bethune Cookman Univ...




Ashley Tinsley

Ashley Tinsley

Lead Teacher, Grades K-2

Ashley was born and raised in Florida, so it would be natural to say that she is a "Florida Girl." She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with...


Megan Hober

Rebecca Heimsath

Lead Teacher, Grades 3-5

Rebecca moved to Florida from Chicago. Rebecca attended North Park University and got her degree in Sociology. While attending NPU she also played basketball...


Blair Caswell

Blair Caswell

Multi-Functional Education Lead

Blair has recently moved to the area from New York where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology....




Lindsey McCargo

Lindsey McCargo

Multi-Functional Education Lead

Lindsey is the lead teacher for the Multi-functional classroom in DeLand. She recently moved to Florida from Wisconsin where she received her...


Sharvia Giles

Sharvia Giles

Multi-Functional Education Assistant

Sharvia is the education assistant in the Multi-functional classroom in DeLand. She lives in DeLeon Springs and is a graduate of DeLand High...


Constance Hanlon

Constance Hanlon

Multi-Functional Education Assistant








Veronica Liguori

Veronica Liguori

Lead Teacher, K-1






Cissy Steinruck

Cissy Steinruck

Lead Teacher, 2-5






Joel Pando

Joel Pando

Lead Teacher, 6-12