Partnership Program

PEPSA Partners

These educators were selected from a pool of qualified applicants. They are experienced ASD teachers or school staff in the State of Florida who provide instruction to students with ASD within a general or special education program. Here are the 2021-2022 PEPSA Partners.


Florida Atlantic University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Catherine “Katie” Wentley Palm Beach County
    Health and Wellness Director, Connections Education Center
    CARD Partner: Sabrina Degoias

Florida State University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Rebecca Bertoch Leon County
    Varying Exceptionalities Teacher K-2, Riley Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Dawn Merrix
  • Cheryl Stinson Leon County
    Varying Exceptionalities Teacher 3-5, Riley Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Dawn Merrix
  • Jacqueline Jensen Escambia County
    Autism Resource Specialist, Escambia Elementary Schools
    CARD Partner: Tisha Melton
  • Pam Maldonado Leon County
    General Education/ Inclusive Teacher, The Magnolia School
    CARD Partner: Lerena Fleck
  • Juniper Bambach Leon County
    General Ed. / Inclusive Teacher, The Magnolia School
    CARD Partner: Lerena Fleck
  • Emily Caine Leon County
    ESE Teacher, Leon High School
    CARD Partner: Allison Leatzow
  • Madeline Storey Wakulla County
    Teacher, Riversink Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Allison Leatzow
  • Sarah Moore Wakulla County
    Paraprofessional, Riversink Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Allison Leatzow

University of Central Florida CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • ShawnTrece Jones Orange County
    Staffing Specialist, Pinecrest Creek Academy
    CARD Partner: Jacklyn Biles

University of Florida- Jacksonville CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Marlena Jenkins St. Johns County
    ASD Program Specialist, St. Johns Elementary Schools
    CARD Partner: Amy Lane / Bernardo Cuadra
  • Kaley Presnell St. Johns County
    ESE Program Specialist, St. Johns Secondary Schools
    CARD Partner: Chanel Baldwin / Gwenivere Mauro

University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Laura Muniz Miami-Dade County
    Department Head – BCBA, Crystal Academy
    CARD Partner: Christie Rodriguez

University of South Florida CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Kaylie Ellison Highlands County
    Pre-K ESE Teacher, Sebring Pre-K Center
    CARD Partner: Tina Harmon