New LEAPS Staff

New LEAPS Logo 544x544 Our School is lucky to have a talented staff that specialize in special education. The school employs skilled teachers, aides and an office assistant. We strive to maintain small classroom ratios to enhance learning.

Our goal is to create a warm, open environment where students feel safe enough to ask questions, explore and seek answers. We challenge every student to surpass his or her own personal best and help them over the hills and through the valleys of these growing years. New L.E.A.P.S. is particularly proud of its diversity and takes every opportunity to celebrate those characteristics that make us different. We welcome all who come through our door. We specialize in K-12th grades and we are currently enrolling K-7th.

Administration

Pearlyn Rajamanickam – New LEAPS Assistant Director/Principal

Pearlyn Rajamanickam – New LEAPS Assistant Director/Principal
Pearlyn Rajamanickam - LEAPS Teacher (6th & 7th) Ms. Pearlyn is a naturalized American from India. She has been teaching for 29 years, teaching all ages. She is certified in elementary education, ESE(K-12) and has the director’s credential for VPK. She holds Masters degree in Physics and Exceptional student education from Saint Leo University. She lives with her husband and two sons. She volunteers at her church every weekend, and enjoys music and serving.

Pearlyn Rajamanickam:

Jessica Snyder – Office Assistant

Jessica Snyder – Office Assistant
Ms Jessica Jessica Snyder is one of the Office Assistants at New Leaps Academy. She currently works for the school part-time while she attends college. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, theatre and traveling. She is excited to be a part of our staff, and looks forward to getting to know all the students and their parents.

Terie Alonso – Office Assistant

Terie Alonso – Office Assistant
terie Alonso StaffTerie Alonso returned to Tampa, FL after traveling the world with her husband and 3 children, compliments of her husband’s job with the U.S. Air Force; she moved 11 times in 20 years. Since settling in the Tampa Bay area, she has obtained her Associate degree from HCC and has gained extensive experience in office management. During Terie’s workfree time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading current best sellers, and being involved with her church activities. She loves children, which makes her job at New Leaps Academy all that much more enjoyable!

Our Teachers

Francis Christensen – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

Francis Christensen - New L.E.A.P.S Teacher Mr. Mr. Frank is from Tampa, FL. He studied at USF. He received a scholarship to Taiwan Normal University to learn Chinese. He stayed in Taiwan and taught English as a second language, and he taught art at Taipei American School, for sixteen years. He then continued his studies in Chinese at Kun Ming University in China for two years. This is his second year teaching at New Leaps Academy

Francis Christensen:

John Muscaro – Lead Teacher – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

John Muscaro - New L.E.A.P.S Teacher Mr. John is bringing in a wealth of knowledge from the business world before he became a teacher. He is certified in exceptional student education, ESOL and reading, and middle grade integrated curriculum.
He is passionate about non-competitive approach of teaching stressing on self -awareness, individualized instruction. He believes that his mission is to nurture strength in students and transform student potentials into personal and academic achievements

John Muscaro:

Ms. Jess – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

Ms. Jess - Teacher Ms. Jess is a proud Philadelphia native. She studied speech therapy at Penn State University. She then spent 8 years working with students with severe and multiple disabilities. During that time she earned her Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education at Drexel University. Afterwards, she moved to Florida and spent a year teaching third grade in Hillsborough County. She missed working with special needs students and is very happy to have found New L.E.A.P.S Academy!

Ms. Jess – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

Mr. Tom – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

Mr Tom My name is Thomas Wright and I have been a ESE teacher for four years now and feel that I have truly found my calling with this profession. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and completed a Teacher training program when I first moved to Florida from New York. I am also a veteran of the US Navy. I truly look forward to making a difference in our students lives.

Coming Soon:

Email: Coming Soon
Phone: 813-973-7938

Our Paraprofessionals

Ms.Paige – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessionals

Ms. Paige I was born and raised in Arkansas and moved to Bradenton, Florida in 2013. There I completed three years of Ministry School at Bayside College which is a part of Bayside Community Church. During my time at Bayside I interned in their kids ministry. Kids have always been a huge part of my life and it’s always been a dream to work with them. I recently moved to Tampa in August which is when I took the job at New LEAPS along with a coaching job at Bloomingdale High School where I’ll be coaching JV Girls Basketball.

Ms. Quin – Paraprofessional 1:1

Ms Quin I am a Georgia native. I am a proud alumni of the University of Alabama where I studied Sociology with a concentration in Education. I will soon be a USF graduate where I studied the Masters Program of Psychology to become a BCBA. My career at New Leaps Academy has provided me with a great amount of experience and knowledge in regards to my studies.

Ms. Tiffany – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessionals

Ms. Tiffany I am a Florida native who is firmly and deeply involved in this community. My husband and I have 3 children, 2 of which fall on the autism spectrum, giving me over 18 years of personal experience, this is also what has driven my passion for Behavior Therapy. I have an Associates Degree in Human Services and a Bachelors in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis. While pursuing my educational goals, I worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and will soon obtain certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Understanding that a child’s behavior is not an indication of their ability to accomplish great things in life has driven me to not only educate myself, but to work in a setting that educates, understands, and promotes the individuality of our youngest and smartest minds.

Ms. Keyaira – Paraprofessional 1:1

Ms Keyaira - staff Ms. Keyaira was born and raised in Plant City, FL. She graduated from Plant City High School in 2008. She spent 10 years working with adults with severe and multiple disabilities in residential facilities. She also worked in Hillsborough County Public Schools as a Paraprofessional with students with special needs. She loves working with students with special needs and is glad to be a part of New Leaps Academy.

Therapists

Samantha Hardman – Occupational Therapist

Ms. Samantha – I just moved to Florida, from Nashville. I graduated from MIddle Tennessee State University double majoring in clinical psych and mental health services. I am the occupational therapist. My love for the therapeutic process stems from specific goal setting for each child, and family, and my passion thrives when children gain a sense of confidence and independence in themselves, within their daily life tasks. When not at New Leaps I love spending time with my wonderful son.

Samantha Hardman:

Caitlin MacDougall – Speech Language Pathologist

Caitlin MacDougall Speech Language Pathologist Ms.Caitlin is is a proud alumni of the University of South Florida where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has four years of experience working with elementary aged children, and is excited to be joining out team as she enters the field of Speech Therapy. When Ms.Caitlin is not planning therapy activities, she enjoys volunteering with her church and spending time outdoors.

Caitlin MacDougall:

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