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.


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:

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!

Ms. Jessica – Office Assistant

Bio and Pic coming soon!

Megan Carrillo – Administration

Megan Carrillo – Administration
Megan Carrillo - Administration Megan Carrillo, an Office Assistant at New Leaps Academy, is a woman of many talents. When she isn’t at the office, she spends her time running her own candle business, teaching paint and piano classes, and attending college. Megan loves to spend time with her friends and family and is very happy to be a part of the New Leaps Academy family.

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:

Marc Pellicano – Teacher – New L.E.A.P.S Teacher

Marc Pellicano Teacher New LEAPSMy name is Marc Pellicano. I have the honor of teaching at New L.E.A.P.S. Academy. After graduating from The University of Tampa, I taught in a school for troubled youth. The following year, Stewart Middle School hired me to teach science and Marine Biology. My tenure there lasted 11 years. While there, I encouraged students to ‘reach for the stars’ to achieve their personal and academic goals. I mentored them to stay focused and to respect themselves and others. I am confident that I can apply my experience to serve the students’ needs here at New L.E.A.P.S. Academy.

John Muscaro:

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Phone: 813-973-7938

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:

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Phone: 813-973-7938

Our Paraprofessionals

Ms. Cindy – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessional

Cindy Santiago Paraprofessional Hi, my name is Cindy Santiago. I was born in Germany, but have lived in the United States for many years. For the past 25 years I have called Land O’ Lakes home and have worked for the Pasco County School Board as a Substitute Teacher for many of those years. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be with our students here at New Leaps Academy.

Ms. Angela – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessional

Angela Earl Paraprofessional Angela Earl has worked as a paraprofessional and after-school teacher for 18 years. With a Bachelor of Arts in Ethic and Gender Studies and Masters’ in Arts and Cultural Management, Ms. Earl utilizes her knowledge to fuse fun and learning.

Mr. Fernando – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessional

Mr. Fernando Paraprofessional My name is Fernando and I work as a 1:1 Paraprofessional at New Leaps Academy with a child, and have a blast doing so.
Daily, we strive to add more academic skills including reading, writing, mathematics, and much more.

Ms. Rebecca – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessional

Ms. Rebecca paraprofessional My name is Rebecca and I am a paraprofessional. I just recently moved from Gainesville a few months ago with 4 years’ experience caring for children with special needs. Watching students learn new things is the most rewarding part of my job and every day here at New Leaps Academy is one filled with learning, laughter, and love.

Ms. Stacy – New L.E.A.P.S Paraprofessional

Stacy Hannah Paraprofessional Hello, my name is Stacy Hannah. I relocated to the nature coast and am excited to be here working at New Leaps Academy as a paraprofessional. I am excited to meet all the families and look forward to all of the new adventures with the children.


Ms. Lindsay – Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Lindsay Speech Hello, I am a recent alumnus of the University of South Florida. I have a bachelors of arts degree in communication sciences and disorders. I also have a minor in applied behavior analysis.  I have many years of experience with children ranging from pre-school aged to middle school-aged children. When not planning therapy sessions I enjoy spending time with my friends and my dog. I am very excited to be joining the New L.E.A.P.S academy team!  

Ms. Lindsay:

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Phone: 813-973-7938

Diane McCarthy – OTR/L

Diane McCarthy OTR/L I  grew up north of Boston in Saugus, Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of New England In Biddeford,Maine in 1992 with a B.S. majoring in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating from UNE, I have practiced in mental health, general rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and pediatrics. My love and favorite area of practice is pediatrics and especially working in education.
I am happy to be married for 17 years and being a mom to Max and Sam, boys ages 12 and 14. I also have great fur family members, Abe (our dog) and Marley (our grumpy old cat). Excited to be part of the New Leaps Academy Team!

Diane McCarthy:

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Phone: 813-973-7938

Ms. Rikki – Yoga Instructor

Rikki’s Bio Yoga Instructor Rikki is a Wife, and Mother of 2 who knows firsthand how important it is to take of yourself; mind, body, and spirit. This Yogi started practicing Yoga in 2009, and as a former cheerleader she went into her first Yoga class primarily focused on the poses, and the workout itself, not knowing any better. However, after her first Savasana, she was hooked for life. Rikki is a former Special Educational Paraprofessional, turned Yoga Instructor that loves the effect Yoga has on the body and mind, leaving one feeling relaxed, focused, and centered. Rikki wants to spread that feeling of tranquility to others as a Yoga Practitioner. Rikki has her 200-hour RYT Certification and is working on her 500-hour RYT, focusing on Hatha Yoga. Practicing Yoga has taught Rikki mind over matter, the art of self-expression, and how to truly love her body. She wants to share that with others who take her Yoga Class. Rikki’s intention is inner peace, she wants to make a difference in the lives of others while spreading joy, peace, and tranquility.

Ms. Rikki:

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Phone: 813-973-7938

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