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Directors and Faculty

 

Kathy Swenson
Founder/ Director of Fundraising

Kathy started Sydney's Academy so her daughter, Sydney would have a place to learn and grow with her peers while receiving therapeutic suuport (ABA, Speech, OT). She is the director of fundraising and her passion continues to drive the heart of the school.  If you an idea for an event please email her at autisitcangels@yahoo.com.

 


 


Jennifer Rava, M.S., BCBA 
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Ms. Rava began working as Sydney's ABA therapist in 2001 and is proud to have been the first inclusion specialist with Sydney at Great Beginnings Pre-School in 2002. Mrs. Rava is honored to continue to support and assist Kathy in her mission for Sydney's School.

Ms. Rava has been working with children and adults diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities, and other mental health disorders that require behavioral interventions since 1998. Ms. Rava has extensive experience working in family homes, schools and residential settings. Her experience lies in developing, implementing and monitoring verbal behavior programs, behavior reduction programs, skill acquisition programs and training caregivers. Ms. Rava holds a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University. While at Florida State, Ms. Rava continued her professional development, working with children and adolescents in the public school setting and family homes. Prior to the completion of her Master's degree, Ms. Rava attended the University of South Florida where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ms. Rava has presented at both the state and national Behavior Analysis conferences and continues to actively participate. In addition, she has attended numerous workshops given by leading professionals in the field. Ms. Rava is the owner of ENGAGE
 Behavioral Health.

 

 


Zenaida Baez
Pre-School Classroom Teacher

Mrs. Baez has been teaching for 24 years. She has her bachelor's degree in special education and also holds a child development degree. Mrs. Baez has a passion for working with children and supporting children with ASD in an active inclusion classroom. 

Mary Cole
Pre-School Classroom Teacher


Mrs. Cole has been teaching pre-school since 2005 and holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has her Director's Credentials with the Florida Department of Children and Families Child Care Services and is currently pursuing her B.S. in Early Elementary Education. Mrs. Cole brings to Sydney's Academy a love for science and applying hands on experiments in the classroom. She feels that creating life cycle habitats in the classroom will help children discover the world in which they live. In addition, Mrs. Cole loves arts & crafts and has a passion for supporting children with ASD in an inclusive classroom. 

Marcia Massey
Pre-School Classroom Teacher

Ms. Massey has been teaching pre-school since 2005 and holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She also has her Directors Credentials with the Florida Department of Children and Families Child Care Services. Ms. Massey has been with Sydney's Academy since its inception and continues to uphold the values and goals it stands for. Ms. Massey shares with us her passion for supporting children with ASD in an inclusive classroom.


Renee Daum
Administrative Assistant

Renee received her Bachelor of Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. After many years working in Advertising, Promotions and Special Events she is excited to be in the field of Education. Her passion is to help others and build lasting relationships.

Inclusion Specialist

Misael Baez

Emily Eason

Susan Sitton



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Sydney's School
St. Patrick Catholic Church
4518 South Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
T: (813) 835-4591 | F: (813) 832-3427