Second Cohort Scholars

Jennifer Senkel received her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 6 years. Currently, Jennifer works as an ESE teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a self-contained classroom at Wekiva High School in Orange County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to accomplish strategies and interventions that will encourage other teachers to not give up and have hope. This program has given Jennifer the knowledge and skills to be able to identify effective academic and behavioral interventions in order for students to make learning gains. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to become an inclusion coach and an ESE department chair in order to assist teachers working with struggling students. Jennifer encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it provides many valuable resources and strategies that can be applied in the classroom.



Jessica Summers received her undergraduate degree in history and political science from Mercer University. She has been teaching for 14 years. Currently, Jessica works as an ESE K-2 teacher at Pine Trail Elementary School in Volusia County. For many years, she has taught students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Jessica has received recognition in her school for being a team leader. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to learn about interventions and resources to take back to her students and colleagues in order to make better decisions for the students. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to take a leadership role and impact more students in a positive way. Jessica encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it helps you become a more effective teacher for all students.

 


Francesca Moll received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 6 years. Currently, Francesca works as a support facilitator for grades K-3 at Forest Lake Elementary in Volusia County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to learn about the strongest research-based intervention tools to make her a knowledgeable intervention specialist. This program has given Francesca the knowledge and skills to be able to use the best resources to help intervene with students and target their needs effectively. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to become an intervention specialist. Francesca encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because they will enhance their skills in intervention strategies to help struggling students.

 

Sandra Hall received her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 26 years. Currently, Sandra works as an IEP Facilitator at Spruce Creek High School in Volusia County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to learn techniques to work with students and to improve student achievement. This program has given Sandra the knowledge and skills to be able to write quality Individual Education Plans. After graduating from UCF, she plans on continuing as an IEP facilitator and assist teachers by suggesting strategies to implement in their classrooms. Sandra encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it is an informative program that teaches about new legislation and how it affects the educational system.

 

Mary Ann Autrey received her undergraduate degree in education from Valdosta State University. She has been teaching for two years. Currently, Mary Ann works as an ESE K-5 teacher at Sunrise Elementary in Volusia County. For the past two years, she has taught students with varying exceptionalities. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to equip herself with knowledge and strategies to share with her colleagues. This program has given Mary Ann the knowledge and skills to be able to become a leader in exceptional student education. After graduating from UCF, she plans on continuing to teach in the classroom and share her knowledge to help her students succeed. Mary Ann encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it’s a safe environment to expand your knowledge.

 

Kelli Bundza received her undergraduate degree in sports medicine from High Point University. She has been teaching for 8 years. Currently, Kelli works as a biology teacher at Spruce Creek High School in Volusia County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to learn more about special education and interventions in order to teach others. This program has given Kelli the knowledge and skills to become a leader in education. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to be able to teach others how to be better teachers. Kelli encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it provides students with the necessary skills to be a leader in special education.

 

Heidi Kaneshige received her undergraduate degree in elementary education and psychology from St. John’s University. She has been teaching for 8 years. Currently, Heidi works as 5th grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Minneola Elementary Charter in Lake County. For the past few years, she has been part of the co-teaching model with another general education teacher and an Exceptional Student Education teacher. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to gain knowledge of interventions to better help her students as well as other teachers. This program has given Heidi the knowledge and skills to be able to assist other teachers in finding the most effective interventions for their students. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to become the intervention specialist at Minneola Elementary Charter. Heidi encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because you gain such incredible knowledge used to help so many students.

 

Corynne Feaster received her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 7 years. Currently, Corynne works as an ESE support facilitation teacher at Ortona Elementary School in Volusia County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to learn more about RtI/MTSS, interventions, and to be a leader in the process. This program has given Corynne the knowledge and skills to be able to become more involved with the intervention and Problem Solving Team process. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to remain at her school, but become more involved as a leader in exceptional education. Corynne encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because there is so much to learn and share.

 

Jasmine Bell received her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She is currently a full-time student and while in the Bridges program, she plans on becoming an instructional coach. This program has given Jasmine the knowledge and skills to be able to make a difference in public education. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to become a district administrator. Jasmine encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because the professors have so much knowledge to give.

 


Alexine Garcia received her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 11 years. Currently, Alexine works as an ESE 2nd grade teacher at UCP in Seminole County. Over the past 11 years, she has taught students with moderate to severe varying exceptionalities. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to become a better teacher and a great leader. This program has given Alexine the knowledge and skills to be able to eventually work as an interventionist. After graduating from UCF, she is hoping to one day become a school administrator. Alexine encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because it is a great opportunity for learning and growing as a teacher.

 

Jaime Kaminski received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 7 years. Currently, Jaime works as a 4th grade teacher at Champion Elementary School in Volusia County. While in the Bridges program, she hopes to further her education in working with students who have all different needs and abilities. This program has given Jaime the knowledge and skills to implement collaboration between the ESE department and the general education population. After graduating from UCF, she hopes to work with extraordinary individuals within both of those populations.  Jaime encourages others to get involved in Project Bridges because of the amazing comradery between the students and staff at UCF.

 

Kristen Shattler received her undergraduate degree in Elementary education from the University of Central Florida. She has been teaching for 4 years at Rock Springs Elementary. Due to her hard work, Kristen was chosen by her administration to begin Instructional coaching courses through OCPS. While in the Bridges program, Kristen hopes to enhance her knowledge of working with low achieving students in order to increase student achievement and decrease learning gaps. After graduating from UCF, Kristen aims to continue her work with students with disabilities and help them make higher achievements. Kristen believes that others get involved with Project Bridges because it equips teachers with a great opportunity to increase their knowledge, which, in turn, helps increase the knowledge of the students.




Natalie Cabrera received her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching for 4 years at Wicklow Elementary and Carillon Elementary in Seminole county. Natalie is a certified instructional coach. While in the Bridges program Natalie hopes to improve professionally so that she can continue to be a role model for her students. After graduating from UCF, she aims to continue to have a positive impact on every student she educates in the future. Natalie believes that others should get involved in Project Bridges because it is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and meet a group of very educated colleagues. 



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