DIRECTOR

Cindy Bacot

Executive Director

I hold an advanced standing Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University. I am also an intentionally recognized Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). I have worked with the Children’s Home Society teaching behavioral and social skills classes for students with behavioral disorders, and also conducted training workshops for the FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Since 2008, I have been the Executive Director of Bacot Academy. I have a particular interest in genetic mutations and the environmental Epigenetics of Autism.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family.

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Caytee Stransky

Assistant Director/Teacher
I have my Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo. I am CPR and first aid certified as well as have training in elopement procedures. I love working at Bacot Academy, because the students have the opportunity to learn and grow in such a supportive environment. I have taught in the high school classroom, and have gladly accepted the role of Assistant Director. My husband and I moved to the area from Ohio about a year ago. We are really enjoying the Florida weather! In my free time I enjoy reading, crocheting, and volunteering at an assisted living community in town.  

 teXHERVernon Walderon

Behavior Therapist/Teacher

I teach second and third grade at Bacot Academy. I first started working here as a volunteer in 2009. When a position came available, I was very excited to come on board. The foundation of my teaching is respecting individual differences and incorporating my students' talents. I believe in a consistent, positive and respectful approach. We all have something to contribute. I learn from my students each and every day.

I am married and have a beautiful baby girl. I'm currently pursuing a degree in Special Education. I am certified in first aid and CPR and I am a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

I never saw myself as a teacher but I wouldn't change it for the world.

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Austin Fazande

Teacher

I am currently pursuing my education degree. I love children and have a family member on the Autism Spectrum. I enjoy implementing the principles of ABA and helping my students develop functional communication. I love being at Bacot Academy and strive to give all my students both the life and education that they deserve.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing baseball, playing my guitar and reading.

   

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Teacher
Hi, my name is Ashley Bounds and I am the high school teacher here at Bacot Academy. In our class, we strive to have a fun and energetic approach to our work. The students love to insect things and do anything involving a computer. I have worked here since the beginning of 2015 and love every minute of it. I am pursuing a degree in Education and am certified in CPR, Child Development and Recognizing Symptoms and Illnesses.I believe that each student can have an impact in their community as they apply their knowledge and skills to whatever comes about.     colleen-bio

Colleen Cox

Music Therapist
I am a Board Certified Music Therapist, with over 25 years of experience and a 1986 graduate of the Music Therapy program at Florida State University.  I learned of music therapy as a freshman in high school and have made it my lifelong career and passion ever since. I am presently working as an independent practitioner and was offered the opportunity to provide Music Therapy for the students at Bacot Academy in May of 2016.  Since coming on board I have experienced many joyful moments and am excited about the progress the students have made. I enjoy running, gardening, hosting church home groups with my husband and spending time with my family. “Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen