Our Staff

Director

Kelly Alves

Kelly Alves is a Tennessee native, and she graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. After spending the next few years working primarily with students with special needs, she began working on her master’s degree in Special Education. She completed her Master of Education in Special Education degree with a graduate certificate in Autism Education from Liberty University in 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Liberty University.

Kelly has spent many years managing multiple centers with Sylvan Learning. She has extensive experience with staff development, digital learning and assessment, and individualized learning. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working with many students on the spectrum. She understands that each student is a unique individual with unique needs, and education is not one-size-fits-all.

Upper Level Teacher

Cassandra Campbell

Cassandra Campbell graduated in December 2012 with a Master’s of Arts in Education. She did her undergraduate work in Sociology and is currently pursuing a second Master’s of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology. Cassandra has a passion to share her love of learning.
Being a student with a disability, Cassandra found it very difficult for teachers to find effective ways of teaching; therefore she slipped through the cracks and was in danger of not succeeding. Once in college, she took her learning into her own hands and made a promise to give back to the community in an area of need. She wanted to make sure all students had the opportunity to learn and be the best they could be.

Currently, Cassandra is the high School instructor and she brings many new teaching techniques to the classroom. Through the use of differentiated learning lesson plans, she incorporates all learning styles and levels in the classroom. As a parent of a child on the spectrum, she has experienced the struggles and rewards of teaching children on the spectrum. She is mindful to the sensory, communication, and emotional needs the children possess. Cassandra has worked with the YMCA of greater Syracuse area in the child care department and has many years of hands on experience working with children on the spectrum. She believes that everyone has the ability to learn and we, as instructors, need to foster learning to suit the child’s needs.

Elementary/Middle School Teacher

Jackie Thorpe

As the parent of two children on the autism spectrum Jackie is attuned to the sensory, language and communication differences of children on the spectrum.  She has two years of experience teaching autistic children, one as a teacher assistant and another as a teacher.  She enjoys researching and  implementing  multisensory methods of teaching.  Her favorite subjects are science and social studies.  Jackie, her husband Erick and her two children Jacob, 14, and Kayley, 18, live near the town of Lucama, in Wilson County.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science from Atlantic Christian College.