Our Behavior Specialists are well trained in behavior analysis and have been in the field for several years. They are responsible for writing programs, protocols, and ensuring their students are making adequate progress in their programs in addition to supervising our behavior technicians.
Brittany Shory, B.S.
Brittany Shory earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCF in 2011. She currently finished the BCaBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and will soon be taking the exam to become a certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has been teaching individuals and groups in different settings such as in-home therapy and in-center with school aged children. At an early age she always knew she wanted to work with children. Throughout her life, Brittany has mentored and volunteered with children of all different natures. Caring for ill children in shelters to working with disabled children. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that she realized her calling was to work with children with autism and other related disorders. On her first day in a center for autism, a child walked up to her and gave her a hug. Not knowing anything about her the kid drew himself towards her which melted her heart. From that day on, she continues to work with this population. She enjoys teaching new life skills, eating habits, reading, writing, and other functional skills to improve the quality of life for these individuals. Regardless the amount of time she spends with these kids, she loves the fact that she can influence and make a
difference in their lives.
Heather Pentecost, currently a St. Petersburg College student with a major in psychology, has plans to pursue a master degree immediately following graduation. Before moving to Florida she dedicated five years to in-home clients for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In February of 2015 she moved to Florida and in March she had joined the Lodestone family. Heather began an extensive training track in behavior analytic principals, after being with the school for a year. In August, she completed the training and has now joined the Behavior Specialist team. She loves being a part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of our students.
Spencer Harrington B.S
Spencer Harrington earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Florida State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. Before finding his passion for behavior analysis, he majored in Engineering and then Business Management knowing that neither were quite right for him. Since starting at Lodestone Academy in August 2016 as a Behavior Technician, he feels a renewed sense of purpose in both his career and higher education. He is dedicated to being part of a team and seeing the difference we can make in our students’ lives.
Jaseleen Vergara graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2017. When she moved to Orlando, she began working at Lodestone Academy in January 2018 as a behavior technician and began her position as a Behavior Specialist in training as of July 2018. Prior to graduating, she volunteered with an organization whose main population were neglected, abused, and homeless children. Jaseleen has always been interested in working and helping to improve the lives of children, especially those with learning disabilities. Currently she is also working with a private in-home client who has autism a couple times a week. She hopes that in the near future, she can apply to get her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and continue to make a difference in our students lives.