Our Staff

THE FOUNDERS

Jordan Whiley, Administrator

  • Over 20 years of educational experience
  • Master’s Degree in Teaching, University of Virginia
  • Professional experience as a counselor, lead special education teacher, entrepreneur, and administrator
  • Teaching endorsements in English, Special Education, Mathematics, and Science
  • Licensed USA Cycling Coach
  • National Restaurant Association Certified ServSafe Instructor

Jason Paulin, Principal

  • Over 20 years educational experience
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education, James Madison University
  • Professional experience as a counselor, teacher, special education teacher, Director of Experiential Education, Program Director,and public school case manager

Benjamin Montano, Director of Therapeutic Services

  • Over 20 years of educational experience
  • Master’s of College and Community Counseling, Longwood University
  • Professional experience as a counselor, program director, administrator, and in-home therapist
  • Professional service with the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities, and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools

Jason Lake, Director of Experiential Education

  • Over 20 years educational experience
  • Master’s of College and Community Counseling, Longwood University
  • Professional experience as a counselor and Regional Director of Experiential Education (VA, NC, MD, IN)
  • Professional service with the Association for Challenge Course Technicians and Alpine Towers International
  • Master Facilitator, Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression
  • Certified American Red Cross Instructor

THE STAFF

Kourtney Nichols, Teacher

  • Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies: Special Education with a Certificate in Autism, Longwood University
  • Professional experience teaching in schools, camp, and therapeutic programs for Autism using ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)
  • Professional certification in middle school English and history

Melissa Sims, Teacher

  • Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts (photography), James Madison University
  • Professional Licensure for PK-12th grade, from James Madison University
  • Professional experience as a teacher and lead teacher
  • Volunteer service in children’s programs, both domestic and international

Mary Quinn Ferguson, Teacher

Joshua Vaden, Teacher

Madison Eagen, Therapeutic Advocate

Wyaneka Brown, Office Manager

  • Masters of Business Administration w/concentration in Information Systems, Strayer University
  • Bachelors of Science, Computer Information Systems, Virginia State University
  • Professional experience as a teaching assistant
  • Professional Training as a Child Associate with Primary Project and the Washington, D.C. Department of Mental Health