Teacher/Therapist Requirements

All of our service providers are behavioral techs, registered behavioral therapists (RBT) or providers with higher degrees such as a BCaBA, BCBA or certified teacher.    Behavioral techs are typically new to the behavioral clinic setting, but have at least 5 years of childcare experience, including situational experience dealing with challenging behaviors, children on the spectrum, and/or language development.   All behavioral techs are required to go through the training to become an RBT within 90 days of starting at Growing Together, and are provided extensive training both in small group and direct supervision.  

All staff at Growing Together are provided direct supervision from a BCBA as well as individual and group training each month.  Continuing education and skill development is required of all therapists and teachers.

Meet Our Lead Teachers

Adrienne Smith, RBT


Adrienne is currently an RBT, working toward her BCBA. She is in a Masters of ABA program at the University of West Florida.  Adrienne is a lead therapist in our GIFT program, working with students in vocational training.

Shelley Mitchell, Teacher & RBT


Shelley, our lead teacher in our "middle school" program, has over 23 years experience as a special education teachers.  She is a licensed RBT with a BS from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is proficient in ASL. 

Rachel Murphy, RBT


Rachel was introduced to ABA during college, and fell in love with it.  She has a heart for special needs children, and finding the talents that lie within each individual.  She is our "middle school" academic 1:1 pull out teacher, and provides daily coaching for each student. 

Jennifer Sweat, RBT


Jen has been in the field of autism for over 13 years, working with students of all ages, primarily focusing on those in elementary school. She is currently one of two lead teachers/RBTs in our elementary class.

Caitlin Duffney, RBT


Catie has been an RBT for the past 7 years, working with students of all ages and abilities.  She is currently one of two lead teachers/RBTs in our elementary class. 

Elynor Brenneman, RBT


Elynor has a degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasize in Autism from Central Missouri State University.  She has over 17 years of experience in special education, working with various disabilities and has been an RBT for over 3 years.  She is currently teaching in our pre-school/early academics program.