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 clinic setting, but have at least 3 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 or BCaBA, as well as individual and group training each month.  Continuing education and skill development is required of all therapists and teachers.

Meet Our Therapists and Teachers

Shelley Mitchell, Teacher & RBT

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

Shelley Mitchell, Teacher & RBT

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Shelley, our lead teacher in our "middle school" program, has over 24 years experience as a special education teacher.  She is a RBT with a BS from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and her BCaBA studies were completed at Florida Institute of Technology. She is also proficient in ASL and works with our middle school deaf ed students.

Adrienne Smith, QASP-S, RBT

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

Shelley Mitchell, Teacher & RBT

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Adrienne is an RBT, with 14 years childcare experience and is working toward her BCBA. She has her QASP-S certification from QABA and 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.   We are blessed by her incredible sense of calmness which helps deescalate problem behaviors in a safe, effective manner. 

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

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Ashley has worked in the field of ABA for over 8 years. She has experience as a teacher and therapist in school, clinical and home settings. Ashley has several years experience working with clients with severe problem behaviors, as well as experience as a feeding therapist. Ashley has her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education and master’s degree in Special Education in ABA. Ashley’s passion for working in this field comes from her own personal experiences giving her a greater understanding of individuals who are deaf and have autism. 

Ashley Doble, QASP-S, RBT

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

Ashley Brooks, QASP-S, RBT, Teacher

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Ashley has been working in ABA for the last 6 years, working with individuals aged 2-60 years old. Her favorite part about the  job is not only seeing the progress in the individual’s lives but seeing the impact they make on their families and the world around them.   Ashley is a therapist in our GIFT program for older students, a new program starting this summer.

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

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Elynor has a degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasize in Autism from Central Missouri State University.  She has over 17 years experience in special education, working with various disabilities and has been an RBT for 5 years.  She is currently teaching in our pre-school/early academics program and works with our dual diagnosis students.

Justine Lalonde, QASP-S, RBT

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

Elynor Brenneman, Teacher & RBT

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Justine has been an RBT for 4 years and is currently QASP-S credentialed. She is working towards obtaining her BCBA credentials while finishing up the Masters program at UWF in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 6 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with students of all ages as they continue to teach her just as much as she is teaching them.  

Rachel Murphy, RBT

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

Jennifer Sweat, RBT

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Rachel has worked in the field of ABA for almost 10 years, with experience in many areas and ages.  She currently works as an RBT with students age 10 - 16. She is a new mom, and thus has a new perspective on the need for a sense of security and safety not only for the students, but also the parents. She values her position as a trusted teacher, and is committed to providing a safe, educational and enriching experience for her students.

Jennifer Sweat, RBT

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

Jennifer Sweat, RBT

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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 works with our students in a kindergarten to second grade class, mainly working as a group teacher/therapist.  

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

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Catie has been an RBT for the past 7 years, working with students of all ages and abilities.  She works with our kindergarten to second grade students, and she does a great job focusing on verbal behavior with her students.  She loves working in a group setting, but also does a wonderful job connecting with students 1:1.

Christie White, RBT

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

Caitlin Duffney, RBT

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Christie joined the ABA field in 2014 and has worked with students ages 3 to 18 and with adults in group homes. She is currently in school for a degree in Elementary Education at St Leo. She loves seeing her students succeed in and outside the classroom, and is our lead teacher in the the Functional Class for students age 10 - 15.

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

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Jessica has been an RBT since 2015 and has a bachelors in Psychology from Flagler College. She loves the field of ABA because it is a proven scientific based approach to learning that gives children and families methods they can place their trust and hope in. Over the years, she has loved seeing her kiddos make gains time and time again.  Jessica is currently advancing her education and working on her QASP-S certification.

Arlena Binkley, RBT

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

Jessica Vermillion, RBT

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Arlena has been with Growing Together for three years, joining us just after we opened in 2018.  She has 12 years experience working with children, and has been an RBT for two years.  In her time with us, Arlena has worked with a variety of behaviors and is always willing to learn something new to help her become the best therapist.  

Veronica Walker, RBT

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

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Veronica has worked as a RBT for 2 years, a behavior interventionist for 7+ years and a private tutor for 10 years. She is very passionate about each role, and has always had a heart to serve people in need. The ABA field has allowed her to serve on a more intense scale as she helps one family at a time, many times in the home setting. She loves to see change happening with each family and know she helped produce that.

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

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Tonya has worked with children and young adults with autism for almost 10 years, with a focus on children who struggle with self injury and aggression.  Tonya is working on her Masters in ABA and will sit for her RBT this summer. 

Annie Goodfellow, RBT

Tonya Freeland, Behavior Tech

Ashley Abrew, Behavior Tech

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Annie has an undergrad degree in Psychology and plans to pursue her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She has four years experience working with children, and has been working in special education for the past year.  She loves working 1:1 with students of all ages, but most specifically working with our functional class!

Ashley Abrew, Behavior Tech

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

Ashley Abrew, Behavior Tech

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Ashley has been working in childcare for four years.  She is working toward her RBT certification, and is currently a Behavior Tech.  Before joining the GTBC team, she was a preschool teacher in Jacksonville.  Ashley loves working with our youngest students, ages 3 - 7.

Kailyn Newman, Behavior Tech

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

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Kailyn started with with Growing Together in the 2019-20 ademic school year.  She is a full time psychology major with an emphasis in early childhood / special education at FSCJ, and plans to have her RBT certification for the start of academic year 2020-21.   Kailyn enjoys working with children of all ages and is eager to help make a difference in children’s lives.

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

Madison Thomas, Behavior Tech

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Madison has worked in childcare for five years, and is new to ABA and to Growing Together.  She is currently working on her RBT certification, and has found a real niche working with our older students in a functional classroom setting.