I am currently entering my 12th year in education. I have taught in the middle and high school levels as well as an Exceptional Student Education Center working with students with emotional behavioral disabilities. I have also had the opportunity to teach adult and underage GED students, along with Home Based and Home Bound students. I am a Related Services Program Coordinator in Pasco County. This is my fourth year on the FL-PASS board, and I am excited to be serving as president, again. I look forward to working with everyone associated with FL PASS this year.
My education career began 27 years ago in Palm Beach County continuing in Lee County. I’ve taught in elementary, middle and high schools serving ESE students in general ed, resource, and pull-out classes. I’ve learned that kids are kids – they just get taller! I transitioned to the role of ESE Staffing Specialist the past 7 years. I’ve been a FL-PASS Board member the past 4 years, serving as Historian, President Elect/Treasurer, President, and now Past President. I hope to see you all again at our next FL-PASS annual conference. Let’s choose JOY this year, as we press on in our schools.
I have been an educator in Martin County, FL for 32 years. I started my career as an Exceptional Student Education teacher in a pilot program with Kindergarten and First Grade students, guiding their first experiences coming from a center school to a comprehensive school campus for the first time. I moved on to become a school based Mainstream Consultant, basically functioning as a school-based Staffing Specialist but also supporting students so that they could be successful in mainstream classes. I then moved to the district level and worked as a Behavior Specialist, eventually earning credentials as a Behavior Analyst. I left the district for a period of time and started a business with a colleague working with the Early Intervention and Medicaid system providing Behavior Analysis services. I returned to the school district, again as a Mainstream Consultant for several years. I am currently back at the district office as the Lead ESE Program Specialist. I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Membership for FL-PASS.
I began my teaching career 18 years ago in Trenton, New Jersey teaching students with Emotional/Behavior Disabilities. In 2017 I began teaching Exceptional Student Education in Hillsborough County Public Schools as a Varying Exceptionality Teacher at the elementary level. I just completed my first year as a Staffing Specialist with Hillsborough County Public Schools. I am excited to join the Florida PASS board as Treasurer and look forward to working with Staffing Specialists throughout the state
Hello everyone! I am currently entering my 15th year in education. I started out teaching general education elementary then moved to a seperate class setting for grades 6-8. Needless to say it was a large leap. However after 12 years in special education I know this is my passion! The 2023-2024 school year will be my 6th year as a Staffing Specialist in Lee County. I am excited to continue serving in the role of your FL-PASS Historian this year and continue to document the collaboration, mentorship and most of all FUN we get to have throughout the year! Looking forward to meeting more colleagues to learn and grow from.
Dr. Leslie Brown serves as a Regional Staffing Coordinator for Hillsborough County Schools. She has been a dedicated Educator with HCPS for almost 20 years. Prior to her employment with the school district, she was the Unit Manager for the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida for 10 years. She has served in the role of Varying Exceptionalities Teacher, ESE Specialist, Staffing Specialist and Coordinator. Dr. Brown is proud graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of South Florida. She has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Master of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling and a Doctoral Degree in Cultural Anthropology. Dr. Brown is currently the Parliamentarian for the FL-PASS Board.
My name is Dr. Joy Bonnaig and I am an ESE Coordinator in Collier County. This is my 21st year in education. I spent my first two years as a general education teacher in Collier County. By my third year, I found my passing in working with students with disabilities and been in a special education role ever since. I spent seven years working as a school based staffing specialist, and then transition to the role of district trainer for our county’s ESE Staffing Specialist for four years. This is my second year in the role of Secretary for FL Pass and I am looking forward to a great school year!