Today's Choice for Tomorrow's Future

Special Education

Veda BarrESE School Specialist

I am Veda Barr, your Exceptional Student Education School Specialist (ESE SS).  I am a career changer, before becoming an educator I worked in the retail field as a Human Resource Manager for 12 years.   I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and I graduated from Michigan State University, home of the Spartans.   In 2005 my family and I relocated  to Florida and this is when I decided to become an educator.  I started my educational career with Lake County Schools in 2007 at Sawgrass Bay Elementary as a varying exceptionalities teacher and later moved to become the ESE SS.  In 2015 I moved to the District to serve as a ESE District Staffing Specialist.  After serving and learning from my amazing peers in education I decided to return to the school setting to apply my knowledge to support students.  I am blessed to serve and support our children in education. 

My dream vacation spot is somewhere in Asia, I can eat any kind of potato, seafood, or chocolate every day and never get tired of it.

"Trying, failing, & trying again is called learning. Failing to try has no good results"

Denisse CastilloVE Teacher K/1st/2nd

My name is Denisse Castillo, born and raised in Puerto Rico. Yes, I love the beach! My dream vacation spot is Bora Bora!  I am a mother of 4 and a teacher! J I am married to an awesome husband; we have two boys and two girls. Very busy but rewarding as well! I love being home with them, cook, and eat. We also enjoy going out to fun adventures, and create memories along the way.

 I have a bachelor’s degree in education (Arts of behavior) from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.  This is my second year here at Lake Pointe Academy. I have been teaching children with different exceptionalities for 8 + years now. Students from Pre-K to all the way up to transition students.  It is my passion to help them grow and achieve their goals academically and in life.

"It is ok to color outside the lines"

Rebecca ClevengerVE Teacher- 3rd

Allison JerzVE Teacher- 4th

Graduated from Molloy College. I love getting to greet the kids as they walk to their classrooms in the morning. It is my favorite part of the day. My dream vacation spot is DisneyLAND. I love collecting Disney Pins. I could eat pizza every day and never get tired of it.

"They say if you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true."- Sleeping Beauty

Diane StaszelVE Teacher- 5th



Stephanie RhodesVE Teacher- Middle School


Alexander HansenVE Teacher- Middle School

Sarah EllzeyVE Teacher- Middle School

Hi! My name is Mrs. Ellzey! I am originally from Ohio. I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and earned my masters degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.   I have taught in North Carolina, Germany, Colorado, Washington, Louisiana, and Florida.  I love spending time with my family, traveling, going to the beach, reading, and coffee. I have been married to my husband for 19 years. He just recently retired from the Army! We have 3 children who also attend Lake Pointe Academy.