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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.

Rebecca ClevengerVE Teacher- Kinder/1st

Emma WeiskopfVE Teacher- 2nd/3rd

I am a VE teacher here a LPA. I work with both second and third grade to support all students’ growth in reading and math. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Special Education and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education (Go Gators!). I love reading, playing pickle ball, spending time with friends and teaching our Blue Jays.


Brian SchulerVE Teacher- 4th/5th


 Brenda IslandVE Teacher- Middle School

Brenda J. Island graduated from high school at age 17 after skipping 7th grade. I worked as an Industrial Engineer for the Northrop Corporation for 3 years before deciding to pursue a career in education. I am currently in my 25 year as an educator and have never regretted making the career change. I love teaching, especially special education students. I am in my 36th year of marriage, and am blessed to have two wonderful children and one grandson.

Stephanie RhodesVE 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.