Jennifer Phelps, M.S., BCBA

Jennifer Phelps, M.S., BCBA

Founder/CEO

Jennifer founded The Learning For Life Academy. As owner and president, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. She is also an expert in Applied Verbal Behavior treatment for children with ASD.

Liz Solley, M.A., BCBA

Liz Solley, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director of Tampa Bay

Liz has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health Team since 2012. She started as a therapist while earning her Masters’ Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida, and has continued as a Clinical Supervisor since November 2014. As LFLA’s Clinical Director of Tampa Bay, she oversees three campuses, its teachers and daily activities.


Amanda Torres, RBT

Amanda Torres, RBT

Academy Administrator & Special Education Teacher

As a Preschool Director, Amanda came to LFLA with more than 10 years experience working with children after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She is passionate about creating an enriching environment for children to feel safe, learn and grow to the best of their abilities!

Kate Callinan, RBT

Kate Callinan, RBT

Special Education Teacher

Kate is a lead teacher at the Learning for Life Academy Wesley Chapel campus. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida studying Exceptional Student Education in May 2018 and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with a focus on behavioral disorders at USF. She is projected to graduate with her Master’s degree in May 2020. Kate is currently a certified teacher through the state of Florida. She has taken and passed her FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examination) General Knowledge exam, Professional Education exam and K-12 Exceptional Student Education examination. While obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in education, Kate completed her K-12 reading and ESOL endorsement.


Kaylin Hinton, RBT

Kaylin Hinton, RBT

Special Education Teacher

Kaylin is one of the LFLA teachers at the Learning For Life Academy Riverview campus. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Florida College in 2013. She taught in Hillsborough County Public Schools for more than four years. Currently, she is a certified RBT and works part-time as a behavior therapist in the afternoons. One of the many reasons why she loves working with children is because she loves watching that "lightbulb" go off in their smart brain and knowing she had a part in their learning.

Natasha Nino, RBT

Natasha Nino, RBT

Special Education Teacher

Before Natasha began working at the Learning For Life Academy Riverview campus in August of 2018, she was a teacher in a preschool setting for three years while also tutoring multiple students. Natasha is RBT certified and has worked with variety of clients providing ABA therapy for several months before she was asked to take over as lead teacher for our LFLA classes. She celebrates every single little success they have because she knows just how hard and long they had to work to achieve it. Her hopes for them go far beyond the classroom.


Cameron Drake, RBT

Cameron Drake, RBT

Special Education Teacher

Cameron is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Healthcare and a Registered Behavior Technician. He has been working with children on the autism spectrum for 4 years and loves to bring a positive, fun learning environment to create opportunities for each individual student to flourish.

Skyler Young, RBT

Skyler Young, RBT

Special Education Teacher

Skyler recently moved to Florida and has been working in ABA for two years. She has her Bachelor‘s in Psychology and is completing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with a variety of children for six years and is extremely passionate about what she does what kind of impact she has on each child’s life.


Lacy Benton, BCaBA

Lacy Benton, BCaBA

Education Coordinator & Special Education Teacher

Lacy received her B.A in Psychology from New York University in 2009. She worked as a direct therapist and RBT for several years before earning her teaching certification in ESE in 2015 and transitioning into teaching full-time at LFLA. In July of 2018, Lacy completed her M.Ed at Arizona State University while traveling to Kenya for humanitarian work in behavior analysis with the Global Autism Project. She received her BCaBA in December 2018 and has moved into a role as a curriculum resource specialist for LFLA while working as an Access Points resource teacher in a local Title I school.

About Us

We provide year-round schooling for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental delays, to help students reach their full potential. Our team of special education teachers in Tallahassee & Tampa, FL allow us to offer services specific to each student. Learn more about Learning for Life Academy.

Programs & Services

  • Special Education Programs

    Learn about our programs designed to unlock the potential of our students by working with our team of special education teachers in Tampa, FL.

  • Transition Planning

    Learn how we prepare students to succeed in a more typical learning environment.

Admissions

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Students With Autism & Other Developmental Delays
Grades K Thru 5
At Out Tallahassee & Tampa Location
Call (813) 445-4229
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