Center Academy’s management team includes accomplished educators, psychologists, and business leaders who contribute their experience and expertise toward enhancing the educational environment at all our Academies. Our onsite directors ensure that all students are provided the opportunity to succeed in a nurturing learning environment.

Academy Directors of Florida

Directors - Barbara Cooper

Coral Springs (West Boca / Margate Area)

Ms. Barbara Cooper has been in the field of education for more than 15 years. She has served as a teacher and as an administrator. Ms. Cooper’s previous experience includes 11 years with Sylvan Learning as both a Center Director and a District Manager. Along with education, her passions include local community outreach and non-profit fundraising. Ms. Cooper has earned a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has also attended Syracuse University as an undergraduate.

Directors - Ellen Mattheus

Jacksonville – Mandarin

Mrs. Ellen Mattheus completed her undergraduate work in education at Adelphi University, New York. She received her Master’s Degree from Concordia University, Irvine, California in Curriculum and Instruction, along with a theological endorsement. She has served in the field of education for over 20 years within public and private schools in several capacities: teacher, curriculum resource, reading interventionist, professional development coordinator, instructional coach, director and principal. She also holds Florida endorsements in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Directors - Ron Booker

Jacksonville – St. Johns Bluff

Ron Booker has over 20 years of educational leadership experience, having served as principal, director, assistant principal and assistant to the commandant. He completed his B.S. in Education and Master of Education at the University of Virginia.

Directors - Andrew Guido


Mr. Andrew Guido has over 23 years of experience in working with children as a school administrator and mental health professional. He has experience as an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Youngstown State University in Ohio where he also earned his Master’s Degree in Education.

Directors - Joann Sas


Ms. Joann Sas has over twenty years of experience in the field of education. She has worked as an administrator, a special education teacher and department chair, a special education advocate, and a curriculum consultant. Ms. Sas holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University.

Directors - Kavid Kaser

Palm Harbor

Mr. David Kaser joined Center Academy from the Broach School where he was principal. He has worked for 20 years as a K-12 educator and administrator in private education. Mr. Kaser holds his A.G.S. in General Studies from Indiana University, his B.S in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Ball State University, and is completing his studies in Educational Leadership.

Directors - Neall Jones

Pinellas Park

Mr. Neall Jones is the Director of Center Academy at Pinellas Park. He is entering his 18th year in the field of education. For the past 10 years, Mr. Jones has served as a school principal in Florida and Pennsylvania in both public and private school settings. Prior to that, he was a teacher for 7 years. Mr. Jones earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and K-12 principal certification from Westminster College, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University in Pennsylvania..

Directors - David Stone

Tampa – Riverview

Mr. David Stone joined Center Academy from Metropolitan Ministries Academy, where he was director of residential services. He has experience in both public and private schools and served in a leadership role with Metropolitan Ministries for 7 years. Mr. Stone holds a Bachelors degree from Florida Baptist Theological College.

Directors - Dr. Spence Taintor

Orlando – Waterford Lakes

Dr. Spence Taintor has dedicated his life to the betterment of education and those who experience it. A graduate of University of Miami, FL and Capella University, he has diverse experiences in education, professional leadership, corporate business, and marketing. Prior to Education, Dr. Taintor was C.O.O. of Exclusive Cruises and Resorts and spent time with other multinational companies. Dr. Taintor has volunteered as a soccer coach and was a chemistry teacher and later Dean of Students for Gulliver Schools in Pinecrest, Florida. He has been Head of School at several institutions across the United States.

Academy Directors of Georgia

Directors - Mary Jane Ritchie


Mrs. Mary Jane Ritchie has joined Center Academy with 31 years of teaching and administrative experience. Mary Jane has been a principal for the past 17 years in K-12 independent schools. Her experience involves public and independent education. Mrs. Ritchie earned her B. S. in Elementary Education from Valdosta State University. She received her M. ED. in Middle Childhood Education and Ed. S. in Administration and Supervision (K-12) from Georgia State University.