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 - Tanya Land

Jacksonville – Mandarin

Mrs. Tanya Land has been involved in education for over 22 years. She has experience in both public and private school as an ESE teacher, regular education teacher, and administrator.  Mrs. Land received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (K-12) from Mississippi State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of North Florida with endorsements in Reading and ESOL.

Directors - Jerry Stigliano

Jacksonville – Orange Park

Mr. Jerry Stigliano has been in education for over 30 years, with over 20 years in school administration. He completed his undergraduate work in education at Youngstown State University in Ohio and received his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Liberty University in Virginia.

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 - Suzy Gaudin

Palm Harbor

Mrs. Suzy Gaudin joined Center Academy from Chesterbrook Academy where she was the principal. She has extensive experience as both a classroom teacher and as an administrator. Mrs. Gaudin holds an M.A. in administration from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Education from Florida State University.

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.

Jodi Shea

Orlando – Waterford Lakes

Mrs. Jodi Shea has over twenty years of experience as a student-focused educational leader. She has worked as a curriculum resource teacher, staffing specialist, ESE teacher, and director of curriculum, admission, and discipline. Mrs. Shea holds professional certifications in exceptional child education and education leadership. She has a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education.

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.