- George Frimpong graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a BBA in Computer Information Systems in 2001. He has been with North Spring BHC since September of 2001. George teaches Mathematics and is licensed as a Special Education Teacher. He is also the Vocational Education Service coordinator. George is very dedicated to his students and strongly believes that every student can achieve excellence regardless of their circumstances. He takes out time to provide one on one instruction with students who need extra attention.
- Jamar Brown graduated from the University of Maryland College Park where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. He is trained in Linklater voice and the Alexander Technique for movement. He also studied extensively within the UM School of Music. Mr. Brown specializes in vocal performance and has performed frequently in regional and community theatre in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, at venues including Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center.
- Ms. Carissa Ziegler is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Children, Youth and Families from Pennsylvania State University. She has experience working with children and youth, infant through age 18, in a variety of settings. These include community, home, as well as schools, both in the general and special education settings. Many of these settings included children and youth with mental health diagnoses to include, but, not limited to: behavioral concerns, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Her internship was at Philadelphia Citizen’s for Children and Youth, an advocacy organization focusing specifically on facilitating the progress of youth in the field of child care and education. Her knowledge, skills and abilities in this experience led to her participation in a publication, Child Care Zoning.
Her thirst for knowledge in the area of children with diagnoses related to mental health concerns led her to return to a formal education setting in which she earned a Master’s of Science degree in Special Education from Capella University.
Prior to her acceptance of a teaching position in the Education Department, she worked on one of the units as a mental health specialist here at North Spring, where she made application of her broad range of experiences with youth. She has been a welcomed addition to the Education staff.
- Mark has been working in healthcare since 1999 with experience in nursing homes and residential treatment with children and adolescents, and in the public school system. Mark returned to work at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in 2008 after a previous employment with the company. During his time in this field, he has served in a variety of roles including direct care Mental Health Specialist, Plant Operations, Risk Management, Unit Coordinator and his current position as the Special Education Technology Teacher. Mark earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2011 and then a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in June of 2013 with a concentration in Healthcare Management.
- Rachael Ziegler graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with teaching certification in Health and Physical Education, K-12. Rachael has experience working with children and youth by way of coaching basketball camps as well as assisting in coaching track and field. While attending college at The Pennsylvania State University Altoona Campus, Rachael was afforded the opportunity to continue to play basketball after high school. Later, her internship allowed her the opportunity to combine her skill sets, her love of sports, and her high interest in youth. During this internship, she was able to teach students healthy and exciting options to physical fitness and health, as well as provide them with an outlet to continue for a lifetime.
- Mr. Clancy Coonradt is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy (NSA), currently teaching the sciences. He has an Associate’s in Science from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor’s in history from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with religious honors) and a Master’s from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. His passions include book collecting, community involvement, and improving the level of inclusion for youth with exceptionalities. Since a young age he has babysat, tutored, and mentored a diverse population of children and now works to improve the lives of behaviorally challenged youth.
Prior to being employed at NSA Clancy traveled the world as a youth, living in England, and traveling to Scotland, Austria, and many other foreign lands, which enhanced his understanding of diversity and lifestyles around the world. During his time in Ireland, while completing his MA in history, he was able to experience the rich history of the people and the wonderful melting pot of immigrants from various countries. This diversity evolved as a result of “ the lack of borders” spawned by the European Union System.
Mr. Coonradt is interested in supporting the re-opening of the North Spring green house as a component of his science student learning activities.
- Ms. Lauren Mosley is a Special Education Teacher at North Spring Academy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in May of 2014. While attending school she took courses in Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Cognitive Development. She has experience working with children and youth of many different age groups and backgrounds, including school and church.
She has spent time volunteering with One Heart: Penn State Students against Sexual Abuse, Special Olympics, and Penn State Panhellenic/IFC Dance Marathon (THON: a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer), where she served as family relations captain.
Before graduation, Lauren accepted a position as Lead Prekindergarten 2 Teacher at Chesterbrook Academy in Herndon, VA, where she stayed for one year helping to enrich the minds of young children. In August 2015, she accepted a position as a mental health specialist at North Spring where she greatly applied her knowledge and prior experience working with youth. She believed however that she had other skills to offer to the residents of North Spring, therefore becoming a teacher.
Currently Ms. Mosley is seeking further education to complete requirements for her teaching license in Special Education, as well as obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology and eventually her Doctorate with a concentration in Family and Marriage Therapy. Both her past experiences and her future aspirations will provide immense value to the North Spring Education Department.
- Mr. Peter Taylor is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University. In high school, teachers recognized that he had exceptional skills in the printed word compared to other male students. As a result, he was given many opportunities to both write narratives and make presentations for large groups because those teachers perceived him to be a role model. As a result, he chose to major in English because he concluded that he was “good at it.”
He has worked with children as a part of his community service at the WVU Child Learning Center. In this experience, he further validated that he was good at helping others to be “good at it.” He helped young children learn to read, write, and practice mathematics. He certainly has a passion for people and hopes to instill a thirst for lifelong learning to both his students and everyone he meets.
Currently, he is pursuing advanced studies in teaching and special education
- Ms. Adrienne Stephens is a Special Education teacher at North Springs Academy. She has a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Howard University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology-Child and Adolescent at Walden University. She has experiences working with children and youth, which include one-on-one therapy, group, community, as well as schools. Further, she has experiences working in a juvenile correctional environment. Many of the settings included children with dual diagnoses, to include substance abuse and mental disorders.
Her internship was at Baltimore Washington Counseling Center for families, which is a counseling center focusing on family therapy, group therapy, and individual sessions. Her knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences led her to a therapist position in Central Maryland Correctional Facility as a therapist, where she worked with a broad range of mental disorders.
Her passion for working with children and processing the “why children behave the way they do”, has led her to return to school to obtain formal education to complete her Doctorate in Developmental Psychology-Child and Adolescent.
Prior to her acceptance of a teaching position in the Education Department, she worked at the acute hospital as a mental health specialist here at North Spring, where she made application of her broad range of experiences with youth. She will be a welcomed addition to the Education staff. Her departing motto is: “Have a stellar day!”
- Mrs. Gwendolen Martin is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. She teaches Economics and Leadership from Mountain State University and her MA in Special Education from Liberty University. Prior to joining the North Spring team, Mrs. Martin was a part of a team of educators whose priority was Personal Finance, as well as other CTE electives. She earned her B.S. in Organizational was to transform the lives of young males with emotional and behavioral concerns. As a result, she will be able to capitalize on her experiences to support the students at North Spring. She began her teaching assignment at North Spring in August 2016 and is looking forward to using her extensive knowledge, skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the students as a part of a new team of educators
- Ms. Dorothy Winston is the Education Coordinator at North Spring Academy. Dorothy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Spelman College. Dorothy worked with K-12 youth in the areas of math and science in private and public educational settings. She has facilitated enrichment programming and excursions for young people to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Dorothy also served as a private tutor in professional and community settings.
For seven years, Dorothy managed daytime and afterschool Standard of Learning (SOL) programming interventions for Title 1 schools in Louisa, Petersburg, and Richmond, VA. This experience led to her becoming a government contractor for four years in the area of youth development programming for Army Reserve Families residing in Virginia. Dorothy provided relevant services to the young people of Army Reserve Soldiers preparing for, experiencing and returning from deployment.
Dorothy is a life-long learner and has a Master of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University. She enjoys reading and staying abreast of educational issues affecting students of all ages. Dorothy is a welcomed addition to the Education staff.
- David Ferreira earned an AAS from Suffolk Community College, and his Bachelor of Science from Long Island University where he graduated cum laude. David is currently working on a masters in special education from Liberty University. David is a licensed Teacher in the state of Virginia, and in the past he was a licensed teacher in the state of New York. He served and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. David has over 20 years’ experience in the field of mental health and enjoys working with kids and providing one on one instruction.
- Ms. Maranda Tennyson graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She has worked with children with Autism, children, teens and parents in domestic violence shelters, in-home services for families and community based counseling for all ages. She has been at North Spring for one year and recently became the Economics and Personal Finance teacher. Her goal is to connect with each child where they are in the moment and help them move forward with their treatment goals, both educational and behavioral. She believes every person has potential and can achieve their goals given the resources they need to help them overcome their obstacles.