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 Role of Instructional Support Teachers

Child Find:
  • Evaluation and interpretation of testing/reports for students with suspected or identified disabilities
  • Participation in meetings with parents and teachers for screenings, staffings, reevaluations, and intervention process
Private School Support
  • Research based professional development to affirmed private school teachers on topics related to curriculum, instruction and assessment for students with disabilities
  • Continuing support to teachers beyond trainings through follow-up activities and mini workshops
  • Ongoing collaboration with private school teachers and administration
  • Participation in meaningful consultation activities with private schools   



Meet our Instructional Support Teachers!


 Suzanne Buchanan - Lead

Suzanne graduated from the University of Central Florida with both a Master's Degree in Exceptional Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in the field of education for 25 years. She began her career with Orange County as a Specific Learning Disabilities teacher. Suzanne later worked as an Exceptional Education staffing specialist and then as a Learning Resource Specialist. She began working as an Instructional Support Teacher with the Non Public office in November 2010. Suzanne holds FL DOE certification in Elementary Education (K-6), Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12), Intellectual Disabilities (K-12) and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (K-12).

Mary Durney

 Mary graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She currently holds FL DOE certification in Specific Learning Disabilities. Mary has taught in Orange County since 1988. She has been a Compensatory Education teacher, Specific Learning Disabilities teacher both resource and self-contained, a Curriculum and Compliance Support Teacher, Teacher/Trainer with the District Response to Intervention Team, and currently an Instructional Support Teacher for Non Public.  
 Amy Modesto - Bilingual
Amy graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education, and a Master's Degree in Special Education. She began her career in St. Jude Catholic School in New York City, teaching middle school math and religion. Pursuing her career in Special Education, she taught in the South Bronx in a program for the Emotionally Disturbed for two years. Amy worked at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY as a Bilingual ESE teacher, where she also taught Spanish. She was also a certified Bilingual Evaluator for the City of New York. In 1993, she moved to Apopka, FL and began her career in Orange County. She worked for the bilingual ESE department providing diagnostic services and teacher resources to the bilingual ESE teachers in the county. Amy also became a Crisis Prevention Intervention certified instructor for the county. Amy has provided diagnostic services for the Charter Schools before joining the Non Public staff, and continues to serve Charter Schools as needed. Amy holds NY DOE certification in Special Education (K-12), FL DOE certification in Varying Exceptionalities (K-12) and English Language Learners Endorsement.  
Gerry Preisser
Gerry graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English Education and obtained her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career in Orange County teaching Senior English and Humanities at Evans High School. After a break from teaching, Gerry returned to English and Compensatory Education at Apopka High School. Next, she taught gifted classes at Dream Lake Elementary then Rock Springs Elementary. Gerry then worked as the curriculum resource teacher and reading lab coordinator at Silver Star Center before joining the newly formed North Learning Community as a Curriculum and Compliance Support Teacher, then District Compliance Monitor, then an Instructional Support Teacher. She also worked as an IST on the district Response to Intervention team before coming to the Non Public office. Gerry holds FL DOE certification in English Education (Grades 6-12), Giften Endorsement (K-12), Varying Exceptionalities (K-12), and Educational Leadership.
Linda Wiltz