Our Staff

Our staff creates the school climate and encourages students to love learning. Get to know a little about us!

Wendy Bradshaw

Director & Upper Primary Instructor

Dr. Wendy Bradshaw is the founder and director of The Cygnet School, and teaches the Upper Primary class. She holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of South Florida (2015). She also earned her Master of Arts from the University of South Florida (2006) in Special Education with specialized coursework for Autism Spectrum Disorders. She earned her undergraduate degree (2003) in Preschool/Primary, Elementary, and Special Education at Florida Southern College. Dr. Bradshaw has served in multiple roles in the field of education, including preschool and elementary teacher, early interventionist, and college instructor. 

Shannon Eisenberg

School Office Manager

Shannon has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Polk State College. She keeps the school organized and running smoothly. Shannon keeps track of student files and tuition, and handles scheduling tours for prospective families.

Susan Leopold

Lower Primary Instructor

Susan graduated from the University of South Florida in 1992 with a BS in Elementary Education (K-6). She is also a graduate of the Suncoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program. Susan has more than 20 years of experience in teaching at private schools, traditional schools, and as a home schooling mother with five children of her own. 

Carolina Villavicenio

Lower Primary Assistant

Carolína graduated from George Jenkins High School and has worked with young children for the past decade in several different capacities. She is knowledgeable of developmentally appropriate practices and enjoys guiding our youngest students through both structured and play-based activities to acquire reading and math skills. She is also a native Spanish speaker.

Sara Jones

Academic Assistant and Art Instructor

Sara is a local artist who was home educated through middle school before attending traditional secondary school. She assists in the Upper Primary and Middle Grades academic classes. Sara and her work have been featured in several publications and she has been an invited artist at many events, including Lakeland's very own Art Crawl. Sara enjoys helping students tap into their artistic talent and introducing them to various media and techniques to broaden their knowledge.

Kevin Peoples

Middle Grades Instructor

Kevin graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. He taught in the public school system for 13 years before deciding that he would rather teach children in creative and interesting ways. Kevin enjoys teaching through games and encouraging children to read and write for enjoyment. 

"Farmer Alex" Ruesing

Electives Instructor

Farmer Alex is the father of four Cygnet students and the proprietor of Lifegarden Farm, which grows many types of produce and specializes in all kinds of peppers. He teaches our students about gardening, where they learn to grow and harvest many edible plants, along with the ins and outs of vermiculture and composting. 

NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Cygnet admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. ©2019 by The Cygnet School.