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A Step Up Academy is a private, non-profit, coeducational and non-sectarian school for children with autism. A Step Up Academy provides special education for preschool and kindergarten through eighth grade.

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P: 215-885-1075          
​F: 215-885-1076


Jenkintown Campus (Preschool-2nd)
520 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046

The Annex Campus (3rd-8th)

2450 Hamilton Avenue
​Abington, PA 19001

© 2019 by A Step Up Academy

Our Team

ASUA takes pride in cultivating a highly skilled, experienced, and caring staff.  Comprised of dedicated teachers, instructional assistants, related service providers, administrative assistants, business operations professionals, and administration, the ASUA staff is highly diverse and brings their knowledge and skill to ASUA to help support our mission, vision, and continue our unique task of building of inclusive communities.

Jamie Jenkins, M.Ed.

Head of School

Kaytria Stauffer, SHRM-CP

Director of Business Operations

Marybeth Harmer, M.Ed., BCBA

Director of Educational Programming

Jillian Winn, M.Ed., BCBA

Director of Clinical Programming

Trish Corvo

Director of Development and Advancement

Traci Harmer

Receptionist, Jenkintown

Ev Smith

Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, The Annex

Andrew Sage

Technical Support

Dennis McNulty


Tricia Timbers, M.Ed.

Program Support Specialist

Lisa Wallace-Larkin

Special Program Coordinator

Emily Stefankiewicz, M.Ed.

Assistant to the Director of Educational Programming

Crystal Ricci, M.Ed., LBS

Behavior Specialist

Eleana Paredes, BA, RBT

Behavior Specialist

Kimberly Bollard, B.S. SpEd

Lead Teacher

Kaitlyn Getzinger, M.Ed., ASD Cert.

Lead Teacher

Ryan Carrig, M.S.

Lead Teacher

Timothy Kurpiel, B.S.Ed.

Lead Teacher

Nicole Minerva, M.Ed., LBS

Lead Teacher

Katie Nicolaides, B.S.

Lead Teacher

Amanda Riesenberg

Lead Teacher

Rose Capitano, B.A., SpEd Cert.

Assistant Teacher

Alison Cochran

Assistant Teacher

Meghan Kellum

Assistant Teacher

Taylor Stewart, B.S.Ed.Studies

Assistant Teacher

Samuel Morris

Lead Instructional Assistant

Alexis Mitchell

Lead Instructional Assistant

Jackie Brownell

Instructional Assistant

Ranika Cheeves

Instructional Assistant

Emily Gramlich

Instructional Assistant

Sasha Cusick

Instructional Assistant

Chauncie Harvey

Instructional Assistant

Cassie Koch

Instructional Assistant & Speech and Language Assistant

Tara Misher

Instructional Assistant

Brendan Schluth

Instructional Assistant & Music Therapist