Kelly Eppler My name is Kelly Eppler, and I am the Assistant Director at Illuminate Academy. I am a registered and licensed occupational therapist with over 13 years of experience working with children with autism and other special needs. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from MTSU and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from TSU. I have received formal training in sensory-based feeding therapy, Hippotherapy, and SCERTS. I also have completed a Level I Mentorship experience through the STAR institute in DEnver, CO, the leading center for treatment, research and education for Sensory Processing Disorder. I have worked in many different settings with many different frames of reference and approaches, but nothing has sparked my passion and purpose as much as the community of families and staff at Illuminate.  I want to continue being an advocate for building relationships and developing strong emotional regulation and social-communication skills within the autism and special learner communities.  I look forward to being a part of the continued growth both at Illuminate and the Nashville area.

Kelly Eppler

My name is Kelly Eppler, and I am the Assistant Director at Illuminate Academy. I am a registered and licensed occupational therapist with over 13 years of experience working with children with autism and other special needs. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from MTSU and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from TSU. I have received formal training in sensory-based feeding therapy, Hippotherapy, and SCERTS. I also have completed a Level I Mentorship experience through the STAR institute in DEnver, CO, the leading center for treatment, research and education for Sensory Processing Disorder.

I have worked in many different settings with many different frames of reference and approaches, but nothing has sparked my passion and purpose as much as the community of families and staff at Illuminate.  I want to continue being an advocate for building relationships and developing strong emotional regulation and social-communication skills within the autism and special learner communities.  I look forward to being a part of the continued growth both at Illuminate and the Nashville area.

 
Kyle Lovell My name is Kyle Lovell, and I'm so glad to be at IlluminateAcademy as a teacher in the Ascend Program. I grew up in the small town of Greenville, Kentucky. I attended the University of Tennessee, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 2004, I moved to the big city of Nashville and attended Nashville School of Law until graduating in 2007. During law school, I worked as a substitute teacher and found my passion for teaching. I have now been teaching for five years and am attending Tennessee State University to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, swimming, traveling, watching football, and spending time with family.

Kyle Lovell

My name is Kyle Lovell, and I'm so glad to be at IlluminateAcademy as a teacher in the Ascend Program. I grew up in the small town of Greenville, Kentucky. I attended the University of Tennessee, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 2004, I moved to the big city of Nashville and attended Nashville School of Law until graduating in 2007. During law school, I worked as a substitute teacher and found my passion for teaching. I have now been teaching for five years and am attending Tennessee State University to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, swimming, traveling, watching football, and spending time with family.

 
Scott Solomon, M.A. Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together." Scott utilizes this philosophy in his work as a music therapist. He passionately uses music as a therapeutic tool to foster holistic growth and positive change. Scott works mostly with younger populations and has 15+ years of experience with special needs children. As a music therapist he seeks to provide a safe space for clients to creatively express themselves within a structured framework. Scott has been practicing for 4 years and is thrilled to be working in a school setting again. Scott studied human behavior and music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. He also studied music psychotherapy at New York University. Scott is originally from Goodlettsville and loves teaching people to juggle. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his girlfriend Emily and their dog Memphis.

Scott Solomon, M.A.

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together." Scott utilizes this philosophy in his work as a music therapist. He passionately uses music as a therapeutic tool to foster holistic growth and positive change. Scott works mostly with younger populations and has 15+ years of experience with special needs children. As a music therapist he seeks to provide a safe space for clients to creatively express themselves within a structured framework. Scott has been practicing for 4 years and is thrilled to be working in a school setting again.

Scott studied human behavior and music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. He also studied music psychotherapy at New York University. Scott is originally from Goodlettsville and loves teaching people to juggle. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his girlfriend Emily and their dog Memphis.

Kayla Burgess Kayla is a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL with an Associates in Science. While she has a degree in Science she is very passionate about children. She has worked along side children of all ages for 13 years. She began her journey at Illuminate a year ago as a 1:1 support staff, and quickly fell in love with her job. She finds so much joy in helping each child grow and blossom in their own ways. Kayla is so excited for another great year at Illuminate.

Kayla Burgess

Kayla is a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL with an Associates in Science. While she has a degree in Science she is very passionate about children. She has worked along side children of all ages for 13 years. She began her journey at Illuminate a year ago as a 1:1 support staff, and quickly fell in love with her job. She finds so much joy in helping each child grow and blossom in their own ways. Kayla is so excited for another great year at Illuminate.

 
Meghan Farrell Meghan was born in Birmingham, AL, but moved to Nashville 5 years ago to study music and journalism. She has loved being part of the Illuminate family for nearly 2 years now, and hopes to continue her work with the Autism community in the future.

Meghan Farrell

Meghan was born in Birmingham, AL, but moved to Nashville 5 years ago to study music and journalism. She has loved being part of the Illuminate family for nearly 2 years now, and hopes to continue her work with the Autism community in the future.


Jess Haedge Hello! My name is Jessica Haedge, and I have played many roles in my 16 years with children on the Autism Spectrum, including: Behavioral Therapist, Senior Behavior Therapist, Clinical Director, and Classroom Instructor. I’m thrilled to be able to bring all of the skills that I’ve learned throughout the years to my role here at Illuminate Academy as the Resource Coordinator. In 2001, while working on my undergraduate degree in Psychology at York College in Nebraska, I was hired by the Lovaas Institute and went through rigorous training in Applied Behavior Analysis and intense Early Intervention. From there, I knew that working with children with Autism was the career path that I wanted to pursue. After graduation, I moved to my home state of Minnesota where the Midwest Branch of the Lovaas Institute is located and continued my training. Since then, I have worked in clinic, home, and school, settings with children of all ages and all over the spectrum. I have found so much passion in my time at Illuminate, and watching the children and that we serve here grow truly brings so much happiness into my life

Jess Haedge

Hello! My name is Jessica Haedge, and I have played many roles in my 16 years with children on the Autism Spectrum, including: Behavioral Therapist, Senior Behavior Therapist, Clinical Director, and Classroom Instructor. I’m thrilled to be able to bring all of the skills that I’ve learned throughout the years to my role here at Illuminate Academy as the Resource Coordinator.

In 2001, while working on my undergraduate degree in Psychology at York College in Nebraska, I was hired by the Lovaas Institute and went through rigorous training in Applied Behavior Analysis and intense Early Intervention. From there, I knew that working with children with Autism was the career path that I wanted to pursue. After graduation, I moved to my home state of Minnesota where the Midwest Branch of the Lovaas Institute is located and continued my training. Since then, I have worked in clinic, home, and school, settings with children of all ages and all over the spectrum.

I have found so much passion in my time at Illuminate, and watching the children and that we serve here grow truly brings so much happiness into my life

 
Jessica Busby-McDonald My name is Jess McDonald, and this is my second year teaching the Little Lights class at Illuminate Academy! I am an art therapist with experience in early childhood development! I live in OldHickory with my husband and 2 kids (3 and 4yo). I love to create art, cook, and play outside! I am super excited about the2017/2018 school year!

Jessica Busby-McDonald

My name is Jess McDonald, and this is my second year teaching the Little Lights class at Illuminate Academy! I am an art therapist with experience in early childhood development! I live in OldHickory with my husband and 2 kids (3 and 4yo). I love to create art, cook, and play outside! I am super excited about the2017/2018 school year!

 
 
Lindsay Herndon My name is Lindsay Herndon, and I was born in Corpus Christi, TX.I spent most of my childhood in an area south of Denver, andgraduated from the University of Colorado Boulder. Though I have lived in many states and traveled all over the world, I now considerNashville my home. I have been working with children for most of my life in various capacities, and I discovered my love for teaching while still in high school while mentoring and tutoring other students. After moving to Nashville, I began working with children in the Autism community and realized this was my true passion. Soon after, I was introduced to Illuminate Academy and can't imagine working anywhere else! and I look forward to an amazing year!

Lindsay Herndon

My name is Lindsay Herndon, and I was born in Corpus Christi, TX.I spent most of my childhood in an area south of Denver, andgraduated from the University of Colorado Boulder. Though I have lived in many states and traveled all over the world, I now considerNashville my home.

I have been working with children for most of my life in various capacities, and I discovered my love for teaching while still in high school while mentoring and tutoring other students. After moving to Nashville, I began working with children in the Autism community and realized this was my true passion. Soon after, I was introduced to Illuminate Academy and can't imagine working anywhere else! and I look forward to an amazing year!

Sherri Greer I hail from the suburban Atlanta town of Kennesaw, GA. Music became a part of my life in kindergarten with piano lessons, then other instruments until I went to school for classical music at Belmont University. I later returned because I knew I wanted to help people and I loved music. Could there be a job that would combine the two? So luckily a program for Music Therapy had just started at Belmont. After completing the program and taking (and passing) my certification exam One of the professors told me about Illuminate and I wanted to know more. When I visited and talked to some of the staff, the idea that kept coming up was "hope". Hope for families with kids with autism. Hope for meaningful interactions. Hope for progress. I wanted to be a part of giving hope to these kids and their families - so now, here I am.

Sherri Greer

I hail from the suburban Atlanta town of Kennesaw, GA. Music became a part of my life in kindergarten with piano lessons, then other instruments until I went to school for classical music at Belmont University. I later returned because I knew I wanted to help people and I loved music. Could there be a job that would combine the two? So luckily a program for Music Therapy had just started at Belmont. After completing the program and taking (and passing) my certification exam One of the professors told me about Illuminate and I wanted to know more. When I visited and talked to some of the staff, the idea that kept coming up was "hope". Hope for families with kids with autism. Hope for meaningful interactions. Hope for progress. I wanted to be a part of giving hope to these kids and their families - so now, here I am.

 
 
Erica Gittens I was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago. I completed my Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University in Rehabilitation Services. While in school I found my passion for working with people with disabilities. I worked for a special recreation association doing day out programs and Special Olympics. Recently I have been working in the preschool setting with toddlers, while working on completing a second bachelors degree in special education. Outside of work I spend time with my family, painting, and binge watching Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones.

Erica Gittens

I was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago. I completed my Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University in Rehabilitation Services. While in school I found my passion for working with people with disabilities. I worked for a special recreation association doing day out programs and Special Olympics. Recently I have been working in the preschool setting with toddlers, while working on completing a second bachelors degree in special education. Outside of work I spend time with my family, painting, and binge watching Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones.

Crockett Goode You can call me Crockett, Crock, or Rocket.  Born and raised in a small town in West Tn, I moved to the big city in 2005. I have been at Illuminate Academy almost since the beginning. The autism field  has been my home for almost 8 years and have never looked back.  I am the operations coordinator now.  It is a safe to say if you have any questions regarding illuminate just ask me!

Crockett Goode

You can call me Crockett, Crock, or Rocket.  Born and raised in a small town in West Tn, I moved to the big city in 2005. I have been at Illuminate Academy almost since the beginning. The autism field  has been my home for almost 8 years and have never looked back.  I am the operations coordinator now.  It is a safe to say if you have any questions regarding illuminate just ask me!

 
Stephanie Miceli Ms. Stephanie has been with Illuminate Academy since October 2017. She earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. For over twelve years, she has had the opportunity to work with children in camps and schools. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading a good book, and traveling to Kentucky to spend time with family.

Stephanie Miceli

Ms. Stephanie has been with Illuminate Academy since October 2017. She earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. For over twelve years, she has had the opportunity to work with children in camps and schools. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading a good book, and traveling to Kentucky to spend time with family.

 
Alex Plasket I hail from the suburban Atlanta town of Kennesaw, GA. Music became a part of my life in kindergarten with piano lessons, then other instruments until I went to school for classical music at Belmont University. I later returned because I knew I wanted to help people and I loved music. Could there be a job that would combine the two? So luckily a program for Music Therapy had just started at Belmont. After completing the program and taking (and passing) my certification exam One of the professors told me about Illuminate and I wanted to know more. When I visited and talked to some of the staff, the idea that kept coming up was "hope". Hope for families with kids with autism. Hope for meaningful interactions. Hope for progress. I wanted to be a part of giving hope to these kids and their families - so now, here I am.

Alex Plasket

I hail from the suburban Atlanta town of Kennesaw, GA. Music became a part of my life in kindergarten with piano lessons, then other instruments until I went to school for classical music at Belmont University. I later returned because I knew I wanted to help people and I loved music. Could there be a job that would combine the two? So luckily a program for Music Therapy had just started at Belmont. After completing the program and taking (and passing) my certification exam One of the professors told me about Illuminate and I wanted to know more. When I visited and talked to some of the staff, the idea that kept coming up was "hope". Hope for families with kids with autism. Hope for meaningful interactions. Hope for progress. I wanted to be a part of giving hope to these kids and their families - so now, here I am.

Adrienne Fleming I am originally from a small town outside of Memphis, TN called Eads, TN but have lived in Nashville for 15 years. I attended Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women and graduated from MUW with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science in 2002. In 2004, I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University and joined the preschool language and speech-language diagnostic teams at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 15 years. We have four beautiful children, ages 7-11, and they mean the world to us!  Three of our children have diagnosed special needs, including autism, apraxia, ADHD, anxiety disorder, visual impairment, sensory processing disorder, and cerebral palsy.  I am thrilled to become a part of Illuminate Academy and look forward to building relationships with my students and their families and the Illuminate staff. I will strive daily to help each child I teach reach their fullest potential in every way!

Adrienne Fleming

I am originally from a small town outside of Memphis, TN called Eads, TN but have lived in Nashville for 15 years. I attended Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women and graduated from MUW with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science in 2002. In 2004, I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University and joined the preschool language and speech-language diagnostic teams at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.

My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 15 years. We have four beautiful children, ages 7-11, and they mean the world to us!  Three of our children have diagnosed special needs, including autism, apraxia, ADHD, anxiety disorder, visual impairment, sensory processing disorder, and cerebral palsy.  I am thrilled to become a part of Illuminate Academy and look forward to building relationships with my students and their families and the Illuminate staff. I will strive daily to help each child I teach reach their fullest potential in every way!