Deaf Elementary School

Doing More

Congratulations to 4th Grade teacher Yvonne Samuels, the Deaf Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year!


DES Office

PH: 904-827-2520

VP: 904-201-4505

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


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Vaill Hall (Dorm)

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Distance Learning

Students will have access to teacher-developed, grade, course and school-specific instructional materials through distance instruction provided virtually, online or telephonically. It is our intention for all students to be engaged and have access to meaningful educational opportunities even under difficult circumstances.


assistant principal

heidi jordan

Dr. Heidi L. Jordan began her career as a classroom teacher and taught both preschool and kindergarten at FSDB. She later became the Individual Education Plan (IEP) Coordinator for the FSDB Deaf Elementary and Middle Schools. In this role, she supported families and coached teachers. In her current role as Assistant Principal for the FSDB Deaf Elementary School, she oversees academic education for deaf and hard of hearing students. Dr. Jordan received a National Teacher Award from the Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education and was named FSDB Deaf Elementary School Teacher of the Year during her time as a kindergarten educator.

Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Walden University
Master of Education, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida
Master of Arts, Early Childhood Deaf Education, Gallaudet University
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education/Deaf Education, Flagler College

We believe in supporting the whole child in a nurturing and supportive environment. As a school of excellence, we define student growth to include students with academic talent as well as empathy, compassion, and kindness.

DES teachers

Judy Bagg


Jessica Kaspar

2nd Grade

Dani Mitchell

3rd Grade

Rebekah Snead

5th Grade

Lauren Rivera


Lauren Alex Chase

3rd Grade

Yvonne Samuels

4th Grade

Gina Gilmore

1st Grade

Michelle Cosgrove

3rd Grade

Jenny Shellhorn

4th Grade

Marissa Harrer

1st Grade

Aimee Graham

3rd Grade

Theresa Colbert

5th Grade

DES Specialists & Support Personnel

JuneAnn LeFors

ASL Specialist

Rhonda McCahill


Marla Hilliard

Learning Lab K-2/3

Carey Roberts

Resource Teacher

Sharon Griffiths

Speech Teacher

Hope Salamunovich

Administrative Assistant

Teresa Smith

Educational Diagnostician

Billie Jo Mayo

Math Specialist

Jeannine Lawrence

Social Worker

Amy Bassett


Susan Lucas

IEP Coordinator

Dan Binder


Rosemary Brigham

Speech Language Pathologist

Marilyn Miller

Behavior Specialist

Russ Koenig

Learning Lab 3/4-5

Cally Traetto

Reading Specialist

Donna Huffstetler

Speech Language Pathologist

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General Information

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VP: 904-245-1022

Outreach Department

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Parent Services

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Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


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Campus Police

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