Past Members

Kathryn Davis

Kat is a graduate of the BS/MS Special Education Teaching program at FSU and a RBT. She joined the GCA team as a graduate assistant to Dr. Root in hopes of furthering her experience with educational research. During her time with the lab, Kat was involved in several single-case studies, including using augmented reality to support math and social skill development as well as a systematic replication to teach middle school students how to solve discount problems. Kathryn is originally from Tampa, Florida. She currently teaches high school special education at Hough High School outside of Charlotte, NC.

Sarah Gonzalez

Sarah is a graduate of the BS/MS Special Education Teaching program at FSU. Sarah joined the GCA lab as a sophomore through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at FSU. She then went on to major in special education and continued to work with the lab as a graduate research assistant on projects related to using augmented reality to teach math and social problem solving. Sarah is from San Antonio, Texas and returned there after her graduation to teach elementary special education at Clear Spring Elementary.

Grace Holley

Grace was a lab member during her junior and senior years at Florida State. She became involved in special education research as a sophomore during the 2017-2018 academic year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at FSU. This program gave her the opportunity to assist Dr. Root with her research on UDL , which helped grow her grow in her knowledge of special education and sparked her interest to add it on as one of her majors. Grace is currently a masters student in special education at FSU.

Dr. Nanette Hammons

Dr. Nanette Hammons was a doctoral student in Special Education at Florida State University (FSU) during her time with the GCA lab and was supported by ASD-STEM, an OSEP leadership grant. Dr. Hammons is a 3 times alumna of FSU, earning her BS, MS, and PhD in Special Education. Prior to returning to FSU to work on her PhD she accumulated 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher in special education (K-12), general education (K-5), and adult education. Additionally she has experience in educational consulting for various early childhood programs across the state of Florida. Presently, she is an adjunct instructor for the special education teaching program and online curriculum and instruction program.

Kiersten Goetz

Kiersten worked for the GCA Lab as a junior at Florida State University during the 2018-2019 academic year. Her major is Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Family and Child Sciences. She originally became involved in the GCA lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) as a sophomore with Sarah Cox and is continuing with her projects as a volunteer. She is interested in pursuing a career as a Speech Pathologist with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders.

Kayley Ayzenshtat

Kaley was a lab member during her freshman year at Florida State University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. She became involved in the GCA lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and worked with Sarah Cox in her research on improving mathematical practices for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Kaley is passionate about working with children, and in her free time she also enjoys helping teach English to local children from recently immigrated or refugee families.

Ambady Kozhiparambil Gopi

Ambady K. G., was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from India in the School of Teacher Education at FSU during the 2018-2019 academic year. He is a doctoral candidate in Special Education under the supervision of Professor P. S. Sukumaran in the School of Behavioural Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Through the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship, Ambady examined the ongoing strategies used by teachers in differentiating curricula for students with intellectual disabilities in their classrooms. This research will enhance the preparation of functional curricula for students with intellectual disabilities in an inclusive education system in India


Nicky Bellonzi

Nicky worked for the GCA Lab during her Sophomore year at Florida State University during the 2018-2019 academic year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She is in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) B.S. Degree Program with the goal of attending Medical School She is interested in studying pediatrics with an emphasis on children with disabilities. She spends free time volunteering with children in the rural Tallahassee community. Nicky has volunteered in half a dozen childhood assistance programs throughout Central Florida.

Victoria Rivera

Victoria Rivera worked for the GAC Lab her freshman year at Florida State University during the 2018-2019 academic year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She majored in Social Work with a minor in Spanish. Victoria plans on working with children in the foster system and hopes to go into law as a Child Advocate.

Lindsey Charles

Lensey Charles was involved with the GCA Lab as a Freshman during the 2018-2019 academic year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) as a first generation college student attending Florida State University. She majored in Media Communication Studies and Business Marketing with a minor in Psychology. Lensey is from Miami, Florida and plans to attend law school after completing her education at FSU.

Dr. Bonnie Henning

Dr. Bonnie Henning worked with the GCA lab from 2016-2018 when she was a doctoral student at Florida State University, funded by the OSEP ASD-STEM leadership grant. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education at University of St. Thomas in Minnessota. While with the GCA Lab, she contributed to several single-case design studies to teach early numeracy and math problem solving to students with autism. Her research currently focuses on supporting early number sense skills of students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Tom Ayzenshtat

Tom was a lab member during his sophomore year at FSU during the 2017-2018 academic year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. He contributed to several projects during his time with the GCA Lab, including filming and editing video anchors to be used in single-case studies on using UDL and MSBI.

Cara Steinberg

Cara was a lab member during her sophomore year at FSU through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. She assisted with a single-case study to teach early number sense to Kindergarten students with autism. She also assisted with IOA for Dr. Henning’s dissertation on using number talks with preschool students with autism. Cara was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Humanitarian of the year Award for the College of Human Sciences. Check out this video of Cara talking about how being involved in research with the GCA lab shaped her experience at Florida State! Cara graduated from FSU in spring of 2020 with a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences and is currently in graduate school at the University of Florida for Occupational Therapy.


Stephanie Gonzalez

Stephanie was a lab member during her graduate studies at FSU as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Root. She assisted with developing materials and implementing several interventions to teach math to students with autism in single-case studies, including teaching data-analysis and early numeracy. She is currently a special education teacher at Santa Clara elementary in Miami.