Pamela Holz
Co-Founder

Pamela Holz

Welcome to Puzzle Box Academy!

 Selecting the right school and environment for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent must make. Your decision will profoundly influence your child for years to come. Puzzle Box Academy is a private school serving children (currently prek-K through 12th Grade) impacted by Autism and other developmental delays such as ADD/ADHD. The Academy offers customized comprehensive educational, therapeutic and academic plans, integrating proven research-based therapeutic strategies into every learning task.

 Our academic programs are student-centered with a special emphasis on building strong foundations, engaging students in the learning process, providing avenues of creativity and development through small teacher/student ratios (5:1). Hands-on, minds-on activities bring students to high levels of thinking and application. Puzzle Box Academy is unique from the public-school settings because it offers year-round school, and additional therapies (such as: occupational, language, art, behavior, social cognition, daily living practice, and peer buddies). There is no model like Puzzle Box in the state of Florida. We believe in the development of a well-rounded student. Our program provides opportunities for students to build skills beginning in pre-k and continuing through 12th grade.

 Puzzle Box Academy believes that all students affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders can reach their fullest potential through an education based, in both a structural and playful environment. Each child's particular strengths and challenges are constantly assessed to direct the child's teachers in selecting best practice teaching methods for each individual child. Moreover, Puzzle Box Academy maintains that all students learn with greater ease when their natural interests and affinities are honored throughout the school day. We have an incredible staff and an amazing student body. Our teachers and parents value education and support the school with their time and talents.

 Our mission is to convey the warmth and enthusiasm of our dynamic community of students, teachers, staff, and parents in a learning environment that we, Puzzle Box Academy, are proud to offer.

 Sincerely,

 Pamela Holz, Co-Founder

Stephanie Furr
Director of Operations

Stephanie Furr

Stephanie Furr is a zealous business professional and a well-versed program manager who shares an incredible passion for the art of serving the business world. Based in Melbourne, FL, Stephanie Furr holds Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  In addition, she encompasses 20+ years’ experience in the field of business management. Motivated and inspired by the drive to contribute to the cultivation & growth of the prosperous business community, Stephanie Furr excels in the niche of Budget Management, Business Development, Profit Maximization, Strategic Planning/Analysis, and Process Improvements.

 Stephanie Furr embarked on her professional career back in the year 1996 and has had the honor of serving several esteemed business organizations & firms prior to her employment with Kaleidoscope Interventions, such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, DigitalNet, Department of Homeland Security. Presently, she serves as the Director of Operation at Kaleidoscope Interventions oversees the company’s operations and administration. As a professional, she aims to grow continually & strives to nurture the progressive business growth of a company through the aid of her extensive experience & business insight. Stephanie Furr loves being a part of Kaleidoscope Interventions family and is enthused by the idea of cultivating the constructive growth of children in today’s academic and social world.

 As a business manager, Stephanie Furr has relished a long & successful career and had acquired a great deal of acclamation & recognition from the diversified business community. She had been awarded numerous certificates of appreciation and had won multiple Lockheed Martin INS Stars Lightening Awards and BAE Systems Silver and Bronze Awards. In the years, 2002 through 2014, Stephanie had also received esteemed DHS Awards from the Deputy Director and Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security on six separate occasions.

 Stephanie Furr’s life outside of work revolves around her two wonderful children and she greatly cherishes spending time with her family. She aims to serve as a role model for her children and helps them nurture the skills & attributes needed to succeed in today’s world. Stephanie Furr’s family is her biggest source of inspiration.

Tricia Frame
Director of Academic Services - Puzzle Box Academy

Tricia Frame

Dr. Tricia Frame has been an educator for 19 years and holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum from Argosy University, a Master's in Education in Educational Leadership and a Bacheor's of Arts in Organizational Management and Psychology.

Dr. Frame started in education at the Devereux Foundation as a teacher and administrator serving children with developmental disabilities and those having severe emotional disorders. For the past 14 years, she has worked for Brevard Public Schools as a guidance counselor, teacher trainer, coordinator for Instructional and Behavioral Services, and most recently as the Director of Student Services for FDLRS and Pre-K ESE Services.

Dr. Frame brings with her many years of collaboration, strategic leadership, curriculum management, and experience in creating and conducting professional development to the Puzzle Box family.

Kelly Leonhard
Director of Operations

Dr. Kelly Leonhard has been providing services to children in education and mental health services her whole career and holds a Doctorate in General Psychology from Capella University, a Master’s of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education (double majors: Psychology and English) from Central Michigan University.

Prior to joining Kaleidoscope Interventions / Puzzle Box Academy, Dr. Leonhard spent seven years as the Children’s Services Program Manager for a non-profit behavioral health center in Central Florida, supervising five programs that provided intervention, prevention and residential services to youth.  In addition to the Program Manager role, Dr. Leonhard was the Behavioral Health Disaster Coordinator during declared emergencies in Judicial Circuit 5 and served as the chairperson of the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board for Circuit 5.  At other points in her career, Dr. Leonhard was the administrator for a private charter school specializing in the education and treatment of youth with behavioral health disorders, and spent time providing direct therapy to adolescents struggling with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Dr. Leonhard brings flexible and compassionate leadership, a passion for excellence and endless enthusiasm for ongoing learning to the Puzzle Box family.

Craig DeVincenzo
Program Director of Clinical Services

Craig DeVincenzo

Chana Gehrman
Clinical Program Director – OBM Specialist

Chana Gehrman

Toby Gruntkosy
Senior Accountant

Toby Gruntkosy

    Toby Gruntkosky joined Kaleidoscope Interventions on June 4, 2018, as the new Senior Accountant, following 12 years of experience in both public and private accounting. His career began with 4 years at the international Big 4 firm of Ernst & Young, where he audited multiple publicly traded companies. He then moved on to two other large national CPA firms before working for two of the largest corporations in Florida as an internal auditor.

    Mr. Gruntkosky obtained his Bachelor’s in Accounting and his Master’s in Accounting and Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.  He is a licensed CPA in the state of New Hampshire and a member in good standing with the AICPA and FICPA.

    Mr. Gruntkosky is originally from the suburbs of Boston, MA and moved to Florida in 2010, first settling in Tampa and Jacksonville before moving to the Melbourne area in 2014.  After a brief stint in Fort Lauderdale, he is excited to be back in Melbourne, where he enjoys spending time at the beaches and golf courses of Brevard County.

Evelyn Ziccardi
Principal - Puzzle Box Academy of Palm Bay

Evelyn Ziccardi

I am the principal at Puzzle Box Academy.  Since starting with the company, May 5, 2018, I have learned a great deal about the resources and opportunities for families that have students with special needs.  After working in the public- school system for 19 years, I was thrilled to see there were other opportunities for families to receive the additional help and resources  needed to meet their child’s individual needs.  I absolutely love what we do here at Puzzle Box Academy. Since we have resources for both their academic and therapeutic needs, we are truly able to help the whole child be the best they can be.

 

I started out as a exceptional student education teacher when I graduated from UCF in 1996.  I worked with students with specific learning disabilities for 6 years and then moved to a traditional classroom.  In the traditional classroom, I worked with students who were receiving ESE services as well as general education students.  I’ve taught all grade levels.  After 9 years in the classroom, I went back to school to earn a specialist’s degree in educational leadership.  After that, I was a literacy coach, Title 1 coordinator and coordinator for magnet schools and finally a school assistant principal for 8 years. 

 

Even though I sound as southern as they come, I am a native Floridian born in Brevard County.  When I was 5, my family moved to Mississippi where my mother was from.  When I was a senior in high school, my dad’s job brought him back to Florida and I moved with my parents to Palm Bay, Florida.  I’ve been here ever since.  I have two children, a daughter, Hannah who is in the Navy and a son, Zachary, who is attending University of Central Florida.  My husband is retired from Brevard County Sheriff’s Department and now works as a computer forensics analyst with the postal service.  My husband and I live in Viera with Zachary and our two Miniature Schnauzers, Pepper and Lulu.    

Sarah Stocky
Assistant Principal - Puzzle Box Academy of Palm Bay

Sarah Stocky

Please meet our Assistant Principal, Sarah Stocky! She has been educating children in Brevard County for over 13 years! As a teacher, she has worked in many capacities within the education field. These include Early Childhood and Exceptional Education within an inclusion model and self-contained setting. In addition, she has served in the role of Curriculum Specialist, Manager of Operations, and most recently as an Exceptional Education Support Specialist focusing on classroom programming, teacher training, and compliance.

Sarah attended the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. Later, she worked to obtain her Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Curriculum Design and Instruction with a focus in Special Education. Her career mission is to find and unlock the potential in every child, no matter the barrier. To do this, she is focused on assisting families with understanding their educational options, embracing the journey that their son/daughter is on, and individualizing the pathway for every child to reach goals that some may view as too difficult, or even impossible. As a team, she believes we can accomplish wonderful things!

"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal!”

- Anonymous

Valerie Forte
Coach - Morningside Model of Generative Instruction - Puzzle Box Academy of Palm Bay

Valerie Forte