CDS is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members.
Carrollwood Day School is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members and announce several position changes. Benjamin Pickerall has joined the third grade team and Jason Ault is the new 7th grade Design Technology teacher. Mr. Pickerall and Mr. Ault both spent time with their new classes in December and we are excited to officially welcome them to CDS. One additional teaching change began with the new semester. Simone Ferdinand is now teaching chemistry in the upper school. Caroline Broyles will take over as chair of the MS Design Tech Department and Nicole Auman will serve as the 7th grade lead teacher.
Benjamin Pickerall has a B.S. from Florida State University and a Master of Education degree in elementary education from Marymount University. He began his teaching career as a lead teacher in private schools in Alexandria, VA and New York City. A Florida-native, he is excited to return home and become part of the CDS community. Trained in Singapore Math, Mr. Pickerall strives to provide a hands-on and individualized educational experience that keeps all students enthusiastic about learning and focused on reaching their full potential.
Jason Ault has had an interesting path to education. After earning a B.S. in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2004, he moved to Florida with his wife Ellen to begin looking for work. His career path went from Blockbuster, baby photography, video production for educational science materials, arcade and video game design, and then creating animations for military point to point communications mast systems, all the while doing freelance work for 3dSystems and FX Animation. After starting a family he wanted to pursue a path his wife took, education. With a newborn at home he completed his Masters degree at SCAD in Interactive Development and Game Design. He was hired in 2012 by the Art Institute of Tampa as their sole Game Design instructor. For the past five years he has been at Jesuit High School teaching Computer Science, Animation, and Game Design. During his time at Jesuit he moderated Robotics Club, and an eSports Club.
Simone Ferdinand earned her B.A. in Engineering Sciences (magna cum laude) at Dartmouth College. She continued her studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. In 2011, after a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry where she worked to develop two FDA approved drugs (one for Hepatitis C and the other for Cystic Fibrosis), she decided to pursue a career in teaching. Simone has been teaching design technology in the middle school at CDS since 2015 and also served as chair of the MS Design Tech department and 7th grade lead teacher.