Don Herndon, Business Development Director
Don Herndon is the Director of Business at Easter Seals Southwest Florida. He has resided in Sarasota for the past 25+ years. Mr. Herndon graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Political Science.
He completed his teacher certification through a program sponsored by the School Board of Manatee County called Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE). He is currently certified to teach Exceptional Student Education Grades K-12 and Elementary Education Grades K-6.
Mr. Herndon came to Easter Seals Southwest Florida as a teacher’s aide in the VIP Academy Program. He soon moved on to be a teacher’s assistant and following some staff turnover was made teacher of the VIP Academy based on a temporary teacher’s certification issued to him through the State of Florida. During his first year as teacher, Mr. Herndon completed all the requirements of the ACE program including his certification in elementary education which elevates him to the status of “highly qualified” according to the School Board of Manatee County.
Prior to coming to Easter Seals, Don worked as a Production Supervisor and later an Employment Specialist for Ridge Area ARC in Avon Park, Florida. He later accepted a position as Supervisor of the Sarasota County Office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation where he worked for 11 years. His experience at the Division and Ridge Area ARC has proved to be invaluable in his work here at Easter Seals Southwest Florida. Mr. Herndon enjoys giving his students an opportunity to learn real-life skills in the real world which assists them in becoming successful, independent adults. Mr. Herndon can be reached phone at 941-355-7637, ext. 425.