EXECUTIVE TEAM


Meet the dedicated, innovative, and student-driven administrative team that ensures every child is treated with dignity at the Autism Academy. Our executive team serves a vital role in advancing our vision, mission, and philosophy. This hardworking, dependable, and passionate group of leaders work together to meet the ongoing needs of schools for Autism in Arizona.

Our executive team has worked hands-on with children with autism. They have acknowledged the limited resources provided to such students, and labored sacrificially to bridge educational gaps. By incorporating unique teaching techniques with a passion for quality education, the team has advanced a new narrative for educating children with Autism. Together, our executive team has launched three Arizona campuses located in Gilbert, Tempe, and Peoria.

The executive team understands that every principal, teacher, and staff member are important pieces of the puzzle. Other critical components include pieces like supportive parents and guardians, academic curriculum, transition models, and so much more. The executive team navigates the puzzle in effort to provide the highest quality of education. If you want your child with autism in a safe and productive learning environment, contact the Autism Academy – enrollment limited to available seating, call today to learn more.

Shannon Mitchell

Director

Jenny Durant

Director

Graham Newcomb

Director

Kalona Newcomb

Director


DISTRICT TEAM


We think each student needs an individual technique to help him/her excel. Our teachers are just as unique and well rounded. Despite the difficulties of teaching, our team tackles the challenges of caring for children with autism. They utilize multiple teaching techniques to encourage all students to learn the best way possible.

We hire our teachers based on education, experience, professionalism, and compassion for children. Every teacher is an important piece to our puzzle. Our teachers are patient, reliable, and passionate about teaching. Without these qualities, our academy would not be the best among autism schools in the state.

Our individualized teaching techniques navigate our students on the road to success.
Children are our first priority. We are determined to ensure each child has the tools needed to excel academically and socially. Our staff offers unending support, while encouraging, challenging, and valuing hard work. We provide children with a well-rounded curriculum mixed with learning and laughter.

We value the spirit of excellence and compassion in our teachers, because without them as pieces to our puzzle, learning would be less fulfilling to the children we teach. Learn more about our A+ Academy, and our teachers today, click here to contact us now!

ABBY TIMM

Speech Language Pathologist

Deborah Burgesser

Financial Control Officer

JOHN BALTZLEY

Chief Technology Officer

KYM WILBUR

Administration Assistant

LAUREN BARDOL

Marketing Director

LIZ KOPLON

Administration Assistant

LORIE CRABTREE

HR Generalist

REBECCA PAWLOWSKI

Board Certified Behavior Analyst / Certified Autism Specialist

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SABRINA VIETH

Administrative Assistant

TAYLOR BATES

Mentor/Lead Trainer

ZACHARY GIOVANELLI

Digital Marketer

JULIE SULLIVAN

Teacher Trainer


GILBERT CAMPUS


DERRICK JAMERSON

Gilbert Principal

BARBARA CURTIS

Gilbert Office Manager

TYLA KHAWALOUJIAN

Gilbert Office Assistant

HALEY PALMER

Gilbert Teacher

MICHAEL HOWLAND

Gilbert Teacher

ROXIE DURANT

Gilbert Teacher

AUBREY HODGE

Gilbert Teacher

YVONNE HERNANDEZ

Gilbert Teacher

JANA VORHEES

Gilbert Music Teacher

TERI HERN

Speech Language Therapist (Gilbert & Tempe)

MELISSA MEDEIROS

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Gilbert & Tempe)

MONICA MERRIMAN

Gilbert Teacher

TREVAIA WILLIAMS-DAVIS

P.E. Teacher (Gilbert & Tempe)


TEMPE CAMPUS


KIMBERLY BALTZLEY

Tempe Office Manager

JANET OSTER

Tempe Office Assistant

LAUREN NORMAN

Tempe Teacher

JENNY SEVIER

Tempe Teacher

MISON CHEW

Tempe Teacher 

DENISE SANETRA

Tempe Teacher

AMY FLOYD

Art Teacher

CHERYL MALTESE

Tempe Teacher

KAREN DURST

Transition Coordinator

JUSTIN COTHRUN

Computer Science Teacher

SUSAN FLOYD

Tempe Teacher

LESLIE DILLE

Tempe Teacher

LESLIE HUFFMAN

Tempe Teacher

ROXIE VAN DER MEERSCHE

Tempe Office Assistant

TYLER KNOWLES

Tempe Teacher

RONALD BURD

Tempe Teacher

CHRISTIE HASENWINKEL

Tempe Teacher / Explorer Program Coordinator

BROOKE SMITH

Tempe Teacher


PEORIA CAMPUS


SHAWN U. DAVIS

Peoria Principal

GENA HORN

Peoria Office Manager

ISHMAEL BLACKMON

Peoria Assistant Principal

ALEX LADENSACK

Peoria Teacher

JAMIE SOWDER

Peoria Teacher

CARRIE HATANAKA

Peoria Teacher

DANIELLE URBICK

Peoria Teacher

NARGIS AREFI

Peoria Teacher

STEPHANIE GODBEHERE

Peoria Teacher

BREANNE JOJOLA

Peoria Teacher

RAQUEL YEE

Peoria Teacher

NICOLE FIERRO

P.E. Teacher (Peoria & Tempe)

CHELCEE AVIS

Peoria Teacher