EXECUTIVE TEAM


Our executive team serves a vital role in advancing our vision, mission, and philosophy. This hardworking, dependable, and passionate group of leaders works together to meet the ongoing needs of our students and our staff. Together, our executive team has launched three Arizona campuses located in the Metro Phoenix area.

Shannon Mitchell

Executive Director

Jenny Durant

Operations Director

Graham Newcomb

Marketing Director

Kalona Newcomb

Special Services Director


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM


The Administrative Team at Autism Academy work collaboratively to maintain the everyday operations of each campus for an efficient and safe school environment for our staff and students.

Deborah Burgesser

Financial Control Officer

JOHN BALTZLEY

Chief Technology Officer

KYM WILBUR

Administration Assistant

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SABRINA VIETH

Administrative Assistant

ZACHARY GIOVANELLI

Digital Marketer

LIZ KOPLON

Administration Assistant

LORIE CRABTREE

HR Generalist


At AAED, we seek to hire those with a passion and heart for our kids. Our teachers and therapists are certified and trained to teach students with learning differences. We believe that on-going professional development and job-related trainings, both in and out of the classroom, are key to our employees feeling valued and confident. Our organization understands that improving staff skills and knowledge is one of the most important investments that we can make. Every child can learn and be successful, some just learn differently. That’s why we are committed to ensuring our staff is trained in the latest evidence-based practices for students with autism.

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SPECIALISTS & THERAPISTS


ABBY TIMM
Speech Language Pathologist

REBECCA PAWLOWSKI

Board Certified Behavior Analyst / Certified Autism Specialist

TAYLOR JACOBS

Mentor/Lead Trainer

JULIE SULLIVAN

Teacher Trainer

Kalona Newcomb

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

JOCILYN BENNINGER

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

MELISSA MEDEIROS

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Gilbert & Tempe)

TERI HERN

Speech Language Therapist (Gilbert & Tempe)

NARGIS AREFI

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant 


SPECIALS TEACHERS


TREVAIA WILLIAMS-DAVIS

P.E. Teacher (Gilbert & Tempe)

AMY FLOYD

Art Teacher (Gilbert & Tempe)

NICOLE FIERRO

P.E. Teacher (Peoria & Tempe)

CHELCEE AVIS

Art Teacher (Peoria)

JANA VORHEES

Music Teacher (Gilbert & Tempe)

DANIELLE HANSEN

Music Teacher (Peoria)


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

MONICA MERRIMAN

Gilbert Teacher


TEMPE CAMPUS


LAUREN GRAY

Academic & Curriculum Advisor

KIMBERLY BALTZLEY

Tempe Office Manager

JANET OSTER

Tempe Office Assistant

JENNY SEVIER

Tempe Teacher

MISON CHEW

Tempe Teacher 

DENISE SANETRA

Tempe Teacher

LAUREN NORMAN

Tempe 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

ALEX LADENSACK

Peoria Teacher

JAMIE SOWDER

Peoria Teacher

CARRIE HATANAKA

Peoria Teacher

RAQUEL YEE

Peoria Teacher

DANIELLE URBICK

Peoria Teacher

STEPHANIE GODBEHERE

Peoria Teacher

BREANNE JOJOLA

Peoria Teacher