Executive Director

Shannon Mitchell, M.ED, has worked with students with Autism and multiple disabilities for the last 15 years within the school and home settings in Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Communication with minors in Business and Child Development. After working as a Child Development Specialist for Easter Seals of Arizona, and as an in-home habilitation therapist and trainer, Shannon desired to learn more and returned to school. She received her teaching certificate in a Post-Baccalaureate program from Scottsdale Community College. While teaching full time as a Self-Contained Autism teacher and conducting training’s for habilitation families, she began to further her education again at Northern Arizona University. Within a year and a half, Shannon received her Masters in Special Education along with certification as an Autism Support Specialist from NAU.

Shannon has had extensive training and experience in different modalities of teaching including ABA, TEACCH, PBIS, SCERTS, and behavioral/social skills support. During the last last six years, she has been teaching students with Autism in the Scottsdale Unified School District, mentoring teachers, and supporting families to help students reach their full potential. Shannon comes to the Autism Academy with a passion for students and their capability of being successful, respectful, and contributing members of society. Shannon believes that high expectations from teachers and families are key to student achievement and success in life.