faculty & staff

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Annable-Executive Director
Jennifer has a breadth of experience working with children, with and without special needs, from birth through high school. She was the 2010 recipient of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC)'s Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice. This national award recognizes the highest standards of practice in the education field. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a Master's in Education and a Principal's Certificate from the University of Washington. She is certified in Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Special Education and K-8 Elementary Education. Prior to joining APL, Jennifer spent 25 years at the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit where she was Principal and most recently Director.
Nicole Boyett-Executive Assistant
This is Nicole's fourth year at APL! A graduate of SAIC, she has experience as an admin and PA in both educational and medical fields. In her free time she loves to draw comics, illustrate, and teach art.
Josh Tintes-HR Director
Josh has been working in the field of Human Resources for ten years. This is his first year at APL! He has an MBA with an emphasis in HR and entrepreneurship, and in his spare time he likes to read, write, and take and edit photos.
Blake Degraw-Office & IT Manager
Blake randomly found APL in 2012 when he moved to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay area, and the school's fun and dynamic atmosphere has kept him here ever since. He studied music composition at Cornish College of the Arts, and spends much of his spare time writing and performing music with a community orchestra he founded in 2015. He also designs and build interactive sound-art installations, and composes music for TV and internet ads. He am also a ghost town and shipwreck enthusiast, and often spends his weekends combing Washington for ruins.
Theresa Farrell-High School Registrar
Theresa discovered APL following a six week road trip from NYC, and knew she had found something special. She has BA in History from Misercordia University, and 12 years of experience in education. This year she is pleased to break ground as the new High School Registrar. In her free time she likes to run, hike, watch movies, and travel.
Courtney Gutierrez-Clinical Director
Courtney has been working in the field of education and ABA for fifteen years. She has been at APL since the fall of 2010, when she started as the K/1 Head Teacher. She then transitioned into a coordinator role, assisting Ali with managing clinical and educational support services. 2018-2019 will be her third year as Clinical Director of the ROOTS Clinic at APL. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband, seven-year-old son, and 6-month old daughter.
Kirk Laughlin-Director of Advancement
Originally from Spokane, Kirk joined APL in March 2017, after 20-plus years of fundraising for Seattle-area organizations, including the Seattle Children's Museum, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Youth Eastside Services, and Pacific Science Center. He served for nine years on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He is a board member of the University District Rotary Club, and is a member of the advisory councils for Give BIG and the Inland Northwest Lighthouse. Like a good former English major, he has uncompleted novels and screenplays in his computer. He also runs long-distance, (occasional marathons and half-marathons, lots of 10Ks and 15Ks). Two of his three sons are on the spectrum. He lives in the Lake City area with his kids and his wife, Nonnie.
Alison Moors-Lipshin-Founder/Director of Specialized Learning
Ali is APLís program Founder and current Director of Specialized Learning. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and holds a Masterís degree in Educational Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis and a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education. Ali has been a passionate and dedicated teacher, therapist, and educational consultant for students and their families for over 20 years. During this time, she had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of private and public school systems throughout the United States, as well as abroad in countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Great Britain, and American Samoa. In her spare time, Ali enjoys travelling all over the country to visit friends and family with her husband and two little girls.
Nicole Myers-Upper School Counselor
This will be Nicoleís third year at APL as a School Counselor. She has been working with children and teens with special needs, as well as their families, for 9 years, and is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is originally from Southern California, where she received her Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Fullerton in Psychology, and a Masterís Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. Nicole started her career in psychology as an ABA therapist in home programs and schools, and fell in love with the population. After receiving her Masterís degree, Nicole worked as Supervisor for in-home ABA programs, providing outpatient mental health counseling for teens on the autism spectrum, and worked as a Case Manager for an inclusion program for the YMCA of Orange County. In her free time Nicole enjoys hiking, dancing, cooking, and spending time with her husband and her therapy dog, Mattie.
Alicia Nathan-High School Program Director
Alicia received her Masterís in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been at APL since 2013, supporting high school students and families with their transition into young-adulthood. Alicia holds a certification in school social work and is working on her licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. As the High School Program Director, Alicia focuses on the whole child to create the most meaningful and individualized experience for each student. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and exploring the local beaches.
Shelly Frappier-Roving Specialist and Theater Teacher
Shelly is coming into her 9th year at APL with renewed excitement and passion. She has worn many hats in her time at the school including BT, 7/8 Teacher, and now Admin. each position has helping her grow and change. She graduated with a BA in Theater and BA in Psychology from Siena Heights University in 2004 and has worked in schools and with children since 2002. She loves heading up the theater program and watching the students blossom on stage. You can find Shelly popping her head into the classrooms and helping out wherever it is needed.
Jen Cassarino-Lower School Program Director, K-8
Jen has an extensive background in K-8 education, including certifications in early childhood education, K-8, and Special Education. She earned her Masters of Education with a Principals Specialization at Seattle University in 2018. Jen has taught in both public and independent schools as a general education and special educator. She is passionate about inclusion, advocacy, and creating opportunity for all students. Jen has a very musical family; they enjoy attending concerts and jazz festivals, and travel around the world to experience music in different cultures.
Kelly Meyer-Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Kelly is pursuing her doctorate in curriculum studies, teacher preparation, and professional development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned her Masters Degree from the University of Missouri in 2009. She comes to APL with a background in middle school education, community literacy and writing center instruction. She has over a decade of experience designing and implementing experiential-learning curriculum in the classroom, the community, and abroad. Kelly is thrilled to join the team at APL and looks forward to getting to know students, supporting teachers, and continuing to grow academic programming at APL. When she isnít at school, Kelly loves reading books, traveling near and far, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family.
Kristin Dickerson-School Counselor
Kristin came to APL after two years living in Morocco with her family. Her background in teaching and her masterís degree in counseling from the University of Vermont, are complimented by several years in education in a variety of roles, including: elementary school counselor, pre-kindergarten teacher, science program instructor, and ninth grade English teacher. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two children and in her spare time enjoys traveling, making pottery, and yoga.
Laura James-Assistant Clinical Director
Laura first came to APL in 2012 as a behavior technician while completing her M.Ed. in Special Education & Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. After receiving her BCBA certification in 2013, Laura served as the Behavior Analyst (BCBA, LBA) for the K/1 classroom for five years before transitioning to her new role as the Assistant Clinical Director for the 2018-19 school year. Laura comes from a huge family of teachers and has been working in the field of special education for about 10 years. Joining the APL community has allowed Laura to combine her passions for ABA and education, and she is thrilled to be serving the school and clinic in new and exciting ways this year! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, thrift shopping, and going for long walks around Seattle with her husband.
Michelle Reichelt-Advancement Associate
Michelle has spent the last five years working in advancement for non-profit organizations throughout Seattle including the Seattle Childrenís Museum and the Nordic Heritage Museum. Born and raised in Seattle as an avid Husky fan, Michelle earned her B.A. in History and M.A. in Museum Studies at the University of Washington. In addition to advancement and nonprofit administration, she focused her studies on program evaluation and development, working in partnership with local organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pacific Science Center, and the Seattle Aquarium. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and rambunctious fox terrier, Mally.
Taya Gasperini-Roving Specialist
Taya is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a degree and certificate in Elementary Education. Taya moved from Boston, MA in 2011 and joined the APL family. In the past she has worked as a behavior technician and is excited about her new role as a roving specialist!
Frankie Gollub - Art Teacher
Born in Landsthul, Germany, Frankie grew up in Prince George Virginia. He served 6 years in the Army National Guard in Field Artillery. Passionate about drawing and painting, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Printing and Printmaking. In his free time, he loves going outdoors to paint from nature. He loves hiking, running, dogs-especially pugs, huskies, and French Bulldogs, New York pizza, reading about art, British comedies, and listening to and making music on his Mac through Logic. He also enjoys singing 80ís and 90ís Country music which he listened to growing up in rural Virginia as a kid.

Faculty K-1

Amanda Hurst-Teacher
Amanda is excited for her second year at APL and first year as a co-teacher in K/1. She grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and graduated with her degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. She worked as a behavior technician for three years before moving to Seattle for the BCBA program at UW. In her free time she loves to be outside hiking, mountain biking, camping, and adventuring. At school, she loves leading read-alouds and collaborating with the teaching team to support each student.
Cassandra Szalay-BCBA
Cassandra is the new K/1 classroom Behavior Analyst! She graduated from the University of Washington with her masters in Special Education, with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, and BCBA certification in 2013. After spending 10 years providing ABA services in homes around the Seattle area, she is so excited to join the APL community! In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Courtney Brien-Certified Behavior Technician
Courtney studied Psychological & Brain Sciences and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a graduate student in UW's ABA program and is working towards becoming a BCBA. She is originally from Wisconsin but is happy to be surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In her free time she enjoys skiing, yoga, cooking, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers!
Emily Yurich-Certified Behavior Technician
Emily is super excited to be returning to APL! This is her fourth year as a BT in the K-1 classroom. Emily was raised in Seattle and studied Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of Washington. In her free time, Emily enjoys camping, cooking, and playing with her dog.
Jennifer Hunter-Certified Behavior Technician
Jennifer studied biology at Washington State University. After graduating she returned to the Seattle area and worked in a multidisciplinary clinic on the Eastside. This is her second year as a BT at APL and she getting her masters degree and working towards becoming a BCBA. Jenniferís brother was diagnosed with ASD the year she graduated from college, which sparked her interest in working with this population. In her spare time, Jennifer does homework and canít wait to start planning her wedding. Go Cougs!
Maggie Oliver-Teacher
This is Maggieís fifth year at APL, and her first year as a co-teacher! She studied psychology at Lewis & Clark College, and after graduating, spent a year in Ireland as an au pair before returning to Seattle and starting at APL. Outside of school she likes to hike, garden, and bake. In the classroom she enjoys singing songs, teaching science, and reading books aloud to the K/1 all stars.
Matthew Badger-Certified Behavior Technician
Matt is a fourth year BT at APL, and has spent 5 years as a Behavior Tech in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is attending the University of Washington, earning a Master's in Special Education with an emphasis on ABA. After 11 years of playing music as a drummer and songwriter in the Seattle area, Matt has cultivated a love for music and the collaborative process across all aspects of his life. He loves singing and incorporating music into instruction and communication with students. After completing his degree, Matt hopes to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and continue striving to make a positive impact in the lives of people across a diverse neurological spectrum.
Pulun Guo-Certified Behavior Technician
Pulun is excited join the K1 all star team! She moved to the US two years ago and graduated from the UW early childhood special education masters program last summer. Before moving to the US, she was a middle school teacher in China, and a language teacher in Japan for 3 years. She loves working with children and families with diverse abilities and cultural backgrounds. In her free time, she loves reading and exploring the beautiful pacific northwest.
Tristan Williams-Burden-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Tristan's first year at APL and he is excited to be a part of this amazing team! He is currently enrolled in a K-8 Interdisciplinary teaching program with an emphasis on teaching K/1st. In his free time, he enjoys going for long walks and international travel.
Kunthi Hardi-Certified Behavior Technician
Kunthi discovered APL through friends, and is excited to join K/1! She has her Master's in ABA therapy, and recently passed her certification exam. In her free time she likes to hike and try new food.
Zoe Grete-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Zoe's second year as a BT and her first at APL. She is excited to be working in a school setting! She recently completed her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Washington, and In her free time she enjoys hiking and painting.

Faculty 2-3

Matt Caliri-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Matt's 5th year at APL! He's also currently enrolled in the UW BCBA program, destined to be a BCBA by this time next year. Matt is also the author of a children's fantasy book, "The Gnome Exchange Program" Matt and his wife have a brand new baby boy! He hopes to be successful in cloning himself by the new year, in order to juggle all of the expectations on his plate.
Paige Schreiber-Classroom Behavior Technician
Paige recently moved to Seattle from Monterey, CA. She has worked with children and young adults on the spectrum for the past four years in home, school, and community programs. In her free time she loves to use her LED hula hoop at festivals and events.
Colin Joss-Certified Behavior Technician
Colin discovered APL after moving from Kirkland to Seattle. Since graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in psychology, he has worked in schools as both an instructional assistant and paraeducator. He spends most of his free time writing fiction, but he also enjoys reading and playing tabletop games.
Emily Kolar-Assistant Teacher
Emily is thrilled to join the APL family! She graduated from Seattle University with a double degree in Social Work and Humanities for Leadership. She is passionate about working with kids and individualized education, and was very excited to find APL through several friends. In her free time, Emily loves going on walks with her labradoodle Frankie, and doing yoga.
Gina Damilano-Certified Behavior Technician
Gina is excited to be back for her second year at APL. She is originally from California, where she received her Bachelor's in Human Development from Sonoma State. Gina has a passion for sensory integration and enjoys running sensory club after school for APL students. She plans on getting her Master's in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Seattle, nannying, crafting, going to concerts, and watching sports.
Megan Paulson-BCBA
This is Megan's third year at APL and her first year as the BCBA in the 2/3 classroom. Megan was born and raised in Seattle, and as a result, loves grey, rainy days. In her free time, Megan likes to play video games, make quilts and go hiking.
Morgan Suddendorf-Teacher
This is Morgan's 5th year at APL. She went to UW for her undergraduate degree, then SPU for her Master's in Teaching. Outside of school, she likes to go to Husky football games, and hang out with her husband Ryan and their dog Tiburon.
Priya Manion-Certified Behavior Technician
Priya is excited to be in her second year at APL and in the 2/3 class. She has a BA in Psychology and Sports Management from Dominican University of California. In her free time, she loves getting together with family and friends, and traveling. She is a huge fan of Seattle sports, especially the Mariners!
Amal Bouman Ali-Certified Behavior Technician
Amal discovered APL through the Experimental Education Unit at the UW, where her son attended. She has a BS in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Washington, and a wealth of personal experience parenting a child on the spectrum. In her free time she loves playing with her son, exploring the outdoors, camping, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
Marisa McCann-Certified Behavior Technician
Marisa discovered APL through friends, and earned her BA in Psychology at Seattle University. She is currently pursuing her Masters at the University of Washington. In her free time she enjoys painting and meditation.
Jim Zyble-Certified Behavior Technician
Jim joins the APL team after a roadtrip relocating from Colorado to Seattle! An avid fan of the outdoors, has worn many hats, including summer camp instructor and hiking guide. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, reading genre fiction, and playing video games.

Faculty 4-5

Addison Lucia-Teacher Assistant
Addison has been a part of the APL community for five years, and is overjoyed to be returning to join 4/5 again! He is originally from Santa Cruz, California. When heís not at school, Addison enjoys the great outdoors, photography, baking, traveling, & brunch!
Brett Baldwin-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Brett's second year in 4/5 and he's super stoked! He hopes to become a school counselor, and runs the after school chess club and sports club! He also really loves rocks!
Brittany Yuhas-Certified Behavior Technician
Brittany was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a Bachelorís in psychology. In her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, going to lakes, and trying new restaurants.
Grace Stephens-Certified Behavior Technician
Grace graduated from EWU with BA in Psychology and hopes to become a school psychologist. She loves spending her free time outdoors, hiking and playing sports. Currently, she has one cat and two dogs, and takes many pictures of them.
Jaime Johns-Certified Behavior Technician
Jaime was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She taught English in Madrid, Spain for two years. Last summer, she started raising three pet chickens!
JaNay Castenada-Certified Behavior Technician
This is JaNay's second year at APL. She will be graduating with a Masters in ABA this December, and is really excited! She enjoys traveling, the beach,and wearing purple. A big Husky fan, she is so excited to get to know all the new students this year!
Kurt Leblanc-Certified Behavior Technician
Kurt moved to Seattle last fall, after a year of traveling, photographing and exploring the United States. Once he learned about the APL school and met the team, I knew he knew he wanted to work here. He has 6 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant. His artistic outlets include film and digital photgraphy, and he also enjoys playing tounge drums, flutes, and the harmonica!
Maria Rios-Certified Behavior Technician
Maria graduated from UW Tacoma with a Bachelors in Arts. In her free time she enjoys travel, painting, and hiking with her dog.
Molly Kessler-Teacher
This is Molly's 6th year at APL, and she is excited to see her new class of students grow and learn throughout the year. Last year, she started working on her Masters in Education and has been working hard all summer. She has all kinds of new ideas, and can't wait for all of the fun we get to have this year!
Skye Gombert-BCBA
Skye is excited for her 4th year in the wonderful 4/5 classroom! When she's not thinking ABA, she's spending time outdoors, reading, or playing with her pup, Ollie, and his brother cat, Sirius.
Van Le-Certified Behavior Technician
Van has been at APL for 6 years. Born and raised in the Seattle area, he is an avid sports fan. He enjoys wearing a wide variety of hats!

Faculty Middle School

Angela Lopez-Science Teacher
Angela grew up in Southern California, and always loved going to Disneyland. She attended the University of California Los Angeles for her B.S. in mathematics and M.Ed in education. She has taught math, science, and technology for 5 years, and continues to share her love for STEM in her second year at APL! She loves kickboxing, running, cooking, and hanging out by the water! She is also very eager to start skiing and snowboarding!
Taylor Wingett-Learning Specialist
Taylor has nine years of experience in the field of behavior analysis and precision teaching. He is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, and is an accomplished rollerblader. In his free time, he makes music and visual art.

Faculty 6-7

Marisha Medrano-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Marisha's second year at APL and in the 2/3 classroom, and her 4th year working in ABA. She is passionate about music, art, animals, the environment, and traveling. In her free time she enjoys singing in a community vocal jazz group, watercoloring, hanging with her cats, baking, and wandering around Seattle.
Adam Briggs-Certified Behavior Technician
Adam discovered APL through a friend. He has more than eight years of experience in education, a passion for music, and a Bachelor's in Music Composition from Cornish College of the Arts. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing the drums, and cooking.
Arianna Kruchowski-Certified Behavior Technician
Arianna is so excited for her third year at APL! She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and has been living in Seattle for about 5 years. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, and bike.
Brett Baldauf-Teacher
Brett came to APL through luck after teaching in Arizona, where he completed his certification through The New Teacher Project. His roommate stumbled across the position and itís been a great two years since! Outside of APL, Brett is completing a PhD in Education Policy, and he takes every opportunity to flee to the mountains, and enjoys baking (or watching Great British Bake-Off)!
Cory Hampton-BCBA
Cory came to APL as a volunteer in the 2/3 classroom while completing her Master's degree at UW. This is her second year as the BCBA in the 6/7 classroom! She loves fixing up her new house, reading with her cat, and dreaming of California!
Jenn Parretta-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Jenn's first year at APL, and her second year as a behavior technician. She lives in Tacoma and travels to Seattle every day to see APL's smiling faces and attend Antioch University, where she is an earning a Masters in Child and Family Therapy with a specialization in Creative Arts Therapy. Outside of APL, Jenn is a traveling circus performer specializing in hula hoop and fire/LED performance, and a freelance visual artist.
Kayla Ritchie-Certified Behavior Technician
Kayla found her way to APL after a long history of working in science, and with children in unconventional educational and therapeutic settings. After applying her degree in neurobiology to Alzheimers' research, she shifted her focus to behavioral and mental health, working in the foster care system to address the effects of trauma on development. She has consistently found working with children to be a replenishing source of creativity and meaning. She spends her free time organizing an intentional co-housing co-op, leading several philosophy reading groups, doing art and music, and spying on birds.
Nicki Dyer-Assistant Teacher
Nicki came to APL through her work with Broadway Bound, and her love of teaching. Five years later she is still here, having moved up from three years as a Para to the Assistant Teacher in 6/7. She still uses her Bachelors of Theater and English Writing to show the students how amazing theater and the written word are. In her free time she enjoys playing music, reading, writing, and board games.
Otis Stevenson-Certified Behavior Technician
Otis found APL on the reccomendation of a friend who worked there. This is his second year at APL, and his first year in middle school. He loves watching basketball, fashion, and giving back to the youth.
Peyton Levin-Certified Behavior Technician
Peyton is an educator, private lesson instructor, and musician from Seattle. As a graduate in Music Education and Audio Production from the University of Washington, he is now happily working as a Behavior Technician at APL and teaches private drum and piano lessons to students of all ages. In past years, Peyton has taught high school band, elementary school general music, and worked as a substitute in many different special education classrooms. He is also an active member of the Seattle music scene, working as a freelance studio drummer and audio engineer.
Travis Bostick-Certified Behavior Technician
Travis found APL through a friend and sheer luck, and drove cross-country from Pennsylvania to live in Seattle. He has more than six years of experience in the field of inclusive education. In his free time he enjoys film making, gaming, making people smile, and volunteering in the community.
Phi Huynh-Assistant Teacher
Phi went to the EEU for kindergarten and loved it so much that they continued to volunteer long after graduation! When Jennifer Annable moved to APL, Phi followed soon after. Phi recently received her Assiociates Degree at South Seattle College, and is now entering her 3rd year at APL. When not working with the lovely students of APL, Phi likes to play video games and cook!

Faculty 7-8

Troy Krieger-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Troy's third year at APL, and he loves spending every day working with amazing kids and staff! He recently completed his Masterís degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and plans to take the next step by becoming a BCBA. Outside of work, he enjoys playing bass guitar, games, seeing friends, and is currently learning some magic tricks!
Asha Hill-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Asha's second year with APL as a BT in the 7/8 Classroom. She is excited to be constantly learning and positively impacting students! When she's not at APL, she event plans and styles at a boutique. She uses fashion as a way to express herself in and hopes to share this passion with students throughout the year. She also enjoys being surrounded by family and friends!
Dave Revelli-Teacher
Dave is in his 11th year of teaching. He came to APL four years ago as a paraprofessional in the high school, and is the 7/8 head teacher. He feels that working with middle schoolers is a rewarding adventure. He lives with his family in Ballard, and when not teaching, he loves walking in the woods or playing music.
Janelle Deveau-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Janelleís second year at APL and her fourth year as a behavior technician. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University (go cougs!) and recently received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Janelle is currently pursuing her BCBA certification and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves animals, food, football, coffee, and scary movies, and strives to spread joy and positivity daily.
Je'Warren Coles-Certified Behavior Technician
Je'Warren moved to Seattle in 2008 from Los Angeles. He was working in youth homeless services for 6 years before getting into childcare/education in 2014. This is his third year at APL and his first in the 7/8 classroom. He studied Sociology and Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana, and gravitated towards APL by way of three completely different referrals from friends. They all told him it would be the perfect fit, and heís so excited to be here! He has worked with a broad variety of age groups and backgrounds, from at-risk teenagers to inner-city grade-schoolers. When heís not working to help strengthen his community, JeíWarren enjoys skateboarding, writing poetry, playing the drums, drawing, and coastal road trips.
Jeroen Latet-Assistant Teacher
Jeroen originally hails from Belgium, and moved to the US 11 years ago! He has a BA in Special Education. He found APL while working with neurodiverse students at another NWAIS school. This is Jeroen's third year at APL and his first year as the assistant teacher in 7/8. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, live music, hiking, camping and hanging out with his two dogs.
Julia Schertzer-BCBA
Julia came to APL in January 2017 because she was interested in working with teenagers. She completed her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington in 2016. When not working she enjoys singing in choir, playing the bass, and hiking.
Kwame Seymour-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Kwame's first year at APL and in Seattle! He was referred to APL through a friend, and is excited to join the team. He recieved a degree in Sports Management from Belmont Abbey College, where he was on the wrestling team. In his spare time he enjoys podcasts, stand up comedy, fishing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest!

Faculty High School

Erin Loeffler-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Erin's second year at APL. She graduated from Northwest University in 2014 with a Bachelorís in Psychology. Erin is currently enrolled in graduate classes at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to become a BCBA. After working both in public schools and at an in-home ABA therapy company, Erin wanted a mix of both, which she found at APL. When not at APL, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Macy, and drinking coffee at Starbucks.
Anne Messler-Teacher
Anne is teaches Functional Academics in the High School. She has taught elementary, middle, high school, and even preschool. She is very happy to return to teaching high school, has worked in several inclusive schools, and is very excited by APLís model of inclusion. She finds joy in supporting students as they discover their own needs, challenges, interests, strengths, and passions and in working to facilitate them reaching their own unique potentials. When not at school she enjoys the great outdoors, cooking, yoga, and getting together with friends.
Annie Saephanh-Certified Behavior Technician
Annie studied education and psychology in college, and has 4 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She is excited to join the APL team and grow within the community. Her hobbies include playing Sims, collecting miniatures, and spending time with her guinea pigs (Pooh and Tu), and hamster (Olivia Benson).
Barry Kornegay-BCBA
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Barry spent some time overseas before returning to attend the UW's BCBA program, through which he found APL. He recently graduated and passed his certification exam, and couldn't think of anywhere better to start his career as a BCBA!
Blake Wotherspoon-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Blake's first year at APL. He previously worked for six years teaching Art to preschool children and running an after school and summer program for K-2 students. In his free time, Blake enjoys spending time with his wife and three dogs, collecting records and travelling.
Cas Kaplan-Certified Behavior Technician
Emerging fully formed from the cleft of Plymouth Rock during the infamous Nostalgia Wars of the 1990s, Cas wandered the east coast working for underserved students with nothing but dew drops and scattered praise for sustenance before arriving in Seattle and joining APL. His hobbies include breaking guitar strings and sending boats full of martyred technology to Valhalla.
Casey Eggleston-Certified Behavior Technician
Casey came to APL as a referral from Engage ABA. He has a degree in history and anthropology, and moved to Seattle from Fort Wayne Indiana on a whim. Casey is attending the MAT program at Seattle Pacific University. He likes to write and record music in his free time, and rides his trusty bicycle Shadowfax around the city to find new cool places and venues for cheap live music.
Daisy Deely-Certified Behavior Technician
Daisy found APL through networking with friends in the field. Their parents met at a waterfront disco which explains their devotion to music and its power to connect people. After earning a BA from WWU in Human Services, they worked in Alaska for two years as a Family Services Coordinator. As an avid champion of freedom, they're always learning how to improve education systems for the benefit of both the individual and greater society. "If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them." --bell hooks
Genevieve Bendeck-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Genevieve's first year at APL, and she is excited to join the team! She is a mother of two, and a 3rd-year PsyD student in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. When not at work or school, she loves spending time with her children, going to the movies, and engageing in various art-based activities. In the future, she's looking forward to working in research and clinical practice, helping children and youth find success in their learning and lives.
Geoff Whitehead-Teacher
Geoff has taught English, social studies, humanities, and outdoor leadership, in tandem with youth development through sports and nonprofit organizations, since 2010. He previously enjoyed a 20 year rugby career, traveling across the world! He has been to every continent except Antarctica, and loves exploring the backcountry, hiking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, working with social justices oriented educational initiatives, and the poetry of John Muir.
Jay Montemayor-Certified Behavior Technician
Jay began working for APL in Fall 2018. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Washington, and volunteered for the Crisis Line (now known as Crisis Connections). He is passionate in providing empathy and support for those undergoing emotional distress, and practices being as selfless as possible every day. In his free time he loves jogging, bicycling, PC building, and hip hop dancing.
Jillian Timmermann-Teacher
Jillian studied computer science in college before gravitating toward the field of education. This is her second year at APL, and she is so excited to share her love of math with students! She has lived in Seattle for three years now, and in her spare time, she enjoys live music, reading, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
John Uthus-Math Teacher
John is enjoying his first year at APL. He was lured by the opportunity to work with a small close-knit community of learners, where every teacher knows every student. Coming to APL was also a sort of homecoming, as John earned his bachelorís degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. He particularly enjoys verifying trigonometric identities. John enjoys outdoor outings with his wife and two children that involve hiking to waterfalls and caves in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. His favorite number is pi, he has a strange fascination with cows, and can easily be rooked into playing a game of chess. John spends spare time at home tending to yard work, giving the two family dogs a bath, feeding the fish in the backyard pond, or just wishing he could bask for hours under a heat lamp the same way the turtle does.
Kate Stogsdill-Teacher
Kate moved to Seattle after being hired at APL to teach the high school Social Studies. She wanted to be closer to whales, Sasquatch, and super cool students. In her spare time, Kate works at the Seattle Aquarium as a cashier where she hangs out with all her favorite species. Her favorite time period to teach is the 19th century.
Kevin Green-Teacher
Kevin started working at APL as a Behavior Technician last year during the fall, and is enjoying his new position as the 6-12th grade Spanish Teacher. In hisspare time, he loves playing music with others, singing karaoke, and playing video games. He is passionate about language learning, and strives to foster that same love for learning in his classes.
Lauren Yoho-BCBA
Lauren has worked with students with special needs since 2004 as a mentor, teacher, and behavior technician. She graduated from University of Washington with a Masterís of Education and a Special Education Teaching certificate in 2016. She is passionate about supporting older students with a focus on social skills, organizational skills, and essential life skills needed for independence. She rocks a Midwestern accent, having grown up near Chicago, and frequently flies back to see her sister and baby nephew. She spends most of her time at home creating elaborate meals in her tiny kitchen, listening to music with her partner, and reading.
Lynnea Zuniga-Certified Behavior Technician
Lynnea visited APL on the recommendation of a good friend. As soon as she saw the school, she was excited about the team of passionate, experienced staff who create such an inclusive and empowering environment. In 7th grade, she started a business teaching younger neighborhood kids horseback riding on her horse. She's never stopped working with children, often in an outdoor/adventure setting. In her free time she reads, writes, and explores Washington's backcountry with her partner and two dogs. Fun fact: She owns a camel.
Maddie Cathey-Certified Behavior Technician
It is Maddieís first year at APL! She is a recent graduate of the University of Montana, with a degree in Community Health and Prevention Sciences. Maddie is looking forward to bringing her knowledge of health and wellness to her work here at APL. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and watching football.
Megan Rigger-BCBA
This is Meganís first year at APL, and her 9th year in the field of ABA. Megan moved to Seattle from Florida 10 years ago after completing her Bachelorís degree in Secondary English Education at Florida State University and received her Masterís degree in Special Education from UW in 2012. Megan has spent her entire career specializing in education/service provision for teens and young adults with an emphasis on self-advocacy and resilience skills development. She is honored to continue to work with and learn from this age group here at APL. Outside of work, she loves to cook, hike, listen to music/podcasts, and hang at the dog park with her dog Taco.
Nick Ackermann-Teacher
Nick has a Bachelors in biology, a Masters in education, and over a decade of teaching experience. Originally from New Jersey, he has worked as a baseball coach and an instructor in high schools, middle schools, and science museums. He moved to Seattle 3 years ago to join APL as the high school science teacher. He is especially excited to co-teach the robotics club with Jillian Timmerman! In his free time, he enjoys bowling, Karaoke, trivia, and entering beard competitions to raise money for charity.
Nick Klung-Certified Behavior Technician
Nick moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) seeking research opportunities. Working at APL has taught him a lot about data, behavior, and experimentation, and he plan to hone these valuable skills as he pursues an advanced degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and musical instruments. He loves being part of the APL high school team and is excited to see what else he can learn along the way!
Sam Noble-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Sam's second year at APL. He went from teaching reading and communication to helping students learn how to navigate their lives effectively, and couldn't be happier doing behavioral work. He likes Rihanna, Nintendo, and octopuses, and that about sums him up.
Shobhna Mritunjai Srivastava-Certified Behavior Technician
Shobhna discovered APL through her UW practicum posting site. She worked for close to a decade as a trained and licensed Clinical Psychologist in India. In her free time she enjoys plaing with her toddler, cooking, knitting, and hiking.
Steph Salazar-Pathways Specialist
Steph Salazar found APL completely by chance in 2017 and has never looked back. Steph is originally from the Texas borderland and has a degree in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is extremely passionate about higher education access and retention. When not working, she enjoys fitness, listening to comedy podcasts, and hanging with her partner and 2 cats.
Winston McWhirt-Certified Behavior Technician
Winston was referred to APL by Blake DeGraw and is currently a MAP student at Seattle University. Winston has four years of experience working with students a range of behavioral challenges in special education and recreation settings. Heís excited about teaching in a constructive, inclusive, and growth oriented environment. In his free time Winston enjoys hobby mycology, microscopy and learning new things.
Xander Johnston-Certified Behavior Technician
Xander discovered APL after moving to Seattle from Boise in 2018. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Psychology, and has a background in Group Home work as well as Medical Billing. He is currently enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Psychology certification program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is preparing to attend University of Washingtonís High Incidence Special Education program next Spring. In his free time he enjoys exploring Seattle, reading comics, and spending time with his two dogs, and cat.
Jon Athan-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Jon's first year at APL! He graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA in psychology. He is currently pursuing a Masters in psychology and LMHD licensure at Seattle University. In his free time he enjoys weightlifting, playing games on his nintendo switch, and riding his motorcycle.
Jessica James-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Jessica's first year at APL, she is excited to join the team and build on her past experience working with children on the spectrum! She earned her BA in Psychology at Central Washington University, and In her spare time she volunteers as an arts enrichment coordinator for the elderly, listens to music, and spends time outdoors.
Jonathan Salzman-Certified Behavior Technician
Born and raised in Seattle, Jon studied music at Seattle Pacific University. Inspired by his experience at Camp Parkview, he connected with staff and started working at Organization for Research and Learning, working with kids affected with autism. APL was a natural next step, and this is his third year on the team! In his free time he enjoys playing music, basketball, and spending time with his friends.
Michelle Lamancusa-BCBA
Michelle had the good fortune to spend 6 years studying Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. In the Department of Behavior Analysis at UNT Michelle participated in labs that practiced the application of behavior analytic principles across some very diverse environments including zoos, residential treatment facilities, and positive parenting classes. In the past Michelle worked for private organizations in the Seattle area providing in-home Applied Behavior Analytic services for families of children with Autism diagnoses. It is rare to find a school environment like APL that so thoroughly embeds the application of behavior analysis in the classroom. She is excited about the unique impact of inclusive education!

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