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 second 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.
Amanda Brown-Director of Operations
This is Amanda’s second year at APL. She moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania 8 years ago, and has worked at City Year, the Y, and the Washington Bus. She has her master’s in public administration from UW. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking, crosswords, and yoga.
Blake Degraw-Office Manager
Blake randomly discovered APL when I moved to town from Oakland, CA several years ago, and the family-like atmosphere has kept him here for what is now his fifth school year. He recently returned to school after receiving a scholarship to study music composition at Cornish College of the Arts. In his fleeting spare time he composes for and conducts an experimental community orchestra, and enjoys exploring ghost towns and the Olympic Peninsula.
Courtney Gutierrez-Clinical Director
Courtney has been working in the field of education and ABA for thirteen years. She has been at APL since the fall of 2010, when she started as the K/1 head teacher. Since then she transitioned into a coordinator role assisting Ali with managing clinical and educational support services. 2016-2017 will be her first year as Clinical Director of the ROOTS Clinic here at APL. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and five-year-old son.
Erin Callaghan-Assistant Head of School for Lower School
Erin moved from NYC with her family seven years ago. Before coming to Seattle she was a fourth and fifth-grade English, History, and Math teacher at The Dalton School. Erin has also taught and created curriculum for second and third graders at The Village Community School, as well as for 5th graders at the St. Thomas School in Medina.
Erin earned her B.A. in English from Lawrence University. After college she earned her MA degree in Children’s Literature, and completed a second MA in Early Childhood Education at New York University. Last fall she earned her Educational Leadership Certificate through Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In her free time Erin enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Tyler Hamilton-Assistant Head of School for Upper School
Tyler is excited to be returning to APL this year as the Assistant Head of Upper School. He received his Master’s degree in Special Education from Hunter College in New York, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Tyler taught for four years in a juvenile detention center in Brooklyn, NY then served as the Director of Operations at SOAR Academy in Tacoma, WA. During his free time he enjoys running, theater, and spending time with family.
Adina Lake- Advancement Associate
NAdina joined APL’s Advancement Department while clicking the “refresh” button on her career. She received her BA from the University of Washington, then began a successful 15 year career in corporate marketing and public realtions. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in initiating and leading communication campaigns, and in event production. She enjoys listening to live music, hot yoga and outdoor adventures.
Alison Moors-Lipshin-Director of Specialized Learning
Alison is APL’s program Founder and current Director of Specialized Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alison has been a passionate and dedicated teacher, therapist, and educational consultant for students and their families for over 20 years. During this time, she has 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.
Shelly Frappier-Floating Specialist
Shelly graduated with a BA and Theater from Siena Heights University in Michigan in 2004. While in Michigan, she worked with Very Special Arts of Michigan teaching art and drama with kids and adults. She then moved to California and worked as an ABA therapist for four years, acquiring skills in RDI, SCERTS and other forms of positive behavior management. She is starting her 7th year here and APL and is happier than ever! She will now be across the entire school showing her face and helping out where needed. She can't wait to continue to grow and change along with this amazing school.
Nicole Myers-Upper School Counselor
Nicole has been working with families and children with special needs for eight years and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She recently moved to Seattle from Southern California. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and dancing.
Sherry Webber-Lower School Counselor

Faculty K-1

Morgan Brooks-Co Head Teacher
Morgan Brooks has been working with and teaching children for more than 10 years. She began as a teacher in studios, museums, and schools, and moved onto working as an advanced behavior therapist in homes and schools. She’s thrilled to combine her love of teaching and behavior therapy as co-teacher in K-1 at APL this year. Currently working on obtaining her Masters, she loves creating art in her limited free time.
Melvin Jones-Co Head Teacher
Melvin was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from Portland State University in 2011 with a B.S.S. This is his sixth year at APL. He started at APL as a paraeducator, moved into the role of Assistant Teacher, and is now a Head Teacher. This summer he completed a Klingenstein Teaching Fellowship at Columbia University.
As a Registered Behavior Technician, he works after school for Engage ABA. He is also a partner in Above the Game Skills Training sports instruction. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, working out, and spending time with friends.
Laura James-BCBA
Laura is thrilled to be returning for her fifth year at APL, and her fourth year as the BCBA for the K/1 classroom. She received her M. Ed in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington and passed the BCBA exam in 2013. She has been working in special education for 8 years, and feels so blessed to have found the APL community. In her free time she enjoys crafting, reading, thrift shopping, and going for long walks around Seattle with her husband.
Matthew Badger-Paraprofessional
Matt is a Washington native, and University of Washington alum. He enjoys teaching and learning from students of all ages. He’s also passionate about music and is always excited to hear or play something new. This is Matt's second year at APL and is thrilled to be building experience towards pursuit of a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis.
Jeroen Latet- Paraprofessional
Jeroen hails from Belgium, and moved the US 9 years ago! He has a BA in Special Education from Belgium’s KHLIM. He found APL while working with neurodiverse students at another NWAIS school, and is excited to join the APL community. In his free time he enjoys Soccer, going to concerts, and camping.
Maggie Oliver-Paraprofessional
Maggie is looking forward to her third year as a para in K-1. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with a degree in psychology. After a year living in Ireland she is excited to be back in Seattle working at APL. Maggie loves to travel, hike, take photographs and spend time with friends and family.
Michael Oliver-Paraprofessional
Michael is excited for his second year in K-1! He graduated from Willamette University with a degree in sociology in 2012, and after a few years living in Portland, he is back in Seattle full time. When he’s not at APL, he enjoys baseball and riding his bike.
Sarah Lynne Poole-Paraprofessional
Sarah Lynne Poole recently graduated from Lewis and Clark College, with a BA in psychology and art. She has had extensive experience working with both typically developing and differently abled kids, which has been a lifelong passion of hers. Sarah Lynne is a painter, and plans to pursue a career in art therapy. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, traveling and painting.
Emily Yurich-Paraprofessional
Emily is thrilled to be returning to APL for her second year as a paraeducator. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in social and cultural anthropology, and minored in gender, women, and sexuality studies. Emily has worked with kids for over ten years. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking and playing with her two dogs.

Faculty 2-3

Randi Huard-Head Teacher
Randi is a University of Oregon Graduate (Go Ducks!) with a Bachelor’s in education. Before coming to APL she taught preschool and worked for an early intervention program. She got connected to APL through Erin Callaghan. Outside work she likes to hike, run, bake, and camp!
Morgan Suddendorf-Head Teacher
This is Morgan's third year teaching at APL. Morgan went to the University of Washington for her B.A., and Seattle Pacific University for her Masters in Teaching. She loves Husky football, photography, and cooking with her husband.
Abby Railling-BCBA
Abby is excited to be returning to APL as the BCBA for the 2/3 classroom. Abby received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, where she studied psychology and behavior analysis. She continued her education at UW, achieving her master’s in Education and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and dogs.
Solomon Assefa-Paraprofessional
Solomon came from South Seattle and was connected with APL through friends and staff. He studied Communication at Eastern Washington University. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, and hanging with friends.
Matt Caliri-Paraprofessional
This is Matt’s fourth year at APL. He’s been working with kids on the spectrum for over ten years. Outside of school he enjoys running, writing, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Je’Warren Coles-Paraprofessional
Je’Warren gravitated towards APL by way of three completely different referrals from friends. They all told him it would be the perfect fit and he’s so excited to be here! Je’Warren is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Sociology/Psychology. He has worked with a broad variety of age groups and backgrounds, from at-risk teenagers to inner city grade-schoolers. When he’s not working to help strengthen his community, Je’Warren enjoys cooking, skateboarding, playing the drums, drawing, and costal road trips.
Taya Gasperini-Paraprofessional
Taya is in her 6th year at APL. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a degree and license in Elementary Education. Prior to APL, Taya worked and lived in Boston, MA. She hopes to share her love of the art and theatre with the APL students this year.
Hannah Martin-Paraprofessional
Hannah hails from Fayetteville Arkansas, and received her BA in Psychology from University of Arkansas. She worked in an Arkansas clinic for children with Autism for over a year, and discovered APL during her search for similar opportunities in Seattle. In her free time she enjoys Yoga, hiking, running, and watching Netflix.
Cooper Metz-Paraprofessional
Cooper is a North Carolina native who has been living in Washington for over a decade now. She currently lives in Green Lake with friends and her pride and joy, Bowie, an adorable pit mix. Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Washington in 2012. While working on her degree, she volunteered at APL in the 2/3 classroom to fulfill a practicum requirement. It is then that Cooper fell in love with the school and has been stuck here ever since!

Faculty 4-5

Molly Kessler-Head Teacher
Molly is excited for her fourth year at APL and her third year as a co-teacher in the 4/5 classroom. She moved from Colorado to study special education at Seattle Pacific University, and graduated with her Bachelor’s in special education and her WA teaching license. In her spare time, Molly enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and crafting.
Elise Krueger-Head Teacher
Elise is so excited to be at APL for her third year. She is from Colorado and has been living in Seattle for two years. She graduated from University of Colorado in 2012 with a BA in psychology and a teaching license. After college, Elise spent a year and a half teaching English in Costa Rica. She enjoys reading, cooking, rafting, snowboarding, and trying new things!
Skye Gombert-BCBA
Skye is thrilled to be back for her 3rd year at APL. She graduated with a BS in psychology from the University of Idaho, and went on to finish her master’s degree program in applied behavior analysis at the University of Washington, (Go Huskies!) When she’s not at APL, she loves being outdoors, camping, having adventures, and making memories with family, and friends who are like family.
Bailey Brooks-Paraprofessional
Bailey graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in interior design in 2006. She became a certified child life specialist in 2014. Her passion for children, creativity, and helping others led her to APL. Bailey loves spending her free time with her family, especially her baby girl, Harper. Bailey enjoys working at APL with her amazing coworkers and awesome students, she is thrilled to be back!
Christopher Brown-Paraprofessional
This is Christopher’s Second year with APL! When he’s not at school, you can find him enjoying Photography, skateboarding, playing with his pug, and working hard.
Corina Hampton-Paraprofessional
Cory came to APL after volunteering here during her practicum as a graduate student at the University of Washington. She graduated with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is preparing to take the BCBA exam. When not at APL, she likes to read and hang out with her cat.
Henya Kamesar-Paraprofessional
Henya found APL through a childhood friend, after moving to Seattle. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 and has worked with youth, and in education, for many years. Most recently she taught English in Spain! She loves to travel, do yoga, hike, read, spend time with friends, and explore Seattle. She is so happy to be back for a second year at APL!
Peter Klingman-Paraprofessional
PPeter found APL through a friend in K/1. He has been in education since 2013, when he traveled to South Korea to teach English. He loves playing and coaching sports, and runs the APL sports club with his coworker Xan. Peter is passionate about ABA, and firmly believe that it can be used to teach anything. In his free time he enjoys fly fishing, cycling, spending time with friends, and snuggling with his two adorable tuxedo cats, Mac and Charlie.
Van Le-Paraprofessional
Van grew up and resides in Bellevue. He graduated from the University of Washington majoring in American Ethnic Studies. A good friend referred him to APL, this will be his 4th year! He is an avid sports fan, rooting for all the Seattle teams. He is known for his variety of caps. He’s excited help out any way he can for those involved with APL and the community. Swag!
Brian La Monte-Paraprofessional
Brian grew up in San Jose, California. He received his BA in history from San Jose State, he has a mild to moderate special education credential from National Hispanic University. He found APL during his search for unique special education schools in Seattle. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and playing sports.
Xan Nixon-Paraprofessional
Originally from California, Xan moved to Seattle at a young age. He discovered APL through his dad, Jimmy Nixon, the executive director and found at Broadway Bound Children’s Theater. In his spare time he likes to watching sports, playing sports, and coaching soccer.

Faculty 6-7

Brett Bauldaf-Head Teacher
Brett was lucky enough to find APL on the recommendation of friends and is excited for his first year in the 6/7 classroom! Brett has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, and received his teaching license in Tucson Arizona, where he taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Development and 8th grade Social Studies. Outside of school, Brett spends as much time outside as he can, gardening, reading in the park, hiking, and camping in the mountains. However, when the rain is tending the garden and makes the park dangerous for books, he enjoys going to climbing gyms or reading in a comfy chair with a warm cup of coffee.
Ryan Turner-Assistant Teacher
Ryan is so excited to be returning to APL for his fourth year as assistant teacher in the 6/7 grade. This is his ninth year at APL! His original connection to the APL community was through Ali Moors Lipshin and the Gordon family. In his free time he loves travelling the world, reading, and is a diehard Seahawks fan!
Jessica West-DeJarnatt-BCBA
This is Jessica’s fourth year at APL! She is excited to be back in 6/7 as the classroom BCBA for a third year. Jessica received her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington in the spring of 2014. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, friends, and family. She also loves cooking and reading.
Christopher Thomas-Paraprofressional
Christopher first came to APL out of a desire to expand his understanding of education, and gain some experience at a one-of-a-kind school. He's now in his second year as a paraprofessional. He holds a BA in English literature from Pennsylvania State University and previously worked as a volunteer ESL teacher with adults. In his free time he spends a lot of time cooking, baking, and reading fiction.
Nicki Dyer-Paraprofessional
Nicki came to APL through her work as a stage manager in children's theater. She received her B.A. in English Writing and Theater at Whitworth University. When not at APL working with some of the coolest people on the planet, she loves to write, read, tell stories, and do generally artsy things.
Drew Feltes-Paraprofessional
Drew was born and raised in West Philadelphia, where he liked spending most of his days on the playground. He liked chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, and even shooting some b-ball outside of his school. Until one day when he got into a small neighborhood altercation with some gentlemen who were up to no good, which led to his mother and him deciding that it’d be best if he moved in with his aunt and uncle in Bel-Air. It was there that he began working with children on the spectrum. He later moved to Seattle and is now entering his 5th year at APL.
Troy Krieger-Paraprofressional
Troy graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from California Lutheran University in 2015. He was referred to APL by Engage ABA as he continues working for them. He is very excited to start his first year and to make a difference! When he is not working, you can catch him hanging out with friends, playing bass guitar, hiking or playing games.

Faculty 7-8

Amy Yoo-Head Teacher
Amy attended University of Washington for her undergrad, and the Teachers College at Columbia University for her Masters. This will be her 5th year at APL, and in the 7/8 classroom.
David Revelli-Assistant Teacher
David spent time as a parent and volunteer at the EEU, where he met APL’s director, Jennifer Annable. Inspired by his experience, he completed a teaching credential at Western Washington University, and worked in the Highline School District for 8 years. He has experience with typical and ELL students. Looking for his next challenge, he discovered APL! After a rewarding year as a Para in the APL High School, he transitioned to Assistant Teacher in 7/8. In his free time, he enjoys performing and recording music and spending time with his family.
Allison Winger-BCBA
Allison was born and raised in Seattle and has been at APL since 2008. After starting work here as a paraprofessional, she fell in love with the field and completed her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis on applied Behavior analysis from UW. Outside of working with kids, Allison enjoys travel, Seahawks football, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends
Trevor Boesh-Paraprofessional
Trevor has a BA in psychology and has been working in schools since his undergrad. He is in his 6th school year at APL and is excited for APL's future. In his free time he enjoys gardening and exploring ranging from a day hike to a week long backpacking trip.
Kyla Campos-Paraprofessional
Kyla found APL while searching for a practicum placement. She is currently obtaining her Masters degree in Education and BCBA certification as a graduate student at the University of Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, Kyla studied Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and volunteered at several inclusion camps and social skills groups. She is excited to learn from APL staff and students! When not at school, Kyla can be found on her yoga mat, either teaching or taking a class.
Ricky Claudon-Paraprofessional
Ricky has been working with students on the Autism Spectrum in home settings, after school programs, and in the classroom for a few years now. On the weekends he teaches private music lessons (guitar and piano) at Mode Music Studios.
Alyssa Douthitt-Paraprofessional
Alyssa is excited to be joining the APL team this year! She recently moved to Seattle from St. Louis, MO. Alyssa received her Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Missouri State University, and will be attending University of Washington's accelerated ABA Masters program this fall. Alyssa worked as a paraprofessional for two years in Maui, and an additional year in St. Louis for the Special School District. In her free time, she enjoys going for hikes, running, reading and exploring Seattle!
Maria Freeborg-Paraprofessional
Maria was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and attended Oregon State University, where she received a degree in Family Human Sciences. While completing her degree, she worked at a preschool, which inspired a strong passion for working with children.
While working for the Seattle Public Schools ESY program, she heard about APL, and was excited by the close community positive relationships. In her free time she likes to head outdoors, swim, hike, and camp. She is very excited to be a part of APL!
Anthony Kidd-Paraprofessional
Born and raised in Seattle, Anthony got his degree in Recreation Management at Eastern Washington University. He has tons of experience working with kids. His time at the EEU gave him an opportunity to work with students with special needs. After graduating from Eastern Washington University, he began working at the Academy for Precision Learning. This is his 4th year at APL and he is eager to continue teaching! His hobbies include playing basketball, shopping, and spending time with his 4 year old daughter Jaylah
Hanley Shum-Paraprofessional
Hanley is born and raised in Seattle. He connected with APL through friends on staff. He Graduated from Everett College 2012. He enjoys working with kids, and spends his summers assisting at basketball camps. In his free time he likes playing and watching sports, traveling, riding his motorcycle, and trying new foods. This is his first year at APL and he is looking forward seeing what it holds!
Shawna Trusty-Paraprofessional
After working at Boadway Bound Children's Theatre over the summer, Shawna discovered APL and thought it would be a great fit! She recently moved to Seattle after receiving her BA in Theater and Dance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Shawna has worked as a tutor and theatre instructor for the past 6 years and is excited to be joining APL. In her free time she enjoys going to theatre productions, singing, and playing the ukulele.
Joshua Yu-Paraprofessional
Joshua recently moved to Seattle from New Orleans, and is in the ABA graduate program at the University of Washington. After spending four years working with children at the Jewish Community Center, he began working a s a tech under the supervision of a BCBA-D. He quickly realized that he was meant to be in the ABA field, and is excited to obtaining his degree while working with APL students. Outside of school, you can catch him fishing, playing basketball, or watching football. Go Saints!

Faculty High School

Allison Chancellor-BCBA
Allison’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, a Masters in Human Behavior, Applied Behavior Analysis, and a BCBA certification. She joined the team at APL following a two year stint working for an international government, implementing an intensive behavioral support program for individuals impacted with Autism. In her free time, Allison enjoys biking, snowboarding, football and soccer, and eating.
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. The potential to make a unique impact within an inclusive education setting is an opportunity that Michelle is excited to take on.
Kate Payne-Learning Specialist
Kate is excited for her second year at APL! Originally from California, she relocated to Seattle in 2015. Kate has a BA in Liberal Studies and Teacher Education from the Dominican University of California, and a Masters of Education in ABA from Arizona State. She has been teaching for over ten years! On her days off she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, and cooking.
Alicia Schmoker-Pathways Specialist
Alicia received her Master’s in social work from the University of Washington in 2014. While in graduate school, she completed interdisciplinary leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disorders through the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability. Alicia holds a certification in school social work and is working on her licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. In her free time, Alicia enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.
Nick Ackermann-Teacher
Nick taught in New Jersey for 8 years before moving to Seattle and APL! He has taught middle school science, high school biology, and environmental science. He has been an informal educator at the Liberty Science Center, where he enjoyed the opportunity to explore all kinds of science, from astronomy to physics to computer science. Nick is a huge Mets fan, choral singer, and league bowler. In his free time, he enters beard and moustache competitions to raise money for charity.
Jim Carothers-Teacher
Jim is excited to join the fun at APL this year! He has Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and English Literature from the University of Houston, and has taught a variety of subjects at different levels. He enjoys reading science fiction novels, getting lost in parks with his wife and two dogs, and PC gaming.
Sean Lawson-Teacher
Sean moved to Seattle two years ago from Philadelphia, where he earned a teaching certificate for secondary English education from Temple University. Sean has worked in a variety of roles in education, and was introduced to APL while working as a teaching assistant under the guidance of Alison Moors-Lipshin. He loves his cat and enjoys reading and writing.
Andrey Chumachenko-Math Teacher
Andrey is 52 years old, and lives in Auburn with his wife and daughter. He has taught math, chess, and tutored at three different academies. This year, he wanted to find a place where he could do it all at once! He is a chess master, and two time NC state champion. His passion is to teach math and provide everything to help his students develop logical thinking and chess skills.
Kunie Kikunaga-Japanese Teacher
This is K's first year at APL. She was born and grew up in Tokyo. She holds a master's degree in foreign language education and has taught Japanese at private schools and community colleges. K enjoys traveling and hiking with her family.
Stephen Marea-Spanish Teacher
Theresa Farrell-Paraprofessional
Theresa is a woman of a thousand questions and even more answers. She has here traveled from NY, had many adventures along the way, and has made Seattle her home. This is in her second year at the APL high school! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, drinking way too much coffee, and running, (especially distances over fifty miles!).
Frankie Gollub-Paraprofessional
Frankie completed his BFA in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, and moved from Virginia to Seattle to pursue a career in education in 2012. He spent three years at First Place School in the Central District, this will be his first year at APL! In his free time he loves to hike, rock out to 80’s music and make art.
Arianna Kruchowski-Paraprofessional
Arianna moved to Seattle about 2 years ago after getting her bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota in 2014. This is her first year with APL, and she has been so inspired by the students' efforts and accomplishments! In her free time she likes to bike, climb, run, and generally be outdoors.
Colleen Larson-Paraprofessional
Colleen is returning for her second year at the APL High School. She has an MS in ABA from Western New England University. She is a huge University of Washington fan! Go Dawgs! In her free time she goes to UW football games, hikes with her friends and family, and takes long walks with her dog!
Erin Loeffler-Paraprofessional
Erin graduated from Northwest University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She 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, drinking coffee at Starbucks, and taking group fitness classes.
Jay Weir-Paraprofessional
Moved here from Baltimore this past summer, and is excited to join the APL community! Jay has experience with special needs students at Kennedy Krieger High School, as a summer camp counselor and lifeguard, and as an in-home life skills coach. He has a degree in English from Towson University, with a minor in creative writing. Jay is an eagle scout and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, reading, and running.


Kristine Helgager-Art Teacher
This will be Kristine's fifth year teaching visual arts at APL. Kristine moved to Seattle after she graduated from the University of WI – Madison, where she earned a degree in fine art with a focus in painting and drawing. She is excited for the students to continue exploring their creative minds through her fun but challenging lessons.

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Academy for Precision Learning
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