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 third 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.
Blake Degraw-Office Manager
Blake randomly discovered APL when he moved to Seattle in 2012, and the warm community has kept him here in various capacities ever since. He currently splits his time between APL and Cornish College of the Arts, where he studies music composition. In his spare time, he is the director and conductor of a community orchestra, develops and builds sound sculptures for gallery installations, collects and restores musical instruments, and is a ghost-town enthusiast.
Courtney Gutierrez-Clinical Director
Courtney has been working in the field of education and ABA for fourteen years. She has been at APL since the fall of 2010, when she started as the K/1 Head Teacher. She has since transitioned into a coordinator role, assisting Ali with managing clinical and educational support services. 2017-2018 will be her second year as Clinical Director of the ROOTS Clinic at APL. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and six-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 for his third year at APL. This year APL is serving as his internship placement for the University of Washington Danforth Educational Leadership Program. 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 before coming to APL. During his free time he enjoys running, theater, and spending time with family.
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-Roving Specialist
Shelly graduated with a BA in 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 8th year here at APL and is happier than ever! She will now work 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
This will be Nicole’s 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 Master’s 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 Master’s 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.
Sherry Weber-Lower School Counselor
Sherry has been working as a teacher and school counselor since 1998 and is happy to have joined the staff here at APL. She is a Seattle native and has attended all of our city’s higher learning institutions. Sherry earned her B.A. in Psychology at University of Washington, Elementary teaching certificate at Seattle Pacific University and M.A. in School Counseling at Seattle University. In her spare time, Sherry enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, volunteering at their schools, and exploring the PNW together.
Cooper Metz-Floating Specialist
Cooper graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Washington in 2012. While working on her degree, she began volunteering at APL to fulfill a practicum requirement. It was then that Cooper fell in love with the school, students, and staff. Having spent the past 5 years as a Paraprofessional at APL, she is extremely excited to begin her new role as Floating Specialist!
Kirk Laughlin-Director of Advancement
A Spokane native, 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 has a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, is on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is an advisory council member for 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.
Jesse Tofte-Director of Operations
Theresa Farrell-Registrar
Theresa is a woman of a thousand questions and even more answers. She has traveled here from NY, had many adventures along the way, and has made Seattle her home. This is 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!).
Drew Feltes-Advancement Assistant
For the past 5 years, Drew served the students of APL as a Para Educator, assisting as much as he could in their academic, social, and behavioral successes. He is extremely excited to continue working on behalf of APL students, only this time through the administrative role of Advancement Assistant. Having led multiple fundraisers on behalf of APL, a position in the Advancement Department seemed too good to be true for Drew! Stop by his office in 108A if you have any fundraising or volunteer-related questions, comments, or ideas!

Faculty K-1

Morgan Brooks-Head Teacher
Morgan is excited to join APL for her fourth year. She has been working with and teaching children for more than 10 years. She began as a teacher in studios, museums, and schools, and moved on to working as an Advanced Behavior Therapist in homes and schools. She’s thrilled to combine her love of teaching and behavior therapy as the Head Teacher in the K-1 classroom. Morgan is currently working on obtaining her Masters, and she loves creating art in her limited free time.
Maggie Oliver-Assistant Teacher
Maggie is looking forward to her fourth year at APL, and is so excited to start her new role as Assistant Teacher. She studied psychology at Lewis and Clark College, and then spent a year as an au pair in Ireland. Maggie has grown up teaching and loves to sing songs and read books in the classroom. She also loves to travel, hike, take photographs and spend time with friends and family.
Laura James-BCBA
Laura is the Behavior Analyst (BCBA, LBA) for the K/1 classroom. This will be her sixth year at APL and her fifth year in this position. Laura completed her M.Ed. in Special Education, with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. In 2013, Laura received her BCBA certification. Laura comes from a huge family of teachers and has been working in the field of special education for almost 10 years. Joining the APL community has allowed Laura to combine her passions for ABA and education, and she feels so blessed to be working with the incredible K/1 team again this year! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, thrift shopping, and going for long walks around Seattle with her husband.
Matthew Badger-Certified Behavior Technician
Matt is a third year Para at APL and has spent 5 years as a Behavior Tech in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently 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.
Jeroen Latet-Certified Behavior Technician
Jeroen hails from Belgium, and moved to the US 10 years ago! He has a BA in Special Education. He found APL while working with neurodiverse students at another NWAIS school. Jeroen is starting his second school year at APL and cannot wait to get started again. In his free time he enjoys soccer, live music, hiking and camping.
Sarah Lynne Poole-Certified Behavior Technician
Sarah Lynne is so excited to start her second year as a Para in the K/1 classroom! She grew up in the Seattle area and enjoys exploring the city with friends and family. Sarah Lynne studied psychology and art in university and will be pursuing her Master’s in Social Work. She loves to make art, cook new recipes, and play with her kittens. She is looking forward to meeting the new students in K/1, and of course all of her returning students!
Emily Yurich-Certified Behavior Technician
Emily is super excited to be returning to APL! This is her third year as a Paraprofessional 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.
Kathleen Lambino-Certified Behavior Technician
Kat is excited to start her first year at APL! She has been working in the ABA field for two years in a clinical setting, and is excited to now be working in a school setting. She is going to UW this fall to get her Master's in Early Childhood Special Education. In her free time, she likes cooking, hiking, photography, crafts, and music.
Amanda Hurst-Certified Behavior Technician
Amanda is a first year Para at APL, having just recently moved to Seattle from Flagstaff, Arizona. Amanada will be starting her M.ED. at the UW in the fall! In her free time, she loves to bake, cook, climb and be outside. She is excited to be working with your students. Cheers!

Faculty 2-3

Randi Huard-Head Teacher/Co Head Teacher
Randi got her Bachelors of Education at the University of Oregon. There she studied Family & Human Services and Special Education. After graduating she taught preschool in South Seattle. Due to the crazy traffic of Seattle, Randi decided it was time to find work closer to home. She found out about APL through a friend and the rest is history! She has been teaching at APL for the past 4 years now. Outside of school she enjoys running, camping, hiking, reading, board games, and traveling.
Morgan Suddendorf-Head Teacher/Co Head Teacher
This is Morgan's 4th year at APL. She went to UW for her undergraduate degree, then to SPU for her Master's Degree in Teaching. Outside of school, she likes to bake, travel with her family, and she and her husband love to play with their puppy, Tiburon.
Abby Railling-BCBA
Abby is excited to be returning to APL as the BCBA for the 2/3 classroom. This will be her 5th year at APL. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, where she studied psychology and behavior analysis. Abby continued her education at UW, achieving her Master’s Degree in Education and becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, and spending time with friends and dogs.
Solomon Assefa-Certified Behavior Technician
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-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" (ready for preorder on Amazon!), that will be published this October. Matt and his wife are also expecting a baby boy this November! He hopes to be successful in cloning himself by mid-September, in order to juggle all of the expectations on his plate.
Je’Warren Coles-Certified Behavior Technician
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! He is currently pursuing his Bachelors 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 coastal road trips.
Taya Gasperini-Certified Behavior Technician
Taya is in her 7th 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 arts and theatre with the APL students this year.
Priya Manion-Classroom Behavior Technician
Priya is very excited to be at APL. She has a BA in Psychology and Sports Management from Dominican University of California. She loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling. She is a big Seattle sports fan, specifically the Mariners.
Mackenzie Daris-Classroom Behavior Technician
Makenzie is originally from Southern California and did her undergrad at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked as a Behavior Technician for almost two years and will be attending UW's Master's in Special Education/ABA program. She loves live music, Shakespeare, and macaroni and cheese. She is thrilled to be a part of the APL team and expand her knowledge of behavior analysis. Go Dawgs!!
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.

Faculty 4-5

Molly Kessler-Head Teacher
Molly is excited for her fifth year at APL and her fourth 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. This past summer Molly got married and is excited about new adventures with her husband!
Elise Krueger-Head Teacher/Co Head Teacher
Elise is excited for her 4th year of teaching in 4/5 classroom. She is originally from Steamboat Springs, CO and loves to visit every chance she gets! Elise graduated from the University of Colorado after studying psychology and elementary education. She spent a year and a half teaching English as a second language in Costa Rica, before moving to Seattle. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, camping, figure skating, and spending time with friends and family.
Skye Gombert-BCBA
Skye is very happy to be back for her 4th 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.
Christopher Brown-Classroom Behavior Technician
This will be Christopher's third year at APL. He is very involved in APL's extra curricular activies, having facilitated a photography class for APL's Experiential Learning Week, starting the after-school Photography Club, as well as assisting in Sports Club. If he's not at APL, he's probably off traveling or hanging out with his pug, Kevin.
Van Le-Certified Behavior Technician
Van grew up, and currently resides, in Bellevue. He graduated from the University of Washington, having majored in American Ethnic Studies. A good friend referred him to APL, and he is now entering his 4th year at the school! Van is an avid sports fan; rooting for all of the Seattle teams! He is also very well known for the variety of caps that he wears. He’s excited to help out in any way he can for those involved with APL and the community.
Xan Nixon-Classroom Behavior Technician
Originally from California, Xan moved to Seattle at a young age. He discovered APL through his dad, Jimmy Nixon, the Executive Director and Founder of Broadway Bound Children’s Theater. This is Xan's 4th year at APL! In his spare time he likes to play soccer, watch sports, and hang out with friends!
Craig Peterson-Certified Behavior Technician
Craig is a local actor and carpenter with over ten years of experience in education! This will be his 1st official year at APL, having started last winter in the 7/8 classroom. In his spare time, you can find him with his dog, Veda, running to a rehearsal, getting dirty in his shop, or shootin' the breeze! He loves APL's core mission and is a big ABA nerd!
Brianna Peterson-Classroom Behavior Technician
Brianna heard about APL through the UW. She has a passion for helping others and working with kids. She decided she wanted to explore the field of education and applied for a Paraprofessional position at APL. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, skiing, reading and baking. She's very excited to be a part of the APL community!
Zeyneb Holderidge-Certified Behavior Technician
Zeyneb recently immigrated to the US from Vancouver, Canada. She obtained her Special Education Assistant certification from Stenberg College. This is her first year at APL after three years working for the Richmond School District. Zeyneb loves playing with her cat, skiing (and falling), hiking with her husband, and snacking on ketchup chips.
Jamie Johns-Certified Behavior Technician
Jaime found APL through the approved list of practicum sites for University of Washington's ABA program, which she starts in the fall. She was a K-6 Assistant English Teacher for two years, working in 4 villages on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. After that, she was a K-5 ESL and Language Arts Paraeducator in Florida for a year. She moved to Seattle in December of last year after getting married, and became a para in the Resource Room of a Shoreline public school. She enjoys reading, running, Scrabble, watching movies/Netflix/Jeopardy, traveling, and discovering new parks, beaches, or hiking trails on the weekends with her husband. She is super passionate about food and coffee. She also loves to try new restaurants and cafes. She's currently working on finding the best mocha latte in Seattle.

Faculty 6-7

Brett Bauldaf-Head Teacher
Originally from the Midwest, Brett left Wisconsin to get his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. While he enjoyed his time there, he fled winter to the sunny desert mountains of Arizona, where he completed The New Teacher Project and received his teaching license in Tucson. Ever fueled by coffee, he is excited to return for his second year in the APL community as the Head Teacher in the 6/7 classroom. In what little downtime he has, you will see Brett flee to the mountains to camp and hike every chance he gets, but he runs, climbs, and reads to fill his days in Seattle.
Nicki Dyer-Assistant Teacher
Nicki worked for three years as a Paraprofessional in the 6/7 classroom, and is excited to step into her new role as the Assistant Teacher this year. She has a B.A. in Theater and English Writing, and loves to use these skills to help students with creative problem solving and self expression. When not at APL, Nicki enjoys hanging out with her former nanny kids, girl scout troop, or just enjoying good movies and books.
Corina Hampton-BCBA
This is Cory's second year at APL. She came to Seattle two years ago from California to get her Master's of Education in ABA, and is super excited to be the BCBA for the 6/7 class this year! She loves her cat and dreaming of California.
Angela Engbrecht-Learning Specialist
Kevin Green-Classroom Behavior Technician
Kevin came to APL because he wanted to become more involved in the community. He's currently working towards becoming a teacher, as education is his passion. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, cycling, and playing video games.
Peter Hyunh-Classroom Behavior Technician
Peter has always had a passion to work with kids, and thought that APL would be a great place to hone those skills. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. In his spare time, Peter enjoys watching and playing sports, specifically football and basketball.
Gina Damilano-Classroom Behavior Technician
Gina recently moved to Seattle from California. She received her Bachelor's in Human Development in 2015 and has spent the past three years providing center based therapy for students with disabilities. She has a passion for ABA and Occupational Therapy and plans on getting her Master's in OT in the near future. In her free time, Gina enjoys being outdoors, playing guitar, going to concerts, and watching HGTV.
Addison Lucia-Certified Behavior Technician
Addison has been a part of the APL community for four years now and is overjoyed to be returning this year! He is originally from Santa Cruz, California, and will be finishing his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education & Social Justice Studies) this December. When he’s not at school, Addison enjoys the great outdoors, photography, baking, traveling, & brunch!
Kayla Ritchie-Classroom Behavior Technician
Megan Paulson-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Megan's second year as a para in the 6/7 classroom. She is currently in the UW's ABA Distance Education program and is scheduled to graduate this coming spring. 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.
Daniel Rubio-Classroom Behavior Technician
Alex Huynh-Classroom Behavior Technician
Alex went to the EEU for kindergarten and loved it so much that she continued to volunteer long after she had graduated! When Jennifer Annable moved to APL, Alex followed soon after. She recently received her Assiociates Degree at South Seattle College, and is now entering her 2nd year at APL. When she is not working with the lovely students of APL, Alex likes to play video games and cook!

Faculty 7-8

David Revelli-Head Teacher
Dave is excited to be entering into his third year at APL. He worked as a high school paraprofessional two years ago and was the assistant teacher in the 7/8 classroom last year. Prior to his time at APL, he taught within the Highline School District for eight years. He believes that we, at APL, are deeply dedicated to fostering the academic and social growth of our students, and is extremely proud to be a part of this school! Dave lives with his wife, Marci, his thirteen-year-old son, Max ,and his dog, Cali, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. When he's not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys playing and recording music as a drummer and electronic musician.
Jay Weir-Assistant Teacher
Jay discovered APL last fall, and, after reading the website, realized it was the school for him! He earned his Bachelor's in English from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Jay is also is an Eagle Scout, enjoys running, playing Ultimate frisbee, and reading.
Monique Corcoran-BCBA
Monique came to APL as a paraprofessional and worked in the 6/7 classroom while completing her graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. Last year, she worked in a clinical and in-home setting as a BCBA, but is thrilled to be back at APL as the 7/8 BCBA! Monique has lived in Seattle for four years and enjoys everything this city has to offer! In her free time, she enjoys biking, camping, skiing, and playing guitar.
Angela Lopez-Middle School Math and Science Specialist
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 4 years, and is continuing her love for STEM at APL! She loves running, cooking, and hanging out by the water! She is also very eager to learn how to ski and snowboard.
Anthony Kidd-Certified Behavior Technician
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Anthony has been working with a neurodiverse population of kids since he was 17. He received his Bachelor's in Recreation Management from Eastern Washington University. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, workout, and travel. He has worked at APL for 6 years, and is thrilled about the upcoming school year!
Shawna Trusty-Certified Behavior Technician
After working at Boadway Bound Children's Theatre, Shawna discovered APL and thought it would be a great fit for her! 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, and is excited to be returning to the 7/8 classroom! In her free time she enjoys going to theatre productions, singing, and playing the ukulele.
Troy Krieger-Paraprofressional
Troy graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2015. He was referred to APL by Engage ABA, an organization that he continues to work for outside of his time at APL. He is very excited to start his second year and continue making a profound difference in the lives of his students! When he is not working, you can catch him hanging out with friends, playing bass guitar, hiking, or playing games.
Lori Mandell-Certified Behavior Technician
Shelby Selvidge-Certified Behavior Technician
Shelby was born and raised in a small town of California. She moved to Seattle to attend the Northwest University in 2010, where she attained a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science: Sustainable Community Development & Sustainable Agriculture. She has spent her career working with kids of all ages. Most recently, she managed an environmental studies program in Belize before coming to APL. In her spare time she teaches rock climbing, coaches nutrition & fitness, mountaineers, writes slam poetry, does art, loves gardening, and spends time with her dog, Banjo.
Lauren Callahan-Classroom Behavior Technician
This is Lauren's first year at APL, and she is thrilled to be a CBT in the 7/8 classroom! She recently moved to Seattle from Northern California, where she got her BA in Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University. She is planning on continuing her education in ABA at UW. In her free time, Lauren loves to camp, hike, run, play sports, and tell, listen to, and laugh at jokes!
Asha Hill-Classroom Behavior Technician
This is Asha's first year at APL, and she is excited to join the 7/8 classroom! Asha was born and raised in Washington, and later attended college in Arizona to play volleyball. She then transitioned back to Seattle, and became intrigued by fashion, which led her to styling and event planning. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants and playing sports. Asha hopes to share her sense of fashion with students to help them express themselves in a fun way!
Natalie Poullett-Classroom Behavior Technician
This is Natalie's first year at APL and she's looking forward to having one-on-one time to build relationships with students. She's excited to bring her background in science, and enthusiasm for STEM, into the classroom. She is motivated to help provide a positive middle school experience to all students--wanting them to feel included, learn positive behaviors, and explore their individual personality and ideas. She enjoys running, craft projects, and is passionate about reproductive health education and justice.

Faculty High School

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.
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 Master’s 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.
Julia Schertzer-BCBA
Julia moved to Seattle two years ago from Vancouver, Canada, to complete her Master's of Education at UW. She started at APL in January of 2017, as a part-time BCBA, and is excited to take on her full-time role in the high school this year! In her spare time, Julia likes cooking, biking, singing in her choir, and playing guitar.
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 Nathan-Pathways Specialist
Alicia received her Master’s 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. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys watching and playing sports, being on the water, hiking, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Nick Ackermann-Teacher
Nick is entering into his 10th year of teaching, having done so in a variety of different capacities. Originally from New Jersey, he taught Biology and Environmental Science for 5 years at a public high school in his hometown. He then worked at the Liberty Science Center for 2 years, doing informal science education. He has taught many different fields of science (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, forensics, robotics, astronomy, etc.) to grades K-12. Nick was also involved in facilitating the "Live From Surgery" program, in which surgeons explained their operations to students as they watched in real time. After that, he taught at a private middle school for a year before moving to Seattle last year. This will be his second year at APL, and will be teaching Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, and Computer Science. Nick also runs the "Guys Group" in the high school, and is starting a Robotics Club this year. He's also quite involved in competitive facial hair contests, in which they raise money for various charities. In his spare time, Nick enjoys baseball, bowling, and karaoke. He's looking forward to having a great 2nd year at APL and continuing to introduce the wonders of science to the amazing student here.
Jim Carothers-Teacher
Jim is happy to return to APL for another 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 playing board games.
Sean Lawson-Teacher
Sean moved to Seattle three 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 at all grade levels, and was introduced to APL while working as a teaching assistant under the guidance of Alison Moors-Lipshin. His favorite book is Frank Herbert's Dune and he loves his cat, Wednesday.
Andrey Chumachenko-Math Teacher
Andrey is 53 years old, and lives in Puyallup with his wife and daughter. He taught math and chemistry last year at APL, and also supported the chess club. This year, he wants to focus on math and chess, as well as teaching Russian. Andrey is a chess master, and two time NC state champion. His passion is to teach math and provide every opportunity to help his students develop logical thinking and chess skills.
Arianna Kruchowski-Certified Behavior Technician
Arianna is so excited for her second year as a para in the high school! She has a degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota (her home state). In her free time she likes to run, bike, climb, shoot hoops, eat nachos, and turn all of her t-shirts into muscle tees.
Erin Loeffler-Certified Behavior Technician
This is Erin's second year at APL. She graduated from Northwest University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s 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.
Barry Kornegay-Certified Behavior Technician
Jon Salzman-Certified Behavior Technician
Kate Stogsill-Certified Behavior Technician
Kate has her B.A. from the University of Arizona, and her M.A. from Georgia State University, both in History. After completing her degrees, she moved from Atlanta to Flagstaff, AZ, where she taught middle school world history for three years. She relocated to Seattle after being hired at APL to teach the high school Social Studies classes, and is excited to have escaped the snow. She's really looking forward to continuing to work with students in the field of history.
Frank Stevens-Cfertified Behavior Technician
Frank came to APL after receiving a referral from a good friend. He's been working with kids for over 7 years now, in a variety of positions ranging from coach to certified behavior technician. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, & exploring new places.
Casey Eggleston-Certified Behavior Technician
Carolyn Cussac-Certified Behavior Technician
Melissa Martin-Certified Behavior Technician
Melissa has been a Behavior Technician, working in-home with kiddos, since 2014. She found out about APL after picking up a client who was an APL student. She got a glimpse of the great work that APL does and wanted to be a part of it! She's excited to be working at APL with such great students & staff! She's originally from Southern California and has been living in Washington for about a year. In her free time, she likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her family.
Sam Noble-Classroom Behavior Technician
Sam came to APL because it was an exciting chance to work within an awesome community. He has loved teaching reading, writing, and rhetoric to students of many skill-levels. Other than that, he basically just talks about octopuses all the time.
Olivia DuPree-Classroom Behavior Technician
Olivia came to APL from a background in Speech and Hearing Science. She loves spending time with high school students, working with them to build stronger communication systems. Olivia would eventually like to see a synthesis of Music Therapy and Speech Therapy implemented with young adults. When outside of APL, Olivia can be found kayaking, cooking, snuggling with her cat, or making music with friends.
Bittna Oh-Classroom Behavior Technician
Bittna is a graduate student in the ABA program at UW. She has several friends who worked at APL and they strongly recommended her to join APL! In her free time, Bittna loves to go to parks and listen to music during walks. Also, she loves to hang out with friends!
Riley Brack-Classroom Behavior Technician
Jillian Timmerman-Classroom Behavior Technician
Although this is Jillian's first year at APL, it will be her fourth year in the field. She is currently studying to become a special education teacher. In her spare time, she loves going to live music shows, camping, and reading.
Stephanie Salazar-Classroom Behavior Technician
Steph is a Leo and a first-generation college graduate with a degree in Women's in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, she spent her time mentoring fellow students as an Orientation Advisor. Steph comes here from Austin after serving an Americorps term, and is excited to continue exploring Seattle. She very much enjoys running, live music, and espresso.
Michelle Guerin-Classroom Behavior Technician
Elise Wright-Classroom Behavior Technician
Elise came to APL from Tacoma after working at an international boarding school. Not only is she a CBT, but Elise is also a certified music teacher and leads the music course offered in the high school. She likes to eat spaghetti, travel, binge watch tv shows, and sleep late on the weekends.
Elizabeth Rainey-Spanish Teacher
Elizabeth was connected to APL through Broadway Bound, and was astonished to find out that she could do both music and teaching in one building! She loves the fact that she'll be working with all grades this year, teaching Español to all of her estudiantes! Elizabeth received her B.A. in Spanish from UW, and her M.A. in Teaching from EWU. She enjoys playing piano for musicals and is starting to venture into Latin Jazz piano study! You may find her entertaining guests on cruise ships in the near future!


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
P.O. Box 51241
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