Our Faculty & Staff

Director's Team

Executive Director

Kelly Meyer

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Kelly joined the APL team in 2018, initially serving as the Lower School Director and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. As an educator, Kelly is energized by APL's commitment to inclusion in the classroom and seeks to ensure each student's learning needs are met in a vibrant classroom environment with rigorous academic experiences. Before coming to APL, Kelly spent a decade and a half teaching in middle school and university classrooms in Missouri, Nebraska, Georgia, and Colorado. Kelly led a community writing center initiative at the University Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed coursework toward her doctorate. This initiative was rooted in the University Writing Center and brought university faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate tutors out into the community to serve at-risk individuals and groups through writing programs. Kelly is deeply committed to designing and implementing quality curriculum and experiential-learning opportunities for students and growth-oriented teacher training resources for faculty. When she isn't at school, Kelly loves reading books, traveling near and far, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family. She began her role as APL's Executive Director in July 2020.

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Armstrong

K-12 Academic Program Director

Laura Barringer

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Laura comes to APL with 10 years experience working to advocate for inclusive environments in both schools and workplaces. She started teaching in New York City in 2012 where she earned a Masters in Special Education from the City University of New York.  As an educator, she has experience teaching a wide variety of subject areas and is certified to teach Special Education in grades K-12. She is passionate about creating classrooms and curriculum where students feel safe, included, and excited to learn; while also maintaining structure, high expectations, and rigor. Since moving to Seattle in 2018, she has worked within PROVAIL's Autism Hiring Programs as an inclusive hiring consultant with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard's Autism Inclusive Hiring Programs. This role in the no- profit and corporate world has served to enrich her prior experience in the classroom and to think creatively about students' transition into life after graduation. She is thrilled to be joining the APL team and is motivated by its mission of inclusion and data-driven instruction to meet students' needs. Outside of school, Laura enjoys gardening, yoga, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Director of Human Resources & Operations

Mckensie Grafe

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Mckensie joined the APL team in July of 2020 after leaving a corporate HR consulting role where she consulted with hundreds of clients all over the PNW, Idaho, and Utah. As the Director of HR and Operations, Mckensie's goals are to streamline APL's processes and procedures, help to form a cohesive team of all APL staff, continue to make APL a place people love to come to work for, and work towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives in the coming years. Mckensie loves soccer (Go Sounders!) and college football (Go Dawgs!), she enjoy's carting her dog Ollie every where she goes, and traveling outside of the US as much as possible!

Director of Advancement

Kirk W. Laughlin

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Kirk became interested in APL because two of his three sons are on the spectrum. He has been a fundraiser in the Seattle area since 1994 and joined APL as the Director of Advancement in early 2017. He has led fundraising, community relations and government affairs for organizations such as Seattle Children’s Museum, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Youth Eastside Services and Pacific Science Center. He has a BA and MA in English from the University of Idaho and a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has been a nonprofit board and advisory council member for local and regional nonprofits and frequently gives presentations on fundraising and public affairs topics at local seminars and national conferences. He enjoys long-distance running and would love to talk with you about Star Trek and Blade Runner trivia. He lives in North Seattle with his sons and wife.

Director of Counseling and Transition

Alicia Nathan, MSW, LICSW

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Alicia received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been at APL since 2013, supporting students and families with their transition into young-adulthood. Alicia holds a certification in school social work and is licensed through the Department of Health as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. As the Director of Counseling and Transition, Alicia focuses on the whole child to create the most meaningful and individualized experience for each student and family while at APL and beyond. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and exploring the natural beauties of the Pacific Northwest.

Administration

Executive Consultant

Jennifer Annable

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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 as its Executive Director in 2009, Jennifer spent 25 years at the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit where she was Principal and most recently Director. Jennifer retired from her role as Executive Director of APL in July 2020.

HR Admin Assistant

Mackenzie Christie

Accountant

Theresa Farrell

Clinical Services Manager

Skye Gombert

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Skye Gombert has been a member of the APL team since 2014, and has been practicing within the field of developmental disability services for almost 20 years. She has worked with children, families, and staff in a variety of settings, including in-home services, residential care, and clinic- and school-based programming. After taking a brief sabbatical during the 2019-2020 school year to expand her knowledge and skills in new contexts, Skye returned in the summer of 2020 to support the Roots clinic in launching its first ever summer program, coordinate clinical hiring and onboarding for the 2020-21 school year, and help guide Roots@APL's telehealth and on-site services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Clinical Services Manager she will continue to supervise the development and implementation of high-quality, evidence-based ABA programming for all APL's students. Skye has a special passion for mentoring and supervising new professionals in the field, and is excited to relaunch and revamp APL's Graduate Student Fieldwork program in collaboration with local universities.

NPA Program Administrator & Special Education Teacher

Courtney Gutierrez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

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Courtney has been at APL since 2010. She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of autism services, and over ten years of master's level experience in classroom teaching and ABA therapy. Her areas of expertise include infant and toddler development, parent coaching, ABA clinical leadership and training, P-12 special education, and case consultation for children and young adults with autism and other special needs. She also works as a freelance writer, primarily in the areas of special education, parenting, and autism. Courtney is a native Pacific Northwesterner and mother to three children ages 0-9. She lives with her husband and family in Mountlake Terrace.

Registrar & Administrative Assistant

Judy Gutierrez

Education Intern (ECO)

Daniel Humkey

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Daniel joined APL in 2020 as an intern through the University of Washington. He is an undergraduate studying Education, Communities and Organizations and History.

IT Associate

Tien Huynh

Clinical Support Specialist

Laura James

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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 into an administrative role as the Assistant Clinical Director from Fall 2018-April 2020. She is excited to continue her leadership of the Roots Clinic in a new position as the Clinical Support Specialist this year. Laura comes from a huge family of teachers and has been working in the field of special education for over 10 years. She is thrilled to have found such a unique community where she can combine her passions for ABA and education! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, trying out new recipes, and exploring the Seattle area's beautiful outdoor spaces with her husband and puppy. (In the before times, she also enjoyed thrift shopping and traveling, and can't wait to get back to these hobbies in the post-COVID future!)

IT Associate

Sam McMillin

Executive Assistant

Jesse Pettibone

Advancement & Admissions Manager

Anne Riley

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Anne joined APL in 2019 and brings years of fundraising and admissions experience to APL from her professional work at St. Alphonsus School and the Ballard Senior Center.

Advancement Intern

Lindsey Santos

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Lindsey is a senior at the University of Washington studying Education, Communities, & Organizations (ECO) with minors in Diversity and Disability Studies. After graduation, Lindsey would like to continue to gain more experience in public relations and community outreach. In her spare time, Lindsey is an active member of the Filipino American Student Association (FASA) at UW and enjoys discovering new music, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Seattle.

Clinical Operations Administrative Assistant

Kat Thorne

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kat moved to Seattle to pursue a bachelor's degree in special education and sociology. While finishing up the degree and then after graduating, Kat worked as a BT at an early childhood center in Bellevue. Kat started at APL in September 2019 and worked in the 2/3 classroom. In her free time she likes to sew, take care of many houseplants, and listen to music.

NPA Case Manager & Special Education Teacher

Heather Varvaro

Clinical Operations Manager

Anna Westforth

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Anna Westforth brings more than 20 years of experience in a clinical setting to helm our operations as the Clinical Operations Manager. Anna will be the point person for billing moving forward. She'll also be handling insurance authorizations, verifications, and audit preparedness. Anna will be monitoring legislative changes impacting services and policy compliance and bottom-lining treatment plan and assessment documentation. As one half of Roots@APL's co-managers, Anna will supervise the work of the clinic on both a big picture and day-to-day level. Using a data-driven and person-centric approach to continue evolving the clinic and bring our families high quality services by well-trained staff.

Academic Staff

8th Grade Science Teacher

Nick Bailey

MS Math & Science Teacher

David Chen

Music Teacher K-12

Laura Dean, M. Music Education, NCTM

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Laura is thrilled to join the APL team as a music teacher for K-12. As a professional musician (piano, guitar, and vocalist), her outreach over the past twenty-five years includes solo performances, workshops, and music instruction in her private studio and in the classroom setting. She thrives on travel opportunities that allow her to perform, teach, and explore a variety of music and cultures. Her favorite musical journeys include trips to France, Mexico City, Unalaska, Cuba, Montana, and Oregon. Her first book, Heart and Place: Music of the Westward Expansion, will be published by McFarland Publishing in the later part of 2021. For more on Laura's music adventures please visit www.lauramusic.biz When she is not teaching or making music, she enjoys long distance swimming, hiking, gardening, caring for her 70-year old home, and cooking delicious plant-based meals for family and friends.

4-5 Co-Teacher

Chay Dixon

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Chay came to APL after a year of traveling. In April 2018, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In South America, she spent time learning Spanish and teaching English as a foreign language. She is passionate about education and fostering a love of learning in today's youth. She really enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, attending music festivals, and spending time with her loved ones.

Substitute Teacher

Jamie Estill

HS Science Student Teacher

Xavier Frost

Art Teacher (K-12)

Frankie Gollub

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Frankie is excited to start his fourth year at APL. 2020-21 marks his third year as APL's K-12 Art Teacher. Born in Germany and having lived in Virginia most of his life, he has been drawing and painting since he was 12 years old. After graduating from high school, he served 6 years in the Army National Guard in Field Artillery. With a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, he has seven years of experience in education and teaching art. As a classical realist painter, Frankie teaches the foundations of drawing and painting influenced by today's classical realist movement. In addition to teaching, Frankie is a professional fine artist specializing in landscapes and still life paintings. Many of his paintings reside in private collections throughout the US.

HS Spanish Teacher

Kevin Green

K-1 Teacher

Amanda Hurst

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Amanda started at APL in 2017, and is in her second 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 Amanda loves to be outside hiking, camping, and adventuring. At school, she loves teaching reading, read-alouds, and collaborating with the teaching team to support each student.

4/5 Co-Teacher

Emily Kolar

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Emily is excited to be joining the 4/5 classroom team for her third year at APL. She will also be pursuing an accelerated Masters in Teaching degree this school year. In her free time, Emily loves spending time with her dog, Frankie, doing yoga and has recently taken up cooking! She is passionate about creating a warm classroom environment where every student feels welcome.

HS English/Language Arts Teacher

Nicki Krom

MS English/Language Arts Teacher

Jeroen Latet

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Jeroen originally hails from Belgium and moved to the US in 2007! He has since lived in Chicago, Portland, Olympia and now Seattle. He graduated with a BA in Special Education and Social Work. He started at APL in 2016 and has joined the Middle School teaching team in 2018. He feels that working with middle school students is an exciting and rewarding adventure. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, (live) music, hiking, camping, gardening and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Broadway Bound Teacher

Brendan McDermott

2/3 Assistant Teacher

Tom McEnery

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Tom joined APL in 2019 as a BT for the 6/7 classroom. He moved to Seattle from San Francisco, CA where he worked as an assistant teacher for six years. Tom enjoys hanging out with his wife and two dogs, and experiencing all that the PNW has to offer!

HS Resource Teacher

Anne Messler

K-1 Teacher

Maggie Oliver

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Maggie’s been with APL since the 2014-15 school year, and has been a co-teacher in the K/1 classroom since 2018. 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.

K-1 Student Teacher/Para Educator

Jordan Porter

MS Social Studies Teacher

Jack Schonher

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Jack has been with APL since August of 2019. He studied Secondary Education at the University of Vermont and moved to Seattle in 2019. Outside of school Jack likes to play music, ski, and ride his bike around the Seattle area. In the classroom, Jack enjoys talking history and engaging with students in critical thinking exercises.

MS Teacher, K-10 PE Teacher

Kwame Seymour (he/him)

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Kwame's joined APL in 2018, and started as Assistant Teacher in 7/8 in 2019! He loves being active and making connections with lots of people. His home state is North Carolina, and he graduated from Belmont Abbey College. He enjoys eating new foods, exploring the many parks of the PNW, and taking photos.

HS Social Studies Teacher

Ryan Smyrl

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Ryan started teaching Social Studies at APL in the fall of 2019. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with degrees in Secondary Education and History. He has been working in education for 8 years, teaching grades 7-12 English and Social Studies. Ryan moved to Seattle over the summer of 2019 and enjoys spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest, playing sports, reading, and watching TV and movies.

Head 2/3 Teacher

Morgan Suddendorf, M.Ed

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Morgan has been part of APL since 2013. She went to University of Washington for her undergraduate degree, then Seattle Pacific University for her Masters in Teaching. Outside of school, she likes to spend time with her family.

HS Math & Technology Teacher

Jillian Timmermann

HS Math Teacher

John Uthus

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John enjoys working with a community of learners, where every teacher knows every student. John earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. He particularly enjoys verifying trigonometric identities. His favorite number is pi and has a strange fascination with cows. When not at work, John is kept busy by his wife, son, daughter, two dogs, a fish pond, a turtle, and never ending yard work.

Clinical Staff

Director of Awesomeness

Test Person

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MS BCBA

Matt Badger

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Matt has been a BT at APL since 2014, 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.

Behavior Technician

Drew Callipare

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Drew recently graduated from the University of Washington, receiving his BA with majors in psychology and dance and with a minor in gender, women, and sexuality studies. In his free time, Drew loves singing, dancing, playing video games and meeting new people.

Behavior Technician

Sofia Carregha

Behavior Technician

Liz Caulfield

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Liz began working at APL in 2020 after moving to the Seattle area from North Carolina in summer 2019. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor's in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time reading, watching Netflix, and exploring the PNW.

Behavior Technician

Hatcher Chapman

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Hatcher has been living in Seattle for the past three years and recently graduated from Seattle University where he studied sociology and LGBT studies. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing music, exploring the city and learning how to play new instruments.

Behavior Technician

Colton Cheshier

Behavior Technician

Ivaly Cline

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2020-21 is Ivaly's first year at APL as a behavior technician. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with degrees in Psychology and Dance. Before coming to APL, Ivaly worked as a counselor at Outdoors for All and as the president of her college's Best Buddies chapter. In her free time, she likes to dance, practice yoga, hike, and spend time with her friends and family.

Behavior Technician

Megan Cox

Behavior Technician

Angela Foley

Behavior Technician

Arieal Foley

Behavior Technician

Matthew Garand

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After joining the team in 2019, Matthew is excited to be working in education while pursuing a Masters in Teaching and Secondary English Education. He has experience as a long term substitute teacher, and as a paraeducator in Portland public schools. He loves sharing his passion for education, and working with students! In his free time he enjoys adventuring in the outdoors, and playing cooperative video and board games.

Behavior Technician

Shreyas Garimella

Behavior Technician

James Griffiths

Behavior Technician

Thy Huynh

Behavior Technician

Alexis Jimenez

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Alexis is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Psychology at Seattle U.

Behavior Technician

Wenwen Jing, M.Ed

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This is Wenwen's first year at APL. She is excited to join the APL community. In the past two years, she was teaching Elementary Special Education in rural Alaska. She has a Master's degree in Special Education. Wenwen likes camping, hiking, watching movies, and playing games with friends in her free time.

Behavior Technician

Caleb Jones

Behavior Technician

Miranda Kaster

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Miranda started at APL in 2019. She is originally from Nebraska and studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Missouri. In her free time she enjoys cooking, DIY projects and taking care of her plants.

Behavior Technician

Emily Keller

Behavior Technician

Maddy Killian

HS BCBA

Barry Kornegay

MS BCBA

Troy Krieger

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Troy came to APL as an excited BT and then took it to the next level! He is now a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst and is working toward his BCBA. In his free time, he enjoys going out for sushi, seeing friends, going to concerts, and doing Martial Arts. Go talk to him when you get a chance as he loves the company!

Roving Behavior Technician

Van Le

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Born and raised in the Seattle area, Van as been working as an employee at APL since 2013. A graduate of the University of Washington, Van enjoys being a positive influence to each student as well as the school community. In his free time, Van enjoys sports and cartoons. Van also has likes to wear headwear such as ball caps as an essential piece for his outfits.

Behavior Technician

Tyler Leitch

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Tyler was a kindergarten teacher in Seoul and a middle school teacher in Taipei for seven years before returning to Seattle and starting ABA work. He joined APL in 2019, and in his spare time he likes to play video games and watch YouTube.

Behavior Technician

Priya Maninon

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Priya is excited to be in her fourth year at APL. This is her first year in the 4/5 classroom after three years in the 2/3 class. She has a BA in Psychology and Sports Management from Dominican University of California. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and is a huge Seattle sports fan! She is also in her second year of graduate school, getting a Master's Degree in School Counseling.

Behavior Technician

Sandra Matthews

Behavior Technician

Jamaal "Jay" Mohn

2/3 BCBA

Emily Moser

Behavior Technician

Kaile Phetsarath

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Kaile moved to Seattle in 2020 from Minnesota, where she grew up. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Communications from University of Minnesota Duluth. Kaile really enjoys to laugh and meet new people.

Behavior Technician

Kelsey Plummer

Behavior Technician

Alicia Ramirez

Behavior Technician

Serin Ramp

Behavior Technician

Stacia Rapp

Behavior Technician

Jennifer Roessler, MAED

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Jennifer moved back to the Seattle area in April 2020. Born in Oakland, CA and raised mostly in Columbus, OH she appreciates travel and people. Jennifer earned a BA and MA in English and Education, respectively and is pursuing a MA in Family Therapy at Seattle University. She has a background in teaching, corporate training, and as an entrepreneur. She is very excited to be part of the APL team.

MS LABA

Katelynn Rogers

Behavior Technician

Annie Saephanh

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Annie graduated with a Bachelors in social services. She has been at APL for three years and had previous experience as a caregiver. In her free time she enjoys visiting friends, watching movies, and reading a good book. She looks forward to many more years at APL!

Behavior Technician

Breanna Salazar

4/5 Classroom BCBA

Emily Scheidel (she/her)

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Emily joined APL in the spring of 2020 and has been a BCBA since 2017. She also worked in special education for many years prior to transitioning her career. She is excited to be joining the 4/5 team, and following many of her former 3rd grade students. Emily grew up on the east coast in Massachusetts, but has long held the belief that Pacific beaches are far superior. In her free time, Emily likes to play video games, build Lego kits and puzzles, and go hiking.

Behavior Technician

Ariel Schmidtke

Behavior Technician

Alexandra Sprinkle

K-1 BCBA

Cassandra Szalay

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Cassandra graduated from the University of Washington with her Master’s in Special Education, with a focus in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and achieved her BCBA certification in 2013. After a decade providing services in homes around the Seattle area, she began work at APL in 2018! In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Behavior Technician

Bea Tan

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Bea joined APL in 2019 and this is her second year as a BT. Originally from California, she moved to Seattle to get her degree in Psychology. In her free time, Bea enjoys taking photos, watching movies, and trying new foods around Seattle.

Certified Behavior Technician

Heydi Temby

Behavior Technician

Mary Toman

Behavior Technician

Shay Trusty

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Shay has been working with APL since 2016. They grew up in the midwest, but after graduating with their degree in theatre decided to head out to the PNW. When Shay isn't working at APL they are stage managing in theatres throughout Seattle.

Behavior Technician

Robert Welch

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Robby (or Rob) received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Colorado College in 2018 before working at an inpatient treatment home for adolescents with trauma and mental health illness. Once in the mental health field, he realized his affinity for ABA and came to APL as a behavior technician. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, making pasta, skateboarding, and backpacking.

Certified Behavior Technician

Brittany Yuhas

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Brittany joined APL in 2018. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has a Bachelor's in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and playing with her pug, Ollie!

Behavior Technician

Isabel Avalos

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Isabel started at APL in 2019. She learned about APL through a friend and has enjoyed it so much that she is now in her second year. Her favorite part of APL is the sense of community and collaboration amongst staff members and families. In her free time, she enjoys reading, roller skating, and video games.

Behavior Technician

Julia Egaran

All-School Specialists and Counselors

HS Learning Specialist

Nyx Dyer

Pathways Coordinator

Shelly Frappier

Learning Specialist

Taya Gasperini

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Taya is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a degree and certification in Elementary Education. Taya moved from Boston, MA in 2011 and joined the APL family and has stayed ever since! She has worked as a behavior technician, a roving specialist, and is excited for her new role as a learning specialist.

Health & Wellness Counselor

Tobias Gurl

MS Learning Specialist

Cynthia Henton M.Ed.

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Cynthia started at APL in 2019. She taught in the public school system for many years prior to coming to APL. She has taught from grades K -8, and has been a Mentor and Academic Coach to assist teachers in using instructional best practices. She is so happy to be at APL. The students are awesome, the staff is so dedicated and the community as a whole is extremely supportive.

K-5 Learning Specialist

Annabelle Lee (she/her)

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Anna joined APL in 2020. She went to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and got her BA in Psychology and her Master's in Teaching. She has worked as a BT and Para, which lead her to grow her passion for teaching. On her off days, she loves to explore new places to eat and hang out with friends and family.

K-8 Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

Samantha Lee, MA, LMHCA

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Samantha is joining APL's team as a school counselor. She received her Master's in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Washington and holds a license as a Mental Health Counselor Associate. Samantha completed her practicum at Seattle Children's Autism Center and has offered counseling services to children and their families in private practice and independent school settings. She grew up in the greater Seattle area and enjoys spending time visiting seasonal farmers markets, connecting with friends and family, and indoor cycling. Samantha is excited to serve APL's community!

HS Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate & Professional Development Specialist

Nance Leonhardt, MA, LMHCA

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Nance holds two master's degrees in Teaching from Seattle University and in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is both a Certificated Teacher and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the State of Washington. Nance lives with a menagerie of animals at her small farm on Vashon Island with her husband and teen daughter. She enjoys gardening, DIY projects, and photography.

Why Parents Love Us

To see our child happy, and with people that care about her, is worth more than anything and we have found that at APL.

- APL Parent

APL turned my child’s life around: academically, socially, and emotionally. And my life as well: I no longer dread the phone ringing. I know that my kids are in good hands, and that if ever any sort of problem does come up, I’ll be able to work with the school to make things better. What I say matters.

- APL Parent

APL provides us peace of mind for our family in a safe and supporting environment.

- APL Parent

When we started looking for the right school for our child to attend, we toured everywhere and came up dry. We found ourselves wishing there was a school where ABA therapy and academics were wholly combined in the same classroom. THEN we found APL and it felt like it had been created just for us. Dream come true!

- APL Parent

APL has helped our son regain his self-confidence and improve his self-esteem!

- APL Parent

The APL way is to care about your child in the best way possible while laying out a road map for progress developmentally and emotionally.

- APL Parent

The intrinsic blend of ABA with schooling that has taken my child from not sitting at a school desk, balled up in the corner in a novel, in public school to completing her work and even enjoying many of her academic classes. The value put on the unique traits of individuals and the enormous patience of the staff come in at the top as well.

- APL Parent

Donating to APL

The Academy for Precision Learning has 501(c)(3) non-profit status under EIN #91-2143623. We accept donations to supplement tuition and operating expenses. Donations can be sent to our mailing address or made online via the button below.

Academy for Precision Learning
P.O. Box 51241
Seattle, WA 98115