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Our Team

Faculty & Staff

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Tamra Burwick

Lead Teacher
Tamra has been with William’s Community School since 2011.  She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher.  As a teenager, her interest became specified to children with special needs.  She also has a passion for youth with emotional needs and/or troubling circumstances.  Making every child feel loved and wanted is what drives her.  She attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie and Angelo State University where she studied special education and psychology.
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Anna Monas, M. Ed.

Lead Teacher
Anna joined William’s Community School in 2014. Prior to joining William’s Community School, Anna taught for 5 years in Montessori schools in the Boston area, then decided to return to school earn her master’s degree in Special Education to expand her knowledge of teaching students with diverse learning needs. She worked with students in the special education department at a charter school in east Austin as a paraprofessional after relocating to Austin, and recently completed her M.Ed. in Special Ecucation with a specialty in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently completing her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well. She received a BA in American Studies from Smith College in Massachusetts.
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Molly Hils

Lead Teacher
Molly has been with William’s since the summer of 2016. She comes from a family of educators, so it didn’t take long for her to figure out that she wanted to work in special education. Molly has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus in ABA therapy and a minor in Social Work from Florida State University. Some of her previous experience includes working in an inclusion preschool classroom through Head Start and assisting in-home clients through skill building and community outings. Molly loves riding her motorcycle and is an avid hiker.
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Amanda Hansen

Lead Teacher

Amanda joined the William’s Community School in the summer of 2018. She moved from Corpus Christi and soon after started as a substitute teacher with us. She loved the school so much she decided to make it permanent and become a teacher. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication Science and Disorders from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Amanda has worked as a Speech Therapy Assistant as well as a Behavior Technician previous to William’s. She has a passion for helping children and doing what she can to make them as successful as can be. She especially loves helping children with their speech and communication goals, incorporating that into the classroom. Since Amanda is new to Austin she enjoys exploring and finding new places to swim and hike. When given the chance she loves to travel to new places, anywhere she hasn’t seen before.

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Samantha Dileo, M.Ed.

Lead Teacher
Sam joined Williams Community School in August of 2017. Prior to joining the WCS team, she worked as a Special Education Teacher in Connecticut focusing on developmental therapy. It was here that Sam found her passion of differentiated learning and striving to find the most effective teaching tools to reach all learners. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and M.Ed. in Physical Education as well as a teaching certification in grades K-12. Sam spends a lot of time researching adaptive physical education to combine her love of both P.E. and Special Education. She loves sports, anything on the water, and as a recent Texas transplant, loves exploring all that Austin has to offer with her fiancé and dog.

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DeeDee Petit

Lead Teacher

DeeDee joined WCS in January 2018. Prior to joining William’s, DeeDee taught for 23 years in public schools. Twenty two of those years had been in the Pflugerville School District. Twenty-one of those years have been spent in special education, one year was spent teaching 3rd grade. DeeDee has one child named Chad who teaches Special Education in Pflugerville. She has a parrot named Lolita and a dog named Buster. In her spare time she likes to listen to live music, hike and read books. When she has time off from work she likes to travel outside the country.

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Gabby Sullivan

Assistant Teacher
Gabby joined William’s Community School this summer. As a teenager she was always interested in learning about young children with special needs and the different ways they learned. She worked as a paraprofessional at a Central Texas charter school for a year and a half, where she grew in her desire to help children with developmental disabilities. Gabby is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, and wants to get her Master’s at the University of Texas. Aside from her love for children she also loves animals, especially her dog Libby.
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Megan Willoughby

Assistant Teacher
Megan has been with William’s Community School since 2013. She started work in the public school and liked it so much that she joined William’s. In her free time she likes to ready, do archery, and Krav Maga.

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John Kimbriel, M. Art History

Assistant Teacher

John joined the William’s Community School in the summer of 2017, a mere two days after moving to Texas! After a fortuitous transfer from camp cook to special needs counselor when he was 20, John has been working with children with special needs in various capacities on and off for the past six years. He worked for a year and a half as a teaching assistant at the Faison School for Autism in Richmond. Although he has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and art history, a Master’s degree in art history, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history, his parents are constantly trying to persuade him that his true calling is working with children with autism. They are probably right. In his spare time, he likes running, playing soccer, trying every food truck in Austin, and F.C. Barcelona. 

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Joesph Kydon

Assistant Teacher

Joe joined William’s community school in the summer of 2018 and has become a full time teaching assistant for the school year. Originally from New York he has been around a wide range of special needs since he was a kid. Once out of college he worked in the field for three years. Over time he has traveled around the country and has done a array jobs but has come back to what he enjoys. When he is not at work you can find him on the ice playing hockey at the local rinks.

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Joshua Durkin

Assistant Teacher

Josh joined William’s Community School as the Lead for the Saturday Program in 2017 and became a Teacher’s Assistant this fall. He was raised in Plano, Texas and moved to Austin in 2015. He grew up helping his mom and dad raise his two younger brothers. In middle school, he worked in the Partners P.E program, which gave him the love for working with special needs students. Josh loves teaching love, compassion and empathy through music and constant praise. Josh started his child care career with Joshua’s Stage, where he runs aftercare at Williams community school. He is very excited to work at WCS.  Josh is currently pursuing training as an RBT. He has been working with children with special needs for two years.

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Paula Chavez

Assistant Teacher

Paula joined William’s Community School the summer of 2018. She has worked with students with disabilities for 18 years. Paula has a dog named Lizzy and in her spare time she likes to workout, dance, and stay at home and watch movies.

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Erika Selzer

Assistant Teacher

Erika joined William’s Community School this fall. She recently graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in Speech Language Pathology. She plans to become a licensed speech pathologist. Erika is super passionate about working with students with special needs. In her free time, Erika enjoys cooking and writing.

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Emma Grimes, MA

Assistant Teacher
Emma has been with William’s since June 2017. What was initially supposed to be just a summer job turned into a full time position after she realized how much she loved working with children in a classroom setting. She is an artist and also teaches studio classes to children at a contemporary art museum in town. Emma loves to go to the gym, museums, and hang out at home with her cat.
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Rose Chalil, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist
Rose has been with William’s Community School since 2014. Her desire to work with children with autism came when she spent time volunteering in the rehabilitation department of her local children’s hospital. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2005, and has been a licensed Speech Pathologist for over 10 years. Rose’s primary focus has been working with children who have autism, but she also specializes in working with children who are non-verbal. She has years of experience working with Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology, and has worked as a Speech Pathologist as well as an Assistive Technology Coordinator. Some of her favorite things include spending time with her family, watching movies, outdoor activities, and taking vacations.
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Katherine Gebhart, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Katie joined the WCS staff in September of 2017.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in 2005 with a major in English and a minor in Psychology.  In 2008, she began to pursue her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in Dallas (where she grew up) at Texas Women’s University, and graduated in December of 2010.  Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings, including private clinics, schools, and home health.  Katie is also in the process of co-starting a private OT business, Trees and Leaves OT, with a peer.   Katie is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, and they have 3 children – Ian, Skylar and Cole.  She is a voracious reader and loves talking books! She also loves dressing up and Comic Con.

Administration

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Patsy Harris

Executive Director

Patsy joined William’s Community School spring 2018.  She is a native Texan and has lived in the Austin area over 15 years.  Patsy is a proud mom of 3 young adults.  She enjoys running, sports, gardening, and hanging out with friends and family.   She has over 15 years of nonprofit senior management experience in the areas of organizational development, strategic planning, volunteer management, relationship building and fund development.  Patsy believes in and supports that every child, given the appropriate supports, can thrive.

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Kara Huss, M. Ed., BCBA

Director
Kara has been with William’s Community School since 2011. Her love for children with special needs sparked while volunteering in a PPCD classroom in high school. She also gained experience providing respite care for families while in school as well as by working two summers at a camp for children with special needs and medical illnesses called Camp For All. Kara is a board certified behavior analyst and received her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in autism & developmental disabilities. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Baylor University and holds a teaching certification in All-level Special Education EC-12 as well as in General Education EC-6.
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Alana Scherer, M. Ed., BCBA

Behavioral Therapist
Alana has been with William’s Community School since 2016, and has worked with some of the school’s families since 2008. She had no plans to work with children, but an experience as a substitute teacher let her know she had found something she loved doing.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and received her Masters in Education at the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in autism and developmental disabilities.  She has double certifications as a teacher in General Ed. EC-6 and Special Ed. EC-12.  Before coming to William’s Community School she taught in a emergent communication classroom in Pflugerville ISD for 5 years.  Alana has 2 little girls of her own, and spends any free time she has reading or running. 
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Deanna Oleen

Business Director
Deanna has been with William’s Community School since 2014. She not only manages the office but performs the bookkeeping duties at the school. She received her Bachelors degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University.

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