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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 this summer. She came 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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Larkin Odell, M. Ed.

Lead Teacher
Larkin joined William’s Community School this year. As a teenager, Larkin volunteered for a local Wheelchair Sports Camp that sparked a lifelong interest in working with children who have special needs. She holds a Master of Early Childhood Special Education degree from The George Washington University, and her research interests include evidence-based practices for supporting early childhood mental health as well as promoting positive behavior in inclusive educational settings. Being from the Pacific North West, she loves winter sports, hiking, kayaking, biking, and strong coffee. 

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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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Dani Green

Assistant Teacher
Dani recently joined William’s Community School this fall upon graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Psychology and Speech Language Pathology. She has always had a passion for working with children with special needs and is interested in furthering her education by studying early childhood special education in a graduate school program in the future.  Dani enjoys cooking, eating, spending time with her dog, and attending live music events around the city of Austin.
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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

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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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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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Alana Scherer, M. Ed., BCBA

Behavioral Therapist
Alana started with William’s Community School this year, although she has worked with some of the school’s families since 2008.  Although she had worked with children with autism since 2005, Alana’s first experience in an assistant teacher role helped her know that she had found her calling.  She went on to become 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 in General Ed. EC-6 and Special Ed. EC-12.  Before coming to William’s Community School she worked 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. 

Administration

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Suzanne Byrne, M.Ed., BCBA

Founder, Head of School
Suzanne Byrne was a founding member of William’s Community in 2011. She wanted to create a school that would offer truly individualized, enjoyable, behaviorally supportive, and therapeutically integrated education for children who do not fit into the standard school model. She is a passionate educator and advocate for individuals with disorders in the Autism spectrum and developmental disabilities. Suzanne began her career as a teacher for adults, then moved on to be a service coordinator, residence manager, and director of training for Brooklyn organizations that served individuals with developmental disabilities. She is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Education program in Special Education, Autism & Developmental Disabilities. She received a BA in Linguistics and Psychology at Rutgers University.
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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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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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