Faculty & Staff
Anna Monas, M. Ed.
Lead TeacherAnna 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.
Lead TeacherMolly 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.
Emma Grimes, MA
Lead TeacherStacy started at WCS in 2019. She has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology, a Master’s in Psychology, and a Master’s in ABA. Stacy has been working in special education for many years, in many different areas. She has 3 children. She has lived all over the United States, thanks to the wonderful military! In my her spare time she loves to be anywhere by the water, out in nature, and with her family!
Courtney joined William’s Community School in March 2019. Courtney was born and raised in Austin TX. She is currently attending Texas State University working towards her Bachelors of Psychology degree with the hopes of eventually becoming a BCBA. Courtney has an 8 year old niece with ASD which has drawn her to the field. When she is not working or studying Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and being outdoors.
Brooke joined WCS this school year. She moved to Austin 3 years ago from North Carolina where she studied special education to study applied learning and development in special populations at UT Austin. Brooke also lived in 8 other states as her family moved around her entire childhood, but she have chosen Austin as her home. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, playing ukulele, and spending time with her two cats’ (Lilo & Larry) & hedgehog (Crunch). She has worked with children of all ages and abilities for as long as she can remember but professionally for the last 7 years. Brooke believes in creating an equitable environment where her students will have the freedom to create autonomy for themselves. She is passionate about celebrating children’s abilities and expanding them.
Born and raised in Arizona, Leslie has had 5 years of experience working with students with a wide range of unique needs in both the public and private school setting as well as through rehabilitation and respite care. She moved to Austin and joined the WCS team the summer of 2020 and is loving getting to know her new home and community. During her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, trying new foods and specialty coffees, volunteering at her church, and FaceTiming her fiancé and family back in Arizona. As she eagerly awaits Texan residency to compete her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, Leslie is grateful to be part of an environment that supports such an incredible and bright group of students!
Keisha joined William’s Community School in August 2019. Keisha was born and raised in the best city ever, Austin, TX! She studied Psychology at Baylor University and at St. Edward’s University. Keisha enjoys working in ABA and have for 7 years! She is a dog mom to a 3 year old, rambunctious chocolate Labrador, Barkley, who she enjoys spending most of her free time with along with family. She also loves baking, cooking, reading, and of course, shopping (particularly thrifting). She loves a good bargain!
Assistant TeacherGabby joined William’s Community School the summer of 2017. 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.
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.
Iesha joined William’s Community School in June of 2019. She was born and raised in Jackson, AL. She has a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Services and plans to get her Masters in Special Education with a concentration in ABA. Before moving to Austin Iesha worked at a Residential/ School facility which caters to Kids with Autism and behavioral problems for 2 1/2 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, taking vacations and watching sports.
Luke joined William’s Community School in the summer of 2019. A recent transplant to Austin, Luke began his teaching career as an ESL teacher in Asia and South America, before returning State-side to work as an assistant teacher at behavior schools in his home state of California. Luke studied media technology in college, and is a music and computer geek. When not teaching, listening to music, or playing music, Luke enjoys taking his family camping, cycling, and exploring Austin’s amazing culinary offerings.
Assistant TeacherFreddie joined WCS in 2019.
Joie joined William’s Community School the past school year. She is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi! She has a bachelors in Sociology and a minor in social work. Before working with kids Joie volunteered in inpatient care within a hospice facility. In her spare time she likes to fish, watch movies, and spend time with her family.
Emily joined William’s Community School this school year. She attended North Carolina State University to receive her undergraduate degree in STEM-concentrated elementary education and is a licensed k-6 educator. She recently moved from North Carolina to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Emily is working towards a Master’s of Education in special education with a specialty in autism and developmental disabilities, and is working towards becoming a BCBA. When she’s not doing school work she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.
Rose Chalil, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech TherapistRose 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.
Lisa Blackwood, OTR
Lisa joined the WCS staff in the summer of 2017. She completed her undergraduate at Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science and completed my Graduate degree at University of Texas Health Science Center in Occupational Therapy. Lisa worked as an OT in pediatrics since 2010. She has three children, Hannah, Liam, and Emma Grace. She is trained in S.O.S feeding therapy. Lisa enjoys running, hiking, riding bikes, and crafts. She spent her summers as a youth in undergrad working as a River guide in North Carolina and a wilderness firefighter in Colorado.