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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Kelsie joined William’s Community School in August 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Florida and is currently pursing her Masters of Special Education from the University of Texas. Born and raised in south Florida, Kellsie has been working with kids for the last five years and working in ABA for the last three. In her spare time, Kellsie enjoys anything outdoors, especially paddle boarding and kayaking.
Erica joined William’s Community School in September 2019. She has worked with children with special needs for about 3 years. Erica has served through AmeriCorps South Carolina and Peace Corps North Macedonia. She earned her Bachelors in Communication Studies from UT Austin. She was raised in Houston, but calls Austin home. She enjoys biking, traveling, coffee, and spending time with her dog.
Assistant TeacherFreddie joined WCS in 2019.
Registered Behavior Technician
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.
Melissa joined William’s Community School in August 2019. Melissa is originally from Maine and was living in Boston for the last 3 years. She decided to move to Austin for a new adventure and sunshine. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Studio Art. She has a passion for working with children and has been working with children for 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys practicing Yoga and spending time in nature.
Miles Vidreiro, BCBA
Miles joined William’s Community School in September 2019. Miles has a master’s degree from Columbia University in Health and Behavioral Studies of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. He taught at Eden Autism in Princeton, NJ for 4+ years before moving to Austin. He has also worked with ACEing Autism since 2013. Miles enjoys playing tennis and rock climbing in his free time.
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.