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Our Team

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Stacy Ellis

Lead Teacher
Stacy has been working with children for a very long time, in many different environments. She has worked in public schools, charter schools, at home therapy, therapy centers, and now at William’s. She has been at William’s Community School since December of 2019. Her undergrad degree is in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology and she has 2 Masters degrees in Psychology and ABA. Stacy has 3 wonderful children of her own that are now all grown up. In her free time she likes to be in nature, swimming, hiking, exploring new places, and shopping.

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Keisha Moorer

Lead Teacher

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!

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Lauren Figueroa

Lead Teacher

Lauren joined WCS in the summer of 2020. She is from the Houston area but now calls Austin her home. Lauren has worked with children in multiple settings as a nanny, in the classroom, and in the ABA field for over 12 years. She has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Houston-Victoria. Currently she is finishing her master’s degree in Psychology with a specialty in ABA. Some of her future goals are opening a Montessori style school for kids with special needs and becoming a life coach. Lauren has 2 fur babies named Bentley and Harley. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts, krav maga, being outdoors, and trying new healthy recipes.

 

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Jordan Parks

Lead Teacher
Born and raised in California, Jordan moved to Austin and joined the WCS team the Spring of 2020. She has 8 years of experience in special education and has worked in both public and in home settings as a behavioral interventions. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, trying new foods and venues in the Austin area. Jordan is working towards her bachelors degree in child development and is looking forward to growing with WCS.  

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Anna Alpaydin

Lead Teacher
Anna joined William’s School in August 2022. Before joining WS, Anna was a Special Education teacher in California working at a private non-profit school for children and adults with autism. Anna is passionate about creating an individualized learning environment that promotes communication, sensory regulation and independence for all students so they can thrive and grow within the classroom and outside of school. In her freetime she enjoys exploring Austin with her husband and two dogs, trying new recipes and staying active.
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Emily Gold

Lead Teacher
Emily graduated high school in Austin at McNeil High School, then moved back to Utah where she is from. She met her husband at the University of Utah and later moved to Pocatello, Idaho. They have three kids and been foster parents, so they’ve had as many as five kids in their home at a time. Her oldest is on the autism spectrum and all three kids have ADHD, as well as other issues. Emily has a Bachelors of science degree in psychology from Idaho State University where sh still holds a license to test on human subjects under an ethics committee and a professor. In Idaho, she held a license as a certified behavior interventionist. Before doing that Emily was a teaching assistant for a special education program at a charter school for two years. She received her teaching certificate at the end of last school year. She found out about Williams School just prior to the start of this school year and it just seemed like the perfect place for her and all of her background. Emily is so excited to work with these kids, and she already loves her class and the environment at Williams school.
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Jen Mattson, MA

Lead Teacher

Jen has formally been with William’s School since December of 2021.  She previously worked as the Site Director for Joshua’s Stage (our after school program) so she has several years of working with William’s students from all age groups. She holds a Masters in Theatre and also graduated from culinary school. Jen has owned a restaurant, ran the community kitchen at Caritas of Austin, and taught culinary skills.  She loves shopping for vinyl and going to concerts with her daughter and working on her school bus tiny home in her free time.  She is so excited to be part of the teaching staff here at William’s School.

 

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Aimee Middleton

Assistant Teacher
Aimee is from Simi Valley, California. In March 2003 she found her niche when she started working for Simi valley Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education. She worked Pre-K to High School. Aimee moved to Texas in 2012 and continued working in the public schools.She is trained in ABA/IBI along with other trainings through the districts and on my own. I plan to learn more to better assist our students and the staff that I work with. Aimee met her husband in 2012 at Round Rock ISD and were married in 2015. They both have a passion for working together with individuals that have developmental disabilities, specializing in extreme behaviors. They have also volunteered with the Special Olympics. In her free time, she likes to craft, draw, scrapbook/cardmaking, and discover her lineage through genealogy on myheritage.com. Her family is VERY important to her and she spends a lot of time with them going to concerts, celebrating birthdays, going shopping and going out to dinner. My new and current hobby is learning and creating everyday products with essential oils for a natural/chemical free home. I also like to watch new shows and rewatch the ones that I love on Netflix, HULU, and Disney+.

 

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Kayson Oleen

Assistant Teacher

Kayson began working at William’s School in the Fall of 2021. He is pursuing a college degree but until then he enjoys working with the older students. Kayson enjoys reading, writing, drawing, fishing, being outdoors, and his dog Koda.

 

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Stephen Middleton

Assistant Teacher

Stephen joined WCS in 2022. He attended Southwest Texas University. Stephen has received several Behavior related  training or certifications and he is currently working on his RBT. He have been working around adaptive education for over 20 years. In his spare time Stephen is usually helping a neighbor or friend with a project and volunteering in the community.

 

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Skyler Wynter

Assistant Teacher

Skyler joined WCS in 2022. .

 

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Natalie Hancock

Assistant Teacher

Natalie joined WS in 2022. She is currently school finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She worked as an assistant in public school for 10 years before coming to William’s School. Natalie has experience with all ages and programs. She have two sons. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids and family, going down to the coast and just hanging out at home.

 

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Rossana Canalizo

Assistant Teacher
Originally from Mexico City, Rossana raised her family in Cancun where she lived for 17 years before moving to California. She has been living in Austin since 2019 and is loving every minute of it. In 2005, Rossana became involved with children’s education as an after school arts and craft teacher and also teaching Sunday school to many different age groups of kids.
In 2020 she started volunteering with adults with functional disabilities which led her to find William’s School. Rossana joined WS in 2022 as a substitute and then became a permanent assistant teacher during that summer.

 

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Kaitlyn Ellis

Assistant Teacher

Kaitlyn joined WCS in the summer of 2022. She attended EMT school in the fall of 2021. Kaitlyn has worked with kids for many years and has enjoyed her time at Williams School. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her dog and exploring nature.

 

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Kieara Mapps

Substitute

Kieara started at WCS in the fall of 2021. She is a native Texan and has been living in Austin for over 10 years. She loves the city and loves working with children, specifically those with disabilities and special needs. She comes to us from the Texas school for the blind and AISD. Kieara loves her students and working at WCS and looks forward to continuing to grow at our school and beyond.

 

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Lauren Dooley, M. Ed., BCBA

Behavior Therapist
Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master’s Degree in Special Education-Autism from Texas State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from SUNY Geneseo. Originally, Lauren worked for WCS as a BCBA from 2012-2014, and continued to further her experience working for Aspire, while also starting her family. She has a passion for creating programs and providing support to individuals with special needs and their families. Lauren believes that learning best takes place through compassion, collaboration, and an open mind, while focusing on individual strengths. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 sons, hiking, camping, traveling and exploring. She is excited to be working with the amazing staff, students and family at WCS again.

 

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Cassandra Stoneman, M. Ed., BCBA

Behavior Therapist
Cassie earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education with an emphasis in severe/profound disabilities from BYU in 2010. She was a paraeducator and teacher for students from kindergarten through ninth grade until moving to Austin in 2015. After working closely with a BCBA at the Austin State Supported Living Center, she decided to pursue the same career. She earned her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from UT Austin in 2017, and her BCBA in 2019. Cassie was excited to join the William Mosing Center ABA team in fall 2022 to get back to her roots in education and to collaborate with families, teachers, and other professionals. Outside of school, Cassie enjoys cooking, knitting, and hanging out with her dog and husband.

 

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Molly Hils

Lead Registered Behavior Technician
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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Gabby Sullivan

Registered Behavioral Technician
Gabby joined William’s Community School in the summer of 2016. Before joining William’s Gabby worked as a 1:1 therapy aide at a Central Texas charter school for a year and a half. This grew her desire to help children with developmental disabilities. She has many years of experience in ABA therapy and special education. Gabby is beyond grateful to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of educators and amazing children everyday! In her free time she loves to do puzzles, read books, and enjoy the outdoors (when it’s not TOO hot of course). She also loves traveling to new places!
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Karina Centeno

Registered Behavioral Technician

Karina joined William’s Community School the summer of 2021. She has always had this passion to help and make a difference. Being able to teach, learn, interact with the kids has been amazing and she can not wait for more to come! During her free time Karina enjoys staying home with her fiancé and cat named Stinky, watching shows/video games, trying new foods and of course sleeping!

 

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Daniela Carlock

Registered Behavioral Technician

Daniela joined WCS in Fall 2021. She received her M.Ed. in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Texas in 2022. She is currently working towards receiving her BCBA. Daniela has worked in various settings with children and adults with disabilities. She loves being involved in her community, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Carly Elbrecht

Registered Behavioral Technician

Carly joined William’s School in August of 2022. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M where she studied Educational Psychology. After experimenting with several jobs (waitress at a pub in Ireland, 2 nd grade tutor during the pandemic) Carly decided to return to school. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus in ABA and hopes to become a BCBA. Carly was an in-home RBT last year and is looking forward to learning from all of the amazing, experienced staff at William’s school. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, going to concerts, and spending time with family/friends/cat.

 

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Kayla Jones

Registered Behavioral Technician

Kayla joined William’s School in August of 2022, but has been an RBT since early 2016. She is a unique and charismatic soul who has always had a passion for working with special needs children. Her experience expands across children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with various disabilities, in the clinic, home, school, and community settings. Each day, she looks forward to working with the many different children from different backgrounds and diverse needs. Kayla is a firm believer that if a child can’t learn the way we are teaching them, we must learn the way to teach that child. During her free time, you can find Kayla either cuddled up on the sofa invested in a good book or TV show, or outdoors exploring!

 

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Sandy Da Azevedo

Registered Behavioral Technician

Sandy has been with William’s School since 2021. She is currently working as a RBT in both clinic and school environment. She has about ten years of experience teaching English as a second language to all age’s groups; from babies to seniors in Brazil. Sandy has been in many inclusive classrooms and has worked with a variety student’s (dis)abilities. She is a licensed English and Portuguese teacher and recently also acquired her Master’s degree in Special Education – Autism and Developmental Disabilities – at UT Austin.

 

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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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Nora Townsend, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist
Nora joined William’s Community School as part of the speech team alongside Rose in April of 2022. She received her BS from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and her MS from SUNY Cortland in Cortland, NY. Nora has worked within the ABA world for quite some time and loves this population. She is PROMPT trained to target articulation and SOS trained to target feeding difficulties. She moved from New York in April of 2021 and really enjoys everything Austin has to offer. In her free time Nora likes to hang out with her fiance and her cat, watch movies, and celebrate her two favorite holidays- Halloween and Christmas!
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Jessica Freeman, OT

Occupational Therapist
Jessica graduated from Abilene Christian University, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She then received her Masters of Occupational therapy from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She has worked in pediatric settings since graduating. Jessica’s experience includes outpatient pediatric clinics, public schools, and adult inpatient settings. She has a passion for helping kids and families improve their quality of life, and to gain as much independence as possible. Jessica has completed continuing education courses in multiple therapeutic modalities, such as sensory processing from Sensational Brain, Handwriting Without Tears, and primitive reflex integration. She has experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental disorders. In her spare time, Jessica loves spending time with family, reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
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Christina Sylva

Office Manager

Christina joined William’s Community School in 2021. She is a New York native and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science at Boston University. She studied abroad in Ireland while at BU and interned at the Amnesty International office in Dublin. She spent several years working as an Account Manager and an Underwriter in the credit card processing industry. Christina is a recent transplant to the Austin area and enjoys the people, the food, and the weather. When she is not at work, she spends her time as a case manager for her own autistic daughter. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, two enormous cats, and her wildly energetic Border Collie mix. Her favorite things to do include reading and traveling.

 

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Makini Bridgewater

Development Director

Makini joined the William’s School community as a parent in 2018, and as she tells everyone, “the experience was life-changing for my child and my family.”

After volunteering in different capacities for several years, Makini came on board as Grant Writer and Project Manager in March 2020. Since then, her grant-seeking efforts have exceeded the organization’s yearly goals for program, operational, and COVID-19 relief grant funding. Makini successfully spearheaded the school’s 2021 Cognia re-accreditation process. From August 2022, Makini transitioned into an expanded development and fundraising role within the organization.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago and based in Texas for over a decade, Makini has a background in Industrial Engineering and experience in implementing process improvements in manufacturing and healthcare finance.

She brings this same analytical toolkit to the nonprofit domain to help build systems, develop relationships, and ultimately drive strategic partnerships towards capacity building. In other words, “make sure every child has the opportunity to attend an amazing school like William’s School.” Makini enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband and son in her spare time.

 

Administration

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Kara Huss, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA

Executive 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 Castellano, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA

School Director
Alana has been with William’s School since 2016.  Starting out as a BCBA, she became School Director in 2022, and is incredibly excited with her new role.  Alana is 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 School, she taught in an emergent communication classroom in Pflugerville ISD for 5 years.  Alana also works as Granita’s handler (our Canine Companion). She has 2 girls of her own, and loves to spend her time camping, hiking, or traveling. 

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Deanna Oleen, PHR

Director of Operations
Deanna has been with William’s Community School since 2014. She received her Bachelors degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University. She also has her Professional Human Resources from HRCI. Deanna moved to Austin  thinking her family would only be here for 3-4 years and 20 years later they are still here. She likes the sun, ocean, reading, shopping, and traveling.

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