About APL

APL has been on an incredible journey in just four short years. What started with just 4 students and a big dream, has already grown to 43 students across 4 classrooms with an incredibly talented and engaged staff.

Our goal is to deliver a truly top notch program and continue working to scale this model to touch as many deserving students as we can.

Faculty and staff

APL's faculty and staff include:

Executive Director -- Jennifer Annable, M.Ed is APLís Executive Director. Jennifer comes to APL after 25 years at the University of Washingtonís Experimental Education Unit where she was Principal and most recently Director. She has a breadth of experience working with children with and without special needs from birth through high school. Jennifer was the 2010 recipient of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC)ís Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice. This national award recognizes the highest standards of practice in the education field. Jennifer received her Bachelorís Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a Masterís in Education and a Principalís certificate from the University of Washington. She is certified in Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Special Education and K-8 Elementary Education. Early in Jenniferís career, she was a teacher and Administrative Coordinator at Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, NH. She has worked in residential care and also been a foster parent. Jennifer is the mother of two sons and proud grandmother of a granddaughter who currently attends the EEU.

Alison Moors, MA, BCBA. Alison is the Program Consultant at APL. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a masterís degree in Educational Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University, as well as a bachelorís degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alison has been a passionate and dedicated therapist/educational consultant for students and their families for the past fourteen years. Alisonís expertise includes providing training and consultation to programs delivering high-quality education to academically gifted and mainstream students, as well as addressing the specific needs of students with learning challenges, including autism and ADHD. Prior to starting APL, she directed FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Washingtonís inclusion-based summer program for five years. She also served as a Master Teacher and consultant for Morningside Academy, where she specialized in elementary mathematics instruction.

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Courtney Burnett, M.Ed., BCBA Ė Courtney is the Kindergarten/1st grade teacher at APL. She is a P-12 Special Education certified teacher, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington in 2009. Courtney has experience teaching preschool and kindergarten, as well as working with families of infants and toddlers with special needs. She spent the last year as an educator at the Kindering birth-to-three center in Bellevue and is thrilled to be transitioning to APL starting in the fall of 2010. Courtney is passionate about building a classroom community that welcomes all learners and their families.

Jessica Kendrick, M. Ed. Ė Jessica is the 2nd - 3rd grade teacher at APL. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Maryís College in Elementary Education and taught first grade in Florida. In 2006, she moved to Seattle where she earned her masterís degree in Special Education from the University of Washington. Prior to working at APL, Jessica also served as a head teacher of a blended preschool program at the Experimental Education Unit. Her role included supervising graduate students, participating in University research, partnering with families and providing best practice teaching methods to her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending Tuesday nights with her Ďbook clubí and planning her upcoming wedding. She is thrilled to be at APL to continue to learn and grow alongside the students, families and her colleagues.

Chantrelle Stoeckley, M. Ed. Ė Chante is the 4th Ė 5th grade teacher at APL. Chante earned a Bachelors degree in Special Education from Montana State University. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education, with a focus on low incidence disabilities, from the University of Washington in 2003. Chante taught public school in Brier, WA for 5 years and then took three years to fulfill her dream of living overseas and learning another language, by teaching English at a University in South Korea. When Chante returned, she taught a K-2 classroom run by Applied Behavior Consultants in Sacramento, CA. Chante loves Seattle and is thrilled to be back and working with the students, staff and families at APL.

Amanda Kays, M.Ed Ė Amanda is APLís Middle School Teacher. This is Amandaís fourth year teaching and her first year as a teacher at APL. Amanda came to APL from a private school in Malibu, Ca, where she helped develop a middle school program. Amanda holds a Bachelorís in Education from Evergreen State College and a Masterís in the Art of Teaching from the University of Alaska. Amanda is the proud mother of a 2.5 year old boy. She is a certified yoga instructor, an artist and avid organic gardener. She also enjoys snowboarding, permaculture and loves traveling to other countries.

Lovelle Suarez - Head Paraprofessional Lovelle received her BA from the University of Washington and her Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. from the University of Washington in Special Education with an emphasis in severe and low incidence disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis. Lovelle has been working in homes with children and adolescents as an ABA therapist for the past 6 years. In addition, she spent 2 summers working in a summer school inclusion program and the APL tutoring center. With these experiences, Lovelle has gained expertise in Precision Teaching Methodologies, Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction and work with Augmentative Communication Devices. In her free time she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, listening to music and going out with friends.

Amanda Daylong - Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper. Amanda received her Bachelorís Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. While there, she obtained extensive administrative experience in growing a local real estate company from one to five branch offices across four states. Having a small child, Amanda knows the joys and challenges of teaching and interacting with children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the families at APL!


Ryan Turner is a paraprofessional teacher at APL and has been been working with kids and adolescents for the past ten years. He received his BA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina and is currently prospecting various graduate programs to obtain his Masterís in Social Work. Ryan enjoys listening to music, reading, outdoor activities, cooking and Seahawks Football.

Allison Winger is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2008. She has worked at APL since 2008 and loves working with children. Allison enjoys doing anything outdoors as a result of being born and raised in Seattle! She is an avid traveler has had many amazing opportunities volunteering and traveling in South America and Spain.

Paige Colgan is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. Paige is a Seattle native and a graduate from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Paige has been working with children in the field of education since 2002. Paige and her husband, Patrick, love living in Seattle and try to take advantage of what the northwest has to offer. The couple hopes to have future travels around the world, but for now they are both focusing on their work as educators.

Nicolle Simon is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She has a degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Seattle, and is currently going back to school for a degree in Social Sciences. Prior to APL, Nicolle worked with children in and out of the school setting, including summer camp programs. She has been with APL since 2008, and absolutely loves it! She's excited to be a part of APL and to continue to learn and grow with the students.

Danni Sandall is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, focusing on communication disorders. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Speech pathology as well. Danni has experience working with kids in and out of the school setting and is excited about starting her first year at APL!

Julia Stacey is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Human Resource Development. While obtaining her degree she worked at (TIFFE), The Institute for Family Enrichment out in Hawaii where she gained valuable experience working with kiddos with special needs. After obtaining her degree she returned home to Washington where she worked at A.P.P.L.E Consulting. Julia has been working with children in the field of education since 2001 and plans on returning to school to get her Masters in Special Education. She is very excited to be a part of APL and looks forward to its bright future.

Mariah Angele is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She is currently a grad student at the University of Washington, pursuing her MEd in Special Education and preparing for the BCBA exam. After receiving her Bachelorís degree in theatre and French from Bennington, and spending a second year abroad in France teaching English, she discovered an affinity for teaching. When she returned to the States in 2008 she found work as an in-home behavior therapist and has since been inseparable from work in this field. She can't imagine a better school, or better colleagues than those she works beside at APL. She is thrilled to take part in such a positive, thriving community.

Mollie Roy is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She graduated in 2009 from Gonzaga University in Spokane with a degree in psychology. Just recently, she started a Masters of Education program at the University of Washington in order to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In her free time, Mollie likes to hang out with friends, hike, explore Seattle, spend time with her family, and cheer on the Zags.

Angie Caputa is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She received both her Masterís degree in Special Education and her BA in English with a concentration in Linguistics from Arizona State University. Her experiences with children began in her home town of Phoenix and include providing in-home Applied Behavior Analysis services to children with autism, working as an assistant at an Early Childhood Program, and student teaching in both a K-4thgrade classroom for students with learning disabilities and a general education4th grade classroom. She also enjoys cooking, outdoor activities and art, and she is happy to be a part of APL and its incredible staff and students.

Melinda Nixon is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. Melinda graduated with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware in 2009. Melinda recently taught K-6 students in Sydney, Australia before moving to Seattle. She has several yearsí experience working with children in and out of school settings. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, reading, geo-caching, and cooking. Melinda is looking forward to her first year at APL!

Evan Siamas is a paraprofessional teacher in the 4th and 5th grade room. He has three years of experience teaching in private schools and summer camps and has been giving private drum lessons to children of all ages for over five years. He is currently working on his music degree, loves to cook, be outdoors and spend time with his wife and our seven year old daughter.

Chelsea Wolbert is a paraprofessional in the K-1st grade class. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree in psychology and education. She spent a school year working in home programs and at the Rising Star Academy before she took a job with the Boy Scouts of America directing an outdoor education school. This summer she found her way to APL where she is thrilled to be part of such a great team and excited about working with so many great kids! Chelsea looks forward to many years at APL.

DíArcy Forbes is a first year paraprofessional at APL. She is enrolled at the University of Washington BCBA graduate program. DíArcy has two sons on the Autism Spectrum, and has a passion for providing children on the spectrum a quality education and equal opportunity. She enjoys home renovation, gardening and many outdoor activities, especially hiking. DíArcy is excited to be a part of the program here at APL.

Shelly Frappier is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. Shelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Theater from Siena Heights University in Michigan in 2004. While in Michigan, she worked with Very Special Arts of Michigan teaching art and drama with kids and adults. She then moved to California and worked as an ABA therapist for 4 year, acquiring skills in RDI, SCERTS and other forms of positive behavior management. Shelly moved to Seattle this year with the hopes of finishing her Masters in early childhood education and could not be more excited to join the team at APL and grow and learn every day.

Caitlin Wilson is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. This is Caitlinís first year at APL, and she is thrilled to be a part of the program. Caitlin graduated from Whitman College in 2008 with a Bachelorís degree in Psychology and an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. During her time in college she was involved with the EEU at the University of Washington. After graduating, Caitlin lived and worked in Australia for 18 months. During her spare time she enjoys hot yoga, Zumba, hiking and reading.

Kendall Huecker joins APL as a paraprofessional/practicum student. Kendall is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington in the BCBA program and looks forward to her graduation in August 2011. After graduation, Kendall hopes to be able to travel and enjoying all of the outdoor activities the Northwest has to offer. She is excited to be a part of APL and seeing the students here everyday!

Trevor Boesch is a paraprofessional teacher at APL and has been working with children for the past 8 years. Trevor graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Psychology. Just recently relocated to the Seattle area from Honolulu, he was drawn to the Northwest because of the mountains and the life of the city here. In his spare time Trevor enjoys hiking, snowboarding and surfing.. in warm waters. Trevor is excited to have found a fit at APL and is looking forward to settling in here in Seattle!

Thy Hunyh is a paraprofessional teacher at APL. She comes to APL bringing with her 13 years experience at the University of Washingtonís Experimental Education Unit both as a parent and employee. As a mother, Thy understands the importance of inclusion and quality of education. Outside of her work here at APL, Thy enjoys karaoke and is a licensed stylist. She keeps everyone at APL looking their best!

Layne Salter is a Paraprofessional Teacher at APL. This is Layne's 3rd year of teaching and her first year at APL. Layne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachussetts Amherst and has previosuly taught at multiple private schools on the East Coast. She also has a passion for tutoring high school students and has worked as a private tutor for the Bush School. She is excited to work with the kids at APL and intends to pursue a M.ed in Special Education and become BCBA certified at University of Washington. Layne loves working and inspiring kids of all ages to develop a love and passion for learning. In her free time she enjoys rowing, running marathons and watching NCAA division 1 sports.

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Board of Directors

APL's current Board of Directors includes:

  • Jennifer Vertetis, President
  • Matt Gordon, Treasurer
  • Erin Brewer, Secretary
  • Diana Abson
  • Jon Gelsey
  • Nancy Gordon
  • Samia Mohazzabfar
  • Tom Vertetis
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Advisory Board

APL is proud to have a distinguished advisory board consisting of the following:

  • Dr. Gusty-Lee Boulware - Ph.D, BCBA -  Specialist in integrating empirically validated, research based strategies into social skills programming for students who need help with self regulation, executive functioning and sustaining quality relationships with peers
  • Jill Geary - Attorney/Parent Representative with Stokes Lawrence P.S.; former Special Education Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Coordinator with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Cassie Martin - Ph.D - specialist in the areas of accessing the general curriculum, functional approaches to challenging behavior and education policy. Cassie has a broad range of experiences that include partnering with schools and school districts to identify resources and organizational structures that facilitate and support community, membership and quality educational opportunities for all students.
  • Dr. Stacy Shook - Ph.D, BCBA - Executive Director of Northwest Behavioral Associates, a Kirkland, WA non-profit that provides quality educational and behavioral support for children and their families
  • Beth T. Sigall is an attorney who specializes in representing parents and their children with disabilities, with an emphasis on serving the unique needs of the autism community. She is a member of the District of Columbia bar, Washington state bar, and bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also the mother of 3 boys, including one who has autism.
  • Dr. Gary Stobbe - MD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Washington. Gary is a cognitive and behavioral neurologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. He is Attending Neurologist and Director of the Adult Transition Program at Seattle Children's Autism Center.
  • Dr. Owen R. White - Ph.D - Professor, University of Washington in the College of Education and one of the worldís leading academic experts in Precision Teaching.

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Donating to APL

The Academy for Precision Learning has 501(c)(3) non-profit status under EIN #91-2143623. We accept donations to supplement tuition and operating expenses. Donations can be sent to our mailing address or made online via the button below.

Academy for Precision Learning
P.O. Box 51241
Seattle, WA 98115

APL wishes to thank the following for supporting the school:

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