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2019/2020

Administrative Staff

2019 STAFF Jennifer Annable

Executive Director

Jennifer Annable

Jennifer Annable

Executive Director

Jennifer has a breadth of experience working with children, with and without special needs, from birth through high school. She was the 2010 recipient of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC)'s 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 Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a Master's in Education and a Principal's Certificate from the University of Washington. She is certified in Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Special Education and K-8 Elementary Education. Prior to joining APL, Jennifer spent 25 years at the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit where she was Principal and most recently Director.

2019 STAFF Donna Clawson

Finance Director

Donna Clawson

Donna Clawson

Finance Director

2019 STAFF Kelly Meyer

Lower School Director, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Kelly Meyer

Kelly Meyer

Lower School Director, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Kelly joined the APL team in 2018 and serves as Lower School Director and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. As an educator, Kelly is energized by APL's commitment to inclusion in the classroom and seeks to ensure each student's learning needs are met in a vibrant classroom environment with rigorous academic experiences. Before coming to APL, Kelly spent a decade and a half teaching in middle school and university classrooms in Missouri, Nebraska, Georgia, and Colorado. Kelly led a community writing center initiative at the University Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed coursework toward her doctorate. This initiative was rooted in the University Writing Center and brought university faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate tutors out into the community to serve at-risk individuals and groups through writing programs. Kelly is deeply committed to designing and implementing quality curriculum and experiential-learning opportunities for students and growth-oriented teacher training resources for faculty. When she isn't at school, Kelly loves reading books, traveling near and far, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family.

2019 STAFF Kirk Laughlin

Director of Advancement

Kirk Laughlin

Kirk W. Laughlin

Director of Advancement

Kirk became interested in APL because two of his three sons are on the spectrum. He has been a fundraiser in the Seattle area since 1994 and joined APL as the Director of Advancement in early 2017. He has led fundraising, community relations and government affairs for organizations such as Seattle Children’s Museum, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Youth Eastside Services and Pacific Science Center. He has a BA and MA in English from the University of Idaho and a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has been a nonprofit board and advisory council member for local and regional nonprofits and frequently gives presentations on fundraising and public affairs topics at local seminars and national conferences. He enjoys long-distance running and would love to talk with you about Star Trek and Blade Runner trivia. He lives in North Seattle with his sons and wife.

2019 STAFF Alicia Nathan

High School Program Director, Pathways Specialist

Alicia Nathan

Alicia Nathan

High School Program Director/Pathways Specialist

Alicia received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been at APL since 2013, supporting high school students and families with their transition into young-adulthood. Alicia holds a certification in school social work and is working on her licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. As the High School Program Director and Pathways Specialist, Alicia focuses on the whole child to create the most meaningful and individualized experience for each student. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and exploring the natural beauties of the Pacific Northwest.

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Human Resources Director

Josh Tintes

Josh Tintes

HR Director

Josh has been working in the field of Human Resources for ten years and joined APL in 2018. He has an MBA with an emphasis in HR and entrepreneurship, and in his spare time he likes to read, write, and take and edit photos.

2019 STAFF Christine Domschot

Clinical Director

Christine Domschot

Christine Domschot, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA joined APL as our Clinical Director in 2019. She has dedicated her life to helping children with special needs. She has 25 years of experience in private school, public school and Clinical ABA practice. She holds a Bachelor’s in Special Education,from the University of New Mexico. She earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As a mother of six children, including a son with ASD, she understands the importance that every child has the opportunity to be a part of an educational community that celebrates each child, while preparing them for the future. Christine has worked with children from ages one to 18, helping them develop communication, social, learning readiness, and other critical life skills. She is committed to ensuring that each child achieves their highest level of independence, and success.

2019 STAFF Shelly Frappier

Roving Specialist and Theater Teacher

Shelly Frappier

Shelly Frappier

Roving Specialist and Theater Teacher

Shelly has been with APL for over 10 years, always serving the organization with excitement and passion. She has worn many hats in her time at the school including BT, 7/8 Teacher, and now as part of the Administrative Team. Each position has helped her grow and change. She graduated with a BA in Theater and BA in Psychology from Siena Heights University in 2004 and has worked in schools and with children since 2002. She loves heading up the theater program and watching the students blossom on stage. You can find Shelly popping her head into the classrooms and helping out wherever it is needed.

2019 STAFF Laura James

Assistant Clinical Director

Laura James

Laura James

Assistant Clinical Director

Laura first came to APL in 2012 as a behavior technician while completing her M.Ed. in Special Education & Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. After receiving her BCBA certification in 2013, Laura served as the behavior analyst (BCBA, LBA) for the K/1 classroom for five years before transitioning to her role as the Assistant Clinical Director in 2018. Laura comes from a huge family of teachers and has been working in the field of special education for about 10 years. She is thrilled to have found such a unique community where she can combine her passions for ABA and education! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, thrift shopping, trying out new recipes, and exploring the Seattle area's beautiful outdoor spaces with her husband and puppy.

2017 Boyett, Nicole STAFF

Executive Assistant

Nicole Boyett

Nicole Boyett

Executive Assistant

Nicole has been at APL since 2015. A graduate of SAIC, she has experience as an admin and PA in both educational and medical fields. In her free time, she loves to draw comics, illustrate, and teach art.

2017 Gutierrez, Courtney STAFF

BCBA

Courtney Gutierrez

Courtney has been working in the fields of education and behavior analysis for over fifteen years. She has been at APL since August of 2010, when she started as the kindergarten and first grade teacher. Courtney served in leadership at APL for eight years, most recently as Clinical Director, and is excited to be back in case supervision on the ground level. Courtney's passions in the field include collaborating and consulting with teachers, written work products for student / client support, and application of research to practice. Courtney enjoys reading, writing, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two children.

STAFF Admin Gasperini, Taya

Roving Specialist

Taya Gasperini

Taya Gasperini

Roving Specialist

Taya is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a degree and certification in Elementary Education. Taya moved from Boston, MA in 2011 and joined the APL family and has stayed ever since! She has worked as a behavior technician in both the K/1 and 2/3 classrooms and enjoys her role as a roving specialist.

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Registrar

Theresa Farrell

Theresa Farrell

Registrar

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Advancement & Admissions Manager

Anne Riley

Anne Riley

Advancement & Admissions Manager

2019 STAFF Nyxole White

IT Manager

Nyxole White

Nyxole White

IT Manager

Faculty K-1

2019 STAFF Maggie Oliver

Head Teacher

Maggie Oliver

Maggie Oliver

Teacher

Maggie’s been with APL since the 2014-15 school year, and has been a co-teacher in K/1 since 2018. She studied psychology at Lewis & Clark College, and after graduating, spent a year in Ireland as an au pair before returning to Seattle and starting at APL. Outside of school she likes to hike, garden, and bake. In the classroom she enjoys singing songs, teaching science, and reading books aloud to the K/1 all-stars.

STAFF K-1 Hurst, Amanda

Head Teacher

Amanda Hurst

Amanda Hurst

Teacher

Amanda started at APL in 2017, and is in her second year as a co-teacher in K/1. She grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and graduated with her degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. She worked as a behavior technician for three years before moving to Seattle for the BCBA program at UW. In her free time Amanda loves to be outside hiking, camping, and adventuring. At school, she loves teaching reading, read-alouds, and collaborating with the teaching team to support each student.

2019 STAFF Cassandra Szalay

BCBA

Cassandra Szalay

Cassandra Szalay

BCBA

Cassandra graduated from the University of Washington with her Master’s in Special Education, with a focus in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and achieved her BCBA certification in 2013. After a decade providing services in homes around the Seattle area, she began work at APL in 2018! In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

2019 STAFF Jordan Killian

Behavior Technician

Jordan Killian

Jordan came to APL after some time working in wilderness therapy for at-risk youth in Idaho! She enjoys cooking, going on hikes, and playing fetch with her cat, Cleo. Her goal is to gain knowledge working at APL and go back to school for her MSW.

2019 STAFF Zoe Grate

Behavior Technician

Zoe Grate

Zoe Grate

Behavior Technician

Zoe started at APL in 2018, and she is excited to be in the K/1 classroom! She is working on her Masters in Behavior Analysis at Simmons University, and in her free time she enjoys hiking and painting.

2019 STAFF Kaiya McChesney

Behavior Technician

Kaia McChesney

Kaia started at APL during the 2019-20 school year. She has her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University. She is working toward her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis, in pursuit of becoming a BCBA. In her free time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts and organizing things.

2019 STAFF Kunthi Hardi

Behavior Technician

Kunthi Hardi

Kunthi is originally from Indonesia, and just completed her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. Her interest in inclusive education led her to APL. She loves helping students learn and form friendships! Someday, she wants to use the knowledge she has gained here to help children in Indonesia thrive in the community.

2019 STAFF Ron Perry

Behavior Technician

Ronald Perry

Ronald Perry

Behavior Technician

Ron is a former college athlete and father to a beautiful 2 year old daughter. Originally from Louisiana, he majored in Psychology in college. His hobbies include art and sports, which he hopes to share with APL students!

2019 STAFF Yeasol Song

Behavior Technician

Yeasol Song

Yeasol Song

Behavior Technician

Yeasol is very excited to be a part of APL’s K-1 All Star team. She has been working as a BT since 2018 and she is part of University of Washington ABA program as a Master’s student. She has special place in her heart for helping students gain access to spoken language. During her undergraduate years, she was part of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute studying how growing up with siblings can effect the language development for children with ASD. She has diverse experience in working with students as a teaching assistant in elementary school, as well as an art teacher for adults! In her free time, she like to watch movie or go boxing to stay active!

2019 STAFF Yen Ting Wong

Behavior Technician

Yen Ting Wong

Yen Ting Wong

Behavior Technician

Originally from SIngapore, Yen came to Seattle to play college golf at SU, and pursue her BA in psychology. She was on the Singapore national golf team for several years! She was excited to join the APL team in 2019 to work with students. In her free time, she loves to cook, explore new food places, and volunteer.

Faculty 2-3

2019 STAFF Morgan Suddendorf

Head Teacher

Morgan Suddendorf

Morgan Suddendorf

Teacher

Morgan has been part of APL since 2013. She went to University of Washington for her undergraduate degree, then Seattle Pacific University for her Masters in Teaching. Outside of school, she likes to go to Husky football games, and eat at her husbands Ryan's restaurant, Arriba Cantina, and playing with her dog, Tiburon.

2019 STAFF Emily Kolar

Assistant Teacher

Emily Kolar

Emily Kolar

Assistant Teacher

Emily graduated from Seattle University with a double degree in Social Work and Humanities for Leadership. She is passionate about individualized education, and was very excited to find APL through several friends. In her free time, Emily loves going on walks with her dog Frankie, and doing yoga.

2019 STAFF Madison Trowbridge

BCBA

Madison Trowbridge

Madison Trowbridge

BCBA

Madison graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis. Since moving here from Portland, she has worked in various schools around Seattle! Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, camping, and coaching high school cross country and track.

2019 STAFF Gina Damilano

Behavior Technician

Gina Damilano

Gina Damilano

Behavior Technician

Gina is originally from California, where she received her Bachelor's in Human Development from Sonoma State. Gina has a passion for sensory integration and enjoys running the after school Sensory Club for APL students. She is earning a Master's in Special Education with an emphasis on ABA through the UW. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Seattle, nannying, crafting, going to concerts, and watching sports.

2019 STAFF Priya Manion

Behavior Technician

Priya Manion

Priya Manion

Behavior Technician

Priya is excited to be in her second year at APL and in the 2/3 class. She has a BA in Psychology and Sports Management from Dominican University of California. In her free time, she loves getting together with family and friends, and traveling. She is a huge fan of Seattle sports, especially the Mariners!

STAFF K-1 Williams-Burden, Tristan

Behavior Technician

Tristan Williams-Burden

Tristan Williams-Burden

Behavior Technician

This is Tristan's first year at APL and he is excited to be a part of this amazing team! He is currently enrolled in a K-8 Interdisciplinary teaching program with an emphasis on teaching K/1st. In his free time, he enjoys going for long walks and international travel.

2019 STAFF Alex Kurzius

Behavior Technician

Alex Kurzius

Alex Kurzius

Behavior Technician

Alex hails from New York and is thrilled to be at APL! When Alex isn’t busy here at school he’s working on his rock garden or birdwatching. He loves to get out in the fresh air! Alex loves all his BFFs in 2/3!

2019 STAFF Zo Jackson

Behavior Technician

Zo Jackson

Alonzo "Zo" Jackson

Behavior Technician

Zo is a coach and an athlete. He has previously coached teams to state championship victory as a football and basketball coach at O’Dea. Additionally, he worked as a gym teacher at Upower, which provides gym classes for juvenile centers and alternative schools. He studied mass communication at Rochester Community and Technical College, and in his free time he enjoys basketball, refereeing, fishing, hunting, camping, and collecting Jordans.

2019 STAFF Emma Timm

Behavior Technician

Emma Tim

Emma Tim

Behavior Technician

Emma has been at APL since 2017 and she is pursuing her BCBA through the UW's Master's in ABA program! Emma grew up here in Washington and graduated from UW with a bachelors degree in early childhood and family studies. When she's not at APL or studying, Emma loves to travel and get out on the water whenever possible!

2019 STAFF Jesse Pettibone

Behavior Technician

Jesse Pettibone

Jesse Pettibone

Behavior Technician

Originally from rural Oregon, Jesse studied environmental sociology at Oregon State University, and was a youth grassroots organizer for climate justice. Hearing the kids share what they're passionate about inspires him every day! When not at school, he loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with his dog and discovering new adventures.

2019 STAFF Jessie Swofford

Behavior Technician

Jessie Swofford

Jessie Swofford

Behavior Technician

Jessie is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelors in Psychology and Education Communities & Organizations. She has worked with students and families on the spectrum in advocacy, social skills, respite care, and home therapy for over 10 years. She is passionate about the importance of community and the impact community has on families and children with special needs. Jessie is currently earning her Masters in ABA at UW, while completing her practicum at APL. When she’s not at school, you can find her playing tennis, tending to her garden, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

2019 STAFF Jim Zyble

Behavior Technician

James Zyble

James Zyble

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Kat Thorn (18)

Behavior Technician

Kat Thorne

Kat Thorne

Behavior Technician

Kat moved to Seattle in 2014 to get their BA in Special Education while double minoring in Sociology and Womxn's Studies. When Kat is not at work they can be found hanging out with friends, going to shows, taking film photos, or thrifting.

2019 STAFF Kaitlyn Murray

Behavior Technicians:

Kaitlyn Murray

Kaitlyn Murray

Behavior Technician

Kaitlyn is excited to be part of the 2/3 classroom team! Kaitlyn was born and raised in New York, and she moved to Seattle to study Sociology at University of Washington. She’s worked in various teaching roles since 2014. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, seeing movies, running outdoors, and spending time with her cat Nellie.

Faculty 4-5

2019 STAFF Chay Dixon

Teacher

Chay Dixon

Chay Dixon

Teacher

Chay came to APL after a year of traveling. In April 2018, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In South America, she spent time learning Spanish and teaching English as a foreign language. She is passionate about education and fostering a love of learning in today's youth. She really enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, attending music festivals, and spending time with her loved ones

2019 STAFF Jack Schonher (45)

Assistant Teacher

Jack Schoner

Jack Schoner

Assistant Teacher

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BCBA

Al Chancellor

Al Chancellor

BCBA

2019 STAFF Matt Badger

Behavior Technician

Matt Badger

Matt Badger

Behavior Technician

Matt has been a BT BT at APL since 2014, and has spent 5 years as a Behavior Tech in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is attending the University of Washington, earning a Master's in Special Education with an emphasis on ABA. After 11 years of playing music as a drummer and songwriter in the Seattle area, Matt has cultivated a love for music and the collaborative process across all aspects of his life. He loves singing and incorporating music into instruction and communication with students. After completing his degree, Matt hopes to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and continue striving to make a positive impact in the lives of people across a diverse neurological spectrum.

2019 STAFF Brittany Yuhas

Behavior Technician

Brittany Yuhas

Brittany Yuhas

Behavior Technician

Brittany joined APL in 2018. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has a Bachelor's in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and playing with her pug, Ollie!

2019 STAFF Grace Stephens

Behavior Technician

Grace Stephens

Grace Stephens

Behavior Technician

Grace graduated from EWU with a BA in Psychology and hopes to become a school psychologist. She loves spending her free time outdoors, hiking and playing sports.

2019 STAFF Jaime Ruban

Behavior Technician

Jaime Ruban

Jaime Ruban

Behavior Technician

Jaime discovered APL through her practicum program at the University of Washington, where she graduated with a Masters in Education. She has also passed her BCBA exam! In her free time, she enjoys being a couch potato, watching netflix, travel, and taking care of her three pet chickens.

2019 STAFF Je_Warren Coles

Behavior Technician

Je'Warren Coles

Je'Warren Coles

Behavior Technician

Je'Warren moved to Seattle in 2008 from Los Angeles. He was born in Georgia and grew up in the Midwest. He was working in youth homeless services for 6 years before getting into childcare/education in 2014. He has been at APL since 2015 and 2019 marked his first year in the 4/5 classroom. He studied Sociology and Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana, and gravitated towards APL by way of three completely different referrals from friends. He has worked with a broad variety of age groups and backgrounds, including at-risk teenagers, inner-city grade-schoolers, and teens battling suicide. When he’s not working to help strengthen his community, Je’Warren enjoys reading, skateboarding, writing poetry, playing the drums, and drawing/painting.

2019 STAFF Kurt Leblanc

Behavior Technician

Kurt LeBlanc

Kurt LeBlanc

Behavior Technician

After a year of traveling, photographing and exploring the United States, Kurt moved to Seattle. He joined APL in 2017. Once he learned about the APL school and met the team, he knew he wanted to work here. He has 6 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant. His artistic outlets include film and digital photography, and he also enjoys playing tounge drums, flutes, and the harmonica!

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Behavior Technician

Lexi Leighty

Lexi Leighty

Behavior Technician

STAFF 4-5 Le, Van

Behavior Technician

Van Le

Van Le

Behavior Technician

Van has been at APL since 2012. Born and raised in the Seattle area, he is an avid sports fan. He enjoys wearing a wide variety of hats. Swag!

2019 STAFF Lily Rife

Behavior Technician

Lily Rife

Lily Rife

Behavior Technician

Faculty 6-7

2019 STAFF Jeroen Latet

Head Teacher

Jeroen Latet

Jeroen Latet

Teacher

Jeroen originally hails from Belgium and moved to the US in 2007! He has a BA in Special Education. He started at APL in 2015 and he started as the Head Teacher in 6/7 in 2019. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, live music, hiking, camping and hanging out with his two dogs.

2019 STAFF Nicki Dyer

Assistant Teacher

Nicki Dyer

Nicki Dyer

Assistant Teacher

Nicki's been with APL since 2013, and has been an Assistant Teacher in 6/ since 2016. When she's not instilling the leaders of tomorrow with new knowledge and curiosity about the world, she loves to ready, play D&D, see the newest Star Wars or Marvel movie, work in Theater, and hang out with her nerd friends. In addition to shaping young minds, she is in the Masters of Social Work program at UW!

2019 STAFF Troy Kreiger

Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst

Troy Krieger

Troy Krieger

LABA

Troy Krieger came to APL as an excited BT and then took it to the next level! He is now a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst and is working toward his BCBA. In his free time, he enjoys going out for sushi, seeing friends, going to concerts, and doing Martial Arts. Go talk to him when you get a chance as he loves the company!

2019 STAFF Aliya Backstrom

Behavior Technician

Aliya Backstrom

Aliya Backstrom

Behavior Technician

Aliya joined APL in 2018! She found this school through pure luck online - one thing led to another, and she's been working here since moving back to Seattle from Arizona. Aliya loves, in addition to working with amazing kids everyday, writing poetry, laughing loudly, and silent films.

2019 STAFF Ariana Kruchowski

Behavior Technician

Arianna Kruchowski

Arianna Kruchowski

Behavior Technician

Arianna's joined APL in 2015, and seeing the amazing achievements of the students keeps her coming back!

2019 STAFF Bea Tan(2)

Behavior Technician

Bea Tan

Bea Tan

Behavior Technician

Bea started at APL in 2019. Originally from California, she moved to Seattle and graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Psychology. During her free time, she likes to take photos, listen to music, and explore new restaurants.

2019 STAFF Dani Clarke

Behavior Technician

Dani Clarke

Dani Clarke

Behavior Technician

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Behavior Technician

Bella Sofia

Bella Sofia

Behavior Technician

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Behavior Technician

Maryama Jilo

Maryama Jilo (MJ)

Behavior Technician

MJ is excited to be working at APL! For five years preceding joining the team, she worked with youth in varying capacities. Outside of work, she's very passionate about film, art history, and cooking.

2019 STAFF Tom McEnery

Behavior Technician

Tom McEnery

Tom McEnery

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Travis Bostick

Behavior Technician

Travis Bostick

Travis Bostick

Behavior Technician

Faculty 7-8

2019 STAFF 7-8 Dave Revelli

Head Teacher

Dave Revelli

Dave Revelli

Teacher

Dave is in his 13th year of teaching. He came to APLin 2014 as a paraprofessional in the high school, before becoming the 7/8 head teacher. He feels that working with middle school students is a rewarding adventure. He lives with his family in Ballard, and when not teaching, he loves walking in the woods or making music.

2019 STAFF Kwame Seymour

Assitant Teacher

Kwame Seymour

Kwame Seymour

Assistant Teacher

Kwame's joined APL in 2018, and started as Assistant Teacher in 7/8 in 2019! He loves being active and making connections with lots of people. His home state is North Carolina, and he graduated from Belmont Abbey College. He enjoys eating new foods, exploring the many parks of the PNW, and taking photos.

2019 STAFF Megan Paulson

BCBA

Megan Paulson

Megan Paulson

BCBA

Megan joined APL in 2015 and has been a BCBA since 2018. She is excited to be back in the middle school, though she still visits 2/3. Megan was born and raised in Seattle, and as a result, loves grey rainy days. In her free time, Megan likes to play video games, make quilts, and go hiking.

2019 STAFF Kayla Ritchie

Behavior Technician

Kayla Ritchie

Kayla Ritchie

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Kole Galbraith(28)

Behavior Technician

Kole Galbraith

Kole Galbraith

Behavior Technician

Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, Kole received his degree in German language studies and TESL certification from Western Washington University in Bellingham. He has taught in various classrooms and settings in Mexico, Austria, Portland, and Seattle with diverse age groups and abilities ranging from preschoolers to college students. An avid traveler and musician, Kole volunteers at various DIY music venues and is an active musician in the experimental art world. His favorite cuisine is Mexican food.

2019 STAFF Mathew Garand

Behavior Technician

Matthew Garand

Matthew Garand

Behavior Technician

After joining the team in 2019, Matthew is excited to be working in education while pursuing a Masters in Teaching and Secondary English Education. He has experience as a long term substitute teacher, and as a paraeducator in Portland public schools. He loves sharing his passion for education, and working with students! In his free time he enjoys adventuring in the outdoors, and playing cooperative video and board games.

2019 STAFF Phi Huynh

Behavior Technician

Phi Huynh

Phi Huynh

Behavior Technician

Phi went to the EEU for kindergarten and loved it so much that they continued to volunteer long after graduation! When Jennifer Annable moved to APL, Phi followed soon after. Phi recently received their Associates Degree at South Seattle College, and is now entering their 4th year at APL. When not working with the lovely students of APL, Phi likes to play video games and cook!

2019 STAFF Tyler Leitch (2)

Behavior Technician

Tyler Leitch

Tyler Leitch

Behavior Technician

After working as a kindergarten teacher in Seoul and a middle school teacher in Taipei for seven years, he returned to Seattle and worked as a BT in Bothell. He joined APL in 2019. In his spare time he likes to play video games and watch YouTube.

Middle School Teachers and Staff

2019 STAFF Angela Lopez

Math & Science Teacher

Angela Lopez

Angela Lopez

Teacher

Angela grew up in Southern California, and always loved going to Disneyland. She attended the University of California Los Angeles for her B.S. in mathematics and M.Ed in education. She has taught math, science, and technology for 5 years, and continues to share her love for STEM since joining APL in 2017! She loves kickboxing, running, cooking, and hanging out by the water! She is also very eager to start skiing and snowboarding!

2019 STAFF Cynthia

Special Education Teacher

Cynthia Henton

Cynthia Henton

Special Education Teacher

Cynthia joined APL in 2019 following a long career in public education. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and Special Education from the University of Washington. She has traveled to Africa and Japan on Fulbright Scholarships, has been a math coach, and has even won Toastmaster speaking competitions. In her free time she enjoys water aerobics, reading, and watching biographies and documentaries.

High School Teachers and Staff

STAFF MS HS Green, Kevin

Spanish Teacher

Kevin Green

Kevin Green

Spanish Teacher

Kevin came to APL in 2016 as a middle school BT, and later transitioned to teaching spanish language classes in high school. He has studied spanish since he was young, and has a passion for language learning and education. He's excited to share that passion with his students, and to provide them with the tools to be engaged, independent polyglots. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, painting, making music, and playing video games.

2019 STAFF Anne Messler

Learning Specialist:

Anne Messler

Anne Messler

Teacher

Anne is teaches Functional Academics in the High School. She has taught elementary, middle, high school, and even preschool. She is very happy to return to teaching high school, has worked in several inclusive schools, and is very excited by APL’s model of inclusion. She finds joy in supporting students as they discover their own needs, challenges, interests, strengths, and passions and in working to facilitate them reaching their own unique potentials. When not at school she enjoys the great outdoors, cooking, yoga, and getting together with friends.

2019 STAFF Jillian Timmerman (20)

Math & Computer Science Teacher

Jillian Timmermann

Jillian Timmermann

Teacher

Jillian studied computer science in college before gravitating toward the field of education. This is her second year at APL, and she is so excited to share her love of math with students! She has lived in Seattle for three years now, and in her spare time, she enjoys live music, reading, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

2019 STAFF Patrick Mestrez

Science Teacher

Patrick Mestrez

Patrick Mestrez

Science Teacher

2019 STAFF John Uthus

Math Teacher

John Uthus

John Uthus

Math Teacher

John enjoys working with a community of learners, where every teacher knows every student. John earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. He particularly enjoys verifying trigonometric identities. His favorite number is pi and has a strange fascination with cows. When not at work, John is kept busy by his wife, son, daughter, two dogs, a fish pond, a turtle, and never ending yard work.

2019 STAFF Ryan Smyrl

History Teacher

Ryan Smyrl

Ryan Smyrl

Teacher

Ryan started teaching Social Studies at APL in the fall of 2019. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with degrees in Secondary Education and History. He has been working in education for 8 years, teaching grades 7-12 English and Social Studies. Ryan moved to Seattle over the summer of 2019 and enjoys spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest, playing sports, reading, and watching TV and movies.

2019 STAFF Zac Graham

Language Arts Teacher

Zac Graham

Zac Graham

Teacher

In Zac's 4th year of teaching, he joined APL! He has taught in Alaska, Idaho, and most recently South Carolina. Missing his friends and family, he returned to Seattle, and is excited to be part of the APL team. When not working, he loves to play video games, work out, take spontaneous drives, and explore the city at night.

2019 STAFF Barry Kornegay

BCBA

Barry Kornegay

Barry Kornegay

BCBA

Barry started at APL in 2015. Following 2 years as a BT in grad school he transitioned to a BCBA in the high school. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest but moved away for a time to the far north (Bellingham) and to the far east (Thailand), returning when he was accepted to the UW ABA program. Go Dawgs!

2019 STAFF Katie Palmer

BCBA

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer

BCBA

2019 STAFF Isabel Avalos(16)

Behavior Technician

Isabel Avalos

Isabel Avalos

Behavior Technician

Isabel started at APL in 2019. She learned about APL through a friend and is excited to be a part of the team this year. She has 4 years of experience caring for children. In her free time, you might find her at Joann's or the library.

2019 STAFF Aliya Backstrom

Behavior Technician

Aliya Backstrom

Aliya Backstrom

Behavior Technician

Aliya joined APL in 2018! She found this school through pure luck online - one thing led to another, and she's been working here since moving back to Seattle from Arizona. Aliya loves, in addition to working with amazing kids everyday, writing poetry, laughing loudly, and silent films.

2019 STAFF Maddie Cathey

Behavior Technician

Maddie Cathey

Maddie Cathey

Behavior Technician

Maddie started at APL in 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Montana, with a degree in Community Health and Prevention Sciences. Maddie is proud to have brought her knowledge of health and wellness to her work here at APL. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and watching football.

2019 STAFF Daisy Deely

Behavior Technician

Daisy Deely

Daisy Deely

Behavior Technician

Daisy found APL through networking with friends in the field. Their parents met at a waterfront disco which explains their devotion to music and its power to connect people. After earning a BA from WWU in Human Services, they worked in Alaska for two years as a Family Services Coordinator. As an avid champion of freedom, they're always learning how to improve education systems for the benefit of both the individual and greater society. "If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them." --bell hooks

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Behavior Technician

Carly Griffin

Carly Griffin

Behavior Technician

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Behavior Technician

Hernan Guarderas

Hernan Guarderas

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Jack Leonard (17)

Behavior Technician

Jack Leonard

Jack Leonard

Behavior Technician

Jack started at APL in 2019, having recently moved to the PNW from a small ski town in California. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology and a focus in child development. Looking to pursue a career in education with an emphasis on inclusion, APL was a phenomenal option. Jack's an avid photographer and enjoys rock climbing during his free time.

2019 STAFF Brendan Mcdermott

Behavior Technician

Brendan McDermott

Brendan McDermott

Behavior Technician

Brendan has been working in Arts education their entire life as a student, a teacher, and an advisor. Finding new ways to express ourselves and grow through arts and arts education are key to a well rounded background, applicable to any path in the future. Brendan is a Graduate from Syracuse University.

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Behavior Technician

Marissa McMinn

Carly Griffin

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Jay Montemayor

Behavior Technician

Jay Montemayor

Jay Montemayor

Behavior Technician

Jay began working for APL in fall 2018. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, and volunteered for the Crisis Line (now known as Crisis Connections). He is passionate about providing empathy and support to those undergoing emotional distress, and practices being as selfless as possible every day. In his free time he loves jogging, bicycling, PC building, and hip hop dancing.

2019 STAFF Tifany Russell

Behavior Technician

Tiffany Russell

Tiffany Russell

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Jon Salzman

Behavior Technician

Jonathan Salzman

Jonathan Salzman

Behavior Technician

Born and raised in Seattle, Jon studied music at Seattle Pacific University. Inspired by his experience at Camp Parkview, he connected with staff and started working at Organization for Research and Learning, working with kids affected with autism. APL was a natural next step, and this is his third year on the team! In his free time he enjoys playing music, basketball, and spending time with his friends.

2019 STAFF Greg Scheuerman

Behavior Technician

Greg Scheuermann

Greg Scheuermann

Behavior Technician

Greg discovered APL through a friend's referral, and started here in 2018. In his free time he enjoys basketball and eating pizza with concerning speed.

2019 STAFF Heydi Temby(8)

Behavior Technician

Heydi Temby

Heydi Temby

Behavior Technician

2019 STAFF Kailin Tintes

Behavior Technician

Kailin Tintes

Kailin Tintes

Behavior Technician

Kailin started at APL in fall 2019L! Her brother thought she would like the people and mission of the school, and he was correct! She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Gender Studies and Arabic, and later moved to Seattle. Her professional passion is helping young people find their footing in life. She spends her free time petting cats, making art, and exploring her new home.

2019 STAFF Blake Wotherspoon

Behavior Technician

Blake Wotherspoon

Blake Wotherspoon

Behavior Technician

Blake joined APL in 2018. He previously worked for six years teaching Art to preschool children, and running an after school and summer program for K-2 students. In his free time, Blake enjoys spending time with his wife and three dogs, collecting records, and travelling.

All School Faculty, Counselors and Specialists

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Art Teacher

Frankie Gollub

Genevieve Bendeck

Mental Health Counselor

This is Genevieve's first year at APL, and she is excited to join the team! She is a mother of two, and a 3rd-year PsyD student in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. When not at work or school, she loves spending time with her children, going to the movies, and engaging in various art-based activities. In the future, she's looking forward to working in research and clinical practice, helping children and youth find success in their learning and lives.

2019 STAFF Genevieve Bendeck

Mental Health Counselor

Genevieve Bendeck

Genevieve Bendeck

Mental Health Counselor

This is Genevieve's first year at APL, and she is excited to join the team! She is a mother of two, and a 3rd-year PsyD student in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. When not at work or school, she loves spending time with her children, going to the movies, and engaging in various art-based activities. In the future, she's looking forward to working in research and clinical practice, helping children and youth find success in their learning and lives.

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School Counselor

Nancy Leonhardt

Nancy Leonhardt

School Counselor

Why Parents Love Us

To see our child happy, and with people that care about her, is worth more than anything and we have found that at APL.

- APL Parent

APL turned my child’s life around: academically, socially, and emotionally. And my life as well: I no longer dread the phone ringing. I know that my kids are in good hands, and that if ever any sort of problem does come up, I’ll be able to work with the school to make things better. What I say matters.

- APL Parent

APL provides us peace of mind for our family in a safe and supporting environment.

- APL Parent

When we started looking for the right school for our child to attend, we toured everywhere and came up dry. We found ourselves wishing there was a school where ABA therapy and academics were wholly combined in the same classroom. THEN we found APL and it felt like it had been created just for us. Dream come true!

- APL Parent

APL has helped our son regain his self-confidence and improve his self-esteem!

- APL Parent

The APL way is to care about your child in the best way possible while laying out a road map for progress developmentally and emotionally.

- APL Parent

The intrinsic blend of ABA with schooling that has taken my child from not sitting at a school desk, balled up in the corner in a novel, in public school to completing her work and even enjoying many of her academic classes. The value put on the unique traits of individuals and the enormous patience of the staff come in at the top as well.

- APL Parent

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