P• 480.659.5456 E• email@example.com Welcome to St. Dominic Savio Academy, Arizona's School for Autism.
WELCOME TO ST. DOMINIC SAVIO ACADEMY
We are committed to educating children with autism spectrum and related disorders utilizing the research-based methodology of applied behavior analysis. St. Dominic Savio Academy believes that every child, regardless of ability, has the right to an individualized and effective education in a setting where their dignity is upheld, and their unique strengths and interests are encouraged. SDSA is committed to honoring the dignity and particular strengths of each child while teaching skills that promote meaningful and lasting change for children and their families. Want to find out if St. Dominic Savio Academy is a good fit for your family? Please contact us we’d love to hear from you. You can also learn more from our Resource pages. St. Dominic Savio Academy will bring about meaningful and lasting change which will transform lives, families, and communities. Together with families and community, we aim for each student to reach their full potential. This will be accomplished through academic education, vocation training, and the development of life skills.
MEET THE TEAM
WE’RE SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU HERE. LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES.
CORINNA NDOLO M.ED, BCBA-LBA
Corinna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Low Incidence Special Education from Northern Arizona University, where she also completed her post-graduate ABA coursework. She has a graduate certificate in Positive Behavior Support and has worked with children with autism since 2001. After several years of teaching children with autism, Corinna decided to pursue her dream of opening a non-profit day school. For years, Corinna saw a need in the community for a program that would meet the complex needs of students with autism, while giving them the skills they need to be independent, in a traditional school environment. Three years later, St. Dominic Savio Academy was born. When not at school, she enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughters.
KRISTINA WATKINS, M.A.
UPPER CLASS SPECIAL
My name is Kristina Watkins. I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from Desert Mountain High School in 2009. I grew up with a younger sibling affected by autism, which led me to recognize my passion for working with children faced by challenges similar to his. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (K-12) with a dual certification in Elementary Education (K-8) from ASU. While in college, I worked as a respite and habilitation provider, special needs summer camp staff, and volunteer for various organizations serving families and individuals affected by developmental disabilities. Upon graduating with my undergraduate degree, I accepted a teaching position in a structured kindergarten and first grade self-contained classroom, serving students with low-functioning autism in a local school district. In this role, I became familiar with the structured teaching model, PECS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and the use of AAC devices. I graduated with my Master’s degree from ASU in Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2014, and began working on gaining supervision hours to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I enjoy spending my free time with my wonderful family, traveling, hiking, and reading. I have admired SDSA for what they do for the community for a number of years and am excited to be here!
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Lisa joined SDSA in January of 2015. She has been working with children in early childhood education since 2007. She loves SDSA and working with the lower elementary students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
HEATHER SNOOP, M.ED
LOWER CLASS SPECIAL
Heather was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Greenway High School in 2007. After high school she attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2011. A couple of short years later she received her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has now been with St. Dominic’s for over three years. Outside of SDSA her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends.
Jillian was born in Rhode Island, but moved to Phoenix with her family as a child when the cold got to be too much for her parents to handle. Jillian was first introduced to SDSA in 2010 as a volunteer, and joined the team as our office administrator in 2014. She currently holds an associate’s degree with plans to further her education and has more than two years of experience and training in ABA therapy. Jillian has two sons that are the light of her life. In her spare time she can usually be found with a book in her hand.
REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN
Ethan was born in Arizona in 1989 and has been living in the Phoenix area since 1992. He graduated from Saguaro High School in 2007 and began working as an ABA therapist the following fall. Prior to this, Ethan enjoyed working with children in vacation bible school and summer camp settings, but found a true passion after observing his sister teach children with autism. Ethan has attended multiple workshops that cover advanced ABA techniques, sensory integration, and vocational training. Ethan is pursuing his degree in Special Education. In his free time, Ethan plays drums at his church and spends time with family and friends.
DEBBIE EGAN, B.A.
Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco. She began as a volunteer when the school opened in 2009 and fell in love with the field of autism, the students, and the SDSA community. In 2010 she began working at the school as an ABA therapist in the preschool classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, and advocating for children in foster care as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
JAMES HOPKINS, B.A.
James received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The University of New Mexico in 2012. While in New Mexico, James taught general education History and Civics and the following year accepted a position as a special education teacher for a self contained 8th-12th grade autism classroom. He moved to Phoenix and joined SDSA in 2013. James enjoys teaching secondary education and enjoys planning for post-high school vocational training. In his spare time, James enjoys drawing and reading.
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Amber was raised in Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2004. She is currently going to school for her degree in special education, and is planning to further her education after graduating. Her interest in autism began when her young cousin was diagnosed at three years old. Growing up, she helped her aunt with his programs and therapies. In 2010, she began her first job working with children with autism, and has been passionate about it ever since. She started working at SDSA in February of 2012, and fell in love with the kids and the staff immediately. She loves running, going to the gym, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.
ARIELLE KING M.ED.
Arielle joined SDSA in 2010 as an instructional assistant. She left to pursue a teaching position in the Roosevelt School District with Teach For America, and then lived abroad in New Zealand for a year. Upon returning to Phoenix, Arielle rejoined SDSA as an instructional assistant. In addition to her role at the school, Arielle works as the Production Coordinator for SMILE Biscotti, a small business founded by an adult on the autism spectrum. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her sisters and reading.
COLTEN OLIVER, B.S.
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT.
Hello, My name is Colten Oliver and I am a recent graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. During my time as a student I was heavily involved in l running and managing research through the Family Dynamics and Relationship lab run by Dr. Thomas Dision, a leader in the field, and acquired valuable skill sets in understanding how cognition and behavior interact with each other, as well as other psychological processes of the human mind. Prior to coming to St. Dominic's I worked as a music instructor for five years at a local guitar shop here in the valley of the sun. There, I had the opportunity to teach a variety of instruments and techniques to all ages and skill levels. I also have experience in other areas of the industry of mental health. In the upcoming years I plan on attending graduate school for a clinical psychology program so that will allow me to further my goal of helping people in need and to obtain my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Outside of work I enjoy many activities such as playing and learning new instruments, mountain biking, reading, and seeing new and foreign places. I consider myself very lucky to be working with such a great group of students here at St. Dominic Savio and look forward to continuing my career and knowledge as an educator.
ROSE VETSCH, BCABA
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Hello! My name is Rose and I’m so excited to be joining the team at SDSA. I first met Corinna just about 10 years ago when I was still pretty new to the world of autism. We worked together with kids for several years and then I moved to Iowa. In Iowa I worked for a non-profit organization called The Homestead that served adults and children with autism. I completed my coursework and passed the exam to become a BCaBA in 2010. In Iowa I worked as a clinic supervisor and had multiple roles. I supervised the programs of 7 children in an intensive ABA program in our clinic, supervised the programs of 15 children we served in the community in their homes and also consulted privately for families. I was part of creating a parent training program and staff competency training program, and also had the opportunity to work with some of the local schools offering training and consultation for teachers of students with autism. In 2012 I moved to Kenya, Africa where my husband and I were married. In Africa I was able to do some consultation in schools to help teachers to understand autism and other developmental disabilities. I’m so excited to be back working with families again. It is my joy to work with children and help them best learn the things that challenge them, and to support their families.
Besides working with other people’s children, I have one of my own. My husband and I welcomed our daughter into this world in November of 2014. She is such a joy! I love to travel, spend time with my family, do photography, enjoy being outside, and I love to learn.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
ANNE BONOMO, B.S
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Anne Bonomo is a Pennsylvania native and has been living in Arizona for 10 years. In 2005 she graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She taught at an ASU preschool for two years before becoming a mother. For six years she stayed home to raise her two daughters before deciding to pursue a Master's degree in Education, focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis. She will graduate in May 2016.
Anne's first experience with autism came when her nephew was diagnosed just before his third birthday. She watched from afar as her sister and brother in-law, along with a team of professionals, provided him with therapies and treatments. The professionals that worked with her sister's family made such a profound impact on their lives; even the seemingly little successes a made a big difference. Anne's hope is that she can play a positive role in the lives of other families the way those therapists and teachers did for her nephew.
ERICA GILLETTE M.S.
ABA INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Erica Gillette was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to the Phoenix area in 2000to attend ASU where she graduated in 2003 with a B.F.A. in Printmaking. She went on to study at University of Phoenix and completed her M.A. of Psychology in 2010. Erica moved to CA to continue her art education in printmaking. In 2013 while in CA Erica met her husband and moved to the Monterey Bay area where she began working in the field of ABA as a behavior interventionist. Erica fell in love with the field and enjoyed watching her clients learn, while also learning from her clients. Erica moved back to AZ in 2014 where she is now completing her coursework for a M.A. in Education Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ABA to prepare to become a BCBA. In her free time she loves to hike, knit, and paint.
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