Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Resource Team

STARLLA DURAN – ACADEMY BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
Starlla.Duran@laurensaz.org

Starlla has been a classroom teacher in the academy for close to 2 years. She has been the Lead Teacher of the Kindergarten Readiness classroom. Focusing instructions on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for more individualized instruction to the array of students in our classroom.
Starlla has enjoyed working with children with developmental disabilities since 1997 and will continue to strive for the best comprehensive treatment there is available.

She has completed her education with a Master’s degree in Special Education, certification in Early Childhood Intervention and coursework for becoming a certified Behavior Analyst. She has incorporated teaching methods such as; Discreet Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET), all while using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles in home programs as well as school settings. For the past six years, she has worked in homes for children on the autism spectrum assessing, implementing, and training therapists and parents on the child’s individual skill outcomes specific to skill deficits and problematic behavior.

Starlla has been married for close to 19 years with two children (17 and 7), one dog, and one cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going for family bike rides, and completing projects as a family of artists. She enjoys cold weather more than hot, but has become accustomed to the Arizona heat after living here for 12 years.

TRACY MARSHALL – RESOURCE TEACHER
Tracy.Marshall@laurensaz.org

After receiving my Bachelor of Education degree from Arizona State University, my education continued with a Masters in Education from Ottawa University, and an Autism Certificate from Arizona State University.

My career began 18 years ago in the Scottsdale School District, holding a variety of positions within the education field. Some consist of general education teacher, special education teacher, Director of a center for children with learning disabilities, Assistant principal, and child advocate to name a few.

Upon receiving my Autism certificate 7 years ago, behavior therapy became my passion. While working at LIFE I have been a behavior therapist, a classroom teacher, and am now the Academy resource teacher. As an educator, it is my job to help guide, teach, and assist students in achieving their highest potential. As the resource teacher, I am able to assist not only the students in reaching their highest potential, but I am able to work with and assist the teachers and staff in becoming the best educators they can be as well. I look forward to another successful school year.

ZACHARY PRICE – RESOURCE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT
Zachary.Price@laurensaz.org

Zachary Price graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2014 with a B.S. in Speech Sciences and Technologies, along with a certificate for completion of the school’s Speech and Language Pathology Assistance (SLPA) program. Throughout the last two years of school, he also worked as a Habilitation and Respite provider through various agencies including LIFE.

After graduation, Zach completed his clinical internship with a local public elementary school district, shadowing and working with an SLP and SLPA with both general and special education students. After working as an SLPA at a local charter school, Zach began work at Lauren’s Institute in 2016 as a founding member of the Academy Resource Team, providing speech services and assistance to Academy students in the classroom.

Outside of work, Zach enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie (an OT with LIFE) and young daughter Melody. Together, they enjoy movies and TV, comics, and trips to the zoo.

MIKE WILSON – MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Mike.Wilson@laurensaz.org

My name is Mike Wilson. I am a state and nationally licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist. I have been married to my wife Christine for twenty-four years. We are foster / adopt parents for children that have severe medical conditions or special needs. We have seven children at home from ages six to twenty. The oldest two are our own biological children and the other five children we have adopted. Our door is always open for a child in need. I have worked in the school health care setting for the past seven years and in a hospital working with adults and children for five years before that. I am a Star Wars fan and enjoy listening to country music and driving my Camaro.

I am proud to be the medical professional on campus here at LIFE. I look forward to caring for all the special children and staff here at LIFE. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

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