Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Resource Team

ASHLEY WATZKE – ACADEMY STUDENT SERVICES SUPERVISOR,
Ashley.Watzke@laurensaz.org

My name is Ashley Watzke, I am married to an amazing man and we have two beautiful daughters. I attended Eastern Arizona College, where I majored in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Special Education. Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family, camping, watching football (GO CARDINALS) and making memories with my children.

I have been in education for 10 years and still love it every day. I have been with Lauren’s Institute for Education for past 6 years and I have never been happier. I have had training in different areas which include: Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), programming and using augmentative devices, Article 9, Direct Care Worker (DSW), applied behavior analysis, Prevention and Support, along with all the curriculum we use here at LIFE.

In my role I will strive to ensure we are providing the best possible care for our kiddos. I’m incredibly passionate about the work we do here. I look forward to coming to work everyday and having the opportunity to serve our kiddos and their families.

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.

JULIA ALLEN- ADMINISTRATOR OF CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT,
Julia.Allen@laurensaz.org

Hi! I’m Miss Julia. Helping kiddos grow and learn is an absolute passion of mine. I have my bachelor’s in secondary education that I received from Arizona State University in 2009. I then received my masters in curriculum and instruction: teaching and learning: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Arizona State University in 2013.

I taught 8th grade language arts in the Gilbert School District. I have been doing habilitation and ABA services for six years. I worked for Lauren’s Institute for almost 2 years in the Behavior Programming Services department. I worked one on one with our client’s, was the assistant program manager on some cases and conducted our fidelity checklists. I then moved over to be a teacher in the academy and I have been doing that for a year and a half.

I enjoy reading, trying new food and visiting my family back east. I love the cold weather! I used to live on a ranch and had three horses. I have one dog named Holly. A few of my favorite things…Color: Mint and Pink; Season: Winter; Book: The Harry Potter Series; Food: Italian food; Hobby: Baking

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APRIL CHAIRES – IM OF BPS CLINICAL PROGRAMMING ACADEMY SUPPORT, M.Ed BCBA, 

April.Chaires@laurensaz.org

My name is April Chaires and I have been working with children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders since 2014. Prior to that I worked in a home visiting program doing parent education. I moved to Arizona from El Paso, Tx in October of 2011.  After getting settled I started my masters program in 2012 and graduated in 2014 and completed my BCBA certification in 2017.  In my spare time I love going to concerts and love country music!

 

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