Director and Admin Staff of Aurora

Administrative Director 

Amy Metaxa, M.A. SpEd 

Amy began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 2005 in Somers, Wisconsin as a teacher for students with severe cognitive disabilities. In 2012, Amy moved to Northern Virginia and continued her career with Prince William County Schools as a Special Education Teacher for students with learning disabilities and autism. Amy has a Masters Degree in Special Education from the Cardinal Stritch University-College of Education and Leadership, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During Amy’s time as an educator she has earned the designation of Highly Qualified Educator, served on numerous committees at the District and Local levels, mentored new teachers, opened a new school, functioned as the Team Lead for a Special Education Department and has been the recipient of numerous accolades based on student performance. Amy’s philosophy has always been that all student’s can learn and find success. Amy is a proud wife and mother of two children. Amy’s hobbies include kayaking, participating in outdoor activities and spending time with her family.


 Director of Clinical Services

Kendra McDonald, MA, BCBA 

Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2002. Following the successful implementation of his home program, she worked as an in-home ABA therapist for other families affected with autism. She completed her behavior analysis coursework at UMASS Lowell and she has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She secured her BCBA in June 2014. Kendra emphasizes the principles and teaching procedures of verbal behavior across all teaching opportunities including communication, social skills, and academics.  Her interests also include analysis of complex behavior such as remembering, teaching mediating behaviors, and other private events.

Dawn Hott, Administrative Support Assistant

Dawn just celebrated 11 years at Aurora this year!  After working as an ABA Therapist for 6 ½ years, she became the Administrative Support Assistant for The Aurora School in January of 2013. Dawn is always dependable, organized and a team player. She has 3 years of experience working at Graydon Manor, a Psychiatric home for teenagers at the time, and 14 years of experience working at the Grafton School, a school for children with special needs. She has been working with children with special needs for 25 years.

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