OUR ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
Megan Allman has been working with kids and young adults with developmental disabilities for over a decade. After earning her B.S. in Business Communications from Grove City College in 2007, Ms. Megan began her work in the field at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. During this time she discovered her passion for ABA and early intervention. Since then Ms. Megan has continued to grow as an educator. She has worked as an ABA Coach for the Roanoke County Public School System and as a Clinical Supervisor providing in-home services to students with autism. She has consulted in ABA classrooms, general education classrooms, and inclusion preschools. Ms. Megan completed her BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in January of 2013. She joined the Paxton Campus in February 2015 and is very excited to be working in the field she loves alongside such passionate co-workers.
Mandy Butler has helped teach children with and without disabilities for over a dozen years and received her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for Preschools. In 2000, Ms. Mandy started working at Grafton School as an Academic Specialist implementing educational programs and behavior plans. In 2006, with extensive training in ABA (such as verbal behavior), she started working as an ABA Therapist at the Aurora School, working 1:1 with students with disabilities and developmental delays. Ms. Mandy held the position of Lead Teacher at ODLC since we opened in 2010 and is excited to now be a part of the Support Team providing classroom and administrative support.
OUR LEAD TEACHERS
Rena Bates has worked with adults, adolescents and children with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and special needs since 1998. After several college courses, Ms. Rena began working at Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, PA as a Direct Support Professional/Vocational Support Trainer, implementing therapeutic and functional skills to improve the quality of life for individuals. In 2004, Ms. Rena joined the Aurora School team and trained to implement the principles of ABA, to teach children with autism and developmental delays. She started her position at ODLC in 2011 leading the 2/3’s class, and strives to improve the achievements and accomplishments of each individual at school and in society. As ODLC continues to grow, Ms. Rena is enjoying researching grant opportunities which will enhance and improve our program.
Crystal Mills has been working in the preschool education field for almost two decades and has received her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for Preschools. Ms. Crystal has worked with children varying in ages from fifteen months to twelve years old. She enjoys hands-on learning and one-on-one time with her students. In the classroom Ms. Crystal enjoys art, storytelling and singing. Ms. Crystal has been part of the Paxton team for three years as a volunteer with her teenage daughter Autumn. When at home she enjoys playing board games and camping with her family as well as reading. Ms. Crystal is excited to be a part of the ODLC team and leading the early 3-year-old class and Kindergarten Enrichment class.
Ms. LaToya has been teaching for over a decade and has enjoyed every minute of it. She currently holds her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for Preschools. In the summer of 2016 she came to ODLC to further her training in Child Development and immediately fell in love with the ODLC program. She was very excited when an opportunity opened for her to become a teacher at ODLC. Ms. LaToya believes that ODLC represents a positive environment for both children and teachers and is excited to watch her students learn and grow.
Latavia Smith has worked in the field of childcare since 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Psychology from Shepherd University. She discovered her desire to work with students of all learning styles after working at Grafton Integrated Health Network where she was a direct support professional in both the residential and academic settings. Here, she specialized in serving students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Latavia loves working with children and supporting their dreams and imaginations. She loves getting to know each student personally and having one on one time with each of her students to help them achieve their goals! She believes that ODLC is a great fit for her because the staff and students’ families are one fantastic support group with the children’s best interests at heart!
OUR CLINICAL SERVICES STAFF
Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism. 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. 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 and practical application for complex behavior such as remembering, mediating behaviors, and other private events.