I have experience in a variety of educational contexts and with diverse populations of students, of which includes:

  • Working with male youth offenders with severe emotional disturbances and conduct disorders, in juvenile correctional facilities. I have also worked with adult male offenders in a maximum security prison.
  • Teaching ESL and non-traditional high school students in subjects needed to complete a traditional high school diploma, as well as subject preparation for taking the GED High School Equivalency Exam.
  • Teaching English, speaking and writing courses, at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California; to international military officers.
  • Designing and implementing an accelerated learning lab for studying math, reading and writing, in preparation for re-testing on the ASVAB. The U.S. Army uses the results for qualification and placement in specific jobs, and for promotion of U.S. military personnel.
  • Teaching life skills courses to high school students with developmental disabilities; and I co-taught high school literature courses in support of students with learning disabilities.
  • Developing and conducting Workshops on study skills, time management, assistive technology and productivity software for university level students with various disabilities.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive support program for college students with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD-NOS.
  • Community College teaching: Academics 100, 101 – College Reading, Study Skills, Technology; General Studies 193 – Study skills, technology, college resources.
  • University teaching- Graduate Intern – courses included:
  • Counselor Ed 513 Career Counseling (Co-Teaching assistant)                                         Counselor Ed 515 Test and Assessment (Co-Teaching assistant
  • Special Education 501 Introduction to Students with Disabilities
  • Special Education 505 Research Design in Education
  • Special Education 577 Curriculum Design and Alternative Assessment – Gifted


PhD Special Education – University of New Mexico- anticipated graduation 12/2015   4.10 GPA

  • Major-Special Education – 63 credit hours
  • Concentration- Autism across the lifespan; evidence-based practices, employment and mental health
  • Counselor Education support area – 36 credit hours
  • Empirical Research Design and Analysis – 36 credit hours

Master of Arts Special Education – University of New Mexico 4.08 GPA

Learning and Behavioral Disorders

Bachelor of Arts English– San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 3.90 GPA

  • World Literature and Writing concentration
  • Special Education


Phi Kappa Phi 2006-2015      Golden Key 2010-2015

Distinction earned on Master’s Comprehensive Exam

Excellence in Teaching Award– Arts and Science 2004-2005

Comprehensive Examination Topic

From Historical Perspectives to Current Practices in the Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the Lifespan (Literature Review)

Research Projects

2009- Proposal: Teaching Self Determination Skills to College Students with Disabilities (pilot project – quantitative)

2010- Exploring the Experiences and Perceptions of Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders In Their Search for Employment. (project – Qualitative Proposal)

2011- Using Cognitive-Based Interventions for Development of Social Competence Skills in Adolescents and Adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders.  (Project –Proposal for mixed methods study)

2012- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults with High-Functioning ASD: Is it a Viable Option? (Comprehensive exam)

2012 – Exploring the Experiences and Perceptions of Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders in Their Search for Employment. (Pilot project – Qualitative study)

2013- Examining the Effects of a Direct Instruction Model for Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Adults with HFASD. (Pilot project – Quantitative)

2015- Teacher Planning: A Review of Literature from 1970 to the Present. (Literature Review for Federal Grant)

2015- Examining the employment experiences and perceptions of adults with higher-functioning autism; as well as, exploring employers’ awareness of HFASD and experiences with hiring employees with a spectrum disorder. (Dissertation Project – Mixed methods) 

Professional Presentations/Workshops

Current Practices in the Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the Lifespan (including DSM-IV and DSM5)

Empowerment: Self-Advocacy Skills to Navigate the Post-Secondary Setting

Transition from High School to Post-Secondary Education: New Laws and New Responsibilities

Crash Course in Assistive Technology

Trends and Issues in Higher Education: Students with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

Realizing the College Dream for Student’s with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or High-Functioning Autism

Transition and Retention:  ASD in Post-Secondary Education

The American with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Managing Meltdowns and Problem Behaviors by Teaching Replacement Behaviors

Using Applied Behavior Analysis for tracking behavior and to determine the effectiveness of an intervention(s)

Professional Associations

Autism Speaks – 2010 to 2015

New Mexico Autism Society – 2008 to 2015

National Autism Society (UK) 2010 to 2015

Council for Learning Disabilities –2003-2015

CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder- 2005-2015

National Federation for the Blind – 2005 to 2013

Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) – 2003-2014

NACADA- National Academic Advising Association- 2003-2014

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education – 2005-2012

Co-Chair Disability Task Force, Office of the Mayor, City of Rio Rancho, 2008-2009

NM Legislative Statewide Transition Coordinating Council Member 2006-2009


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