Presenters

Teachers’ Institute
“ALL students, ALL Teachers”
July 10-11, 2014



Audra Ahumada has worked for the Arizona Department of Education for four years, with three of those years as the Director of Alternate Assessment.

Tracey Antista has spent 20 years teaching! She professes to love watching a student have an aha moment  and surfing the web for the latest iPad trend. Her summers are filled with playing guitar and wandering through her garden. (Did you know you can grow artichokes in the desert?)

Dr. Anita Archer is internationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction. She has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason, including the REWARDS reading and writing intervention programs (Sopris Learning), and she wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching (Guilford, 2011).

Andi Asel has worked for the Department of Education as a transition specialist in Exceptional Student Services since September 2013.

Crystal Brooks is an education program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services division.

Shannon Chavez is a corrective action compliance monitor for the Arizona Department of Education in Legal Services/Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Dan Davidson, BCBA, has worked in K–12 schools, in residential programs, at universities, and in private consulting. He has served as direct supporter, principal, consultant, university instructor, advocate, policy shaper, and parent. He has devoted his career to understanding and supporting those with challenging behaviors.

Jennine Davidson is in her 20th year with Gilbert Public Schools as an educator and a trainer. She has overseen Gilbert’s paraprofessional training program for 13 years, preparing paras for their roles as service providers for students with disabilities.

Cathie Devers is an education program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services division.

Amy Dill is an early resolution specialist at the Arizona Department of Education.

Karen Eades has been a teacher/trainer for the past 39 years. Currently, she is a trainer for Keys to Literacy, specializing in professional development in comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and close reading. Karen has also worked as a state reading specialist for the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and is an ADE trainer for LETRS, close reading, common core phase 1, and teaching reading effectively.

Jennifer Farrlley is the K–12 social studies specialist at The Arizona Department of Education. Debbie Gordon has worked for the Arizona Department of Education as a mathematics K–5 program specialist in K–12 Standards for four years.

Tracy Fazio is a mathematics program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education in the K–12 Academic Standards division.

Bob Fitzsimmons has worked for the Arizona Department of Education as a complaint investigator in Dispute Resolution for six years.

Perry F. Flynn, CCC/SLP, is an American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) board member and chair of the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Advisory Council. He is the consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of speech-language pathology and an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Kacey Gregson is the Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Arizona Department of Education.

Janet Holt is the Director of Special Education Services for the Cave Creek Unified School District. Janet has been a presenter on a variety of topics at state and local conferences, which include inclusive practices, assistive technology for access to the curriculum, paraprofessional training, transition services/vocational training, budget planning for special education administrators, and monitoring and compliance. Janet is committed to preparing students for opportunities after graduation and considers this a strong indicator of quality programming for students. Janet serves on the executive board of the Special Education Administrators of Arizona (SEAA) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Jennifer Huber, PhD, is an education program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services division.

Bruce Kennedy is an assistive technology specialist for the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services.

Teresa Kirkman has worked for the Arizona Department of Education as an education program specialist in Exceptional Student Services for six years.

Sandra Laine, EdD, has worked as a program specialist in the Exceptional Student Services division of ADE for a year and a half.

Suzi Mast is the Director of K–12 Mathematics and the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grants at the Arizona Department of Education.

Ana Nunez is as a transition specialist in Exceptional Student Services at the Arizona Department of Education.

Diana Parmenter is the regional coordinator for Exceptional Student Services at the Great Hearts Academies, many of which are located in Arizona. She has 19 years of experience teaching students with disabilities and administering special education programs in private and public charter schools in Connecticut, Arizona, and overseas.

Jenna Quarelli-Buck joined the Arizona Department of Education in August of 2012 as an English language arts program specialist.

Becky Rapier has worked for the Arizona Department of Education as a program specialist in K–12 Standards for three years.

Marge Rehberg is an education program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services division.

Nicol Russell is the Early Childhood Special Education Director at the Arizona Department of Education.

Dr. Jeffrey Sprague is a professor of special education and Director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. He directs federal, state, and local research and demonstration projects related to positive behavioral interventions and supports, youth violence prevention, alternative education, restorative justice, juvenile delinquency treatment, and school safety.

Lee Stickle is the Director of the Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) Autism and Tertiary Behavior Support Project at the University of Kansas. Lee  completed her masters in special education with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the University of Kansas. She was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) Conference and was awarded the “Research to Real Life Award” at the OCALI Conference.

Jeff Studer is an early resolution specialist at the Arizona Department of Education.

Dr. Richard A. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the world  to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings. Rich has been a middle and high school classroom teacher, special educator, special education coordinator, pupil personnel services director, and director of instructional services.

Susan Voirol is as a transition specialist in Exceptional Student Services at the Arizona Department of Education.

Mary Wennersten is the Director of K–3 Literacy at the Arizona Department of Education.

Lauren Zbyszinski currently works as a program specialist and professional development coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education.