M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Andrea graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Western Washington University in 2007. Following graduation, Andrea began working with a teenage boy on the autism spectrum and really enjoyed seeing his progress as he learned new life skills. Inspired to work in the field of special education, Andrea started the Master of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program at the University of Washington in 2009. While in grad school, she was able to gain experience working with different learners and classroom teams in practicum placement settings that ranged from working with preschoolers all the way to adults with disabilities who were transitioning into the workforce.
Having a special passion for early childhood special education, Andrea had the opportunity to work as an assistant teacher at the Experimental Education Unit and then continued to work as a head preschool teacher there, teaching in a blended preschool program, from 2011-2014. While working as a preschool special education teacher, she also worked as an ABA therapist for multiple families through STEPS. All of these experiences led her to want to pursue her BCBA and help families and children with autism learn new skills and increase their quality of living in all aspects of their lives: home, school, and in their larger community. In the summer of 2014, Andrea passed the BCBA exam and started working as a behavioral consultant and social skills teacher as a part of a behavioral team in a therapy clinic. And now Andrea is so excited to learn and grow as a member of the STEPS team.
In addition to loving her work with children and families as a BCBA, Andrea enjoyed to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and her newfound love of gardening.