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Chelsea Zink


Chelsea graduated from Whitworth University in 2011 with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. Through practicum placements experienced while pursuing her Bachelor’s degrees, Chelsea found her calling in teaching young children with special needs. Following graduation, she began teaching for Mukilteo School District as a special education teacher for first through fifth grade students. During this time she taught a self-contained special education class that served students with moderate to severe disabilities, providing instruction in academics, social, behavior, and daily living skills. She loved the challenge of finding unique ways to support each child in meeting their individual goals and the opportunity to work alongside parents and other professionals.

After teaching for four years, Chelsea decided to pursue her Master’s degree. Inspired by the students in her class and a particular interest in learning more about how to address challenging behaviors and teach functional communication, Chelsea decided to get her Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of Washington. During the Master’s program, Chelsea completed her practicum placement with STEPS working as a therapy assistant. After becoming a BCBA, Chelsea was delighted to continue being a part of the STEPS team as a consultant.

In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys embracing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, baking and exploring the world with her family and friends.

Heather Suarez Co-Founder and
Administrative Director
Erin Benzikry Co-Owner and
Clinical Director
Andrea Benson BCBA Tiffanie Hawkins BCBA Chelsea Zink BCBA Katy Bateman BCBA Jill Harlow Administrative Assistant Alexandra Detzner Behavior Technician Allison Marti Behavior Technician Brittany Davis Behavior Technician Danielle Sandbach Behavior Technician Jordan Nakatani Behavior Technician Karisa Streit Behavior Technician Katie Templeton Colman Behavior Technician Mark Cabrera Behavior Technician Merrick Dazzo Behavior Technician Michelle Globe Behavior Technician Roseann Marquez Behavior Technician Stephanie Alzate Behavior Technician Taylor Connors Behavior Technician