Tempe Team

Mr. Andy Findysz, M. Ed.

Principal, Tempe Campus

Mr. Andy Findysz was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Secondary Education. He earned his Special Education LBS1 from Aurora (IL) University and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Governor’s State University. While living in the Chicagoland area, Andy was a teacher, athletic director, and high school baseball coach. Andy and his family moved to Arizona in 2010 when Andy accepted a position as principal of a special education school in southwest Phoenix.

Dr. Joanne Bauman

School Psychologist

Arizona School Psychology Certificate
Nationally certified School Psychologist
PhD School Psychology, Florida State University
Masters of Clinical Psychology, Western Michigan University
Bachelors Degree of Science, State University of New York
41 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Aleta Prag, M.Ed.

Teacher, Rising Stars/Step Ahead Program Coordinator

Arizona Certified Severe/Profoundly Disabled, K-12
Masters of Autism and Severe Disabilities, University of Hawaii at Monoa
Bachelors of Psychology, Pacific University
9 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Natalie Brantner, M.Ed.

Teacher, Exceptional Student Program Coordinator

Arizona Certified Cross Categorical Special Ed., K-12
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, ABA Focus, Arizona State University
Bachelors of Science in Special Education, Northern Arizona University
11 years of experience working with children with special needs
2 years at The ACES

Dr. Nicole L. Smith, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Arizona licensed and nationally certified occupational therapist with a specialty in pediatrics
Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
Bachelors in philosophy, University of California at Irvine
15 years experience working with children with autism and other developmental delays
6 years of experience at The ACES

Mr. Greg Stec

Focused Behavioral Intervention (FBI) Program Coordinator

CPI (Crisis Prevention and Intervention) Certified Instructor
20 years experience working with children with special needs
12 years experience at The ACES

Ms. Alyssa Maresco

Teacher

Arizona Certified Special Education Teacher
Masters of Science in Special Education/Assistive Technology, Southern CT State University
Bachelors of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education, Southern CT State University
Bachelors of Art in Spanish, Southern CT State University
6 years of experience working with children with special needs
2nd year at The ACES

Ms. Lindsey Miller

Speech and Language Pathologist-Assistant

Arizona Licensed Speech Assistant
Bachelors of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University
8 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 year of experience at The ACES

Ms. Natalie Seder

Teacher

Arizona Certified Special Education Teacher
Dual Masters Degree, Special Education and Elementary Education, Arizona State University
Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Arizona State University
7 years of experience working with children and adults with special needs
1st year at The ACES

Mr. Daniel Dille

Teacher

Arizona Certified Educator
Bachelors of Science Elementary Education, Grand Canyon University
Bachelors of Science Elementary Special Education, Grand Canyon University
10 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Karla Sears, LPC

Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor
Masters of Counseling, University of Phoenix
Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Arizona State University
17 years of experience working with children with special needs
17 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Kristin Pickerel, CCC/SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Arizona Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University
Master of Science , Northern Arizona University
22 years experience working with children with Special Needs
3 years of experience at The ACES