Tempe Team

Mr. John Doran, M. Ed.

Principal, Tempe Campus

Born and raised in Buffalo N.Y., John first gained his Bachelor’s degree in Art and pursued a career as an illustrator and portrait artist. He began his career in education in 1989 as an Art teacher in public school and with The League for the Handicapped, a private early intervention pre-school, simultaneously. Having greatly enjoyed working with children with special needs John gained his Masters degree in Special Education and continued working as a special education teacher at the pre-school for several years.

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. Aron Beasinger

Teacher

Arizona Certified Cross Categorical Special Ed., K-12
Arizona Certified Secondary Ed., 7-12
Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering, University of Arizona
13 years of experience working with children with special needs
13 years of experience at The ACES

Mr. Christopher Kummen, M.Ed.

Teacher

Arizona Certified Cross-Categorical Special Ed., K-12
Arizona Certified Secondary Ed. 7-12
Masters in Education, Special Education
Masters in Secondary Education, University of Phoenix
Bachelors of Religious Studies, University of Arizona
12 years of experience working with children with special needs
12 years of 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
1st year at The ACES

Ms. Amber Albertini

Teacher

Arizona Certificate in Cross Categorical Special Education and Severe/Profound, K-12
Bachelors in Education, Kent State University
11 years of experience working with children with special needs
3 year of experience at The ACES

Ms. Annette Jauch, M.Ed.

Teacher

Arizona Certified Special Education, LD, K-12
Masters in Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University
Bachelors in Childhood Psychology, Northern Arizona University
21 years of experience working with children with special needs
17 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Erikka Medlin

Teacher

Arizona Certified Cross Categorical Special Education, K-12
Arizona Special & Elementary Education Certified Teacher
Bachelors of Science in Special and Elementary Education, Grand Canyon University
3 years of experience working with students with special needs
3 years of experience 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. Melissa Arnieri, M. Ed.

Teacher

Arizona Certified Special Education Teacher
Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, Focus Applied Behavior Analysis, Arizona State University
Bachelors of Art, Northern Illinois University
18 years of experience working with children with special needs
2nd year at The ACES

Ms. Michelle Reed, M.Ed., LPC, BCBA

Consulting BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Masters of Science in Education, Clinical/School Counseling, Youngstown State University

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

Ms. Tara Anderson

Teacher

Arizona Certified Educator
Bachelors of Science, Arizona State University
3 years working in Education
3 years of experience working with students with special needs
1st year at The ACES

Ms. Whitney Poag, SLP-A

Speech and Language Pathologist-Assistant

Arizona Licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University
6 years experience working with children with Special Needs
4 years of experience at The ACES

Angelica Castano, MA LPC,

Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor
Masters in Professional Counseling, Ottawa University
Bachelors in Psychology, Arizona State University
7 years working in the mental health system with children and families
First year at 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

Mr. Marcus Taylor

Teacher

Arizona Certified Educator
Bachelors of Science in Education, University of Phoenix
Associates of Art, in Music and Languages, Eastern Arizona College
8 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 years of experience at The ACES

Ms. Julie Maxwell, M. Ed.

Teacher

Arizona Certified Special Education Teacher
Bachelors of Arts – Special Education K-12, Western Governors University
Bachelors of Arts – Elementary Education K-8, Western Governors University
14 years of experience working with children with special needs
1st year at The ACES

Ms. Melissa Sloan

Teacher

Arizona Certified Educator
Bachelors of Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Arizona State University
6 years of experience working with children with special needs
5 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