At Team

Special Education Consultants

 
 
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Sara Hawkinson

Sara is committed to providing consultation to professionals in the field of Special Education and tailoring her services to meet the highly individualized needs of clients.  She is passionate about creating joyous, meaningful, and engaging classroom experiences for students and developing a classroom culture that encourages growth for all. Sara is also passionate about leading interactive presentations/lectures throughout the local community, sharing information on a variety of topics associated with Special Education Best Practices. Sara holds a masters degree and a California teaching credential in Special Education (Moderate to Severe Disabilities) along with an Orthopedically Impaired Added Authorization from San Francisco State University.

 
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Lizz Schoelen

Lizz is in charge of curriculum and instruction at Avalon. She specializes in creating highly motivating, multisensory educational materials and is passionate about adapting age-appropriate literature. Lizz guides the program’s thematic unit development and continually reflects and challenges herself to keep Avalon’s curricula current, vibrant, engaging, meaningful and rooted in Best Practice. She is passionate about supporting Special Educators and enjoys providing curriculum consultation to clients. Lizz holds a masters degree and a California teaching credential in Special Education (Moderate to Severe Disabilities) along with an Orthopedically Impaired Added Authorization from San Francisco State University.


 
 

Karla Alcantar

Karla is dedicated to helping educators think outside the box to create meaningful, motivating and functional school and community-based vocational routines for transition-age students.  She is passionate about ensuring that each program is a direct reflection of individual student skills, interests and family desires. Karla is also a student and certified teacher of yoga.  She offers yoga and meditation classes for Avalon students and parents as well as private and public studio classes.  Karla holds a masters degree and a California teaching credential in Special Education (Physical and Health Impairments).


 
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claire pohle

Claire is excited to consult with teachers and instructional assistants about strategies to support students with complex learning and sensory needs. She is passionate about implementing accessible academic programs and creating meaningful community-based routines for her students. Claire holds a masters degree and a California teaching credential in Special Education (Moderate to Severe Disabilities).


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