OUR ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
Christine Favréaux has been working in the preschool education field for over a decade and received her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for Preschools. During this time she has had the privilege to hold a variety of early childhood education positions including Lead Teacher, Administrative Assistant, Center Administrator and now Preschool Director. As the parent of a young adult with autism, she understands the importance of early intervention and the considerable need for a local preschool and Kindergarten that benefits typically developing children as well as special needs or at-risk children. It’s for this reason Ms. Tine welcomed the challenge to assist with the operational development and launch of such an innovative program as ODLC. She is delighted and honored to be a part of the incredible team of educators who are dedicated to your child’s success.
Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism. Following the successful implementation of his home program, she worked as an in-home ABA therapist for other families affected with autism. She completed her behavior analysis coursework at UMASS Lowell and she has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kendra emphasizes the principles and teaching procedures of verbal behavior across all teaching opportunities including communication, social skills, and academics. Her interests also include analysis of and practical application for complex behavior such as remembering, mediating behaviors, and other private events.
Megan Allman has been working with kids and young adults with developmental disabilities for the past eight years. After earning her B.S. in Business Communications from Grove City College in 2007, Ms. Megan began her work in the field at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. During this time she discovered her passion for ABA and early intervention. Since then Ms. Megan has continued to grow as an educator. She has worked as an ABA Coach for the Roanoke County Public School System and as a Clinical Supervisor providing in-home services to students with autism. She has consulted in ABA classrooms, general education classrooms, and inclusion preschools. Ms. Megan completed her BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in January of 2013. She joined the Paxton Campus in February 2015 and is very excited to be working in the field she loves alongside such passionate co-workers.
Mandy Butler has helped teach children with and without disabilities for over a dozen years. In 2000, Ms. Mandy started working at Grafton School as an Academic Specialist implementing educational programs and behavior plans. In 2006, with extensive training in ABA (such as verbal behavior), she started working as an ABA Therapist at the Aurora School, working 1:1 with students with disabilities and developmental delays. Ms. Mandy held the position of Lead Teacher at ODLC since we opened in 2010 and is excited to now be a part of the Support Team providing classroom and administrative support.
OUR LEAD TEACHERS
Rena Bates has worked with adults, adolescents and children with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and special needs since 1998. After several college courses, Ms. Rena began working at Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, PA as a Direct Support Professional/Vocational Support Trainer, implementing therapeutic and functional skills to improve the quality of life for individuals. In 2004, Ms. Rena joined the Aurora School team and trained to implement the principles of ABA, to teach children with autism and developmental delays. She started her position at ODLC in 2011 leading the 2/3’s class, and strives to improve the achievements and accomplishments of each individual at school and in society. As ODLC continues to grow, Ms. Rena is enjoying researching grant opportunities which will enhance and improve our program.
Mattie Edmonston has been working with preschool and school-aged children of all abilities since 2009. It was during this timeframe that she realized her calling to become an Early Childhood Educator and ultimately drive her to pursue her Masters in an Early Childhood Education Dual Licensure Degree in both Special Education and pre-K-3rd grade education, and eventually receive a certificate in ABA therapy. She graduated from Roanoke College with two Bachelor’s degrees and is now pursuing her two degrees at George Mason University. She has been driven to work in this field from the many challenges she has faced throughout her life; as a diabetic, a student with her own learning disabilities, and in her past, working with staff who were not trained on helping those who needed the extra help. Ms. Mattie wishes to make the transitions from preschool to elementary school easier for those who need the extra help, which is why she’s a great fit as a 4’s Lead Teacher.
Crystal Mills has been working in the preschool education field for almost two decades and has received her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for Preschools. Ms. Crystal has worked with children varying in ages from fifteen months to twelve years old. She enjoys hands-on learning and one-on-one time with her students. In the classroom Ms. Crystal enjoys art, storytelling and singing. Ms. Crystal has been part of the Paxton team for three years as a volunteer with her teenage daughter Autumn. When at home she enjoys playing board games and camping with her family as well as reading. Ms. Crystal is excited to be a part of the ODLC team and leading the early 3-year-old class and Kindergarten Enrichment class.
Amanda Whitehurst started working with kids of all abilities in 1994. She’s worked in a range of settings such as daycares, nanny for two different families, and as an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher Assistant for Loudoun County Public Schools. She has worked with children who range in age and abilities from 6 months to 6 years old. Ms. Amanda holds an Associate’s Degree from NOVA in Early Childhood Education. With a couple of classes in American Sign Language under her belt, she plans to pursue a second Associate’s Degree in American Sign Language. Ms. Amanda is excited to be working with the dedicated team at ODLC as Curriculum Coordinator, but especially enjoys being Lead Teacher for the 4’s students.