Danielle is a licensed Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of ABA experience and also has her provisional license teaching in Special Education K-12. She previously worked at Spiritos School for 3 years and loved it so much she decided to take it on!
Danielle is passionate about trauma-informed ABA and crisis intervention. She has worked with individuals with special needs and disabilities going on 15 years now in all different settings. Danielle strives to provide the best possible person-centered care for all her students, clients, and families.
PT is an experienced administrator with over 15 years in the medical field – having worked in Long Term Care, Community Mental Health, ABA, and most recently helped build an authorizations team of over 50 at VCU Health Systems. During her career, she has taken on various roles as a hospital unit secretary, then worked in billing and accounts receivable, and eventually into operations management. After a few years away from the ABA field, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help make a difference and joined the team as the Director of Operations! She is truly passionate and dedicated to providing comprehensive care and administrative support to clients and their families.
Stephanie began her educational career at The Faison Center for Autism in Richmond, Virginia. Stephanie has spent 9 years in Special Education as an elementary and secondary school teacher. Her educational opportunities have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on the uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive and learning environment, strong leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a collaborative support system. All of which the Spiritos School possesses.
Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She returned to The University of Richmond to receive her master's degree in education with an endorsement in Special Education.
Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Education Teacher who brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to the Spiritos School. Her journey with the Special Education Community and Applied Behavior Analysis began early as she grew up with differently-abled family members and gravitated towards teaching and service from a young age. Experiences ultimately led to corresponding graduate studies at VCU and her BCBA credential.
Over the past years, she has served in a variety of positions including teaching students aged 5-22 at the Faison Center, implementing ABA therapy as a Registered Behavior Technician in the in-home setting, and leading academic instruction at Spiritos School. Since gaining her BCBA credential in 2021, Emily has filled the role of Clinical Director and Instructional Lead and is excited to continue to work as part of the Spiritos Family.
We have an extremely well qualified, fun, and friendly staff who are dedicated to putting the children first. All our Behavior Technicians are required to obtain their Registered Behavior Technician certification within the first few months of employment. At Spiritos School, we provide ongoing training and supervision to ensure our children receive the best care possible. In evaluating an applicant’s suitability for employment, the most important qualification is their eyes must shine when interacting with the children. If that isn’t apparent, no amount of education or experience will matter.
Our professional office staff is dedicated to supporting our therapists, children and their families as well as all other contacts for our business. They are available during regular hours of operation to answer questions and are usually your first point of contact. They are happy to assist you in providing information, scheduling appointments, setting up facility tours, etc. They are also often involved in your children’s social skills development being available to practice conversation skills. The children love stopping by the office to practice and the staff enjoy having them visit.