Alysha graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Social Work. Alysha started working in the Community School in July 2013 and has worked in the preschool classrooms, both at the Phoenix campus and Tempe campus. Alysha’s favorite part about working in the Community School is watching the ‘lightbulb’ go off once a child learns something new.
Amanda graduated from Arizona State University in May 2014, with a Master’s is Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She became a BCBA in May 2015. Amanda started working in the Community School in June 2011, and has worked in each of the classrooms at the Phoenix campus. She writes, “My absolute favorite aspect of the Community School is the inclusive component. Each child attending the school is learning and benefiting from their peers, regardless of a diagnosis.”
Arielle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Education. She will graduate with her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in August of 2016. Arielle started working in the Community School in July 2014 and has worked in both toddler and preschool 2 classrooms at the school’s Phoenix campus. Her favorite part of working at SARRC is being part of such an amazing, caring, and passionate team!
Amy graduated from California State University San Marcos in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2007, and received her Multiple Subject Credential. Amy taught in a resource classroom setting for middle school aged children. She is currently working toward her Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Amy started working in the Community School in January 2016, and has worked in the preschool classroom at SARRC's Phoenix campus. She enjoys working for the Community School, because of our ability to understand, treat, and improve the lives of those with the diagnosis of autism. We are an all inclusion learning environment!
Monique graduated from the Arizona State University in May of 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. She is currently applying to the Master’s program for Special Education from Arizona State University and she is a certified teacher in the State of Arizona for children birth-3rd Grade. Monique started working in the Community School in July 2012 and has worked in both toddler and preschool at the school’s Phoenix campus. She enjoys working within the Community School because she loves teaching and watching the progress of the kids throughout the year.
Rachel McIntosh, M.A., BCBA
Senior Clinical Manager & Community School Director
Rachel is a licensed Board Certified Analyst, BCBA. While pursuing her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, she became interested in applied behavior analysis while taking coursework taught by Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas. His passion for the science of behavior and dedication to helping individuals with autism achieve best outcomes inspired Rachel and she has been involved in the field of behavior analysis ever since. Rachel went on to receive her Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education from the University of West Florida as well as a certificate in Positive Behavior Support (PBS) from the Northern Arizona University. She currently is a Senior Clinical Manager and the Director of the Community School, an inclusive behaviorally based preschool at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). She has been at SARRC since 2003.