AboutEdward Miguel, Ed. D., is the Co-Founder and President of Port View Preparatory® School. He was the Chief Operating Officer and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Beacon Day School in Orange County, where he was responsible for all internal operations. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Olive Crest Academy, Therapeutic Education Centers, a private school for secondary students. His responsibilities included the evaluation and implementation of a positive behavior intervention program. Dr. Miguel has spent his entire career serving individuals with special needs. He has worked in a variety of settings including domestic violence shelters, residential treatment centers, group homes, and non-public schools. He has extensive experience in special education administration, organizational development, special education instruction, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Miguel brings his leadership skills to Port View Preparatory® in an effort to participate in the mission of discovering and providing a quality educational program that fits each individual student's strengths, needs, interest, and lifestyle.
EducationDr. Miguel received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from National University in 2008. He also holds a master’s degree in teaching with specialization in applied behavior analysis from National University, 2012. He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in 2013. He recently earned his doctorate of education at Fielding Graduate University.
Honors and Awards
AffiliationsCalifornia Association for Behavior Analysis, 2010 – present Association for Behavior Analysis, 2008 – present
Presentations“Reducing Severe Challenging Behaviors Without Restraint: An Examination of Non-Invasive Behavior Analytic Supports.” CEU Presentation, Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. (October, 2014)
- "The Dynamics and Ramifications of Severe Challenging Behavior: Daring to reduce challenging behavior in schools without physical restraint and seclusion (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (11030) (2016)
PersonalDr. Miguel spends his time away from Port View Prep with his family and keeps busy with projects around the house. Dr. Miguel also trains extensively in responding to severe challenging behaviors on his own time, focusing on fitness, self-awareness, and the management of aggressive behaviors.
AboutMelaura Erickson-Tomaino, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Principal of Port View Preparatory® School. Her prior positions include Director of Clinical Services for Beacon Day School in La Palma, CA, and Behavior Program Supervisor for the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service in San Diego, CA. Dr. Tomaino has more than 13 years of experience in serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Tomaino has conducted extensive research in ASD with a focus on using communication as the basis for successful teaching and behavior strategies to eliminate the use of restraint in children with autism. Dr. Tomaino has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Counseling/Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, and has taught numerous graduate courses at Claremont University. She has published multiple articles.
EducationDr. Tomaino received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 2007, and a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. She was qualified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in 2010 and became a licensed psychologist in 2017 (PSY 29562).
Honors and Awards
- SABA Student Presenter Grant, Association for Behavior Analysis International, 2010
- Dean's Fellowship, for outstanding work in research and academics as a first-year graduate student, Claremont Graduate University, 2008
- Fellowship Recipient, Claremont Graduate University, 2007-2009
- Scholarship, for outstanding academic achievement, Tylenol Foundation, 1998
- California Association for Behavior Analysis, 2008 – present
- Society for Research in Child Development, 2009 – present
- Association for Behavior Analysis, 2008 – present
- Sigma Xi, 2009 – present
- “Reducing Severe Challenging Behaviors Without Restraint: An Examination of Non-Invasive Behavior Analytic Supports.” CEU Presentation, Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. (October, 2014)
- “Teaching conversation to children with autism: A parent implemented script procedure.” “Minimizing the Research to Practice Gap in Autism Treatment Research.” Symposium at Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Seattle, WA. Tomaino, M.E., M.H. Charlop, Chair (May, 2012)
- “An analysis of the effects of PECS training on vocalizations in children with limited speech.” “Assessing the Picture Exchange Communication System across the lifespan: An evaluation of PECS generalization and concomitant increases in vocalizations.” Symposium at Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX. Erickson, M.A., Greenberg, A.L., & Charlop, M.H., Chair. (May, 2010)
- “Evaluating generalization of the Picture Exchange Communication System in children with autism.” “Assessing the Picture Exchange Communication System across the lifespan: An evaluation of PECS generalization and concomitant increases in vocalizations. Symposium at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX. Greenberg, A.L., Erickson, M.A., & Charlop, M.H. (May, 2010)
- “An analysis of parents' use of evidence-based treatments in four different populations.” “Parents' adoption of evidence-based treatments for their children with autism.” Symposium at the California Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Convention, Irvine, CA. Erickson, M.A., Berquist, K., & Charlop, M.H. (February, 2010)
- “Is evidence based treatment important to parents of children with autism? A comparison of CAM use between parents of children with Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. In D. B. Malmberg (Chair). “Evaluating interventions available for children with autism: The Importance of Evidence Based Treatments.” Symposium at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Scottsdale, AZ. Erickson, M.A., Berquist, K., & Charlop, M. H. (May, 2009)
- “Does the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) result in speech acquisition? An assessment of language development in children learning to communicate with PECS. In D. B. Malmberg (Chair). “Using Visual Strategies to Promote the Acquisition of Communication and Social Skills of Children with Autism.” Symposium at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. Erickson, M. A., Greenberg, A.L., & Charlop-Christy, M. H. (May, 2008)
- “Is the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Functional? An Assessment of PECS Generalization. In D. B. Malmberg (Chair). “Using Visual Strategies to Promote the Acquisition of Communication and Social Skills of Children with Autism.” Symposium at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. Greenberg, A.L., Erickson, M.A., Charlop-Christy, M.H. (May, 2008)
- “Social Skills: What are they and how are they taught at the Claremont Autism Center?” Charlop, M.H. & Tomaino, M.E. (Manuscript in press)
- “Teaching conversation to children with autism: Assessment of the efficacy of a parent-implemented script procedure” Tomaino, M. E. & Charlop, M.H. (2011)
- “Assessing generalization of the Picture Exchange Communication System in children with Autism,” Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 539-558. doi: 10.1007/s10882-012-9288-y. Greenberg, A. L., Tomaino, M. E., & Charlop, M.H. (2012)
- “Adapting the Picture Exchange Communication System to Elicit Vocalizations in children with Autism,” Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. doi: 10.1007/s10882-013-9344-2. Greenberg, A. L., Tomaino, M. E., & Charlop, M.H. (2012)
- “Social Skills: What are they and how are they taught at the Claremont Autism Center?” Charlop, M.H. & Tomaino, M.E. (Manuscript in press)
- “Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comparison to Children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and No Diagnosis.” Tomaino, M.E., Berquist,K. & Charlop, M. H. (Manuscript in preparation)
- “Increasing Vocabulary through Question-asking for Children with Autism.” Charlop, M.H., Le, L., Tomaino, M.E. (Manuscript in preparation)preparation)
PersonalDr. Tomaino spends her free time playing with and caring for her two children. She loves to cook and volunteer at the preschool when she is not at Port View Prep. When she needs to decompress you can find her running or at pilates.
About Sarah Ann Kagawa-Purohit is an Assistant Principal of Behavior-Analytic Programs who has been working in the field for 7 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an after-school program director. Upon graduating, she began working as a behavior interventionist for various profit and non-profit agencies that provided services for children in both the home and school settings. Sarah continued her academic development by concurrently obtaining her Masters of Science-Counseling with an option in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University Los Angeles, after which she passed the BCBA certification exam and was promoted to a supervisory role. She possesses an innate passion for her work with children that stems from her childhood relationships. Sarah is especially interested in the topic of interpersonal communication and social skills, due to its tremendous impact on an individual’s ability to integrate with society and maintain quality of life. She enjoys spending her time exploring new hiking trails and different types of restaurants with her husband. CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 09/29/2015 and 05/30/2016: Overview of the Functional Behavior Assessment Process and the Translated Indirect Functional Assessment Interview – Japanese for ABAI’s Eighth International Conference in Kyoto, Japan/ ABAI’s 42nd Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois
Sagui Doering, Ed.D. is honored to bring her expertise on teacher mentoring and differentiated support systems as a teacher on special assignment working to support and mentor teachers at Port View Preparatory. She is thrilled to also be leading the creation of a transformational and accessible standards-based and evidence-based educational framework for all students in K-22. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in leadership, administration, policy development, leading change through participatory action research, standards-based curriculum development and assessment, data analysis, teacher mentoring, pedagogical differentiation, instructional innovation, and alternative approaches to student behavior and discipline. Throughout her eighteen years in education as a teacher and administrator in public and non-public school settings in grades K-12, Sagui has taught and mentored students of all ages and from various backgrounds and diverse academic and socio-emotional needs including students with special needs, foster youth, ELS, and the gifted and talented. She has also taught educational pre-service graduate courses at Pepperdine University, has mentored new teachers through various local universities, has worked with community networks to embed quality learning opportunities for students, and has actively participated as a member of WASC in the accreditation of schools. As a life-long learner and educational servant-leader, Sagui is excited to be serving the Port View Preparatory community and is thrilled to collaborate in empowerment of the personal, social and educational growth of K-22 students. Sagui has a doctorate degree in educational leadership, administration and policy from Pepperdine University, California administrative and teaching credentials, a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in History from Cal Poly Pomona, and various educational certifications some of which include AVID, CCSS, ELPAC, MTSS, Restorative Justice Practices, and the College Board suite of assessments. She actively participates in professional development and is a member of various educational organizations. During her personal time, Sagui loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, enjoys outdoor running and training for half marathons, enjoys gardening and cooking healthy meals, and loves to create rustic furniture and home décor.
Lisa Odendaal received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from Cal State University Fullerton. Lisa began working with students with disabilities as an instructional aide for mainstreamed students for Anaheim Union High School District in their Resource Specialist Program (RSP) and has been in the non-public school setting taking on various roles since 2010. Lisa began her career in the non-public school setting as a behavior interventionist in the classroom setting. This is where she gained a true passion for working with students with disabilities. Lisa’s background in bookkeeping is what brought her into an administrative role in the non-public school setting. Lisa has been serving as a liaison between the school districts and the non-public school, as well as an administrative assistant since 2011. She enjoys being a valuable resource and support to our students and their families, staff and the school districts that we serve.
Chad Lolmaugh has over 10 years of experience working with students with disabilities ranging from mild to severe disabilities. Eight of those years were working in a non-public school setting and 2 of those years were working in a group home setting where Chad has been able to work with a variety of students as well as with other professionals in the field. Chad has received his Registered Behavior Technician Credential as well as training related to the reduction of severe challenging behavior without restraint. At Port View Preparatory®, Chad oversees the safety of students on transportation as well as on site. For Chad, the best part of working with our students is seeing the positive changes in a student’s behavior and life with the help of individualized programs to meet the student’s needs.
Li-Lun Chen joined Portview in 2020, and has over 12 years working in the Human Resources space. Li-Lun has spent his HR career in the financial services, retail, consulting, and technology sectors. Most recently, he was the head of HR for rapidly growing tech company, where he was responsible for building the HR department from the ground up, and growing the company from 50 to 1100 employees over the course of 4 years. Li-Lun holds a SPHR certification, and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2011.
Terri is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Family & Human Development. With over 15 years of Human Resource experience providing quality service, Terri came to Port View Preparatory® in 2018 to serve as the Human Resources Manager. Terri has also worked in the financial and banking sector for many years as well as telecom. For fun, Terri likes to plan events; corporate and private, traveling, camping, spending time with her family and writing children's books.
Karla Reyes is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Psychology. She is excited about bringing her HR experience, from the education and aerospace manufacturing industries, and collaborative nature to Port View Preparatory. Karla has a passion for cultivating and maintaining a positive and productive working environment and loves PVP's collaborative environment. When not at Port View, you can find Karla hiking, traveling, and singing. She is an active PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association) Pasadena Board Chair.
Ashley graduated from Hope International University in 2008 with a degree in Psychology. She has been working in the field of special education ever since. Her background includes in home therapy, the classroom environment, and administration. She first came to Port View Preparatory® in January 2016 as a CSP and then became Administrative Assistant later that summer. Ashley's passion for helping others along with her niche for being organized led her to her current role as Port View's Executive Administrative Assistant. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, and going to the theatre.
Clarissa graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Currently, she is taking classes through the UCLA Extension program for a certification in Leadership Communication and Marketing. She has worked with children and teens for nearly 15 years in various roles including serving as a youth minister and residential counselor at a home for teen mothers. Prior to joining the ABA field, Clarissa was a freelance writer and social media marketer and worked with national brands to create marketing campaigns. Clarissa joined Port View Preparatory® as a CSP with her Board Certified Autism Technician and Registered Behavior Technician certifications and now has taken on a role in administration. When she is not at PVP she spends her time with her husband Eric and their 5 children, 3 cats and dog.
Zack is the Training Coordinator at Port View Preparatory®. He has been in the field for 2 years. Zack received his Bachelors in Communications from California State University, Fullerton in 2016. Zack joined the PVP team in 2016 as a CSP and decided to further his education. He received a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in 2020. Zack is currently working towards getting his BCBA certification. What he loves most about Port View is being able to have daily interactions with the students and being able to see the progress each student has made.
Mario has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, both with students in the non-public education setting as well as with youth in a group home setting. Prior to working at Port View Preparatory® , he worked as a Classroom Support Provider for a non-public school in Orange County, California. After coming to Port View shortly after its opening in 2014, Mario acquired his certification as a Registered Behavior Technician and was promoted to a Classroom Support Specialist. When Port View's Ontario campus opened in 2017, Mario stepped into his current role of Coordinator of Operations and Transportation. His favorite thing about his role is getting to work with such a collaborative and passionate team. When he is not at PVP you can find Mario on the soccer field where he coaches a number of youth soccer teams.
Ramon was born and raised in Ontario, CA. He joined the Port View Preparatory team in 2017. Prior to working at Port View Preparatory, he worked for Nordstroms logistics division as a shift lead for 3 years. Ramon continues to keep our campus looking as beautiful as the first day it opened. In his spare time, you can find Ramon working on cars or spending time with his family at Disneyland.
Herlinda joined the Port View Preparatory® Crew as a CSP in September 2014 and is now an Administrative Assistant. She is bilingual and assists as an interpreter for our families. She has always had a passion for working with children and enjoys creating a safe and positive environment for each of our students. To Herlinda, the most rewarding part of her job is helping our kids reach their full potential. When she is not at Port View Prep, she enjoys spending time with family, especially her nephews and niece.
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Rafael is currently a Clinical Classroom Support Supervisor and BCBA at Port View Preparatory®. Prior to joining the PVP team Rafael served for seven years in the private school sector for children with special needs. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2010 from Kansas Wesleyan University as a collegiate athlete. Rafael identified early on that his passion was working with children through coaching various youth soccer teams. He pursued this passion by furthering his education and attending National University for his graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. He continued on to graduate from National University in 2018 with honors (Magna Cum Laude). Rafael is dedicated to providing an elevated quality of life for all of his students. His personal belief is that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and he is proud to be a part of Port View's shared philosophy. His personal passions include playing soccer, physical fitness, fishing, taking his cars to local car shows and supporting Los Angeles sports teams.
Roxanne became a BCBA after receiving her bachelors degree in Psychology from California State, Fullerton and earning her Masters of Education as an Autism Specialist from Cambridge College in 2015. Roxy is currently working toward her Ph. D in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Port View Preparatory® in 2018, she worked as an in-home supervisor at various agencies.
Caitlin (“Caity”) McGinley is a Clinical Classroom Support Supervisor at Port View Preparatory®. She has been working in the special education field since 2007, working both with students in the school setting and individuals and their families in the home setting. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University-Fullerton in 2010, and received her certificate in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2014, and joined the Behavior Team at Port View Preparatory in Spring of 2016. Caity enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.
Bryanna joined the Behavior Team at Port View Preparatory® as a Clinical Classroom Support Supervisor in March 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and entered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008 as an in-home behavior therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities. Bryanna earned her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification in 2013. She has extensive experience in Pivotal Response Treatment and is passionate about addressing functional communication skills with the population she serves. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling
Hannah is a BCBA and Clinical Classroom Support Supervisor at Port View Preparatory® Ontario. She has been working in the field for 5 years. Hannah received her bachelor's degree in Communications and Business Management from University of the Pacific. After graduation, she began work as a Job Coach and later a Job Developer, specifically seeking job placement for adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Shortly thereafter, she continued her educational development by obtaining her Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Concurrently, she gained experience working in-home as well as a CSP and Specialist at Port View Preparatory® Yorba Linda and Ontario. Her passion for the field initially developed with her younger sister, but continued to grow with each student she has had the opportunity to work with. Hannah has also been afforded the opportunity to bring ABA to Haiti, which has significantly developed her appreciation of not only the application of science, but also its impact on so many different individuals regardless of learning history. One of her very favorite parts of working at PVP is the opportunity to work alongside a team of experts that all move mountains to ensure our students are provided with the resources they need to succeed and thrive.
Ximena is a Clinical Classroom Support Supervisor at Port View Preparatory®. She has been in the field for over 4 years. Ximena received her Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Shortly after graduation, she began working as a behavior interventionist for children in an in-home setting. She joined the PVP team in 2016 as a CSP and received a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in 2018. Ximena has recently earned her BCBA certification. Her favorite part of working at Port View is the students; she loves interacting with them and contributing to their progress every single day.
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Jill holds a Master's Degree as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the International Dyslexia Association. She has been practicing for over 25 years in Orange County and joined the PVP team in 2017. She specializes and is passionate about providing students with complex communication needs and the ability to freely and effectively communicate and engage within their community. As a specialist in Assistive Technology, Jill strives to equip our PVP students with tools necessary to reach their true potential. Additionally, she is a certified provider of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) program, a social skills program developed out of UCLA Semel Institute. In her free time, Jill enjoys hanging out with her family and friends listening to music, eating good food or planning for the next adventure.
Lianne is a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant at Port View Preparatory®. She moved from Indonesia to California in 2006 and received her bachelor's degree in Linguistics and English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Lianne also received a post-baccalaureate specialization in Speech and Communication Science Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. Her clinical experience includes working with a variety of students in the pediatric population including students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Articulation Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Developmental delay and much more. She joined the PVP team in January of 2018 and is passionate about working with students, teachers, parents, and staff on the use and implementation of AAC devices. She says the best part of working at Port View is getting to know her student's fun personalities and teaching them how to show it through their communication. In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, working out, and traveling with her family. Lianne and her husband are expecting a little one soon to join the family in 2020.
Jessica is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at Port View Preparatory®. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University. After graduating, Jessica worked in a clinic setting where she treated children with various developmental delays. It was then that she desired to explore new areas in the speech field within a school setting and came to Port View. Jessica is passionate about teaching functional communication to all of her students while implementing their AAC devices. When she is not at PVP, Jessica is spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading a good book, going to Disneyland, and playing with her dogs.
Amber is a Speech Language Pathologist at Port View Preparatory®. She was born and raised in Southern California. Amber received her bachelor’s degree from California State Long Beach in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in 2003 and obtained a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University of Northridge in 2005. Amber has 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and with a wide spectrum of individuals. She has worked in a clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a children’s hospital, a private practice specializing in the implementation of AAC devices, acute rehabilitation, early intervention and private practice. Amber has an extensive background in medical speech pathology and working with the medically fragile population. She has completed training in Beckman Oral Motor techniques, Hanen “It Takes Two To Talk” and is a certified VitalStim provider. Amber is passionate about working with children and helping them to maximize their potential. She lives in Costa Mesa with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, going to Disneyland, watching movies, playing tennis and hosting board game nights.
Katelyn is a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant at Port View Preparatory. She received her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. Following her bachelor’s degree, Katelyn received her SLPA license from Loma Linda University. Before beginning her career in the speech field, Katelyn worked as a behavior interventionist where she discovered her desire to work with clients who have special needs. She is passionate about developing her students’ functional communication abilities and promoting the use of AAC devices. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her friends and family.
Alyssa is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at Port View Preparatory®. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from California State Fullerton where she graduated Cum Laude. Alyssa then received her SLPA license at Loma Linda University. She began treating children of various ages with developmental delays in-home and then decided to transition to a school setting. When she learned about Port View she was excited to extend her knowledge to children with disabilities and AAC devices. Alyssa is passionate about her students' progress and teaching communication in all areas while advocating the use of AAC devices. In her free time, Alyssa spends time with her husband, friends, family and cats. She is an aerial dancer and also loves to be outdoors.
Erica joined the speech team at Port View Preparatory® in July of 2018. She has been a licensed Speech Language Pathologist Assistant since 2015. She obtained a variety of experience having worked as a SLPA within a school district, clinical and non-public school setting. Her broad background has allowed her to treat and implement specific speech and language goals to diverse students of all ages. She thoroughly enjoys her role on the PVP team, promoting use of AAC devices school wide. Her passion and dedication is fueled by student success and their ability to functionally communicate in the world around them.
Lori Spear OTR/L has been with Port View Preparatory® since its establishment and has 30 years of experience working with children from infancy through young adults. She has extensive experience and advanced studies in the treatment of sensory processing disorders, feeding deficits, fine motor deficits and other developmental delays. Ms. Spear also has a substantial background and special interest in meaningful transition from school to community living. Ms. Spear has worked in various school districts, county programs and specialized non-public schools. She believes strongly in providing parents with techniques and support to carry over at home for a student’s optimal progress.
Rachel began her career at Port View Preparatory® as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and shortly after decided to continue her academic development to earn her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. She is now serving Port View as an Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L) and has been working in the field since 2015. Rachel loves being able to address physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory components in a fun, engaging way. She believes in reducing barriers for all students in order for them to reach their maximum potential inside and outside of the classroom. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and traveling.
Briana is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Port View Preparatory®. Briana earned her bachelor's degree in Health and Sports Studies at Miami University (Ohio) where she played Division 1 softball. She began working with students with disabilities in the Upland Unified School District where she was introduced to the field of occupational therapy. Briana attended Stanbridge College where she earned her degree and license to become a COTA. She began her new career working with the geriatric population in skilled nursing before finding her passion to work in the non-public school environment. In her free time, Briana enjoys spending time with her husband and children, family and friends, traveling and attending country concerts.
Eliana is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant at Port View Preparatory. She earned her Occupational Science degree at Stanbridge College in 2015. She gained work experience within clinical, school district, and non-public school settings. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new places.
Kimberly is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Port View Preparatory®. She has been working in special education since 2009. Kimberly first began her career working as an Instructional Assistant for the Riverside County Office of Education for their Autism Reach Program. Her passion for helping children with special needs led her to further her career in the special education field. She earned her associate's degree in Occupational Therapy from Stanbridge University in 2014 and joined the PVP team in 2019. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys being a certified foodie, traveling the world and spending time with her cat named "Cat".
Bianca received her Occupational Therapist Assistant degree from Santa Ana College. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Occupational Sciences. Bianca has worked in the field for over 7 years with students who have disabilities both in a public and non-public setting. Her passion for working in special education began in 2013 when she became an instructional assistant at a non-profit school. Shortly after she decided to pursue a career in occupational therapy where she fell in love with the field. Bianca is determined to help others and enjoys working with students to assist in their everyday successes. She enjoys being a part of the PVP team where she feels that everyone is collaborative in helping students to achieve their goals and become more independent.
Carolena graduated from Stanbridge University with a degree in Occupational Science. She has worked with a variety of populations from mental health to community-based all with the focus being on the unique needs of each individual. She found her passion working with children during her time in a community-based setting. Carolena came to Port View Preparatory® to work with students to assist them in academic success as well as personal growth. She has a passion for helping others and spends time outside of work volunteering with organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and the Special Olympics. Carolena also enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.
Candace earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She completed the credential program there as well, earning both her Multiple Subject and Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials. Candace began teaching as a special education teacher and fell in love with ABA. After completing the required coursework from Florida Institute of Technology, she earned her master's degree in Professional Behavior Analysis. Candace has been at Port View for two years and loves working with the teachers and other departments to provide the best education possible for all students. Her favorite part of working at PVP is seeing students succeed and meet their personal goals.
Alyssa is an alumni from California Baptist University in Riverside. She received a Master of Arts degree in Education with her credential in Mild/Moderate disabilities, and a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders. Alyssa's passion for special education started early in high school and continues to this day. She was president of her high school's Best Buddies program, worked with adults preparing them for their day-to-day activities and volunteered to coach and mentor those who wish to pursue the art of Tae Kwon Do. She is very happy and excited to be a part of our team and looks forward to watching her students grow and succeed in life.
Isis Andrade received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in animal assisted therapy and special education and a minor in child development from Cal State University Monterey Bay. She went on to receive a Masters of Science in Special Education as well as her level 2 teaching credential in special education in moderate/severe disabilities. She has been working in the classroom setting for the past 7 years, collaborating with other professionals in creating programs that are individualized to meet each student’s specific needs. She has gotten the opportunity to work closely with institutions is Brazil, consulting with the directors of the programs to improve the quality of their programs. She has a true passion for teaching and believes in creating an environment where students feel safe, loved and respected. For Isis, the best part of being a teacher is being a part of these amazing student’s lives everyday.
Melissa earned her bachelor of arts in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Educational Psychology from the University of Azusa Pacific. Her passion for working with children brought her to classrooms in elementary schools as both a paraprofessional and teacher in general education and special education programs, as well as an inclusion specialist. Melissa's desire to help students find their strengths and the spark that exists in all children led her to Port View Preparatory®. Melissa came to PVP because she sought out a school that focused on what students can do rather than what they can't do. She is currently working as an Education Specialist Intern with us as she completes her Masters of Science degree in Special Education, as well as a multiple subject teaching credential with an emphasis on moderate to severe disabilities. Coming in each day and seeing the students at Port View brings Melissa so much joy. She loves seeing students grow as individuals and build peer relationships; she feels that watching them connect with one another is truly a gift. When Melissa is not at PVP she enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and having movie nights at home.
Paul was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and currently resides in Newport Beach. He moved to California in 2013 after graduating from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Paul obtained a master's degree in Teaching from National University in 2016. Recently, he finished working on his Special Education credential program with National University as well in order to obtain a full credential in moderate/severe disabilities. Before coming to Port View Preparatory®, Paul taught preschool for 3-4 year olds for 18 years. While the move from preschool to special education was a big one both physically and career wise, he feels it has been the best experience of his life. He is excited to be a part of the PVP team and looks forward to learning something new each day. When he is not working, he is usually out fishing or hiking.
Damon received his bachelor's degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. Currently, he holds a dual credential in Multiple Subjects and Special Education. Prior to joining the team at Port View Preparatory® he provided special education services as an Education Specialist focusing on students with autism spectrum disorder in the Tustin Unified School District. When he is not teaching, Damon can be found playing bass in his rock band, or spending time outdoors with his wife, son and daughter.
Cassidy graduated with her Master of Arts in Special Education with a Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that, she graduated from University of the Pacific, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Pedagogy and Adapted Physical Education while playing division one softball. When considering graduate school, she decided that becoming a full-time education specialist would fulfill her passion for teaching in her community. Her passion specifically for special education comes from volunteering in the Special Olympics, coaching softball and fitness inclusion programs, and assisting family members in their respective classrooms. For Cassidy, the love of working within the special education community is driven by her idea that behavior is communication, and every student should have equal access and opportunities for success and independence.
Ashley Haggerty earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from San Francisco State University. After graduating from college, Ashley decided to coach youth basketball while furthering her education. Her passion for helping children learn and build self-esteem led her to pursue a career in special education. Ashley went on to work in the classroom at the middle school and high school levels for three years. Currently, Ashley is working as an Education Specialist Intern in order to complete a Masters of Science degree as an Education Specialist, as well as a teaching credential in mild/moderate disabilities. She is very happy to be a part of our team, and she looks forward to watching her students excel academically and socially.
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Jordan was born and raised in San Diego, CA before moving to Orange County for college. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton where he is now pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education. Jordan holds a Special Education Credential in mild/moderate disabilities along with an Autism Authorization. Before joining the PVP team, Jordan worked as a paraeducator and substitute teacher with the Orange County Department of Education. He is thrilled to be a part of the PVP team and looks forward to pursuing his passion of helping students accomplish their full academic and personal potential. When he is not teaching, Jordan enjoys hiking, fitness, and spending time with his family.
Victoria graduated with a double B.A. in English Literature and English History from Newbold College just outside of London England. After she graduated, she received her TOEFEL Certification and taught in English overseas in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand. When she returned to the states, she was teaching a high school English class but fell in love with the Moderate Severe Class next door. She then completed a Moderate Severe Credential and an M.A. in Special Education from National University. She has taught a variety of age levels from TK/K Autism to Adult transition in Oakland, Los Angles and most recently Palm Springs. Victoria has recently joined the Port View Team and is looking forward to getting a more in-depth knowledge of behavior while she is working on getting her BCBA Certification. When she is not at work or in school, she enjoys spending time with her daughter traveling, gardening, hiking, skateboarding and kickboxing.
Sekou Roberts graduated from the University of La Verne in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. He has been working in the field of special needs ever since. His background consists of in home therapy, classroom environment, group homes and community programs. Sekou is a new teacher who just came to Port View Preparatory in September 2020. Sekou has a passion for teaching and helping students in need. He is the head teacher of the high school 2 class on the Ontario campus. In his free time, Sekou likes to play basketball, lift weights and enjoy his family.
Maria Swanson holds a dual credential in both Multiple Subjects and Mild/Moderate education. She attended Capital University in her hometown state of Ohio. In addition, Maria recently received her Autism Authorization from Alliant University. Maria will be starting her Master's program in the winter, in order to further her education in the field of special education. Maria has worked in the field of education for the past 7 years and has experience working with a variety of students of various backgrounds. She has been a part of the Port View Preparatory® team for several years. Maria says the best part about working at Port View Prep is the amazing students and facility. She loves seeing the kids grow both intellectually and socially every day. Maria is passionate about creating opportunities for the students to learn in a fun and welcoming setting. Maria feels she is lucky to work in such a supportive and caring environment. Maria enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new hiking trails and being outside.
Michelle received her license for vocational nursing in 2012. Her entire nursing career has been spent working with people of various ages that have special needs. She joined Port View Preparatory® in 2017. Michelle enjoys getting to know all the students and interacting with them daily. Outside of Port View she likes to relax and spend time with her husband and their 4 children.
Rachael is a Licensed Vocational Nurse who graduated from American Career College and went on to sit for the board of nursing where she passed the NCLEX PN and got her license through the state of California. Rachael has always had a heart to work with children. When she learned about Port View Prep she was extremely excited to join the team and expand her experience in working with children with learning and health differences. Outside of work Rachael loves spending time with her husband and two kids as well as the rest of her family. She also loves to volunteer at church where her husband is a Pastor.
Born December 16, 2015, Oliver joined the Port View Preparatory® team February 29th, 2016. Oliver’s role is to not only be a playful and loving friend but to also help students when they are upset or just having a difficult day. Oliver also attends IEP’s and training so that he can better help the students that he serves. As Oliver grows up, he will learn more skills and hopes to one day become a specialized interventionist! Oliver loves to lick, chase, and be petted.