Professional Background

April entered into the world of education because of the different needs of her children.  April’s first three children have Autism Spectrum Disorders, and it was through their needs that she had the opportunity with 7 other parents start a charter school, Spectrum Academy.  April served as a board member for a year and then was asked to be the 5th grade teacher in 2006.  April took this opportunity to teach as well as to complete her Master’s in Special Education in 2008.

 

Through her years of teaching April was given the opportunity to publish several articles in the magazine Autism Asperger’s Digest.  She also presented 3 different times at Utah Association of public Charter Schools, Autism Conference of Utah, and several other teacher trainings which focused on classroom management, reading supports, and social skills. 

 

April is a coauthor of Social Scene Investigation: a social skills curriculum.  In 2014, April completed her latest curriculum book, BASE: Building Advanced Social Education.  April taught for 7 years 5th and 2nd grades at Spectrum Academy, but when her growing family began to have different needs of not only Autism but also Deafness, she knew that her teaching focus needed to change to support her family's need to learn ASL.  

 

April  finished teaching at Spectrum Academy, and moved to Pacific Heritage Academy with teaching and administrative position.  April was able to support the Special Education needs of an incredible diverse population which allowed her time to gain more ASL skills before moving her family to Texas.  Currently April is a transition teacher teaching adults 18-22 employment and adult living skills at Texas School for the Deaf.  In November 2016, April was invited to speak at the Evergreens Benefit and shared her story about surviving mentally and physically abusive marriage. Recently, April also trained teachers how to use social skills during her latest conference at 12th Annual Special Education & Transition Conference in Houston.  April continues to teach, deliver presentations, speaks at Special education conferences, and works on writing and editing her educational books and this website.