Baltimore Team

Baltimore Campus Team

 Dr. Paula Cage, Head of School, Baltimore Campus

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Dr. Paula Cage, Head of School, Baltimore Campus

The Auburn School is excited to welcome Dr. Paula Cage to its Baltimore team. Paula joins The Auburn School with 14 years of experience working in education in a variety of roles. Most recently, she spent 7 years with DC Public Schools, first their Special Education Coordinator and then as their Monitoring and School Support Specialist. Preceding her leadership positions with DCPS, Paula taught at such institutions as High Road Academy, Maryland International Day School, and The Goddard School. Since 2010, she has also served as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, where she has lectured in the field of child development. Paula holds a B.S. in Sociology from Bowie State University, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University, where she wrote her dissertation, Designing an Intervention to Increase Reading Levels of Students with Special Needs

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 Christianna-Lee Lyons, Office Manager

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Christianna-Lee Lyons, Office Manager

Christianna returns to Auburn's administration with a background in teaching social skill concepts and practicing positive behavior strategies across various schools and programs. She holds an A.A. in Teaching with a focus on Elementary Education and Special Education K-12 from the Community College in Baltimore County. She is looking forward to continuing her education while gaining experience here at the Auburn School.

 

 Rosanne Silverman, Curriculum & Instructional Specialist, Education Director, IEP Coordinator

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Rosanne Silverman, Curriculum & Instructional Specialist, Education Director, IEP Coordinator

Rosanne brings over 25 years of professional education experience to The Auburn School. She most recently taught for 12 years in Florida as a General Education teacher with Inclusion and English as a Second Language students. She also served as a literacy coach. In addition, she was the chairperson for the Character Development Program at her elementary school in Florida. Roseanne holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Temple University, where she graduated with Honors, an M.S. in Special Education from Western Governor's University, and a Maryland Advanced Professional Teacher Certificate with 12 ancillary credits in reading. She has also completed a course on teaching students with severe reading challenges.

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 Shelby Conboy, Social Learning Specialist

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Shelby Conboy, Social Learning Specialist

Shelby began her journey at Auburn as an Instructional Assistant and Camp Aristotle teacher, and then as a Lead Teacher. She previously gained experience working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), where she was an ABA Early Intervention Therapist. Shelby holds a B.S. in Psychology from Frostburg State University and a M.Ed in Elementary and Special Education from Goucher College, and is certified in both elementary education and special education. She is excited to start her sixth year at Auburn as the Baltimore campus's Social Learning Specialist.

 David Bell, Behavior Support Specialist

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David Bell, Behavior Support Specialist

David returns to our team after 14 years of serving as a Counselor/Behavioral Support Specialist at the Episcopal Center for Children. He developed a gift for working with children while performing in a children's theater troupe. David holds a B.A. in Theater from The University of Maryland at Baltimore County and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership.

 

 Holli Meissner, Occupational Therapist

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Holli Meissner, Occupational Therapist

Holli joins The Auburn School with 19 years of experience as an occupational therapist working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Most recently, she worked in an outpatient setting in Montana before moving to the Baltimore area this past June with her family. Holli received her B.S. in
Physical Education from Pacific Lutheran University and her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Holli also has minors in psychology and communications. She has obtained certificates of clinical enhancement in baby treatment and in feeding and swallowing. She has completed all the Handwriting Without Tears courses as well as the Print Tool and looks forward to helping all children be able to enjoy writing. Holli is excited about the opportunity to work with the staff and families at The Auburn School and making a positive difference in each child’s education experience!
 India Carson, Instructional Assistant

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India Carson, Instructional Assistant

India begins her second year at the Auburn community with a background in childcare, having worked with various institutions such as Center for Creative Learning, Hot Spots Extended Care Program and the Frazier Institute of Learning. She recently gained experience working at Lyons Mill Elementary and Pinewood Elementary School, where she assisted children with exceptional needs as an Additional Aid within the classroom setting. She also worked with children who were on the spectrum at the Board of Childcare as a certified residential child and youth practitioner. Through this exposure she found a new love and passion for children with ASD and intends to further her growth and experience here at Auburn. Her focus is on building rapport with the students this school year and becoming part of the support system that allows them to evolve, learn, and reach their goals. India holds a B.S. in Human Services from Kaplan University, with a focus in Child and Family Welfare. She plans to pursue a M.S. in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis.

 Kristal Davis, Instructional Assistant

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Kristal Davis, Instructional Assistant

Kristal has 5 years of experience working with children with disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Lower School, Horizon Day Camp, and Bell camp with Baltimore City. She holds a B.S. in Family Consumer Science from Morgan State University, and is pursuing her masters degree in Special Education at Coppin State University/University of Baltimore. Outside of the classroom, Kristal enjoys singing and dancing.
 Alyssa Fleming, Instructional Assistant

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Alyssa Fleming, Instructional Assistant

Alyssa comes to The Auburn School with 2  years of experience promoting student engagement and supporting learners with diverse abilities. She previously worked in a special education school in New Jersey, where she served students with autism spectrum disorders, social and learning disabilities, and emotional difficulties. Prior to her experience in education, she joined a research team at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for an ongoing project exploring the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on mood, memory, and behavior. Alyssa holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University with focal areas in Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuropsychology. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and plans to obtain her license to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys going on walks with her dogs and playing basketball with friends.
 Angelica Flowers, Teacher

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Angelica Flowers, Teacher

Angelica is very exited to be a part of The Auburn School. She began her teaching career in her hometown of Middletown, MD, where she worked at a daycare and completed two teaching internships. Before joining Auburn, she worked at the Maryland School for the Blind, where she worked closely with families and learned Braille. Angelica holds a B.A. in Family and Human Services from Towson University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Special Education.

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 Tara Girch, Physical Education Teacher

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Tara Girch, Physical Education Teacher

Tara comes to Auburn with over 25 years of teaching experience including adaptive physical education, general physical education and special education in Howard County and Baltimore City public schools. She has also served as a classroom teacher for Kennedy Krieger and, most recently, as a special education inclusion teacher in Baltimore County. She obtained her B.A. in Physical Education from Towson University and her M.Ed. in Special Education from Loyola College. While not on the gym floor, Tara, alongside her husband, owns and operates a swim school that has been helping people with disabilities for over 20 years.
 Cheyanne Givens, Instructional Assistant

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Cheyanne Givens, Instructional Assistant

Cheyanne comes to Auburn with 10 years of experience working with preschool aged children. She has supported the social emotional development of children for various families in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Cheyanne also shares her love of visual and performing arts with the community by hosting art exhibits and providing opportunities for artists to display their talents around Baltimore. Cheyanne holds degrees from both Capitol Technology University and Coppin State University. She is looking forward to furthering her education and experience at the Auburn School.

 Judy Lannon, Instructional Assistant and Health & Fitness Instructor

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Judy Lannon, Instructional Assistant and Health & Fitness Instructor

Judy rejoins The Auburn School to teach the campus's weekly Fitness in Action class to all students, in addition to being an Instructional Assistant. Her prior experience includes working as a Dance/Movement Therapist, serving as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County schools, and working with chronic adult psychiatric patients. Judy holds a B.S. in Dance from Radford University, and a M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College. 

 Erica Lewis, Teacher

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Erica Lewis, Teacher

Erica is thrilled to join the Auburn School as a first year teacher. Erica has experience in education as an Assistant in Behavior Learning Support on an elementary school level. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. Prior to joining the Auburn School, Erica served as Site Director for The Y in Central Maryland’s Before and After School Enrichment Program in Westminster, Maryland. Erica holds a B. A. in Media Communication Studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is currently completing her masters degree from Concordia University in Teacher Leadership. Erica is excited to share her passion for academic success with The Auburn School.
 Kristen Mennella, Teacher

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Kristen Mennella, Teacher

Kristen began her journey at Auburn as a lead teacher for Camp Aristotle. Her passion for special education began, however, in her early childhood, when she discovered she had a hearing impairment. Before joining Auburn, she worked in both private and public schools throughout New York and Maryland. Kristen obtained her B.S. in both Special Education and Elementary Education with a minor in English from The College of Saint Rose, and her M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from The State University of New York at Albany. She is looking forward to continuing at Auburn as a middle school teacher.

 Elisa Palluau, Instructional Assistant and Visual Expression Teacher

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Elisa Palluau, Instructional Assistant and Visual Expression Teacher

Elisa joins Auburn after having taught for Future Makers, Baltimore Clayworks, and Art with a Heart. She has also completed two classes at Brown University in Media & Modern Culture and Creating Social Change. During her free time, she finds joy in exploring new places and activities. She has travelled to Puerto Rico to participate in a creative exploration of rainforests and coastal and marine environments, and has built art installations in collaboration with Harvard Biology students. Elisa holds a B.A. in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is excited to share her passion for creativity and life-long learning using art therapy.

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 Meghan Roach, Teacher and Camp Aristotle Baltimore Director

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Meghan Roach, Teacher and Camp Aristotle Baltimore Director

Meghan returns to Auburn with 15 years of experience in Special Education. She previously worked at The Forbush School in Towson, where she was a classroom teacher and an Assistant Behavior Specialist. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and enjoys working with children on the autism spectrum. Meghan earned her B.A. in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is very excited to rejoin the Auburn School's teaching team.

 Alayna Sevilla, Instructional Assistant and Performing Arts Enrichment Teacher

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Alayna Sevilla, Instructional Assistant and Performing Arts Enrichment Teacher

Alayna returns to The Auburn School with an extensive and remarkable background in the Arts. She has worked as the music instructor at the 7th Street Centre for the Arts, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, and as a Graduate Assistant for the Peabody Conservatory of Music's Opera Department, where she managed the department's outreach opera. Aside from singing, she also plays piano, french horn, flute and trumpet. Alayna holds a B.A. in Music from California State University, Chico, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

 

 Evan Volski, Teacher

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Evan Volski, Teacher

Evan returns for his second year with the Auburn team from Denver, Colorado, where he worked with students with a variety of unique academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs at the elementary and high school levels. Prior to this, he spent two years as a paraeducator and behavior therapist at Spectra Autism Center in Westminster, Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his dog, Mishka, and delving into the world of bread-baking! Evan holds an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. 

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Advisory Board

  • Vincent Culotta, Ph.D. ABN, is a Board Certified neuropsychologist and President of NeuroBehavioral Associates in Columbia, Maryland. NeuroBehavioral Associates serves children and adolescents with learning, attention, chronic medical, and neurodevelopmental differences through neuropsychological assessment and consultation. Dr. Culotta completed his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, doctoral work in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis, and specialty training in the neurosciences at the University of Maryland Medical School. Dr. Culotta has served as the director of neuropsychology in the neurosurgery division of The University of Maryland’s R. Adam’s Cowley Shock Trauma Center. His research and clinical interests include disorders of executive functioning, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injuries.

    Dr. Susan R. Grant, neurolinguist, holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, having studied at the Graduate School of Medicine and the College Park campuses of the University of Maryland. She specializes and did research in Neurolinguistics, the study of the relationship between brain and language development. She also holds a Master of Science and Maryland license in Speech and Language Pathology. Dr. Grant has been in private clinical practice for more than 25 years, diagnosing and developing treatment plans for children with speech-language, reading, writing and learning disabilities. 

    Marjorie Hoffman, founding head, The Auburn School, Baltimore, has over forty years of experience as an educational professional, serving diverse schools in a variety of capacities. As a founding teacher of The Krieger Schechter Day School, Mrs. Hoffman began her career in leadership as their first Head of School. She later served as The Head of School at Valley Academy, a school for students with language based learning differences, and as The Middle School Head at Garrison Forest School. She has been actively involved with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, working on professional development offerings, the AIMS annual conference and most recently as facilitator for a series of workshops for beginning teachers. Mrs. Hoffman received her B.S. in early childhood education from the University of Maryland, an M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate of administration and supervision from Towson University.

    Katherine Holman, Ph.D., speech language pathologist, is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University and a certified speech-language pathologist. Dr. Holman is the director of the Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Master’s program and is a regional autism consultant. She is a co-editor and author of the book, “School Success for Kids with Autism.” She has dedicated her life’s work to creating a positive influence for and understanding of life on the autism spectrum.

    Susan Leviton, professor and attorney, was employed at the Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau from 1972 to 1975, where she served as managing attorney of the welfare unit. In addition, she served as the legal aid lobbyist to the Maryland General Assembly. She is past chair of the Maryland Human Relations Commission and founder of Advocates for Children and Youth, a statewide child advocacy group. Professor Leviton has written and participated extensively in representing children in special education proceedings and the juvenile court.

    Dr. Gail Liss, speech language pathologist and psychology associate, has been in the education field for over 40 years. In addition to testing and acting as a case manager between families, schools, and other service providers, she serves on the board of the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore.

    Rebecca Reynolds, School Search Group L.L.C. ,  holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in School Psychology. She is a former school psychologist and director and admissions at St. Paul’s School. She has worked as an educationalconsultant and is the owner and operator of the School Search Group. Ms. Reynolds has presented widely for parents on such topics as understanding evaluations and placement procedures. Her publications include Opening School Doors, Coping with School Selection Procedures.

    Dr. Sharon Richter, DO, is the director of the division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Sinai. She completed her pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University and the A.I. duPont Hospital for Chil­dren and followed that with a fellowship in Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is board certified in developmental- behavioral pediatrics and is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and an affiliate member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Richter has presented nationally and regionally on issues relating to pediatric behavior and mental health. She has co-authored the chapter on child development in “Oski’s Pediatrics” and was a contributing writer for the AAP violence-prevention publication “Connected Kids”.