Virginia Wong, MS Ed., BCBA, Founder and Program Director
For over 15 years, Virginia has worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in educational, home, and community settings. She is a board certified behavior analyst and a New York State certified general and special education teacher. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood special and general education from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University. In addition, she completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. Virginia has held positions as a school administrator, behavior consultant, classroom teacher and home-based provider. She has participated in research studies and presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International conferences. Virginia has collaborated with researchers, school building and district leaders, teachers, and therapists to meet the needs of learners with autism. Through her experience working with children and families, she has learned the importance of providing support beyond the walls of a classroom. Virginia values the importance of teaching functional skills to foster self-sufficiency and independence in all settings beginning at an early age.
Sarah Stevens, MA, ABA Instructor and Social Skills Group Lead Teacher
Sarah has been working with children with disabilities for the past five years. She has been teaching in a wide range of settings, both within schools as a classroom teacher as well as working in home settings as a parent educator and therapy provider. She holds a master’s degree in Intellectual Disability and Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Sarah is currently working as a special education teacher in a collaborative teaching model as well as running an after-school social skills program. She works to provide students with play skills and verbal behavior in a natural and structured setting as well as integrate families and providers into the learning process.
Tomiko Lyons, MA, LMSW, BCBA, Special Programs Consultant
Tomiko is an educator who has been working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities for the past 17 years. She is a LMSW and BCBA with a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Her passions are teaching functional life skills and social skills. Tomiko currently works as the Clinical Program Director in small pediatric therapy center and works with FLY Center to plan monthly social opportunities for young adults and children.
Kelsey Steffen, MA, Young Adult Events Coordinator
Kelsey, a Special Education teacher is thrilled to be coordinating the Young Adult events at the FLY center for the 2017-2018 school year. Kelsey currently teaches at Amber Charter School in Kingbridge as a K-2 SETSS teacher. She taught in Louisiana and Hawaii in the high school setting for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities for three years. She received her BA in Communication Disorders with a minor in Autism Studies from Southeast Missouri State University. Her MA is in Teaching Individuals With Significant Disabilities K-12, which she obtained from University of New Orleans.