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MVA’s Professional Team


Carol Nielsen, MA. BCBA
Mission Valley Academy

Staffing for intensive elementary and middle school programming
Our team consists of one special educator for each group of eight to ten students, a compliment of paraprofessionals necessary to educate our students at a ratio of 2.5 students for each direct service staff member, additional paraprofessionals as needed to educate students who require a more intensive ratio, a fully licensed Speech/Language therapist, a Registered Occupational Therapist, and a karate instructor.

We are positive and energetic; we love our work and our students; and we function as a true team, with a common mission to have our students learn as rapidly and as enjoyably as possible. Our professionals are top notch and several of our Paraprofessional teachers have BA’s.

Ken Johnson, M.A.

Steve Wheless, M.A.

Sara Leptich, B.A., Teacher

Sophia Frost, M.A., LMFT, BCBA, Counselor

Seanti Clapham, B.A. OTR
Occupational Ther.

Larissa Lapine-Ferrell, M.S. CCC-SLP

"You have the most positive schools I've ever seen!" State Department of Education site reviewer