Lauren has a competitive background in cheerleading for her elementary school, and dancing for a local studio from ages 8-18, where she also choreographed for a few years. In 2011, she graduated from Wagner College with a B.A. in Childhood/Special Education 1-6 and Psychology. Before beginning graduate school, she became a Special Education Paraprofessional in a District 75 public school on Staten Island. She worked as a classroom and 1:1 paraprofessional for children with severe handicaps and children on the Autism Spectrum. During this time she worked closely with experienced teachers using ABA strategies and techniques. Lauren also worked for On Your Mark at an after-school program held at my school. She then transitioned into the teacher role when she was appointed a position as the Special Education teacher in a District 31 public school on Staten Island. She was able to take what she learned as a paraprofessional and apply it to her Horizon classes where she worked solely with children on the Autism Spectrum. In the summer of 2014, Lauren attended training for the ASD Nest Program at Hunter College, and also received training for SDI classes at NYU the following fall. As of June 2015, she has received her Master’s Degree in Teaching Literacy K-12 from Touro College. Since high school when she worked as a home aide, Lauren knew that special education was her calling. Over the years she has volunteered for organizations such as The Grace Foundation and Autism Speaks, and her passion for children on the Autism Spectrum and all children with special needs continues to grow! Lauren is so excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity and change we are going to bring to the fabulous world of cheerleading!