Laxmi has over fifteen years of experience working with students with autism and their families. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in business and early childhood education. She has been involved in the training of faculty, the coordination and collaboration with school districts for each student’s yearly individual education planning meetings. She collaborates on admissions, the recruitment and hiring of Wings education and therapeutic team.
Bethany Rios has over ten years of experience in implementing business related and human resources functions at Wings. She joined Wings as an instructional assistant spending time in the classroom supporting students and then joined the administrative team, moving on to support the human resource needs and non-profit business practices.
Program Support Assistant
I have been in the education field for 12 years, and my first education job was working at a non–profit organization as a program assistant. My experience helping families in need and working with children of all ages motivated me to pursue a teaching career. I attended Foothill College and earned Early Childhood Education units. After teaching for a year, I discovered my interest and compassion in helping children with special needs.
I have been at Wings for 6 years and started as an Instructional Assistant. The IA role helped with my growth and knowledge, which opened new doors for me at Wings. Now, I am the Program Support Assistant and our school’s Pro-Act In-Service instructor. I enjoy working with our program director to help support all classrooms and collaborate with the Wings team. I have a passion for photography and enjoy capturing and editing pictures in my free time. I also enjoy traveling overseas and would love to pursue teaching English overseas in the near future.
Jose started working with Wings as an instructional assistant, supporting students within the classroom environment. As the operations coordinator, Jose ensures that the Wings environment supports the safety and positive learning for all students as well as provide a supportive environment for faculty and staff to work in and obtain successful outcomes.
Technology Support Specialist & AAC Specialist
Jackie received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from San Francisco State University. She also holds a certificate in Assistive Technology that she received from Cal-State Northridge. Jackie has been supporting students and their families for over fifteen years in the classrooms and community. She is excited to take on a new role as Technology Support Specialist for WINGS, and will continue to work with staff and families in providing training and support with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Emily has eight plus years of experience working with students with autism and their families. She has a B.S. in Special Education and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Deaf Studies from the University of Arizona. This has given Emily a strong foundation for understanding the needs of students and their families. Emily develops individual plans for each family supporting their needs and concerns and creating a positive bridge between home and school.