THE AUTISM

ACADEMY OF

LEARNING



James Jones, Principal
Mr. Jones began work at the AAL as a paraprofessional in 2009. He became the classroom teacher in 2012 and worked concurrently to complete an M.Ed. in Special Education at the University of Toledo.  Prior to receiving his M.Ed., Jim received a B.A. in History from Bowling Green State University and an M.A. in History from Shippensburg University. jimjones@theautismacademy.org 


Amanda Richards, Director of Education

Ms. Richards began her work at the AAL in 2014. Prior to working at the AAL, Amanda performed student teacher duties at school sin Norwalk and Tiffin, Ohio. She also worked in educational settings in Norwalk and Milan, Ohio. Amanda received a B.S in Education from Bowling Green State University.arichards@theautismacademy.org



Stephanie Adams, Blue Room Teacher




Alexis Moore, Green Room Teacher

Ms. Alexis began her work at the AAL in 2017. Prior to this position, she attended Cleveland State University where she received her bachelors in special education and her masters in curriculum and instruction. While attending school, she worked in several inner city schools through Cleveland. She is very excited for her first year teaching here at AAL! amoore@theautismacademy.org


Gene Rucker, Yellow Room Teacher
Mr. Gene came to AAL in May 2017. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Psychology from Capital University where he also played football. Mr. Gene is currently a football coach at Sylvania Northview Highschool and is working towards his Masters Degree in Intervention Teaching Mild to Moderate at Grand Canyon University. This is Mr. Gene’s first year at AAL and has had experience working with children K-12 throughout his college career in Columbus, Ohio. grucker@theautismacademy.org


​Emily Mills, Gold Room Teacher



Jane Brenneman, Silver Room Teacher

Ms. Brenneman began working at the AAL in August of 2016. Ms. Brennman graduated from the University of Toledo in 1986, with bachelor of education  in Physical education/kinesiotherapy/ focus special education.  Ms. Brenneman has a Masters in art education and is currently working on her Doctorate in early childhood special education.Ms. Brenneman worked for the Board of Developmental disabilities for 17 years, at Ohio's first charter school for 12 years before retiring and as an education advocate at the Ability Center of Toledo. jbrenneman@theautismacademy.org


Stefani Dutcher, Red Room Teacher

Ms. Stefani started at AAL in July 0f 2017 and she is so excited to be here.  She graduated from BGSU with her Bachelors in Special Education in May of 2016. This is her first year at AAL but she has had many experiences throughout her college career as well as 6 months at an inner-city school and substitute teaching in an autism classroom at another district. sdutcher@theautismacademy.org


Norma Bryant, Purple Room Teacher
M
s.  Bryant began her position at AAL in November 2014.  She earned her BA in Multidisciplinary Studies at Cambridge College, Boston, Massachusetts in 2009.  Ms. Bryant earned her Masters of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education Teaching at Capella, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2014 after completing her practicum experience at AAL.  This year is Ms. Bryant’s 22nd year working with children with disabilities.  Ms. Bryant worked for 19 years as a paraprofessional prior to becoming a teacher.
  nbryant@theautismacademy.org


Nicole Huber, Brown Room Teacher

Ms. Huber began her work at the AAL as a paraprofessional in 2012. She became the Brown Room teacher in July 2017. Ms. Huber received a B.A. in Individualized Programs with a focus on Special Education from the University of Toledo. She is currently working on her M.Ed. in Special Education at the University of Toledo.nhuber@theautismacademy.org