English Assessment Team
The English Assessment Team serves as a district resource to provide a range of services primarily related to psycho-educational assessments in the context of special education evaluations. Direct and consultative supports are provided to new behavioral health staff as well as to veterans. The team provides a continuum of support from targeted to comprehensive evaluation and encompasses cognitive, social/emotional/behavioral, adaptive, and executive functioning measures as well as data collection assistance and testing related to autism spectrum disorders. Consultation can also be obtained in order to discuss cases or simply get a fresh perspective. Designed for personnel new to school-based evaluation, regular training is also provided by the team and centers on developing skill with a number of specific assessment tools.
Meet the Team!
A former APS student (Jewell, A-Hills, and Gateway), Jason's career in education has encompassed a range of roles including substitute teacher, specials teacher (Tech), and day treatment teacher's aide. He has been with APS as a school psychologist for nearly 10 years and served as a school-based service provider, Autism Team assessor, and Behavior Team consultant.
Sam is in his 15th year as a school psychologist in APS. He has worked at various schools across the district and is also a member of the District Crisis Team. Sam has his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and completed his graduate coursework in school psychology at the Colorado University. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons, and enjoys coaching and playing rugby.
Alison has served students in the district as a school psychologist since 2008 in a variety of schools. She also provided services to general education students through a social-emotional learning initiative for four years before shifting to her current role on the district’s Itinerant English Assessment Team. Alison is originally from NW Kansas where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at Fort Hays State University. She now lives in Centennial with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling as often as possible.
Susan Billman has worked as a school psychologist in Aurora Public Schools since 2015 and is currently a member of the Itinerant Assessment Team. She is originally from Anaheim, CA. She completed her undergraduate education at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA and her graduate training at University of Denver in Denver, CO. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer's undergraduate degree is in an unrelated field from Colorado State University, where she studied Exercise and Sport Science. She attended Purdue University where she earned an M.S. Ed. in School Counseling and after that she went on to CU Denver for an Ed. S. in School Psychology. This is her 15th year as a school psychologist. The first half of her career, she focused on elementary and then made the switch to high school with the best team ever--shout out to Karyn Singley Blair, Ted Bailey, Emily Burdo, Shauna Flege, and Autumn Crews!! This year she is lucky enough to stay at ACHS one day a week and join another amazing team with the English Assessment Team.