Meet the Team
Amy Carlson graduated with her Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Marshall University. She worked for twelve years as a speech-language pathologist in clinical, home health, and educational settings serving patients of all ages. She graduated with her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in teaching and higher education leadership from Marshall University.
Kate Morris is an Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist for the WV Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. She holds a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Loyola University in Baltimore and an M.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from The University of Maryland. She has spent the past 19 years working with children with disabilities in a variety of settings including school and home-based services. She will be providing support to counties in the Southern half of WV.
Sara Smouse is an Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist for the WV Autism Training Center's Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. She was a Pre-K teacher in Hardy County for ten years and earned National Board certification in 2017. Sara will be serving counties in the northern half of West Virginia.
Find Your Behavior Support Specialist
The work around ECPBIS in West Virginia comes out of the WV Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. This center is funded by the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education and Student Support and is housed at the WV Autism Training Center at Marshall University. Created as a response to local outcry for supports with issues related to student behavior/mental health needs, the center offers training and technical assistance in a variety of areas. The interventions supported by the center are based on national models and research related to multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and interconnected systems framework (ISF).
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