Special Education

Sara Zsenai

Sara Zsenai has been a Special Education Preschool Teacher for five years, and enjoys working for Flagstaff Unified School District. She received her BS in Elementary and Special Education with a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University in 2009 and continued her education with a M.ED in Early Childhood Special Education from Northern Arizona University in 2011.

Mary Cliff

For the past 13 years, I have worked in the public school system as an early intervention teacher and CIP non-violent crisis intervention trainer.

I earned a BS from the University of Arizona in 2005 and a M.ED from Northern Arizona University in 2013 focusing of education leadership. I am so excited to be part of AZLEND. I am looking forward to expanding my leadership skills and learning more about public policy directed at assisting individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. 

Howard Zlamal, M. Ed

My interests in this program are for me to gain leadership and conflict resolution skills.  Also, I would like to be able to understand different perspectives of different professionals across various disciplines (professions), as this will assist me to become a better professional myself.  I hope to use my experiences to guide me in this program as well as to learn from new experiences as this will also strengthen me as a professional.  Lastly, I intend to use my experiences with foreign languages to assist me when working with individuals internationally and ac

Nerissa Birdsell, BA

As a Special Education teacher for students with severe and multiple disabilities, my interest in participating in the AZLEND program is motivated by the needs that I see and by my passion for service. I hope to improve my leadership skills so that I can help improve the quality of life of for people with special health care needs as well as thier families.

Jody M. Bartz, PhD

I was proud to be part of the first AZLEND Trainee cohort (2011-2012)—what an incredible experience. During my year as a trainee, I ‘stretched’ the limits of technology—during the fall semester, I connected remotely from the U of A South campus in my hometown of Douglas, Arizona (2.5 hours away from Tucson) and during the spring semester, while on my externship, I connected remotely from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA! Talk about accommodating! My discipline is Special Education and I had the great fortune of having Dr. McGrath as my faculty advisor.

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