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Katie Casey

Instructional Director, Curriculum Developer, Case Manager

With over 15 years of experience in education. Katie holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Loyola Marymount University. She was the director of Valley Youth Theatre's (VYT) Education Department, where she directed, choreographed, taught classes, hired and managed the instructional team; Katie continues to teach and choreograph VYT productions. Katie has taught English in Japan and worked as the Literacy Specialist at Scottsdale Unified School District’s Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center. Most recently, Katie has taught Visual Arts, Music and Drama at Rancho Solano School in Phoenix. She also has taught, and continues to teach, private dance lessons. In addition to her work as an educator, Katie is a talented actress, singer and dancer, and has performed with professional theatre companies, including Phoenix Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Katie enjoys being a wife and also a mother to three adorable young boys.
 

Taylor Jones Nelson

Instructional Director, Advocacy and Consulting Specialist, Curriculum Developer

Taylor Jones Nelson specializes in educational advocacy and consulting. She works with schools, families, and courts to provide school selection evaluations and recommendations, and advocacy services for students who need additional supports. She holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University Teachers College, an Ed.M. in Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University. Taylor holds current Arizona Principal and Teacher certifications, and is a member of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the National Association for Professional Special Education Advocates (NAPSEA), and Children's Services Network of Arizona. She has over twenty years of teaching, curriculum development and educational administration experience in grades Pre-K through eighth, and was a Columbia University Teachers College Klingenstein Fellowship recipient. Taylor has held administrator and teacher positions in Montessori, independent and public schools in Boston, New York City and metro-Phoenix, including Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City and Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Additionally, she formerly was for many years an Assistant Principal in Scottsdale Unified School District. Taylor also worked in the editorial department of Puffin Children's Books in New York City, and as a reporter for various community newspapers in Boston. She currently serves on the Board of the Early Education Cooperative Preschool in Paradise Valley, AZ, and is a member of the Blue Watermelon Project, a group of chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, and community food advocates working to bring good food, equal and fair access to it, and systemic food systems reform, to students and schools in Arizona. Taylor loves spending time with her family, and she and her husband are proud parents of their young daughter.
 

Judy Rex

Instructional Director, Curriculum Developer, Case Manager

Judy Rex was an employee of the Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona for over twenty years, where she taught and coached in multi-age K-8 classrooms. She has also been a professional development facilitator specializing in differentiated curriculum, instructional strategies for diverse student populations, and positive classroom management. Judy has been the recipient of the Scottsdale Mayor’s Council Award for the successful inclusion of special needs children in her general ed classroom, as well as an award for District Teachers of the Year. Prior to teaching in Scottsdale, she taught at the middle school level in southern California followed by the pre-school level in Phoenix, Arizona. As a member of the ASCD faculty, she has consulted and coached internationally on the topic of Differentiated Instruction for over twelve years. Judy’s classroom is the featured site for the ASCD video, A Visit to a Differentiated Classroom. Most recently, Judy has joined the Educational Development and Support Specialists team at Grand Canyon University to share her educational expertise with local school districts. Judy prides herself on being a wife, mom of three grown children and grandmother to five grandchildren.

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