Serica Cuellar, BA, BCaBA has dedicated her life and career to helping and working with children with special needs. She is a BCaBA graduate from The University of North Texas and has a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently working on her Master's in Psychology - Child and Development Psychology and her BCBA coursework. More recently, she was selected to participate in the Texas Applied Behavior Analysis Advisory Board. In addition, since embarking on her mission, Ms. Serica Cuellar has accumulated over 18 years of extensive experience allowing her to establish herself as a leader in her field. Having served in the capacities of Program Coordinator, Assistant Director and Director in organizations specializing in early childhood development, she has accrued a wide-range of knowledge at the managerial level, as well. Her expertise also extends to serving the community as an Early Intervention Specialist. She has worked one-on-one with families in their homes, providing case management, parent training, and identifying child-development milestones for youngsters with developmental delays and/or disabilities. Her dedication to her career has enabled her to hone her skills and focus on children with Autism, as well as those medically diagnosed with other disabilities. Ms. Cuellar provides families with comprehensive knowledge to navigate the many resources available to children with special needs in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. She created A Balanced Child with the goal of continuing to provide ABA services but in the form of a Balanced Plan. The Balanced Plan includes the essential components for a balanced approach in helping children reach their highest potential: ABA Therapy, Group Play, Parent Training, and Case Management while following A Balanced Child Curriculum.
Elaine Hernandez, Lead Teacher has over 20 years of experience working within the field of early childhood education. She has taught in classrooms ranging from infants through school-age. She had spent the last several years prior to A Balanced Child in an administrative position supporting teachers and families as a Curriculum Specialist. As the Curriculum Specialist she oversaw lesson plans, classroom environments, and conducted training for staff. In having three young boys of her own, Elaine continues to reinforce the importance of early education and enjoys finding new and creative ways to make learning fun both at home and work. With her involvement in the field, Elaine also saw the great need for early intervention and saw a demand for programs that could provide encouraging environments for children with varying abilities. She continues her studies and has completed the requirements in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program. Elaine shared a common goal with Serica in creating a place where children can learn at their own pace with nurturing guidance from them. They partnered in creating this place to provide services in the community.
Wakesha Keeler-Tatum M. Ed., BCBA received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Texas in 2008. She began working as a behavior technician in 2009 with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. It was here she would be introduced to applied behavior analysis. She had a strong desire to work with children, so she departed with DADS and found a position with a local aba clinic. Here she became a registered behavior technician, and enrolled in graduate school. Wakesha knew if she wanted to have more say in the course of treatment for individuals, she would need her master’s degree.
She earned her master’s degree in early childhood special education, from the University of Texas at Austin. She also completed the requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, and is now a certified behavior analyst. She continues to work with individuals with developmental disabilities, skill deficits, and challenging behavior. Wakesha has always had a passion for helping individuals be successful in life.
In her free time Wakesha enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her at the movie theater catching the newest release, or on a plane to somewhere she has never been before. It is her dream to travel and see the world.
Sophie Cantu, BS, SLPA graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011 and immediately started her career in Early Childhood Intervention. She has 6 years of experience as an Early Intervention Specialist. After several years of working with children with disabilities and developmental delays, she decided to go back to school to get her license as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant. Her role as an EIS and SLPA included providing case management for families, assisting parents in identifying child development milestones and coaching/modeling on how to implement strategies to assist children in reaching these milestones. In 2017, Sophie became a first-time mom and enjoys applying her knowledge and experience of childhood development with her own baby girl at home. She continues to broaden her education and has completed coursework in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program.
Victoria Cuellar completed internship hours at A Balanced Child during the summer of 2016. One year later she returned and was hired as an Assistant Teacher. Victoria has worked with elementary students, primarily first graders, through volunteering in the school setting and at the Museum of South Texas History. She is currently enrolled at San Antonio College and in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification program.
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