Each coordinator is assigned campuses and works with administrators, teachers, and positive behavior liaisons for Tier III students. Each coordinator is housed on a campus where specialized classes for behavior or therapeutic intervention are housed. This allows for additional support for these classrooms, teachers, and students.
My name is Ramon Zamora, and I currently serve as one of four Behavioral Coordinators for Abilene ISD. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Education/Elementary Education from McMurry University – Abilene Texas. I am certified in general education, special education, ESL and CPI. At the end of my college career in 96’ I traveled to Amarillo Texas where I served as the Executive Director of Wesley Community Center where I over saw the Daycare, Afterschool Care and Senior Citizens Center. I have always had a desire to serve the community and to treat people holistically. After being given the opportunity to be in the classroom and return to Abilene and join the Bonham Elementary Team, I jumped on this opportunity to return to the area in 2003. Returning to Abilene I have had several positions as an Adapt Aide (1yr), Special Educational Aide (1yr), Special Educational Teacher(2yrs), 3rd,4th,5th grade Classroom Teacher (9 yrs), Skills Specialist (4yrs), Behavioral Coordinator (1yr).
As a Behavioral Coordinator my goal will be working with the Campus Administration, Teachers, and Behavioral Liaison to help students with Social skills outside of the regular education classroom on a daily basis as needed. Specific skills that we will be working on throughout the year include conversation skills (personal space, turn-taking, entering a conversation, staying on topic, etc.), perspective taking (identifying what others are thinking/feeling, etc.), play skills (how to enter a game appropriately, following rules, dealing with losing, etc.), emotion management (dealing with anger), classroom skills (raising hands, etc.), and many, many more. We will be working on these social skills while using our core curriculum designated by grade level. No classwork will be missed or skipped during the lessons.
Christina Dooley – District-wide Behavior Support Coordinator with an Emphasis in Autism
Christina earned her B.B.S. in Elementary Education in 1998 and an M.Ed. in Gifted and Talented Education in 2006 from Hardin Simmons University. She spent the first six years of her teaching career in private school, coming to Abilene ISD in 2000. Since joining AISD, she has taught 5th grade and served as an Instructional Coordinator at Austin Elementary before joining the behavior support team at the district level. She currently serves as a Behavior Support Coordinator with an Emphasis in Autism. Christina’s passion for autism began shortly after a family member was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The two beliefs that anchor her in her educational beliefs are “Everyone is somebody’s baby” and “Everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they have”. Christina is certified as a CPI instructor and holds her principal’s certification in the state of Texas. She recently returned from a 3-day professional training entitled “Functional Behavior Analysis”. She believes finding the function of students’ behaviors holds the key to helping them learn new skills.
Susan Webb – District-wide Mental Health Coordinator
Susan Webb currently serves as the District-wide Mental Health Coordinator for Abilene ISD. She has previously served as the mental health coach at Craig Middle School, where she was instrumental in setting up the district’s first Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) classroom. Ms. Webb specializes in working with students with mental health concerns, working with campus principals and teachers on strategies for students with mental health concerns, training on trauma informed care, and working with community resources and outside providers to establish a continuum of services for students.