Bio – Lauren Stafford

Lauren Stafford is an Academic Supervisor for the Monarch School, the Director of Instructional Design for Monarch Teaching Technology and a contributor to Autism Ahead.

Lauren graduated from Kent State University (1999), Magna Cum Laude with Bachelors in Special Education, with minors in psychology and fine arts. She has 8 years of experience teaching students on the autism spectrum. Experiences varies from PDD classrooms and in home parent services for public schools in Virginia, to teaching, training, and supervising staff in private school settings in the autism field. She has training in ABA, PECS, TEACCH, and Floortime.

Lauren has been working for the Monarch School for 6 years. She assisted with developing the Monarch Model and coordinating a new outcomes system with staff from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Monarch School. Lauren continues to actively create visual content curriculum for children with autism. She is also involved as Local Professional Development Coordinator, Certified Mentor Teacher, and Entry Year Teacher Coordinator in association with the Ohio Department of Education.

Bio – Jeff Richards

Jeffery Richards, M.Ed. is the Director of Educational Multimedia Content for Monarch Teaching Technologies and a contributor to Autism Ahead.

Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and received his Masters Degree in Education in 1984. He taught in the public schools, and as both adjunct and full time faculty at the university level, and adjunct faculty at a community college. He completed a certified program in Educational Media and Audio Visual Technology. He has experience in photography, video production and editing, computer and Internet technology. He has extensive customer service experience in the private sector.

For the past 4 years he has been working as the Instructional Media Specialist at the Monarch School for Children with Autism.