Managing Director of Autism Services
New to The Children’s Guild in 2021, Mark brings the expertise and vast experience that is essential in leading the programs that will span the life cycle of children with Autism and their families. This leadership role includes the implementation of the new Non-Public Special Education Facility at our corporate office on McClean Blvd., The Children’s Guild: Transformation Academy
Mark brings with him decades of experience in public and Non-Public schools throughout the state of Maryland, in a myriad of school based and organizational leadership roles. He has also presented at national and international conferences on Autism and educational leadership as well as taught courses at multiple colleges and universities in the area, including Coppin State University, York College of Pennsylvania, Towson University and Loyola University.
Mark is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and holds a Maryland State Department of Education Advance Professional Certificate with multiple endorsements. Most recently, Mr. Rapaport was Principal at The Arrow Center for Education Tangram, a program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. His passion for and experience with children with Autism and their families, will help us develop exemplar programs and services for children and youth on the Autism Spectrum.
Speech Language Pathologist/Clinical Supervisor
For over 10 years, Sarah has worked as a speech language pathologist in the Baltimore area providing school-based speech and language services, specifically in the non-public school systems, for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her passion lies in helping neurodiverse individuals reach their maximum potential and lead rich, fulfilling lives both in and out of the educational setting. Sarah graduated with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a certificate of Women in Leadership from eCornell University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, reading, and spending time outdoors.
John began working in the field of special education in 2014 and quickly established himself as a jack of all trades, gaining experience in providing direct care, classroom management, and behavior intervention, which eventually led him to Vocational Coordinator. As Vocational Coordinator, John educates classroom staff, leads classroom based and individualized vocational lessons, and establishes partnerships in the community for off campus job sites based on students’ interests, skills, and abilities. John holds a certificate as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and is pursuing a degree in Interior Design, which he hopes to use to create sensory safe spaces in the community for students with special needs.
In 2012, Sam graduated from Frostburg State University where he received his Bachelors degree in Psychology and received his first job working at Sheppard Pratt Health System on the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit. It was here that he found his true passion by directly working with individuals from the ages of 5-18 who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with psychiatric comorbidities, and often accompanied by intellectual disability. Sam was introduced to applied behavior analysis, worked under a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and obtained his registered behavior technician (RBT) credential. He worked with psychiatrists and assisted families with behavioral strategies upon discharge from the hospital. In 2017, Sam began as a behavior specialist at Arrow Child and Family Ministries where he also received his Masters degree in Psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis. Sam’s goal is to further assist families and students through the use of applied behavior analysis in the community setting and beyond!
Since graduating college, Theresa has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including in-home, school-based, and community-based placements. For the past 6 years, Theresa has worked specifically with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other related disorders, to acquire new skills with as much independence as possible. Theresa is passionate about working with neurodiverse individuals by creating engaging instruction and NET learning experiences that is meaningful to their everyday lives. When not working, Theresa can be found hiking with her dog, Lucy, cooking, or reading a book on the beach.
After Jacqueline earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from The University of Hawaii-West Oahu, she began educating gifted children from the ages of 3-18. That first job cultivated her passion for working with children and wanting to help them grow and prosper into young adults. Since then, she has had 5 years of working with children with special needs. In addition to her primary job functions, Jacqueline was recognized by the Children’s Guild for her commitment to helping and supporting families with children who have special needs.