For over 15 years, Virginia has worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in educational, home, and community settings. She is a board certified behavior analyst and a New York State certified general and special education teacher. She holds a master's degree in early childhood special and general education from Hunter College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from New York University. In addition, she completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. Virginia has held positions as a school administrator, behavior consultant, classroom teacher and home-based provider. She has participated in research studies and presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International conferences. Virginia has collaborated with researchers, school building and district leaders, teachers, and therapists to meet the needs of learners with autism. Through her experience working with children and families, she has learned the importance of providing support beyond the walls of a classroom. Virginia values the importance of teaching functional skills to foster self-sufficiency and independence in all settings beginning at an early age.