Lead Teacher/ Site Supervisor
Cassidy earned her Bachelors of Arts in child development with a minor in family studies from Humboldt State University. She has worked with children in different settings over the past eight years and enjoys molding a child’s lifelong long for curiosity and learning through play based curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her cocker spaniel and taking day trips to Disney.
Meredith Essey, BCBA
Meredith received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to get a master’s degree in forensic psychology. She completed her course work to become a board-certified behavior analyst from Pennsylvania State University and became certified in 2013. She has worked in-homes providing ABA programs as well as in schools before joining the Rady’s team in 2017. Meredith has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2005.
Makenzie Daris, M.Ed., BCBA
Makenzie is a board-certified behavior analyst who earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Washington. She works as a behavior specialist at the Autism Discovery Institute and the Alexa’s PLAYC preschool at our Murrieta location. Makenzie has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder in a variety of settings, including clinical, in-home and school. She is passionate about behavioral health and collaborating with families to create meaningful aspects in their lives.
Early Childhood Autism Education Associates
Gloria earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University San Bernardino, where she also studied abroad through Semester at Sea. She has training in applied behavioral analysis and six years of experience as a behavioral therapist and early childhood specialist, working with children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. Gloria is passionate about empowering families and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors — camping and off-roading.
William received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Fullerton. He has continued his education in early childhood education and aspires to obtain his Master of Social Work. For the past seven years, William has worked with children 0-5 years old in multiple capacities: teaching English abroad, serving at-risk families experiencing crisis and most recently, working as a behavioral therapist with children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. During his spare time, he enjoys swimming and traveling.
Early Childhood Teachers
Kathy received a Bachelor of Science in deaf studies from World Evangelism Bible College. Afterward, she interpreted for Goodwill Industries as an advocate for the deaf. Later, she continued her education, focusing on early childhood studies, at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee. Kathy has worked with preschool children for 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, movies, baking and sketching.
Tayler received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies with a concentration in early childhood intervention from California Baptist University. She has taught preschool for more than four years. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching the cheerleading team at the University of California Riverside, shopping and working out.
Araceli has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. She has more than 20 years of experience, providing special needs services for a school district and teaching in a preschool. Araceli has a passion for teaching and helping children to reach their full potential. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, including camping and off-roading together.
Felicia earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Humboldt State University. She has more than 10 years of experience working in a play-based preschool setting. She is excited to incorporate all her knowledge and experience into her role as a preschool teacher here at Alexa’s PLAYC. During her spare time, Felicia likes to spend time with her family, enjoys cooking and being outdoors.