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Meet Our Educators

Nora Slawik, MPA, Director of Education

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Slawik manages AuSM Skillshops, AuSM Social Skills, the Discovery programs and group-specific autism training. She has more than eight years of graduate-level teaching experience at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota and presents AuSM courses and training programs.  

As the current Mayor of Maplewood and a former seven-term state representative, Slawik is recognized for her expertise in autism and early childhood policy and is known for her skills in consensus building and collaboration. She researches, develops and presents curriculum in partnership with teachers, parents, students and caregivers. She has two children, one of whom is on the spectrum.

Anne Dudley, M.Ed., Education Specialist

Discovery Series: Successful Strategies for Childcare Providers

AnneDudleywebAnne Dudley, M.Ed., is the District 622 Early Childhood Autism Specialist and classroom teacher for toddlers. She has nearly 40 years of experience with individuals with special needs and autism. She facilitates an education/support group for parents of young children with ASD and teaches graduate students in the Hamline Autism Certificate Program.

Sara Pahl, MS, BCaBA, NCC, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Network

sarapahlwebPahl is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has worked with people with ASD for nearly 20 years. Pahl's professional experience includes working with people with ASD in multiple capacities, such as mental health counselor, behavior support professional, education specialist, lead therapist, program manager, primary grade teacher, consultant, and director of a teen program. She specializes in working with systems, such as families and schools struggling with behavioral issues, as well as working with adolescents and young adults with ASD. 

Jenelle Kleinke, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Zoo Skills

KleinkewebKleinke received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College. For the past six years she has taught kindergarten, middle school and special education. Kleinke currently is pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University. Upon graduation, she plans to continue to work with children on the autism spectrum.

Lisa Ravenscroft, Education Assistant

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Zoo Skills

LisaRavenscroftwebRavenscroft has been a CID Paraprofessional with the North Saint Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district since 1998. She brings expertise in autism and an understanding of kids on the spectrum.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Elementary Education. Ravenscroft has twin daughters as seniors at Tartan High.

Melva Radtke, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Job Skills

MelvaRadkewebMelva Radtke has an MAT from the University of Chicago and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. She is co-founder of 9th Planet, LLC, a Minnesota company which produces behavior modeling videos and learning plans for transition-aged youth and young adults on the autism spectrum. Radtke also is a course developer for Mundo Pato, a company based in Oregon that hosts an online network connecting health professionals, community educators and families with children on the spectrum. Radtke is a licensed attorney and the button-busting-proud parent of three adult children, one of whom plays a key role in the production of 9th Planet videos and is on the spectrum.

Sarah Carlson-Wallrath, Education Assistant

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Job Skills

SarahJobwebSarah Carlson-Wallrath has an undergraduate degree in psychology and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Hamline University with a specialization in alternative dispute resolution. She is a part-time attorney and spends the rest of her time with her two young children, one of whom is on the spectrum. Having worked for legislators both in the U.S. Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives, Carlson-Wallrath has a passion for public policy. She is dedicated to helping people on the spectrum and their loved ones develop self advocacy skills to obtain employment and other benefits in their communities.

Amy Stedman, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Improv Skills

AmyStedmanwebAmy Stedman, currently performs in the duo: Community Ed. She has studied at Stevie Ray Improv Company and HUGE Theater and at numerous improv workshops including with Susan Messing, Annoyance Theater and iO. and David Razowsky, Second City Training Center. Stedman has been involved in education for over 20 years including as a classroom teacher for eight. She has a Speech/MAT from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. in Communications. Stedman enjoys teaching students of all levels and different abilities the skills of thinking on their feet and using their creativity to express themselves.

Mike Motzko, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: Leonardo's Basement

MotzkoMotzko has a K-12 Special Education license in ASD, EBD and SLD and a Business Management Degree from the University of St. Thomas. He has been involved in education for more than 20 years. Motzko has a passion for working with students with disabilities in classroom settings and as a coach on sports fields. He enjoys the "ah ha" moment when a student understands a concept or an idea and makes it his or her own. 

Liliane Aislyn, Education Specialist

AuSM Social Skills: AuSM Art Skills

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Aislyn has been a student of art since she was 4 years old when she took her first art class in Mill Valley, Calif. She received her B.A. in Textile Arts from San Francisco State University in 1998 and currently loves doing collage and photography. Aislyn believes we all have the capacity to create and make art whether or not we can draw like Da Vinci or paint like Monet.