Our Team

OUR TEAM


Andrea Gold, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Executive Director

Dr. Gold has served as the Executive Director at The Bay School since March 2010. Dr. Gold joined The Bay School team in 2006 as the Director of Education, where she oversaw all educational programming and clinical services.

Dr. Gold has been working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for 20 years. She received her MA in Clinical and Behavioral Applications in Mental Health Settings from Queens College and her Ph.D. in Learning Processes from the Graduate Center City University of New York. Since moving to California in 2006, she has been an active member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), serving on the CalABA Board of Directors and the CalABA Conference Committee. In addition, Dr. Gold is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES).

Dr. Gold is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).


Laura Noland, M.Ed., BCBA

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Director of Education and Clinical Services

Ms. Noland joined The Bay School team in 2003 and has had numerous roles within our organization, including Instructor, Senior Instructor, and Teacher of the Upper Elementary and Middle School Classrooms. As the Director of Education and Clinical Services, she trains, supports, and mentors a team of Special Education Teachers; develops, implements, and evaluates school policies to continuously improve program effectiveness; and oversees all educational programming and clinical services.

 

Ms. Noland graduated from California State Monterey with a Master of Education degree. She completed her BCBA coursework through the University of North Texas, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and has a moderate/severe special education credential.
 
Ms. Noland is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the Association for Behavior Analysis. 


Lesley McManus, M.Ed.

Teacher

Ms. McManus has served as Teacher of Classroom B at The Bay School since April 2013 and joined The Bay School team in 2010. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. McManus has her moderate/severe special education credential and graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.

Ms. McManus is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).


Stephanie Haas, M.Ed., BCBA

Teacher

Ms. Haas has served as Teacher of Transition Classroom 2 since February 2008 and joined The Bay School team in 2003 as an instructor. Over the last several years she has been instrumental in shaping our state of the art vocational programming for students aged 15-22. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies with an emphasis in Sexuality Education and HIV Prevention. Ms. Haas graduated from California State Monterey with an M.A. in Education.

Ms. Haas has her moderate/severe special education credential and completed her BCBA coursework through Fitchburg State College and Florida Institute of Technology.

Ms. Haas is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).


Brandie Rankin

Teacher

Ms. Rankin has served as Teacher of Classroom C since January 2015. She joined The Bay School team in 2011 as an Instructor and became a Teacher Trainee in 2013. Ms. Rankin graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. Rankin has her moderate/severe special education credential and is in the process of completing her BCaBA coursework through California State University Monterey Bay.


Benjamin Gray, M.Ed.

Teacher

Mr. Gray has served as Teacher of Classroom A since July 2015. He joined the team in 2011 as an intern while completing his undergraduate coursework and became an Instructor later that year. Mr. Gray was promoted to Teacher Trainee in April 2013. Mr. Gray graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Mr. Gray is has his moderate/severe special education credential and and graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.

 


Taylor Schauer

Teacher

Ms. Schauer joined TBS as an instructor in 2010, was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2012, transitioned to Teacher Trainee in 2014, and became Teacher of Transition Classroom 1 in 2017. Ms. Schauer graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology.

Ms. Schauer holds a moderate/severe special education credential and is in the process of completing her MA in Education at California State Monterey Bay.

 


Elizabeth Weissman-Young

Teacher Trainee

Ms. Weissman-Young has served as Teacher Trainee since May 2016. She joined The Bay School team in 2013 as an Instructor and became a Senior Instructor in 2015. Ms. Weissman-Young graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. Weissman-Young is obtaining her moderate/severe special education credential through California State University Monterey Bay.


Ali Anderson

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Training Coordinator

Ms. Anderson joined TBS as an instructor in 2008, was promoted to Teacher Trainee in 2010, and became Teacher of the Middle School classroom in 2011. Ms. Anderson served as a Teacher for several years before she transitioned to her current role of Training Coordinator. As Training Coordinator, Ms. Anderson is responsible for overseeing staff training and development. Ms. Anderson also provides clinical support and participates in special school projects. 

Ms. Anderson has a moderate-severe special education credential and is a certified QBS Safety Care Trainer. She is in the process of completing her BCBA coursework through the University of North Texas and is pursuing her MA in Education at California State Monterey Bay.


Jim Toohey

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Vocational Coordinator

Mr. Toohey has served as Vocational Coordinator at The Bay School since April 2015. He joined The Bay School team in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2010. He has a breadth of experience working with individuals with special needs in different employment settings and, prior to working at The Bay School, served as a job coach at a local organization serving adults with disabilities utilizing a community-based work model. Jim is highly passionate and skilled in working with adolescents and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He works diligently to meet the unique, individualized needs of a wide range of students in volunteer and paid employment settings.

Mr. Toohey graduated from the University of Lowell with a BA in Elementary Education and English.