Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mariah attended the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialization in Early Childhood Development. During her time there, she completed a teaching assistant practicum at The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory where she focused on implementing positive guidance techniques in a pre-school setting. She also worked as a research assistant in The Child Development in Context Laboratory where she primarily concentrated on analyzing synchronous behavior between children with Autism and their primary caregivers. In addition, she collaborated with doctoral candidates on facial recognition studies and assisted in implementing parent-teaching interventions to improve joint-attention and sustained interactions between parents and their children on the Autism spectrum. Following graduation, Mariah studied abroad in Italy where she attended an intensive professional development program centered around Loris Malaguzzi’s Reggio Emilia Approach to childhood education.
Before moving to Learn with the Best School, Mariah worked in various positions serving children with a myriad of learning and behavioral disabilities. Through these unique experiences, she has become familiar with hippotherapy (equine-assisted therapeutic treatment), The Wilbarger Protocol, The Greenspan Floortime Model, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and music therapy, among others. She has worked with children spanning infancy through high school with an emphasis on Autism, ADD, and ADHD. She is proficient in assisting with skill acquisition in social engagement and interaction, executive function, fine and gross motor movement, joint attention, visual tracking, language, and all levels of play.
Mariah is currently enrolled in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework at the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). At Learn with the Best School, she plans to complete her Registered Behavior Technician certification while finishing her BCaBA coursework and supervision.
Mariah is firmly rooted in the scientific principles behind ABA and believes that ‘fun’ is the crux of successful learning. She has an undying passion for helping children achieve their maximum potential in a safe and nurturing environment and looks forward to forming a special bond with each of the children she has the rewarding opportunity to work with.