Lindsay has been working with children and adults diagnosed with a variety of neurological and developmental disabilities for 20+ years. Lindsay learned at a young age that the unique needs of special populations would determine her future path. In 1999, Lindsay began her studies at Eastern Illinois University where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. After practicing for many years as a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) in various settings, including outdoor recreation, home-based services, and clinical settings, she was introduced and impressed by the effective practices of ABA. It was an easy decision to return to school to continue learning the most efficient ways to provide treatment to those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. After graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Lindsay quickly incorporated Dynamic Behavior Consulting, LTD to immediately apply her newly acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities to serve individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. After several years of private practice Lindsay met and teamed up with fellow BCBA, Stephanie Beaulieu, with the goal of servicing a larger population. Following successful experiences contracting with large agencies, school districts, and hospital groups, Lindsay and Stephanie founded Academy of Excellence in Learning, Inc. and Center for Behavior Intervention, Inc. in 2012. Lindsay continues to passionately dedicate all her efforts to address the needs of individuals and families in multiple environments with respect and dignity, ensuring the unique needs of all learners are met with the most researched and effective treatments and educational methods.
Stephanie has been working with children and adults diagnosed with neurological and development disabilities for over 15 years. Growing up, Stephanie knew she wanted to work in a field that served children and adults in need of supports, but was not sure of the best direction for her education until she began working with children diagnosed with developmental and physical disabilities. Once she began working in the field of developmental disabilities, Stephanie knew she had found her passion. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, she was determined to educate herself in a way that would provide the very best treatment and services for the individuals she would serve. The search began, and in the fall of 2005, Stephanie began her coursework at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. The application of applied behavior analysis is currently the most effective treatment for children and adults with development and neurological disabilities. Stephanie knew that through the study and application of the science of ABA, she could change the lives of others by committing herself to the field and the clients she served. Stephanie graduated from The Chicago School in June of 2007 and opened her own private practice, SandyToes, LLC shortly after. She then teamed up with fellow BCBA, Lindsay Rice, and they founded Academy of Excellence in Learning, Inc. and Center for Behavior Intervention, Inc. in 2012. Stephanie's passion for teaching the population she serves is truly apparent in her work and in the change brought to the children and adults she serves.
Olive Tree’s lead teacher and Early Childhood Directress, Ms. Maureen Gabriel, is certified by the American Montessori Society to teach Early Childhood. The Early Childhood certification recognizes that Maureen is fully trained to teach children ages 2.5 to 6 years utilizing the philosophy and practices of the Montessori Method.
Maureen received her Montessori training in 2005 through MECA Seton, known as Seton Montessori Institute, in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. Maureen has 18 years of experience teaching in early childhood Montessori classrooms. Maureen was an assistant to the Directress at Brides Montessori Academy in St. Charles, IL from August of 2000 to June of 2005. In August 2005, Maureen became the Directress of an Early Childhood classroom at Bridges Montessori Academy. Maureen proudly educated preschool children, as directress, from August 2005 through June 2017. In June 2017, Maureen made the decision to move to a new shcool, Montessori Stepping Stone, to serve as the Directress. Maureen is excited for her new role as Early Childhood Directress and lead teacher at Olive Tree School House, starting in August 2018.
Maureen truly embraces the teachings of Maria Montessori and the Montessori methods and takes great pride in her role as the directress or “guide” of the classroom. Maureen’s mission is to make a difference in each child that she serves and give them the tools to grow into confident and independent students, adolescents, and members of society.
We are proud to have Ms. Heather Welz as our Assistant Teacher at Olive Tree School House! Heather worked in a private school in Batavia, IL for the past 5 years and spent most of her time working in the infant/toddler and preschool rooms. Heather also helps with the elementary and middle school groups and camps each summer. Heather has gained an excellent foundation for early childhood education through her experiences and is excited to use these experiences and apply them to the Montessori classroom at Olive Tree.
Heather attended Seton Montessori Academy in the summer of 2018 to become trained and certified by Seton Montessori as an Assistant Montessori Teacher for children ages 2-6 years. Heather is excited to continue her Montessori career with Olive Tree School House and has a desire to complete her education and coursework to become a Lead Montessori Teacher in future years. Heather is grateful for the opportunity to train under Ms. Maureen Gabriel.
In addition to serving children, Heather enjoys spending time outside, hiking with her dog, and riding horses. Heather works at a local barn on the weekends, riding horses and caring for the other barn animals. Heather's favorite time of year is the snow and winter months and takes advantage of anytime she can spend outside during these months. Apart from horses and hiking with her dog, Heather can be found spending time with her family or enjoying a good book.