Joining ARA in January 2018, Tiffany Schneider believes her personal experiences allow her to connect with individuals and their families on a personal level. Believing that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, she uses a person-centered approach to connecting community and natural supports in response to the individuals’ goals, needs, and personal preferences. She also believes in promoting positive and effective communication with all team members while valuing collaboration.
She attended the University of Phoenix and received an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with a concentration in addictions.
In 2009, she became a step-parent to her son who experiences an intellectual disability, and has learned ways to advocate for him across all settings. The struggles they endured as a family raising a child with many extra needs inspired her to go back to school so she could help other families navigate the same hurdles she and her family experienced.
While attending school, she took on a paid intern position at Genesee Lake School, in Oconomowoc, WI, a school that is nationally recognized for providing treatment programs, therapeutic school settings, and advocacy for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and/or emotional disturbances. She started as a one-on-one support staff in the classroom, and after 3 months, she was promoted to an instructional aide, in a high-needs classroom, with children ranging from the ages of 9 to 14 years old.
While working at Genesee Lake School for two and a half years, she learned different therapeutic approaches to teaching, as well as implementing different therapeutic tools to better assist children who experience different abilities, and to prepare them for transitioning back into their traditional school setting.