November 20, 2017

Meet the Founders

Kimberly Parker is a former lawyer with expertise in disability advocacy. She is the Founder of Special Child NWA, a resource and advocacy service for children with special needs. Kimberly is an appointed member of the Arkansas Department of Education Advisory Council for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities. She has served on numerous boards, including AIM (Autism Involves Me) and the Northwest Arkansas Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities/Grace School, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Living Solutions. 

Sharon Bense has worked as a teacher in the public schools for over 15 years. She has a degree from the University of Texas at Austin in psychology. She went on to earn a special education, K-12, teaching certification in the state of Texas and is currently certified to teach in Arkansas as well. Sharon specializes in the education of students with various disabilities. She has extensive experience in both school and home settings. She has taught social skills classes, uses the TEACCH model, has experience with ABA therapy and is familiar with academic curriculum through the 10th grade. She has provided professional development on various special education topics as well as presented at conferences. In 2013, Sharon was awarded Teacher of the Year the in Eanes Independent School District (Austin, TX) and was also awarded Teacher of the Year in 2015 at Willowbrook Elementary which is part of the Bentonville Schools. Sharon currently is the founder of Effective Education, LCC, a tutoring/advocate business for special needs families in the NWA area.

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