Our Team


I am a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 12 years of experience in the public education system practicing in La Quinta, California.  I apply my understanding of psychological and psychometric principles, curriculum, standards, special education services, policies and procedures as I serve our CVL clients. I specialize in psychological-educational assessment, ABA therapy, counseling for educational concerns, advocacy and behavior services for individuals of all ages. My knowledge and experience as an educator and school psychologist ensures that assessments are thorough and accurate with an appropriate action plan for your child. My experience in public school education has led me to the conclusion that “cookie-cutter” education and intervention programs are not an effective solution to educating individuals with diverse needs. Through application of personal education, experience, and expertise, I assist in guiding individualized interventions that target deficits and build on current strengths.

  • Certified provider for The Listening Program ®
  • Certified screener for Scotopic Sensitivity (aka Irlen) Syndrome
  • Member of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)
  • Member of California Association of Licensed Educational Psychologists (CALEP)
  • Member of California Association of School Psychologists (CASP)
  • Member of National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, All Things Are Possible, Inc.
  • Member of California Association of Behavior Analysts (CalABA)


My experiences give me a clear perspective of what it is like to navigate the public school system; 13 years of instructing students in the classroom, ten years in our local district, and my own children attending two neighboring schools. In addition, I’ve served as a Director of Education, Pre-K to 12th grade, and an after-school program coordinator for three (3) years in the private sector. This experience does help me to relate to students, parents and teachers alike. In addition, with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, California teaching credentials, and a master’s degree in education, I teach individuals of all ages, levels, and academic areas including music theory and sports. I’m credentialed in Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD), and the International Baccalaureate program (I.B.).

With our CVL team we create interventions and follow best educational practices to monitor the academic growth for our students. I invite you to visit our learning center where you will see how passionate we are about learning and sharing what we know.

  • Summer Link Program Coordinator
  • San Gorgonio Service Center Council W.H.O. Award 2013
  • Teacher of the Year – Benjamin Franklin Elementary School – 2012 – 2013
  • Content curator: 34 Kiwis, Inc


I am presently teaching 3rd grade at Amelia Earhart Elementary, an International Baccalaureate School. I have taught 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade – all subjects in all grades. I have even taught graduate seminars at CSUSB. I have been teaching for 25 years and have a variety of credentials – supplementary credentials in art, English, and Math, as well as my multiple-subject credential, CLAD, and GATE certificates. I am a life-long learner and try to make my students into life-long learners also.

My philosophy is that students need to be engaged to learn. I like to build on their interest and create connections between subjects and the student’s prior knowledge. Knowledge is power!

  • Teacher of the Year – Amelia Earhart Elementary School – 2013-2014


I am an academic tutor for CVL. Additionally, I support CVL students and staff with assistance in our personal library and prepare students to take our licensed student inventory for tutoring.

I’m a guest teacher in our local school district for elementary, middle and high school and have experience tutoring students of all ages K-12. I have a B.A in English from the University of California in Riverside, a paralegal studies certificate from UCR Extension, and I am currently getting my teaching credential from Cal State San Bernardino. Without a doubt, I plan to continue my studies beyond this point.

As a student for many years, I know that I enjoy learning. I also enjoy teaching, and I would like all of my students to have a great learning experience.


Being raised in Cavite, Philippines, I had finished college earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2002. After graduation, I was fortunate to be employed as a third grade teacher at the Montessori school in 2003 and at the public elementary school in 2004-2005. Because of my experience as a teacher in the Philippines, it had enabled me to work full time for local school district in the Coachella Valley for 10 years as Paraprofessional. I am currently focusing more on reviewing my California Basic English Skills Test (CBEST) in preparation for a teaching credential program.

I had joined CVL team in April 2014 because I believe in the company’s guiding principles to better assist families who are in need of ABA services. Due to my love of learning, I have gained knowledge about behavioral management procedures and interventions for individuals with special needs, including learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • Member of California Association of Behavior Analysts (CalABA)


I’m a Behavioral Health Case Manager for Coachella Valley Lighthouse. Prior to working at CVL, I’ve worked as a clinic manager for a non profit and have years of experience serving the undeserved population. I have my masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and I’m currently attending California State University San Marcos to complete my ultimate goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA).


I join the CVL team with 11 years of experience working with youth and their behavior issues. In 2006, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I’m CPR/AED/First Aid qualified. I’m here to make a difference in a child’s life, by assisting them and their parents with any concerns or issues they may have.


My formal education is from San Diego State University with a B.A in Psychology and an Associates Degree in Behavior Health Science. Prior to working at Coachella Valley Lighthouse I worked with Foster children enrolled in Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ranging from 1 month old to 10 years. To help and be someone who can make a change in a children life is something that I am passionate about and that is why in the near future I want to obtain my Master’s Degree in Child Development.


Formally graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A in Psychology and an Associates Degree in Behavioral Heath Science from Imperial Valley College. Prior to working with Coachella Valley Lighthouse, I have volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) working with children ranging from weeks old to 17 years old in the foster system. Passionate about working with children and become a helping hand that can guide and encourage them to believe that anything they want to do and become is possible. For that same reason in my future I am planning to pursue my education an obtain a Master’s Degree in Children Developmental and continue in this beautiful journey.


I graduated with a B.A. In Human Services and worked in the field of Community Resources and I have been working with children for over four years. I work for the Imperial Unified School District and El Centro Elementary School District as a substitute teacher. I enjoy working with children, I find that to be the field in which I thrive. I am currently pursuing my education to further work in the field. My education, along with the experience I gained working in the schools, and doing ABA has prepared me to provide a better service for the children of my community.


Benny B. Martinez is a United States Army Combat Veteran with a decade of service to his country. Benny has been on multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. During his time in service Benny was awarded numerous medals and Army achievement awards, went to Airborne school and graduated from one of the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer schools at the top of his class. After his years of service Benny and a group of his friends started a support group, in his hometown of Brawley, CA They are known as The Imperial Valley Veterans Community Support Group. Benardino is currently enrolled into University of Phoenix and National University in San Diego, CA currently working his way towards his bachelors in Business in health administration.


I am an RBT, certified on 12-26-17. I am from San Jose California. I have worked with kids with autism all throughout high school helping them to learn how to play hockey. I have worked in the field of ABA now for a year and a half with children ranging from ages 2-20. One of my most memorable moments while working was the first time my 2 year old client spoke their first word. I had been working with them for about 2 months before they finally learned to speak, where as they had been in various programs trying to learn to speak for nearly a year. I am passionate about this field and helping these kids achieve their goals.

Coachella Valley Lighthouse is an individualized educational service provider with comprehensive support for multiple subjects and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention. Using a one-to-one model of instruction, each staff member has been selected for their professionalism, subject of expertise, and their ability to effectively communicate their knowledge to others. “How you learn matters!”