Tello, Mary Ann, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Mary Ann earned her graduate degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and her second master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Arizona State University (ASU). She spent over 20 years working with children with autism, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and emotional disturbances. She has also worked with children that have Rett’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and microcephaly.
Over the years, she developed her skills in designing and implementing IEPs, teaching specialized curriculum, and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team for the implementation of supplemental services. Additionally, Mary Ann provides educational strategies for children to help them overcome learning and behavior barriers.
She has also worked with the Laredo community and traveled to small rural communities to provide speech therapy services to children in both clinical and home settings. This opportunity expanded her knowledge and equipped her to pursue her true passion for helping children with special needs achieve their fullest potential.
Mary Ann is actively involved in advocating for the needs in our community. She is currently an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for Texas. The position requires lobbying with federal legislators to implement autism-related initiatives. As a volunteer advocate, she’s the main point of contact for her respective federal legislature in Texas.
Mary Ann will continue to represent the needs of our vulnerable population. Her focus provides access to ABA services for those in need. Her vision concentrates on the individuality of each child–to prepare each one to contribute to their community in meaningful and positive ways.
Mary Ann Tello, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA