About Allyson

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Allyson Castelli is the Owner and Managing Director of Yellow Bird Community Center, LLC.  She also serves as a Consultant, Lead Teacher, and Community Coach for clients enrolled at Yellow Bird.  Allyson earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education at Felician University in New Jersey.  She worked as a Special Education Teacher for 6 years in urban school districts across the country including New Jersey, New York City, and Denver, Colorado.  Allyson served 4 of these years as a Transition Teacher, supporting high school students and young adults with developmental disabilities in accessing community-based services and work-readiness skills.  Allyson also served as the Transition Coordinator during her time in New Jersey, making arrangements with various businesses and non-profit organizations to provide the students at her school with various work-based opportunities.  Today, Allyson is using her experiences and knowledge in the field of Special Education Transition to provide services and supports to adults with developmental disabilities.  It is truly her passion to provide authentic and meaningful experiences to individuals with special needs in order to help develop a drive in them.

About Ashley Crossland

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Ashley currently serves as the Program Transportation Specialist for Yellow Bird Community Center!  She plays a vital role in building relationships with clients while supporting their access to community-based programs.  Ashley is a current elementary school teacher and has been in the education field for six years. She is currently pursuing a masters in school counseling.  She is excited to be part of Yellow Bird’s mission and witness clients gain the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary for a robust lifestyle. She is passionate about social justice and helping others reach their full potential and gain authentic experiences while building strong relationships with those around her.