Cheri Sandford

Cheri Sandford

Autism Specialist


Objective:  To work with individuals with autism and their instructors and caregivers to improve long-term outcomes for all

Graduate Research: Krasnow Investigations of Developmental Learning and Behavior [KIDLAB], Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University (June – November, 2008); Doctoral Internship in fMRI Research (June – August, 2007)


  • Presentation of Research Paper: Mid-Western Educational Research Association annual conference (October, 2007)
  • Presentation of Research Paper: Northeastern Educational Research Association annual conference (October, 2009)
  • Presentation of Research Poster:  Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference (April, 2011)
  • Presentation of Research: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Autism and Developmental Disorders Annual Conference (January, 2014)

Professional Memberships and Associations:

Council for Exceptional Children

Crisis Prevention Intervention

Reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Skills: Well-developed written and oral communication skills; cooperative leadership skills; knowledge of single subject research design and applied behavior analysis; knowledge of instructional design, including task and learner analyses; instructional and assistive technology assessment and planning skills; formal and informal educational assessment skills; ability to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction for diverse learners (child through adult); knowledge and skills with a variety of productivity and course management software; knowledge of, and experience working with, disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders

Work History

Work History
May 2015 - Aug 2015

Extended School Year (ESY) Coordinator

Alexandria City Public Schools

Hired, trained, assigned, and supervised staff providing Extended School Year (ESY) services to students with significant developmental, cognitive, behavioral, and physical disabilities.

Ordered and disseminated supplies and curriculum materials necessary for students' ESY programs.

Provided building-level supervision for the pre-K to 8th grade site for ESY.

Aug 2013 - Present

Autism Specialist

Alexandria City Public Schools

Provide classroom and training support to teachers and staff in autism and ID classrooms at pre-K through secondary levels

Provide consultative support to teachers, staff and administrators of students with autism and other disabilities at elementary and secondary levels.

Provide a variety of services and supports for students with disabilities

Support district-wide initiatives to continually improve and extend services for students with autism spectrum disorders

Feb 2012 - Present


The Kelberman Center

Provided educational consulting services for students with autism spectrum disorders; provide professional development training to educators

Feb 2012 - Jun 2013


The Kelberman Center

Provided educational consulting services for students with autism spectrum disorders; provide professional development training to educators

Aug 2011 - May 2013

Assistant Professor

Utica College

§Professor for undergraduate and graduate special education coursework

§ Supervisor for field experiences associated with coursework

§Student advisor for education students

Aug 2008 - Jun 2011

Applied Behavior Analysis Coach

Fairfax County Public Schools

§Provide ongoing training and support to multiple schools and teachers in Preschool Autism Classrooms (PAC) and Elementary Enhanced Autism classrooms

§Conduct district-wide inservice programs on ABA strategies and instruction; conduct school-based team trainings on relevant topics

§Assist in functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and the development of behavior intervention plans (BIPs) for students in autism program classrooms

§Provide consultative services to teachers and students in other special education programs, as appropriate

§Act as liaison between private or home therapists and the school system

May 2007 - Jul 2008

Adjunct Instructor, College of Education and Human Development

Graduate Courses Taught:

§Introduction to Research Methods

§Applied Behavior Analysis

§Psychoeducational Assessment

Aug 1995 - Jul 2008

Special Education Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

§Teacher of students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a variety of disabilities in inclusive and  self-contained settings

§Secondary Category B Lead Teacher (2005-2007)

§Technology Outreach Program Support Teacher(2003 – 2008)

§Elementary Lead Special Education Teacher (2001-2002, 2003-2004)

§Elementary Science Consultant(2002-2004)

§Chairperson of Local Screening Committee (2003-2004)

2006 - 2007

Private Contractor, Assistive Technology Services

Department of Rehabilitation Services

§Provided individual assistive technology assessment and training services to adults with physical disabilities

Oct 1992 - Jun 1993

Special Education Teacher

Spotsylvania County Public Schools

§Teacher of students in second through fifth grade with severe emotional disabilities in a self-contained setting

Aug 1989 - Jun 1991

Special Education Teacher

Arlington County Public Schools

§Teacher of students in second and third grades with severe learning disabilities in a self-contained setting; teacher of students with severe emotional disabilities in a therapeutic alternative setting

Sep 1986 - Jun 1987

Special Education Teacher

Smyrna School District

§Teacher of students in first through fifth grade with a variety of disabilities in a self-contained setting; Special Olympics coach


Jan 2006 - Jul 2009

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

George Mason University

focus on assistive and instructional technology

Sep 1982 - Jun 1986

Bachelor of Science in Education

University of Delaware

double-certificate program in elementary and special education


Jan 2011 - Jun 2016

Post-Graduate Professional Certificate

Commonwealth of Virginia

NK-4 Early Childhood, 5-8 Middle Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities