About Us

Light Street helps schools succeed by providing comprehensive special education programs and services.

We partner with schools to improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to children with special needs. We offer an array of flexible solutions that are grounded in evidence-based practices and focused on achieving positive outcomes for our students and school partners.

Lara LaZear, M.S., CCC-SLP Executive Director of Special Education Services & Quality Service
Lara LaZear brings more than 20 years of K-12 special education experience to Light Street. As Executive Director of Special Education and Quality Services, Lara oversees Light Street’s clinical teams, all special education services and related programs, business development, and client satisfaction for every aspect of Light Street’s vast suite of services. Lara has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both Arizona and California, provided early intervention services, and is a member of ASHA, ArSHA, and CSHA. As the leader of the Light Street team, Lara ensures that every school, district, and educational partner not only remains highly satisfied with Light Street’s services, but that Light Street’s team of highly qualified special education service providers continues to grow to meet our client’s fast-changing needs.



Lila Almond, M.S., CCC-SLP Director of Special Education and Quality Services
With over 20 years of experience, Lila has spent the last 8 years working exclusively in Special Education Administration and Program Management. As Director of Special Education Services and Quality Service, she is responsible for quality training and implementation of best practices for all Special Education providers. She also collaborates with the LSSES team on contract execution, program development, and new business development. In May 2018, she was awarded the certification of Educational Leadership Coach upon completion of the requirements for the Coach Centric Leadership for Education Professionals through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is also a member of the Texas Council for Women School Executives (TCWSE).  



Amy Hill, M.A., CCC-SLP Arizona Executive Director of Clinical Support
Amy has over 20 years of special education experience as a Speech Language Pathologist providing services in the Arizona school system. As Arizona Executive Director of Clinical Support, she provides clinical support to a variety of special education professionals including SLP/SLPA, OT/COTA, PT/PTA, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Behavior Technicians who are contracted to public, charter, and private schools. She provides special education oversight and training to a variety of schools.  In addition, she is an instructor and program director for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Estrella Mountain Community College. She is a past president of the Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association and continues to work on a variety of state level committees relating to speech-language and special education services. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences: Speech Language Pathology and a Bachelor degree in Psychology.



Erika Krupkin, M.S., CCC-SLP Clinical Manager
Erika Krupkin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Clinical Manager in Nevada who has over 14 years of speech-language pathology experience. Krupkin has both a Masters of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University. She has been a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association since 2002 and an ASHA Speech Pathology Advisory Council member in March 2009. Krupkin has provided servies and has clinical experience working with students in the school setting.



Allison Freeman, M. Ed. Special Education Supervisor
Allison Freeman has 19 years of educational experience in which she served as a classroom teacher, special education coordinator, a program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education and as a Director of Special Education. Throughout her career, Allison has developed an extensive knowledge and background in special education law, policy, procedures, programs and services for students with disabilities. She is committed to increasing student achievement, program compliance and overall school performance. Allison has earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University and her Masters of Education as a Supervisor of Special Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of Special Education Teachers.


Katie Ortiz, M.S., SLP Clinical Manager
Katie Ortiz is a Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Manager for California. With almost fifteen years of experience, Katie specializes in working with students with moderate to severe disabilities, specifically children with autism. She has received training in the SCERTS model with a focus on social communication and visual supports. Katie has twelve years of supervision and leadership experience working with a multidisciplinary team of onsite and telepractice clinicians. Katie has presented on the topic of collaboration between SLPs and the educational staff at multiple ASHA and CSHA conferences. Additionally, Katie has served on the California Speech-Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) Board and continues to be active in the association.


About LEARN Behavioral

LEARN Behavioral, which includes Light Street Special Education Solutions, Learn It Academic Services, Desert Choice Schools, Beach Cities, AST, Trellis, BCI, the SPARKS Group, Advances Learning, Play Connections, and WEAP, annually delivers over 1 million hours of services to more than 5,000 children across 10 states, and is one of the country’s leading provider of specialized interventions for children. We partner with schools to support students with learning challenges and those with special needs. LEARN was founded on a bold mission: to help all children succeed in school and life regardless of the obstacles they may face. Our team is passionate about creating exceptional learning experiences that help every student succeed in school and life.