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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 
With more than 19 years of school based experience, Lara A. LaZear, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the Executive Director of Special Education and Quality Services for Light Street Special Education Solutions. Her education includes: M.S. in Communication Disorders, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology (cum laude), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Ms. LaZear holds a Certificate in Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in both Arizona and California. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in several public districts in both Arizona and California and has also provided early intervention services. She is currently Hanen certified in It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, and TalkAbility. Ms. LaZear is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Association, and the California Speech-Language Hearing Association. Ms. LaZear was featured in the new telepractice video on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website promoting the benefits of telepractice for speech and language services. As Executive Director of Special Education and Quality Services for Light Street Special Education Solutions, Ms. LaZear supports the clients and oversees local field managers and special education service providers for our onsite, telepractice, and blended programs.

Lila Almond, M.S., SLP Director of Special Education and Quality Services Lila Almond is the Director of Special Education Services and Quality Service for Light Street Special Education Solutions. Almond has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, early intervention, home health, acute care, and public schools. She has spent the last 10 years working exclusively in the educational setting. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.   



Amy Hill, M.A., CCC-SLP Arizona Executive Director of Clinical Support Amy Hill brings more than 18 years of special education experience as a practicing speech-language pathologist and mentor/supervisor. Hill has also served as the Program Director and Residential Faculty Professor at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, AZ and lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Dysart Unified School District. As an active member in the Arizona Speech-Hearing Association, she has served as the President Elect, President, Past President, Program Chair, SEAL, STAR and Public School Committee Chair. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. 



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. Clinical Manager Allison Freeman is a Clinical Manager in Ohio who brings 18 years of special education experience. She has a Masters in Special Education from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Freeman is eager to bring forth extensive knowledge of special education including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to increase student achievement, compliance and overall school performance.   




Katie Ortiz, M.S., SLP Clinical Manager Katie Ortiz is a Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Manager for California. With twelve years of experience, Ortiz 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. Ortiz has eight years of supervision and leadership experience working with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians. Ortiz has presented on the topic of collaboration between SLPs and the educational staff at multiple ASHA and CSHA conferences. Additionally, Ortiz currently is the Director of District 1 for CSHA and participates as an active board member in that role. ​

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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.