Executive Director, Co-founder
Sarah Johnson, M.Ed. earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as the Executive Director of The Emerson Foundation, as well as the Administrator of record for Emerson Academy. When Sarah and her wife, Stacey Bell, M.Ed. started the Center in 2007 their aim was to address a need in our community for inclusive childcare. Sarah’s wealth of experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), conducting assessments, developing curriculum, as well as individualized, small group and large group instruction help her when serving as liaison to teachers, school districts, therapists and comprehensive program providers. Sarah has more than 24 years of experience working closely with children with special needs, those with Autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. When she isn’t spending time with her wife and two children–Emery (18) and Eli (13)–Sarah serves as the Inclusion Specialist at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, TX.
Director of Development/Co-Founder
Stacey Bell, M.Ed. is currently serving as the Director of Development for The Emerson Foundation. Stacey, the Co-Founder of Emerson Academy, has returned to the organization after a five year hiatus. Stacey worked as an investigator with Child Protective Services and Residential Childcare Licensing during her absence and learned a great deal about deficits in services for persons with disabilities in our community. Her aim is to expand programs offered by the The Emerson Foundation to include teens and young adults with disabilities as well as children, youth and adults who are socially, educationally and vocationally underserved in our community.