21 Mar

TUCCi’s Newest RBT


Tucci Learning Solutions is happy to announce that Michiko Couchman, a Behavior Analyst in Training in the Monterey region, is the newest RBT in our organization.

Michiko Couchman, M.Ed. joined Tucci in September of 2018, with the goal of bringing her skills and passion for ABA to the company as she works toward her BCBA certification. As a former broadcast journalist, previous English language teacher in Japan, and a military spouse, Michi brings a variety of unique experiences and lessons to the services she provides. She currently works several home cases, and says she genuinely enjoys the challenge of tailoring her work to the vastly different needs of each individual she teaches. She is, of course, buoyed along in these endeavors through the support of all the incredible TUCCi staff and mentors with whom she is blessed to work.

In her spare time, Michi loves dancing, singing/songwriting, learning new languages, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two brilliant, energetic kids.

Way to go Michi!

Michiko Couchman
BA in Training
24 Oct

Congratulations Liz for your 2018 Service Above Self Award Recognition!!!

The Service Above Self Awards Dinner is hosted each year by the San Andreas Regional Center Board of Directors to acknowledge individuals and organizations that have provided exemplary services to the developmental disability community. Families served by San Andreas Regional Center, individuals with developmental disabilities, the service provider community, elected officials, the disability community, and previous Service Above Self Award Recipients, are all invited to attend our 20th Anniversary Awards Dinner. 


We are so proud that Liz Hernandez, one of our Coordinators in the Monterey Region, received this recognition during the 20th Annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, San Jose – Silicon Valley, where she was recognized for “her commitment, dedication, and service to the developmental disability community”. She was accompanied by her family and some of our Tucci team members to see her acceptance of this award. They all enjoyed themselves during this ceremony and were happy to support our amazing Coordinator during this important and memorable event. Again, thank you Liz for all of your hard work and dedication throughout all your years with Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.


Short Bio
Elizabeth Hernandez, Coordinator of Services, was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas Mexico and raised in California from the age of 4. She is the eldest of 4 siblings and a mother to four sons whose educational and mental health challenges led her to become an advocate for them and inspired her to work with children with developmental disabilities. She graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Liz has been employed by Tucci Learning Solutions Inc. for 20years and works with children between the ages of six months to twenty-two years of age. Her future goal is to earn a Master’s degree in Education or in Behavior Analysis.


Roberto Hernandez (Liz’s son), Nicole Cedilla (Roberto’s girlfriend), Liz Hernandez (Coordinator of Services in the Monterey Region), Andy Sierra (Liz’s partner), Nalani Crisolog (Rudy’s girlfriend), Rudy Hernandez (Liz’s son).

Ricardo Herrera, Mary Mercado, Liz Hernandez, Liyu Chen, & Maribel Bermudez Castillo


Maribel Bermudez Castillo, Liz Hernandez & Greg Stikeleather

Liz Hernandez, Coordinator of Services – I am very honored to receive the award and it was a great evening with my family and colleagues, Mary Mercado, Ricardo Herrera, Liyu Chen, Maribel Bermudez and Greg.
Maribel Bermudez Castillo, M. Ed., BCBA – From my side…it’s a great opportunity to be working with Liz…she is very supportive of all team members, and open to learning new things.  With all her experiences (personal, family etc.), this helps her to have a more personal relationship with the team and the family we are serving, letting them feel that they are heard and understood. Liz is really an asset to our company.
13 Nov


This conference took place this past Saturday, November 11th, and the objective was “to provide families the medical, legal, and educational information about the services and rights of their children with different abilities.”

This year, Tucci Learning Solutions had once again the opportunity to participate providing information about our program and services to the community. We also had a workshop session which was presented by Nancy Kelley and Cynthia Valencia, and we helped out with childcare. We were informed that the event was a total success so we want to take a minute and THANK our wonderful staff from the South County for all of your help.

Attached are pictures from this year’s conference in Soledad. ENJOY!!!!

From left to right: Nancy Kelley (South County Regional Coordinator), Edith Almanza (stopped by to say hi to the group), Cynthia Valencia (Coordinator), Clarissa Carrillo, Marlene Ibarra, Grisel Ibarra, and Fernando Castro.

Ismael Mondragon (not in the picture) and Marlene Ibarra helped at the resource table.

Cynthia Valencia and Nancy Kelley.

Nancy and Cynthia running a session on “Social Stories” (incorporating CLM/ABA strategies). – “Cynthia and I had a great group of people in our session with children averaging in the 10-year-olds.

Nancy Kelley – The parent group bought pizza for kids and staff, and they also make an amazing lunch for parents and participators. Children also perform with singing, dancing, and instrumental. I bought 6 raffle tickets and three of our staff WON prizes!!!


The rest of the TUCCi team ran childcare for approximately 15-20 kids. They all had a great time!Nancy Kelley – I am grateful for our South County Staff who are the most collaborative, loyal, hardworking group who also love to laugh!


6 Sep

A sillier putty

You will want to buy some…

Here is one of three unlikely success stories from Susan Spencer:

It’s no stretch to say that Aaron Muderick is stuck on putty.  “It feels great in your hand,” he said. “You can play with it for hours!”

His first love was classic Silly Putty, but that soon got old.

“I started researching, is there a way to make this more beautiful? More fun?” he told Spencer.

Which is how Muderick, a computer scientist-by-day, became a mad scientist-by-night. Borrowing some textbooks from a friend who had just finished getting her Ph.D. in chemistry, he said…

20 Mar

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers.

20 Dec

Million dollar gift establishes endowed directorship and support fund for WVU Nursery School

Any Behavior Analysts and Direct Instruction Professionals, who is interested in Early Childhood Education, should visit the West Virgina University Nursery School in Morgantown, W.VA. Anonymous donors just donated a $1,000,000 to support this nursery school. Please click the link below to read the article.

Working on puzzles in the WVU Nursery


28 Nov

Austin Riley Interview

Autistic teen karting champion’s inspiring message – “just because you have Autism, It doesn’t mean you can’t do great things”

The interview with Austin Riley was conducted by Inspiration Matters () formerly known as Special Children’s Art Display in November 2016


15 Nov


The objective of this conference was to provide families with educational, medical and legal information on services and the rights of their children with different capacities.  This was a Spanish conference for parents who live in the South of the Monterey County, California.  It took place last Saturday, November 12th, 2016.  Overall we can say that it was a great conference and our CLM Team Members were glad to be part of this event this third year.

Special thanks to Cynthia Valency and Nancy Kelley for their help and support on putting together our workshop presentation for this conference.  The title of their presentation was Jugar, Aprender y LograrPlay, Learn, and Achieve and the main purpose was to teach parents and participants about a “playful approach and useful tools to create learning opportunities to achieve building successful skills”, in other words, “to demonstrate how to make learning fun for all involved”.

Now, we would like to share some of the pictures that were taken during this event.  Enjoy!

Marlene Ibarra at our table booth with Nancy Kelley.
Marlene Ibarra, Behavior Specialist II, and Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, at our resource booth.

Marlene Ibarra and Ismael Mondragon, ready to help parents with questions about our Competent Learner Model program.Our CLM Team were ready to help parents with questions about our Competent Learner Model program.

Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, and Sandra Cruz (mom of a previous CLM Learner).Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, was so happy to meet again with Sandra Cruz and her kids.  Sandra is the mother of a previous CLM Learner.

Our CLM Team during lunch time: Ismael Mondragon, Nancy Kelley, Marlene Ibarra, and Grisel Ibarra.
Our CLM Team during lunch time: Ismael Mondragon, Behavior Tech, Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, Marlene Ibarra, Behavior Specialist II, and Grisel Ibarra, Behavior Tech.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!

18 Oct

An Autistic Girl in the Cumberland Mountains: One Family’s Brutal Fight for Meaningful Special Ed

Photo Credit: Mark Keierleber
Photo Credit: Mark Keierleber

Glennis and Randy Looney let their guard down for only a moment.

Sitting on a sofa in their wood-paneled living room, they were recounting the continuing struggle to persuade schools in Dickenson County to provide their 12-year-old daughter Abigail, who suffers from severe autism, with more help.

Abigail wandered through the…

11 Oct

The ABCs of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a neurologic condition affecting the developing brain of an infant that results in impairments in movement, motor skills, muscle tone and coordination. Approximately 2 in 1,000 children are born with the condition.

CP may present in different ways…”

CP is usually caused by a brain injury prior to, during or up to one year after birth. (ISTOCKPHOTO)
CP is usually caused by a brain injury prior to, during or up to one year after birth. (ISTOCKPHOTO)

23 Aug

Liz Hernandez 20 year anniversary with Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.

It is an honor for us to have the opportunity to dedicate this award to Liz Hernandez for her 20 years of service.

Liz' 20yr with Tucci Certificate

Vicci Tucci worked very cooperatively with Liz Hernandez starting 20 years ago in South Monterey School Districts.  She is still known for her loving support for parents and educators when it comes to serving their learners. Vicci thinks she is as capable of formulating and delivering ABA practices as most BCBAs. Also, she shared with us that Liz knows as much about the Competent Learner Model (CLM) as she does. The children in South Monterey County are lucky she is delivering evidenced-based ABA practices.