Natasha started her educational journey at the University of California, Los Angeles, achieving her undergraduate degree in Psychology. While at UCLA, she worked in the Early Childhood Clubhouse Program (ECCP) which was a behavioral and social skills program for children with developmental and emotional disabilities (specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders). In conjunction she worked in the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPHP) which was an academic and behavioral intervention program for children with developmental and emotional disabilities. Natasha later went on to become Lead Teacher and Co-Supervisor of both the ECPHP & ECCP at UCLA.
After leaving UCLA, Natasha decided to go into private practice and started her own behavioral therapy company, My Shadow. As a behavior analyst and educator of children with special needs, she feels that she brings forth many of the highest qualifications necessary for one to be able to reach children with special needs. Her philosophy: When considering the needs of children with disabilities, it is essential to consider educators that are not only professionally trained to manage teaching such diverse needs with several constraints, but to also consider those professionals who have a passion for teaching and get personal fulfillment from the job. For her, teaching is not simply a career choice; it is her life’s purpose. The great satisfaction she feels when she has made a positive difference in a child’s life is what makes her life truly meaningful. Natasha is eager to rise to the challenge of her own personal effort to make a difference in the lives of the exceptional children and to make a difference in the futures of so many youth affected by disabilities and developmental disorders.
Cynthia Robinson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Northridge, and has Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She began her career as a Kindergarten teacher, where she discovered her passion for language development while teaching reading readiness skills. While in graduate school, Cynthia embraced the Multiple Intelligences philosophy, which holds that there are a multitude of pathways to express and acquire knowledge.
After nearly ten years of being a classroom teacher, Cynthia made the decision to work in the field of Special Education. Cynthia's passion to work individually with children, combined with her warm-hearted nature, is an asset to her work. She embraces the Applied Behavior Analysis methodology through working closely with Natasha, and this special population of children.
Natasha Parsakia, owner of My Shadow, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and has a Master's Degree in Special Education-Cross Categorical, along with a teaching credential. She has a background in training from the well-respected Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the Semel Institute at UCLA. Additionally, Natasha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been named a leading professional by Biltmore Who's Who and the National Association of Professional Women.
After working full-time, as a full charge bookkeeper with Student Insurance, and then as a Project Coordinator for UCLA Mathematics Project, Melissa Jontow made the decision to go back to school part-time. She earned her Associates degree from Santa Monica College and transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a Baccalaureate in Sociology. After nearly seven years of working with the UCLA Mathematics Project, she made the bold choice to continue her educational pursuit full-time, and work towards earning a Master’s Degree in Education, when accepted to UCLA's Graduate School program, the Teacher Education Program. While attending Graduate School full-time, she was able to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and began to follow her heart and passion, educating children in the classroom. She seemed to come full circle when she was employed with the UCLA Lab School. It was while she was in the classroom at the Lab School that she crossed paths with Natasha Parsakia. She now works closely with Natasha, following her direction and programs for children with special needs.