Kelly Checo

What began as a spark of interest during my college psychology program has inspired a rich and diversified 20+ year career in the field of neurodiversity. Continually evolving as an educator, my work spans various roles that have built upon each other to deepen and expand my expertise.

I have a Master’s in Education, a credential in Special Education, and am a constant seeker of professional development. My love of teaching started in early intervention and inclusion work for autism and led to
training in the DIR/Floortime approach. It is this background that has shaped my educational philosophy: time spent developing an authentic and trusting relationship with students is the door through which one can support, and appropriately challenge, in order to maximize each child’s potential, success, and independence.

I have worked in home and school settings, in both general education and special education schools. I’ve refined my skillset through numerous educational and leadership positions, and have had the opportunity to support students of all ages with a variety of abilities and needs including ASD, NVLD, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, brain injury, and executive function challenges. I consider myself lucky as I have learned as much from my students as I hope they’ve learned from me!

I’ve benefited from working on a number of interdisciplinary teams and I thrive in collaboration with others, especially the knowledge gained from parents and families. Every student deserves to be known and appreciated for who they are and their unique gifts. I am honored to join the community at TMS and I look forward to partnering with you.

Kelly Checo

Director of Learning Services