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Julie Polanco, MEd, BCBA

Founder & Clinical Director

Julie founded Smart Start in 2017 after learning about the immense need for quality ABA services in Korea. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Education in special education with emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the Pennsylvania State University. Her primary interests are disseminating information about ABA in Korea, working with parents and caregivers, and disseminating information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Career

Current) Smart Start, Founder & Clinical Director
Previous) The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute, Hempstead, NY, Teacher's Assistant

Trainings & Certifications
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Introductory Workshop, University of California Davis
PEAK Level 1 Certification Training, Emergent Learning Academy

Education
Pennsylvania State University, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed.

Pennsylvania State University, Psychology, B.A.

Career
Current) Smart Start, Case Manager
Previous) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist
Previous) ABA Bears, Behavior Therapist

Education

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Coursework, In Progress

SungShin Women's University, Music Therapy, On Leave

BaekSeok Art University, Applied Music

Hyeyoon Jang

Case Manager

Career
Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Seoul JeongMoon School, Teacher
Previous) SeongNam HyeEun School, Teacher
Previous) Anyang HyeSool School, Teacher

 

Trainings & Certifications

Special Education Middle School Teacher, Level 2

Education

Myongji University Graduate School of Integrative Therapy, Speech Therapy, Masters in Progress

BaekSeok University, Special Education, Bachelor

Boram Song

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Education

Yonsei University, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Coursework, In Progress

Inha University, Multicultural Education, PhD

National University of Uzbekistan, Linguistics, Master

Fergana State University, Philology, Bachelor

Nigorakhon Yakubova

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Dwight Foreign School Seoul, Aide
Previous) South Gyeongi Province Child Care Center, Guidance Counselor

 

Trainings & Certifications

Social Worker, Level 2
Day Care Teacher, Level 2

Child Art Therapist, Level 2

Education
Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst Coursework, In Progress

HanYang Cyber University, Social Work, Bachelor

Jiwoo Kim

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Trainings & Certifications

MEGT Melbourne City Campus, (Certificate III) Early Childhood Education

 

Education
Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst Coursework, In Progress

Korea National Open University, Tourism, Bachelors

Juyeon Seo

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Counseling for Caregivers of those with Disabilities
Previous) Assistant for the Disabled

Education

GyungIn Women's University, Social Work, Bachelors

Minji Kim

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Korean Community Service Center, Victim Services Coordinator

Previous) Resources, Opportunities, Choices & Connections, Group Therapy Intern

Previous) CAP Services (Head Start), Education Intern

Previous) Gesell Institute, Assistant Teacher

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Behavior Analyst Certification Board

 

Education

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Psychology, Bachelor of Science

Jimin Jeong

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Salem Elementary School, Special Education Teacher, UT USA
Previous) Centennial Middle School, Student Teacher, UT USA
Previous) MTC, Volunteer Trainer, UT USA
Previous) MTC, Korean Teacher, UT USA

Trainings & Certifications

Utah State Board of Education, Special Education License (K-12)
Star Program Training
PELI Assessment Training

 

Education

Brigham Young University, Special Education Severe, Bachelor of Science

Euijin Oh

Behavior Therapist

Euisun Oh

Behavior Therapist

Career

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist 
Previous) Provo MTC, Korean Teacher/ Language Evaluator
Previous) Provo Peaks Elementary School, Intern, Utah USA 
Previous) Timpanogos Elementary School, Teacher Assistant, Utah USA

 

Trainings & Certifications

Special Educator License (K-12), Utah USA
IEP Zen Certification 
Totem PD ASPEN, Bullyology, Parapro Certification Training 

Education

Brigham Young University, Special Education, Bachelor of Science

Behavior Therapists

Our behavioral therapists and support staff is Smart Start’s greatest asset. These highly trained, devoted professionals love what they do and are committed to providing the highest quality therapeutic services and early childhood education. Our behavioral therapists work closely with our supervisors to provide the children ongoing customized support. Smart Start fully supports the development of all of our staff and encourage ongoing education in the most recent methods of treating developmental delays. These talented professionals are the back-bone to our success and have a passion to help young children and their families.

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