Linda Young is a Program Manager (Special Education ) with the San Mateo County Office of Education, working as the Principal of K - 12 school of students with special needs. An experienced special education teacher working with children with multiple disabilities, Linda has worked as an inclusion specialist having serviced a caseload of mostly autistic students. She has a special education teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education from the Notre Dame de Namur University. Her profoessional trainings include T.E.A.C.C.H., Michelle Garcia Winner workshops and trainings that focused on working with students with emotional disturbances and Aspergers Syndrome. Linda has run playgroups and social skills groups for elemenatary school students in two school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of her experience, she consults with school staff members to help them successfully work with children on the spectrum. Linda understands the diverse and complicated needs of students with Autism, and is passionate about teaching children the skills that they need in order to be successful in their life at home and in school.
Since 2001, Shelley Frost has been a professional videographer filming children performing in her Make-A-Movie Workshops. She has been a drama teacher since 2001. Shelley is the author of several books: THROW LIKE A GIRL, 2000, Beyond Words; YOUR ADOPTED DOG (with Katarina Makris), 2007 The Lyons Press; KIDS GUIDE TO MOVIE MAKING, Createspace Amazon, 2010; ARNIE CATCHES A COLD, Mascot Publishers, Feburary 2015
Friends Play Group was created Linda Young, Shelley Frost and Patrick Cravalho. Their professional expertise led them to develop this social skills learning program of uniquely designed, drama-based activities to help children succeed in the everyday world of human interaction.
Patrick Cravalho Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Kent State University. Patrick is a professor at San Jose State University.
FPG Teaching Staff
Wylie Herman is a drama teacher and actor.
Aleksandra Bril, is multi-lingual (English, Russian and Spanish) trained in improvisational acting and conflict resolution, Mindful Arts SF Meditation Facilitator Training, Mindful Life Project Instructor. Aleksa is a graduate of Pitzer College with a degree in Environmental Analysis: Society. She is currently a teacher at Champions in Redwood Shores and is also a yoga practitioner.