SESA Autism Team

John Barrowman

John Barrowman, M.S.
Autism Specialist

Email: jbarrowman@sesa.org
Direct Line: 907-334-1339

John Barrowman originally came from a small town in the Californian foothills of the Rocky Mountains called Auburn. He moved to Oregon to attend college at the University of Oregon where he completed his bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in special education in 2009. It was during his bachelors that he was inspired by a guest lecturer to enroll in a masters program called Project PASS (Preparing Autism Specialists for Schools). The instructors of the program sought to train and equip educators with the various tools and strategies needed to support students experiencing autism in schools and the community. He completed Project PASS in 2010 and completed a licensure program for early childhood special education/early intervention and his masters in 2011. After completing school in 2011, John moved to Alaska and remained in the Northwest Arctic region working in schools as an intensive needs special education teacher and traveled to support students in the outlying villages for four years. He enjoys fishing, hiking, and cooking with his dog.

Samantha Weiland

Samantha Weiland
Autism Specialist

Email: sweiland@sesa.org
Direct Line: 907-334-1334

Samantha Weiland grew up in Clearwater, Florida, as an avid horseback rider and a volunteer for various programs working with individuals with special needs. Combining these two passions, she attended St. Andrews University in North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Therapeutic Horsemanship in 2004. After graduation, the premier Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, Equest of Dallas, Texas, recruited Samantha as an Advanced Instructor. In addition, Samantha served as Head of Area 10 Equestrian Special Olympics. A desire to expand her knowledge, skills and effectiveness as an educator, Samantha enrolled in Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. In 2010, Samantha earned her Master of Arts in teaching Special Education. For the past 6 years Samantha has focused her teaching on students with Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADD/HD, and Anxiety Disorders both in traditional classroom setting and one on one. Part of her teaching experience included a year of teaching in Twin Hills, Alaska. Samantha is excited to join the SESA team and provide creative educational opportunities for students in Alaska.

Kendra Wolf, M.Ed.

Kendra Wolf, M.Ed.
Autism Specialist

Email: kwolf@sesa.org
Direct Line: 907-334-1317

Kendra Wolf recently relocated to Alaska from Minnesota. Kendra attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology in 2014. During this time she also worked as a camp counselor at True Friends, a non-profit organization that provides camp and respite experiences to enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults who have multiple disabilities, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities. Upon graduating, Kendra worked as a Behavior Therapist providing comprehensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. This experience included using a variety of strategies and tools to assist children and their families in communication, social, and behavioral needs through Family-Centered Behavioral Intervention. Kendra later returned to the University of Minnesota where she earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education. During this time she completed two student teaching experiences in both home and classroom settings focusing on early intervention education for families of children ages birth-6 with developmental delays and Autism. Before leaving Minnesota she assisted in the Minneapolis Public School District implementing mathematic and reading comprehension strategies in 7th and 8th grade Autism classrooms. Kendra is very excited to be working with SESA and students throughout the state of Alaska.