Emotional Disturbance Staff

Lyon C. Johnson

Lyon C. Johnson, M.A., NCSP, BCBA, LBA
Emotional Disturbance Specialist

Email: ljohnson@sesa.org
Direct Line: 907-334-1329

Mr. Johnson holds national certifications in applied behavior analysis and school psychology, as well as a license to practice applied behavior analysis in the State of Alaska. He has been working in the field of education and school psychology since 1992. He started his career in San Antonio, Texas and later worked overseas for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal and then for the Hawaii Department of Education on the island of Oahu. Lyon has worked as an SESA since 2006 primarily as an Education Specialist who provides consultations, trainings, and technical assistance to rural and remote Alaskan school districts. Lyon's interest areas include applied behavior analysis, connecting school mental health and school-wide positive behavior supports, and the use of tele-practice technologies to enhance service delivery to students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Outside of work, Lyon and his wife, Pat, enjoy traveling abroad, but have a special fondness for hiking, biking and kayaking in Alaska. At home in Eagle River, they enjoy the company of “Murphy” a West Highland Terrier, and “Sigmund,” a 26-year-old Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrot.

Samantha Cowper

Samantha Cowper, M.S.
Emotional Disturbance Specialist

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

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in elementary and special education with a concentration in literacy. She also holds a university endorsement in autism and obtained her Master of Science in mental health counseling in 2010. Samantha has been working in the field of education for 24 years. This experience includes working with students who have been identified as having multiple disabilities, developmental disabilities (including autism), learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities in a continuum of environments from the general education classroom to a residential facility. She also ran a tutoring business out of her own home to help students in her community achieve greater academic success and has worked as a counselor in a community mental health setting.
Samantha’s interest areas include conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) to help schools understand the function of behavior within the educational environment, assisting in behavior plan development providing guidance with environmental and curriculum accommodations and modifications to help increase academic success, providing guidance on reinforcement techniques, and helping schools implement and maintain a positive behavior intervention system (PBIS).
Samantha previously she resided in the state of Wyoming where she still spends summers camping, four wheeling and spending time with family and friends. In Alaska, Samantha and her husband have enjoyed touring the state meeting dedicated educators that are invested in the youth of Alaska.