Director and Founder:

Peter Emmons

Over Thirty years of experience in education. Nine years as a 4th – 6th grade teacher, 6th – 8th grade teacher, special education teacher, and head teacher. Eighteen years as Principal of a private special education 3rd –12th grade program in Redding, CA.  Founder and Principal Administrator from 2003 – 2013 of IEP school. Peter has been trained in five different crisis intervention training programs: Professional Assault Response (PART), Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB), National Crisis Prevention Institute(CPI), Boys Town – behavior intervention training and Victor Therapeutic Intervention Training for Trainers.


  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential,
  • Specialist Learning Handicapped Credential with authorization to serve SH populations,
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education,
  • Administrative Services Credential
  • Graduate, California School Leadership Academy, C.S.L.A.


Joshua McAuliffe

On Site Administrator
  • Preliminary Administrative Credential, IEP’s classroom Ed Specialist. BICM trained, IEP School Crises Prevention Program Trainer
  • Graduated- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Ca.
  • B.A- History, Minor- Political Science
  • Graduated- Chico State Educational Leadership Program
  • M.A-Educational Leadership
  • Participated in Simpson’s College’s single subject credential program and Chico State’s Level I M/M  and Level II M/M Special Education Credential Program and BICM. Graduated Chico State’s Ed Leadership Program and Administration Program
  • Extensive Training as Behavior Intervention Case Manager
  • Extensive Training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Has worked with IEP School since 2005


Darlene Yarber

K-4th Grade
  • Education Specialist
  • B.A- Social Science (Humboldt State University)
  • Currently enrolled at National University Masters in Special Education Program
  • 18 years experience working with extraordinary children
  • Has worked at IEP School since 2012.

Lillian Smith

4th – 7th

With 7 years teaching experience I am excited to be a part if the IEP School team. I have spent my time in education acting as a special education director, an RTI/MTSS coordinator- including the development of a full intervention and special education program for a school, and teacher across the continuum of educational environments. I started as a student of speech and language pathology, but quickly fell in love with all that teaching special education has to offer. I have worked with all age groups at all levels of special education and have yet to find one I don’t like!  I am especially passionate about literacy, and teach this in a language rich environment. I have additional/specialized  training in Autism, Self-Regulation, Capturing Kids Hearts, Crisis Prevention, and am working on becoming a certified Behavior Technician. Recently I have begun to pursue becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Jonathan Boulden

7th-12th Grade
  • B.A- Psychology (Humboldt State University)
  • M.A- Education (National University)
  • Publisher of counseling resource for children
  • 4 years experience as a Social Worker
  • 6 years experience as a Special Education Teacher
  • California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • California Mild-Moderate Teaching Credential
  • Education Specialist II with added authorizations

Support Staff:

Molly  Deshais-Rogers

Transition & Student Services Coordinator
  • Provides transition support and student services
  •  Parent Support and Education
  • 23 years experience in crisis intervention and youth development
  • Has worked with IEP school since 2013

Scott Andersen

  • Behavior Assessor
  • RTI team member/Parenting team member
  • Has worked at IEP School since 2008

Tyler Jensen

  • 4 years as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kids instructor
  • Has worked for IEP School since 2013

Aubrey Duckett

  • 3 years experience working in various Special Education classes
  • Currently enrolled at Shasta College finishing A.A. in Behavioral Science
  • Has worked for IEP School since 2013

Paige Smith

  • Has worked at IEP School since 2014

Brianne Teague

  • BA Applied Psychology (Oregon Institute of Technology)
  • 5 years experience in crisis intervention and youth development
  • Has worked for IEP school since 2014

Manuel Telles

  • 24 years experience in crisis intervention and youth development
  • Has worked for IEP school since 2015


Kelly Brooks

Administrative Assistant
  • Queen of awesomeness and all that happens at IEP School.
  • Go-to gal that has been with IEP since 2006.

Jennifer Koelemeijer

Business Manager and CFO
  • Dual BA degrees in French and Political Science
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • 5 years in Commercial Banking
  • 6 years Business Manager and CFO of IEP School