Lily Dicker is passionate about the integration of Applied Behavior Analysis in an inclusion education model. She is originally from Wisconsin, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers! She was dreaming of sunshine, so she made her way out to Colorado in 2012. She first worked in a residential facility that supported youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Afterwards, she became a behavior therapist in an Early Childhood Program that was center-based. Lily fell in love with how the strategies and teaching procedures of ABA can teach a child to learn and improve the quality of their lives as well as their family members’ lives. That’s when she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado-Denver.
While working towards her degree, she was promoted to a Lead Teacher position in the Early Childhood Program for the children in the kindergarten readiness classroom. She created a sibling inclusion program for the summer, and actually met with Program Directors at the time to learn from JECC.
Lily graduated from her Master’s program with a Masters of Art in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her teaching license and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in February 2018. Her experience as a BCBA ranged from the early childhood program through a young adults program. She also spent time working in the home environment, supporting families through difficulties they see in their natural environment.
Lily began working as a BCBA at JECC March of 2021 and saw a need for a position that focuses on integration and inclusion opportunities across the center. She developed a new position as the Early Childhood Coordinator and piloted a new full-time inclusion classroom for the 2022-2023 school year. Then in March of 2023 she moved into the Program Director role alongside Marie Lowe, and continues to dedicate herself to JECC.
When Lily isn't working though, she loves to spend time with her big dog at the dog parks or on the trails. She is also an avid puzzler, lego-builder, and craftswomen. She's always trying to keep her hands busy creating!