Haring Center

Leadership

Ilene Schwartz

Ilene Schwartz :: Faculty Director
ilene@uw.edu

Dr. Ilene Schwartz has been a member of the special education faculty at UW since 1991 and the Director of the Haring Center since 2007. She is at the forefront of research and professional training in the areas of autism, inclusion, and the sustainability of educational interventions. At the intersection of these three areas is Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism. Ilene is the director of the program, which was created at the Experimental Education Unit in 1997. With continuous research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, Ilene is on a variety of review boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Early Intervention. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

Ilene is also the director of the UW special education program designed to prepare Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She is committed to ensuring that all children, with and without disabilities, have access to a high quality education in their neighborhood school.

“Inclusion is not a set of strategies or a placement issue. Inclusion is about belonging to a community – a group of friends, a school community, or a neighborhood.”

Chris MatsumotoChris Matsumoto :: School Principal, Experimental Education Unit
ctm@uw.edu

Chris Matsumoto has been an EEU community member since 1999, when he started as an Early Childhood Interventionist. For more than a decade, Chris has dedicated himself to making the EEU better for all students and their families first as a head teacher (2001-2003), then assistant principal (2003-2009), and most recently as principal (2009-present). Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in education from Western Washington University and Master’s in education from the University of Washington. He also holds a Principals Residency Certificate from Western Washington University and a Professional Education Certificate with endorsements in Special Education P-3 and Special Education K-12. Chris and his wife, Lisa, have had their two children attend the EEU show them what inclusion looks like at a very young age.

“We knew this was the place where our children would learn that ability and development are not obstacles to friendship.”

Kathleen Artman MeekerKathleen Artman Meeker :: Director, Applied Research Unit
kameeker@uw.edu

Dr. Kathleen Artman Meeker joined the UW special education faculty and the Haring Center community in 2013. Kathleen has worked extensively with teachers around preventing challenging behavior and promoting young children’s social-emotional development. She is particularly interested in efficient and effective coaching for early childhood educators. She has designed professional development materials for U.S. military child care and collaborated with the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) to design and deliver professional development to support coaches in Head Start classrooms. She earned her PhD in special education from Vanderbilt University and her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in special education from Ohio State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and was a certified early childhood special educator. Kathleen and her husband, Jon, have had two children attend the EEU.

“The Haring Center is a place that lives its values. Every member of the community works together to make sure all children get the early experiences they deserve.”