ERIN JESTER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC) & ADAPTED DANCE INSTRUCTOR

As a founder of Beyond Words, Erin is passionate about bringing music and dance to children of ANY ability. She specializes in behavior management, sensory integration, presuming students’ intellect and positive reinforcement techniques. Erin obtained her Bachelors of Music Therapy (BMT) at Eastern Michigan University with a major in Dance Performance. Prior to Beyond Words, she was a music therapist at a non-profit company, then found her niche for children with autism and behavior management at Steps Academy (formerly STEPS Center for Autism). Erin has been studying dance since the age of 3 and teaching traditional and adapted dance classes since 2006.

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EMILY KREIDER

ADAPTED DANCE SUPERVISOR

Emily graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mild to Moderate Special education, with a concentration in language arts and social studies, and a minor in dance education. She is also a member of Alpha Xi Delta (whose national philanthropy is Autism Speaks) and was also chosen to be a member of a leadership fraternity on campus. During the day, Emily is an Intervention Specialist at the Julie Billiart School in Akron. She has been dancing for 18 years and teaching dance for 9 of those years. Prior to Beyond Words, Emily was the lead dance instructor at a local non-profit social club for children with autism. After school, she teaches our adapted dance program at the North Royalton studio.

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MELAINA KAMPF

ADAPTED DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Melaina began her ballet training at the age of 4 with the School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet and also studied modern and contemporary dance. At the age of 16, she joined Dancing Wheels, as the youngest Trainee in their history. She quickly rose through the ranks to become their Principle Dancer and later served as an Instructor and School Administrator for the School of Dancing Wheels, where she conducted weekly dance classes, workshops, master classes and summer camps nationally for students with and without disabilities. She currently teaches at local traditional studios, as well as is the Assistant Director of North Pointe Ballet. Melaina teaches our adapted dance classes in the community, at the North Royalton studio.

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AVERY JESTER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Avery completed her Bachelor's of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Cleveland State University and is currently completing her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology at CSU. Her office is at the North Royalton studio and she is available to meet with you - Monday-Friday from 3-7pm.

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ELLEN ABOOD

MUSIC THERAPY INTERN FOR 2021-22

Ellen has completed her coursework at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Her last step to sitting for the Music Therapy Certification Board Exam is an internship with at least 1040 hours through our University-Affiliate Internship Program. She'll be training with Beyond Words from October 2021-May 2022 in our Music Therapy and Adapted Dance Programs.

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