Tyler Anderson, BCBA
Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
To help students reach their goals to become as independent as possible.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Professional basketball player
What or who most inspires you?
I wanted to get back to working for an agency that put student needs and well being ahead of revenue.
What are you proudest of?
Potty training a student that everyone said would never get out of wearing a pull-up.
How do you hope to make a difference?
I hope to use my skills to continue helping students accomplish things that many times others would say are impossible. I hope to help students, teachers, and other members of the team work together to accomplish common goals.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
More than anything my work life has taught me patience and understanding. Not everyone is always going to see things the same way, but a sign of a good leader is someone that can bring people together to find common understanding and map out a path for the entire team to reach their goals.
What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?
I began working at Children's Care Hospital and School (now LifeScape) in 2009 as a direct support professional. After about two years of doing that I went back to school to get my undergraduate degree in psychology and worked as a support specialists for two more years. While finishing my degree I was offered a Behavior Specialist position with LifeScape that I did for two more years, eventually spending 6 years total at LifeScape. During this time I worked under other BCBAs and conducted many duties of a BCBA under their supervision. In July 2015 I accepted a Clinical Supervisor position with Behavior Care Specialists. I worked with BCS for 4 years running offices in Brookings, Mitchell, and Rapid City. During this time I finished my master's degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA). I took my boards in February 2017 and have been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ever since.
People would be surprised to know that I . . .
have bowled most of my life and threw a perfect 300 game in league when I was 17.