"Alisha Plescher is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Autism Specialist serving Craven County School District.  She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northern Michigan University, and followed with her Master’s in Speech/Language Pathology at University of Wisconsin.  Alisha provided speech and language intervention to school-age students, as well as co-taught in Special Education Early Childhood Classrooms in Wisconsin before moving to her hometown in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  From there, she continued co-teaching and providing Speech/Language Intervention through embedded instruction within special education preschool classrooms. Upon completing her Master’s Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders from University of Minnesota, Alisha transitioned into the role of Autism Coach for her regional Intermediate School District. During this time, she received the honored Kiwanis Teacher of the Year Award and facilitated increased socialization and independence in her students through identifying their Least Restrictive Environments and utilizing peer to peer supports and more practical transition planning.  When Alisha moved to North Carolina she began her work at Craven County Schools, servicing both the Autism Team and speech/language intervention in the schools.  Alisha continues to provide intervention within the natural context of her student’s preschool classrooms, collaborating with teams to provide evidence-based, integrative services. In her free time Alisha spends as much time as possible with her husband and two boys, biking, hiking, boating, and loving the North Carolina weather!"