Our Staff

Director, Amanda Johnson


Amanda Johnson is certified in early childhood through grade four. She also holds certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and in Special Education (all level) with a specialization in Autism and Severe Emotional Disorders. She holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master's degree in Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Johnson taught in public school for five years prior to opening The Helping House. For two years, she was a teacher in a self-contained special education class. Amanda is a behavior therapist, fully trained in method of Applied Behavior Analysis. She regularly presents at area support groups and workshops.

Teacher Assistant, Maria Tostado


Mrs. Maria Tostado has worked with Amanda Johnson for six years. She has participated in regional and state trainings for teachers of children with ASD. Maria has a particular passion for the Spanish-speaking community and makes an effort to educate this community about autism and related disorders.

Other Staff

A licensed speech language pathologist, educational diagnostician, and an occupational therapist are also utilized on a consult basis.

The Helping House regularly accepts volunteers and interns from many different educational backgrounds. We are proud to partner with SFASU as well as Angelina College School of Nursing.


The Helping House
P.O. Box 631513
Nacogdoches, Texas 75963-1513


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