Meet the BAES!

We are a group of behavior analytic educators and scientists (lovingly known as the BAES) pledged and passionate about providing schools and families with the necessary tools to work with students who are differently-abled. 

Mari L. Cerda M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Founder, BCBA Exam Coach

Mari is a former special education teacher and an educational consultant with over 13 years of experience in both the classroom and clinic setting. She is also a bilingual Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a passion for helping prepare future BCBA's using fun, user-friendly concepts and terminology. She also takes clinical level resources and creates relatABAle materials for the special education classroom.   

Hope Hastey
Adult Support And Coaching
Assessment Consultant

A former educational diagnostician, Hope transitioned to working with young adults once they aged out of high school. Hope has a strong knowledge and understanding of resources available within the community to help families make that transition once the school bus stops coming. Hope is also fully-bilingual and can provide services to both English and Spanish speaking families. 

Carlos Cerda, MFA 
NerdEd Founder, GM, and Social Skills Gaming Facilitator

Carlos is an 8th grade English Teacher with a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing. Carlos loves expanding beyond the parameters and creatively teaching Texas TEK standards through pop culture references, scriptwriting, and student-created short films. In his spare time, Carlos works on his business Culture Nerd, where he is developing NerdEd, a platform for normalizing nerdom. He also is a GM for role-playing games and with his wife Mari, blends the fun of gaming with valuable social skills programs.