About us

Whether you're a parent seeking guidance for your child, an educator in need of specialized strategies, or an individual looking to enhance your learning experience, the Mosaic Minds Team is here to assist you every step of the way.

Collaboration. Compassion. Capacity Building.

Navigating the complex educational landscape can be challenging, but you don't have to face it alone

We combine decades of work in K-12 special & general education, advocacy, professional development, and consulting to support families, youth, educational teams, and institutions in creating plans and programs to support neurodiverse students. 

"If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow."

- Alfie Kohn

What We Do

Parenting is hard, and when you add neurodivergence to the mix, it can get downright complicated.  Families often walk down the complicated and emotional road alone.  Special education law, coupled with the complexity of a neurodiverse youth is difficult, and the process can feel impossible to navigate. The internet can often complicate your understanding even more.

What We Offer:
  • Experience and knowledge in the field of special education, including knowledge of the wide variety of disabilities, placement, and service options (public and private), assessment tools, etc.
  • Experience and relationships with local school districts.
  • Ability to utilize collaborative and creative problem-solving to maintain a positive and productive relationship with the school district.
  • Ability to compassionately attend to your questions and concerns and alleviate your anxiety.
  • Ability to professionally represent your child’s best interests to school districts and other professionals.
Meet the Team

Our child-centered team of experts works collaboratively with all involved professionals to maximize each child’s unique potential.

Heather Johanson

Education Specialist

Heather is passionate about creating environments where all learners thrive and has a knack for connecting with teens and children, especially those who think, learn, and thrive outside the “box.”  As an elementary school teacher, Heather relished finding new ways to include and educate the diverse learners in her classroom. It was a natural progression into special education. She focused her master’s work on Dyslexia, spent time at Charles Armstrong learning Orton-Gillingham’s multisensory reading approach, and created her own multisensory systematic reading program for elementary school students with outstanding results. At the high school level, Heather focused on creating programs for students with ASD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and other emotional challenges. She spent time as an Inclusion Specialist and mentored new special education teachers, all while working privately as an executive functioning coach.  Her warmth, collaborative skills, and innovative thinking help families figure out the puzzle of their child’s unique profile and find the best support and environments for their children. After spending three years at Lamborn Advocacy, learning from the best, she has rolled all her learning and experience into Mosaic Minds Consulting.

Heather is a mom to three. She loves being outside, and you can find her gardening, hiking, and spending time with friends in the great outdoors.  She also has a travel habit and is currently planning a return trip to Eastern Africa.

Leela Silva

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Leela has worked as a paraprofessional, educational specialist, IEP coordinator, and school psychologist in public education schools serving children and youth ages 5 to 22 for 12 years for over 10 years. Leela’s expertise and focus include mental health assessments, psycho-educational assessments linking processing deficits to academic difficulties or real life situations, and individual therapy. Her goal and focus is to provide social/emotional support for students through multiple modalities including play therapy, CBT foundations, nature-based activities, changing client desired thought patterns, and creating/finding client desired effective coping strategies. Leela is thoroughly passionate about supporting all students with unique and diverse backgrounds and needs in order to achieve their goals and prepare for their future. 

Outside of her profession, Leela is out in nature as much as possible with her border collie either hiking, exploring new parks, camping or at the beach. Her love for travel is vast and she is constantly planning her next travels as she is set on checking off as many countries and destinations on her list. Yoga, live music, reading research, and spending time with friends/family are priorities for her.

Cece Castignani

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Cece has worked as a credentialed school psychologist for six years. As a school psychologist she conducts mental health and psychoeducational evaluations, implements teacher trainings, develops IEP goals, and provides individual/group counseling. Her students have a vast array of diagnoses including Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Tourette’s, Selective Mutism and Depression. She has a passion for small group counseling and implements Girls Groups, Social Skills Groups, Grief Groups, and Executive Functioning Skills Groups year after year.

Outside of her career in education, Cece lives an active lifestyle. When she isn’t cooking at home, she’s out trying new restaurants in San Francisco. She is passionate about exercising and teaches indoor cycling classes at a local gym. She loves to spend time outdoors – hiking and camping in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter. Cece enjoys traveling and frequently visits her friends who live outside of California and the U.S.

Rachael Shepherd

Education Specialist

With almost twenty years of educational experience, Rachael works with students ages 3 to 22 to develop academic, social and life skills.  As a former ABA intern, education specialist, and PEERS-certified coach, Rachael supports students through elementary school to their launch into the real world. The social cognition program she created at Palo Alto High School had outstanding results for her students, as her students with ASD consistently used intricate social and executive functioning at the high school level and beyond. 

Rachael currently runs a work-experience program that brings 21st-century career-based skills to high school students. She supports students with resume building, developing interview skills, and navigating the work environment, along with teaching an advanced research project course that culminates in a community showcase. Rachael has deep community relationships with local businesses, vendors, and leaders, which she leverages into  providing students with a safe, hands-on learning experience. This network of relationships and resources drives a yearly two-week vocational speaker series that allows high school students to learn from industry leaders. 

Rachael is a mom to two wonderful children. Rachael is a huge sports fan; if she isn’t at a Giants game, she counts the minutes until March Madness starts.  She is a mountain girl and spends as much time as possible in Twain Harte, swimming, hiking, and playing outdoors.

Natalie Hibbs

Speech Language Pathologist

With over fifteen years, working in the area of special education, as a credentialed speech language pathologist, Natalie has extensive experience working with children from 3 to 22 years of age, in a variety of school settings. During that time, she learned collaborative skills, and provided out of the box thinking to help families and IEP teams untangle their student’s unique profile and determine accommodations to best support their needs. Natalie conducts speech evaluations, determines progress and develops IEP goals, provides speech therapy in both individual and small group settings. Her students have an array of diagnoses including, but not limited to: ADHD, Speech/Language Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disabilities and Pragmatic/Social Language Disorders. She has a passion for social skills groups and continues to focus on this specific area of need.  

Outside of her career as a therapist, Natalie lives an active lifestyle. She loves to spend time hiking as well as visiting friends and family in Arizona and Arkansas. Natalie also enjoys international travel, interacting and learning about new cultures and trying new experiences when possible. She can also be found spending time reading books, attending lectures on a variety of subjects or volunteering in her free time.

Are you ready to help the kids you care about?

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