I’m Qiess Rasouli, a 31 year old educator currently residing in Alexandria, VA. I’ve worked with individuals with autism for 8 years in both school and home settings. I have a Masters in Special Education from George Mason University, and I’m currently wrapping up my supervision towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
My mother and father both immigrated to the US as refugees from Afghanistan in the early 1980’s. From hearing their stories as well as those of my other family members, I have grown to care deeply about the challenges facing refugee groups. As someone who has chosen to make serving individuals with autism as my life mission, I want to bring my skill set to improve the conditions of the Syrian refugee community.
What most excites me about this opportunity is the growth I expect we will see among not only the teachers and parents of the individuals with autism, but the community as a whole in their understanding of people with special needs.
I am an active person and pursue several passions in my free time. At my school, I coach wrestling and volunteer with a girls soccer team. Aside from this I train capoeira and compete in Brazilian jujitsu, and play in a percussion band.