At the Cisco Center we maintain highly qualified full-time and part-time staff, as well as many trained volunteers. Our parents are also encouraged to volunteer. The Center maintains a 1:2, staff to child ratio or a 1:1 ratio if needed.
Cisco Nochera, “Mr. Cisco”
B.S., Education, Slippery Rock University
M.S., Severe and Profound Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Cisco has been a special education, pre-school teacher for the past 41 years. He retired from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in 2008 to devote his full attention to the operation of the Cisco Center.
His experiences include:
• teaching students with intellectual disabilities in West Virginia,
• teaching students who were deaf-blind at the Rosewood Institution in Baltimore County,
• teaching children in a pre-k special education class in Baltimore City.
Mr. Cisco has taught Early Childhood Intervention (E.C.I.) classes in Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 1985. Mr. Cisco was also the Director of Camp Greentop, a residential camp for children and adults with special needs, over a 22-year period.
Mr. Cisco’s contributions to education and the community have been recognized throughout the years:
In October 2015, Mr. Cisco was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues.
• In March, 2009, he was awarded the “Peoples First Award” by the Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region.
• In May 2007, he was awarded the “Hometown Heroes Award” by the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Autism Society of America for going above and beyond to make a difference for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and bring value to our community.
• In 2004, Mr. Cisco was one of the five finalists for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
• In May 2003, he received the Human Relations Distinguished Service Award for providing significant human relations contributions to the school and the community.
• In 1996, Mr. Cisco was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Parents’ Place of Maryland for extraordinary efforts on behalf of individuals with special needs and their families.
• In 1988, he was awarded the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Award and had an E.C.I. Special Education endowment fund established in his name.
Speech and Language Pathologist
B.A., Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland
M.S., Speech Pathology, Loyola College
Carla has been a Speech/Language Pathologist for 36 years. Her last 25 years have been working with children ranging in ages 18 months through high school. Carla retired from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in 2011. She is now full time at the Cisco Center.
Her focus has been with the pre-school aged population. Carla has experiences in the areas of apraxia, articulation, oral motor weaknesses, delays in receptive and expressive language, weaknesses in pragmatic language, and delays in social skills. Her work with children has encompassed a wide variety of disabilities including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Speech and Language Delays, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy.
Carla is also certified in the Hanen Center Programs: It Takes Two to Talk, Learning Language and Loving It, and Teacher Talk. These are early intervention programs for families and early childhood service providers. Carla has many years experience working at residential summer camps for children and adults with special needs.
Originally an "Army brat", Ms. Connie has lived in this area for over 30 years. She has successfully raised 5 children of her own and has been in the Childcare business for over 20 years. Ms. Connie earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Connie is Highly Qualified as a Director of Childcare by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Childcare. She is passionate about creating a healthy positive learning environment for all children. Ms. Connie cooperatively works with the Special Educator planning and implementing the special needs lessons and activities.
She also coordinates with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Community Based Services and other therapists/specialists who work with individual students at the Cisco Center.
Ms. Connie's many duties include:
1. Being responsible for the daily operations of the Cisco Center.
2. Responsible for implementing all licensing regulations.
3. Responsible for all Staff training and scheduling.
4. Communicating on a daily basis with parents about their child's personal needs and activities.