Sophie Z, DT, RBT, IL PEL Blended Birth-2nd grade

Behavior Therapist

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2020


BSEd Early Childhood Special Education,
Minor Education Policy Studies,
Loyola University Chicago

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My Story

I graduated and gained my IL teaching license but ultimately knew classroom education was not the path for me. I wanted to work with younger children and more closely with their families; this is how I found the Illinois Early Intervention system. So in addition to working at Blue Bird, I am a Developmental Therapist serving children 0-3 and their families. When I stepped into this role, I knew that therapy was the track for me.

My Blue Bird Day

In addition to being an RBT, I work as a Therapeutic Assistant at BBD NC. This is where I began my journey at Blue Bird and have quickly transitioned into this new role.

My Advocacy

I have worked in many public and private educational and therapeutic settings. Unfortunately, the range of services is stark. I believe that all families should have access to high quality services, such as the ones that Blue Bird provides. Through my professional journey I hope to advocate for more equitable policy in these settings to ensure high quality support for all.

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. My current professional goals center around legal advocacy for children and families with disabilities. I am hoping to gain my masters in Child Development and jurisprudence in Child and Family Law to become a better partner to the families I serve.


Thank you for becoming so familiar very quickly with all the PM Blue Pod kids. You’re a great team player that can take initiative!

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