About Us

Overview

Our team is committed to providing you with high quality services that are customized to meet the unique needs of your school system. Whether your organization requires strategic planning facilitation, mentoring of key professionals, improvement in the area of special education or related services, targeted professional development, or other types of consultative assistance, our approach will always take into account the context of your organization.  We are here to support you with Customized Solutions for Real Changes! 

Biographies

 

Jeannemarie Ackerman, M.Ed., BCBA

Ms. Ackerman has been an educational professional within the New Hampshire public schools for fifteen years. After graduating from Plymouth State University, she began her teaching career in the Lawrence, Massachusetts Public Schools. Wanting to impact the education of children in her home state, she left Lawrence and taught first grade in Chester, NH for 8 eight years. Always interested in the behavior of young children, in 2007 she received her Masters Degree in Behavioral Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Later in the year, she passed the exam to become a board certified behavior analyst. Ms. Ackerman also became trained in Life Space Crisis Intervention as well as actively involved as a team leading in Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.

Eager to utilize her new skills, Ms. Ackerman transitioned into a teaching role in special education through which she has been able to provide services to children with intensive behavioral needs.  She has created programs for both students with emotional disabilities and developmental/neurological disabilities. In addition, she has been responsible for creating and managing programs for students based on the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis. She has also served in the role as a building behavior specialist. Ms. Ackerman is skilled in the areas of data collection, functional behavioral assessments, verbal behavior, discreet trial and natural environment training, behavioral intervention planning and behavior modification.

Ms. Ackerman has had wide experience with both regular and special education environments. She has been working jointly with school teams, parents and allied health professionals to create evidence-based interventions for children with who struggle with classroom functioning, as well as mental health and/or developmental disabilities. She has also been serving as faculty for Granite State College, creating courses and instructing in their programs for behavioral education.  She believes that it is necessary for schools, both public and private, to focus on building positive supports to help students succeed. 

Kristen Beckley, M.A., C.A.G.S, - School Psychologist

Ms. Beckley has been working as a school psychologist for 10 years.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and her graduate degrees in school psychology from Tufts University in Medford, Kristen BeckleyMassachusetts.  Ms. Beckley has provided comprehensive school psychological services to schools with children ages 3 to 21.  A few examples of these comprehensive services include: collecting, analyzing and using data to help improve student outcomes; evaluating students with learning disabilities for special education services; designing and implementing academic, behavioral and social emotional interventions; and working collaboratively with school teams to help problem solve questions about a particular student, or system issue related to mental health service delivery. 

Ms. Beckley has particular expertise working jointly with school teams, parents and allied health professionals to use evaluation and qualitative data to identify student strengths and weaknesses, and develop useful and realistic evidence-based interventions for children with mental health, developmental and academic disabilities.  Ms. Beckley is also an infectious advocate and educator for mental health supports for children.  She is dedicated to ensuring that school teams understand the whole child, and that home-school collaboration is a priority.   Furthermore she encourages schools to mindfully create positive climates and use a comprehensive system of care to address learning barriers for children in schools.  

Mary Buck, M.S., O.T.R./L - Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Mary Buck has 30 years of experience working in the school systems of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  She is certified in sensory integration (S.I.P.T.) and has been an advocate for implementing sensory-based strategies to address a wide range of behaviors from feeding disorders to non-compliance.  She currently holds an O.T. license in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mary has worked in diverse school settings servicing children with disabilities.  In Massachusetts she worked at the North Shore Special Education Consortium and serviced children with extreme physical or emotional handicaps.

In 1989 Mary moved to New Hampshire and worked as a transdisciplinary team member in the S.E.E.D. preschool program in Salem New Hampshire for eight years, where she was trained in the High Scope curriculum and the Greenspan floor-time approach. From 1995 until 2012, Mary worked in the Hampstead School district, servicing children from 3 to 21 years old.  For 12 years she was a member of the TEECH inclusionary preschool program team.   Mary was responsible for planning, organizing and conducting occupational therapy programs throughout the school system.  In addition to direct service, she evaluated students, developed I.E.P. goals and progress notes, consulted with team members, developed accommodations and modifications, implemented assistive technology, collaborated with parents, and provided in-service trainings to other professionals.

Mary graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in psychology, which included studies in Spain.  She has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Sargent College at Boston University. Since leaving the Hampstead School District, Mary has worked in short term O.T. positions in the public schools.  In addition to serving a a consultant, she is currently employed at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic at Exeter Hospital.

Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP

Sue Drouin is a MA & NH licensed, ASHA certified speech and language pathologist in the field for 29 years. Sue has operated a private practice, CommuniK-9, Inc. since 1994 focusing on providing intensive and individualized home, school and community based speech and language therapy, evaluations, and consultations to students, families and educational staff from infants to transitioning young adults. Her areas of expertise include severe special needs, augmentative-alternative communication, apraxia of speech, developmental disabilities, social-pragmatic disorders, specific language impairments, assistive and iDevice technologies.

Sue is a lifetime learner and keeps her knowledge up to date with the most current treatments, methodologies and best practices for a large variety of communication, language and social disorders, ensuring the best treatment outcomes for her clients. Sue has been awarded the ACE Award from ASHA for Continuing Education four times and welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge with others via workshops and personalized consultation and training.

A passionate and animated therapist, Ms. Drouin believes in a family-centered treatment approach where children experience genuine success and look forward to spending time with her. Her therapy is rich with vocabulary, current events, functional activities and personally relevant themes, materials and visuals. Sue works in conjunction with special education teams to implement student’s IEP’s in meaningful ways, across settings, promising the greatest generalization of skills. She has also expanded her practice to include Pet Assisted therapy. 


Sue is highly skilled at providing hands on training to school staff in the areas of facilitating communication success for the nonverbal student, executing augmentative communication device trials from beginning to end and including assistive technology tools to improve access to the general educational curriculum.

Janice Dunlevy, M.Ed. - Elementary Special Education Consultant

Ms. Dunlevy is a highly experienced, expert teacher who has, with deep commitment and enthusiasm, taught moderately disabled students in kindergarten through seventh grade for over three decades. She has been a special needs educator in Rockport, 
Whitman, and most recently Newton, Massachusetts. Jan has particular expertise in working in collaborative environments with classroom teachers, new teachers and Janice Dunlevysupport staff to address the needs of students with disabilities who require instruction in phonology, phonemic awareness, syntax, semantics, morphology and comprehending connected text. Oral and written language arts and multi-sensory instruction in mathematics round out her skills in providing and supervising individualized instruction. She also has served as mentor to new teachers, case manager, school district liaison and team chair. She has current certification in Elementary Education, Reading K-12, and Moderate Special Needs. 

Janice received her BA in English and Education from Bridgewater State University and her M. Ed. from Northeastern University where she worked in the University’s reading clinic. A life-long learner, Jan has completed extensive course work in literacy, mathematics pedagogy, behavioral management, technology, and written language instruction. She especially enjoys mentoring newer teachers in developing techniques and materials. After a rigorous process and written examinations, Jan also earned National Board Teacher Certification as a teacher of students with Exceptional Needs in 2002. In order to enhance her written communication skills, she also earned an advanced degree in Technical and Professional Writing from Northeastern University in 1992. This program advanced her design of well-structured teacher manuals and curriculum for decoding and phonemic awareness in kindergarten and primary grades for the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. 

 

Kari L. Harwood, M.Ed., L.D. - Middle/High School Special Education Consultant

Ms. Harwood is a highly respected, dedicated & motivating educator, who possesses over ten years of experience within New Hampshire public schools. Kari graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Human Services/Social Work and with a minor in Psychology. After several years of experience working with middle school and high school youth, within the Human Services/Social Work realm, Kari made the decision to pursue licensure as a NH Educator. In December of 2007, Kari was awarded her Master of Education degree within the specific concentration area of Learning Disabilities.

Currently, Ms. Harwood focuses her time as an independent education consultant, advocate & student tutor. Kari’s qualifications are vast & her certifications include both General Special Education (K-12), as well as, Learning Disabilities (K-12), with a concentration on middle school and high school age levels. Kari is considered a highly-qualified educator in more than one academic area. She has not only mentored new and veteran teachers, but has also supervised mentoring/internship programs for college-level adults, pursuing the field of Special Education.

Over the past seventeen years, Ms. Harwood has gathered heartfelt insight as to how to successfully approach and implement individualized goals for many young students, spanning the duration of their educational careers. Wearing “many hats” throughout the years, Kari has had the opportunity to be an educator, a mentor, a coordinator, a job coach, a counselor and an advocate for her students, their families and for her own colleagues and associates.

 

Tina H. McCoy, Ed. D. - Executive Director

Dr. McCoy has 25 years of direct experience in the field of special education as a teacher and a district administrator.  She graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1985 with a B.S. in Special Education, emphasizing the education of moderately and severely/profoundly handicapped students.  Subsequently, Tina served as a special education teacher in diverse public school classrooms in Louisiana and Hawaii.  After working at a private special education school in Illinois, Tina earned an M.A. from St. Louis University (1994) with a specialty in Learning Disabilities, and returned to teach in the Illinois public school system.  A move to theProfessional Photo Boston area gave Tina the opportunity to be employed as an inclusion facilitator in southern New Hampshire. After years of teaching special education students with mild to profound disabilities, she made the decision to assume a District level position as a Director of Special Education.  Three years as a Special Education Director in a rural district and nine as the Director of Student Services in a medium-sized, multi-district Administrative Unit have given her a thorough understanding of the many challenges faced by special education administrators. 

Tina McCoy earned her doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from Boston College in 2012.  At Boston College she collaboratively completed her Dissertation-in-Practice entitled Leading and Learning: Leadership, Change and Challenge in a Professional Development Initiative. Her education and cumulative experiences give Dr. McCoy a well-rounded perspective that integrates knowledge from special education, leadership and systems change.  

Dr. McCoy holds certifications as a superintendent and a special education administrator, as well as teaching credentials, in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She currently owns and operates McCoy Educational Consulting LLC, a New England based company that provides customized consultation, professional development, strategic planning and other professional services to public and private school systems.

Julie Morris, Physical Therapist

Julie Morris has over 35 years of experience working as a physical therapist in the public school systems in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire regions. She is currently a private practitioner contracting with two school districts in southern New Hampshire. She began her career working for Easter Seals Society in Manchester, NH as an itinerant specialist working in schools, out-patient clinics, hospitals and extended care facilities. She then worked at New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, MA both as a staff physical therapist and an assistant director of the PT department. Her next move was to the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative working in schools across the Merrimack Valley.   

Mrs. Morris received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston Bouve College at Northeastern University. She has had training in the field of Educational Kinesiology, which teaches that physical movement enhances whole brain function. She has also studied manual therapy with the Upledger Institute. The primary focus of her work is to provide students with a more solid foundation of motor skills on which to build academic learning. Her interest in the mind-body connection influences her interactions with the students that she works with. She views physical movement as a window into the brain, facilitating focus and attention as well as reducing stress and anxiety.

Meg Rugg, M.A. - Preschool Special Education Consultant

Ms. Rugg has 30 years of experience successfully serving and supervising high quality public preschool programs in southern New Hampshire.  She has also worked closely with private preschool programs to insure successful implementation of programs for preschool students with disabilities.

Meg received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado.  She attended graduate school at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she received an M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

For the past 12 years, Meg has provided consultative services to preschool and child care programs as part of the PTAN Child Care Inclusion Project.  The intent of these services is to assist in the implementation of effective practices for behaviorally challenged children.

Meg has recently begun work with SSECT (Supporting Successful Early Childhood Transitions) a project of the Parent Information Center.  This project provides assistance to school districts regarding transition from Early Supports and Services, Least Restrictive Environment, preschool special education settings and environments and the development of early childhood programs.

Heather Gray, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP - Communication Consultant

Ms. Gray has over 10 years of experience as a speech language pathologist specializing in assistive technology as an augmentative communication specialist.  She graduated in 2000 from the University of Maine Honors College with her Bachelor’s degree, double majoring in communication sciences and disorders, and psychology.  She furthered her Heather Grayeducation at the University of New Hampshire, where she obtained her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003.  As a graduate student, she completed a graduate assistantship with the Institute on Disability, and an MCH-LEND Traineeship in Leadership and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.   

Ms. Gray has received the ASHA ACE Award, and has presented at local and national conferences.  In 2013, she earned her Assistive Technology Professional credential.  Her skills as an augmentative communication consultant combined with her experience as a school speech-language pathologist provides her with a unique perspective in understanding the complex communication needs of students who depend on assistive technology, as well as the planning, supports, funding resources, and services necessary for success.  Currently, Heather Gray is working part-time in public schools and provides subcontracted services for McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC.