Meet Your Educational Consultant
I have enjoyed over 25 years of experience in the field of education, teaching in Maryland public schools, private schools, homeschool co-ops, international schools, and community colleges.
I have also worked as a summer camp director, a non-profit education program administrator, and a homeschool umbrella group coordinator. This broad experience helps me think outside of the box for educational solutions, including non-traditional placements.
As both an educator and a parent of a gifted child with learning differences (2e), I can educate families about the ins and outs of schools and best practices in education. I also understand first-hand the stress of watching your child struggle with a poor educational fit.
After exploring traditional schools and alternative learning environments for my own "out-of-the-box” learners, I decided on the path of homeschooling for four years. Then, my children found good-fit public and private schools for the remainder of their education.
When I finally saw my children thriving in their educational environments, I wanted to help other parents find and sustain learning environments tailored to their child’s unique needs.
B.A. in Elementary Education
M.A. in Leadership in Teaching with concentrations in School Administration and Supervision and Teaching English as a Second Language
I am passionate about helping your child succeed, so I continue to invest in my education. Here are a few of the programs I have completed:
Special Education Advocacy Training 2.0 with Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates - Certificate Program
Special Education Law and Advocacy Training with Wrightslaw
Master IEP Coach Mentorship - Certificate Program
Summer Training Institute with Independent Educational Consultants Association
I am a professional member of the following organizations:
I hold a School Specialty and a Learning Disabilities/Neurodiversity
Sub-Specialty through IECA, meaning that I have been thoroughly vetted to serve students like your child.
I have also served as Chair of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Special Education Committee and as an MCCPTA Board Member.
Founder of the DMV PK-12 Educational Consultants’ Group.
Served on the MCPS Accelerated and Enriched Instruction Feedback Council as the 2e Representative.
Served as a Gifted and Talented Liaison with the Takoma Park Middle School PTA.
About Exceptional Educational Solutions
To provide compassionate, expert educational advice and services to parents of bright children with learning differences in D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Our specialty is helping twice-exceptional students find a place to belong.
Your student doesn’t need to fit into the mold of traditional education. Instead, let’s find or create an option that fits them! With a vast background in both traditional and alternative education, we can guide you through the process of finding an educational situation where your child will thrive.
We love complex kids and their families! If you are struggling with clarity about your child's education, we are here to help.
We serve bright and gifted students who have diverse learning needs. These out-of-the-box learners are rising Kindergarteners through 12th graders who need more support at their current school or a different placement to succeed.
We enjoy students who have many strengths and talents as well as challenges, including ADHD, autism, anxiety, specific learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), mood disorders, sensory or auditory processing disorder, behavioral challenges, and more.
Your child does not need to have a specific diagnosis or be designated gifted for us to work together; however. If they are bright, curious, and struggling in school, we’d love to help.
We specialize in helping an often misunderstood population: twice-exceptional (2e) learners.
Work with Stephanie
If your child is struggling in school and you feel out of your depth, contact EES today. Frustration from school can affect your child’s behavior and emotional well-being at school and at home, so don’t wait. Help them find a place that understands, values, and supports their differences.