Joanne Robbins, Ph.D. - Executive Director
Prior to moving to Seattle, Joanne lived in Chicago for many years. While there, she was the Activity Therapy supervisor for a 120-bed children's state psychiatric facility, served as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Northeastern Illinois University, and designed and implemented problem solving and thinking skills programs, study skills programs, and learning acceleration programs for inner-city children and college students for the University of Illinois at Chicago and the City Colleges of Chicago. She also served as program developer and instructor in the federally funded Nation of Tomorrow program, training Chicago Public School teachers how to use computer technology in their classrooms. Joanne served as a research assistant in the Instructional Research and Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a frequent presenter at professional meetings and has published experimental work in human clinical decision-making. Joanne has served as an instructional design consultant to private industry in the production of instructional video and interactive laser disks including Learning-to-Learn, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, and Focus International, Inc. in Huntington, NY. An expert in the teaching of thinking and reasoning skills, Joanne is the author of Talk Aloud Problem Solving: A Script for Teachers, and co-author of Fluent Thinking Skills: A Generative Approach. Joanne was a board member and Vice President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. She is currently a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis. She founded and co-chairs the Spectrum Alliance, a community group advocating for the Seattle Public School's highly capable students. Joanne earned an MA in Behavioral Sciences (Art Therapy concentration) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake Campus. A native of New York, she earned a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Joanne completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Sue Markle, Dr. Phil Tiemann and Dr. Herbert Walberg.
Amy Weisenburgh-Snyder, Ph.D. - Director of Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Amy is the author of Excel Reading- a fluency-based reading program that targets decoding skills. Recently, she has worked with Dr. Joanne Robbins and master PEER teachers in South Africa to translate and implement Excel Reading and several reading assessments into the languages of Afrikaans and Xhosa.
Amy earned her B.S. in Behavioral Analysis from the University of Florida under Dr. Henry Pennypacker. She received her M.A. in Special Education at the University of Washington under Dr. Joe Jenkins and Dr. Owen White. She completed her Ph.D. in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders with an emphasis in Psychometrics at the University of Texas in Austin under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon Vaughn and Dr. Barbara Dodd.
Bruce Damons - Director
Marie Van Rooyen - P.E.E.R. Manager and Lead Trainer
Camila Ismail - P.E.E.R. Lead Trainer, Instructional Designer and Teacher
G.M. Naidoo - P.E.E.R. Champion
Cecelia Beckwith - Cofounder
Beth Bartter - Director of Operations
Kris Melroe - Teacher Trainer
Janet Twyman, Ph.D. - Teacher Trainer
Lucero Neri-Hernandez - Teacher Trainer, Instructional Designer
Sean Will - Teacher Trainer, Instructional Designer
Zachary Layng - Teacher Trainer, Webmaster
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