Morrissey-Compton Educational Specialists
Director of Educational Services
Ashley Kinkaid Koedel, M.A.
Ashley Koedel joined the Morrissey-Compton family in the summer of 2010 as a Challenge School teacher, and in 2011, became a full-time Educational Specialist. At Morrissey-Compton Ashley provides diagnostic evaluations, consultations, advocacy services, and educational therapy focusing on writing and executive function. She is also Director of Challenge School, our summer school program for students with mild to moderate learning challenges. Ashley received her Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After some years in the business world, she returned to Notre Dame De Namur University where she received her Single Subject English Credential and her Master's in Education. Having been a classroom teacher in both the primary and secondary classrooms and in both mainstream and special instruction programs, Ashley understands the importance of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners. In addition to teaching at Challenge School and her work at the Morrissey-Compton office, Ashley is also currently working with the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services and the Juvenile Probation Department advocating for the educational rights of children within the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Ashley is trained in the Step-Up to Writing Program, the Inspiration Software Program, the Kurzweil 3000 reader, and other text-to-speech software programs, as well as in speech-to-text programs such as Dragon Speak Naturally.
|Melissa Brown, M.Ed.
Melissa Brown joined Morrisey Compton in 2018, bringing more than 25 years of experience in helping students, teachers and families in public and private schools to discover themselves as learners in ways that help them navigate academic challenges successfully. Her passion for helping students began as a classroom teacher working with a broad range of learners. Melissa holds a B.S. in elementary education and special education from Central Oklahoma University, as well as a Masters of Education in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She continued her graduate studies with certification in Educational Therapy at the University of California Extension Program at Berkeley. She has extensive training in specialized instructional methods, including: Universal Design for Learning, Orton-Gillingham Language Instruction, Structured Word Inquiry, and Making Math Real. Melissa uses an integrated approach to individualized instructional methods, educational assessment, and in developing neurodevelopment strategies. She has taught courses for Educational Therapy at the University of California Extension Program at Berkeley and for graduate students at the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. For the past 15 years, she lead the development of the Learning Resource Program at San Francisco Day School, where she incorporated a developmental, strengths-based approach to student learning by identifying strengths, understanding possible barriers, and finding a curricular fit that enabled success.
|Susan Chait, M.A.
Susan Chait has been working in the field of education for 15 years. Her experience includes work as a classroom special education teacher, a private tutor, and a specialist conducting diagnostic evaluations. Education is a second career for Susan, following several years of human resources experience and an MBA from Columbia University. She earned her Education Specialist teaching credential and Master's Degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. Susan is trained in the Slingerland method of reading instruction and uses Making Math Real techniques in her tutoring. Currently, she conducts educational assessments for Morrissey-Compton and provides specialized tutoring in reading, writing, and math.
|Kim Donellan, M.B.A., ET/P, CA
Kim Donellan in an Educational Therapist and has always been very involved in and very dedicated to helping children maximize their full potential. Her inspiration to help people with learning differences came from her two sisters, both born with different disabilities. Kim began her career in education over 10 years ago working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. From there, she began her private practice and helped start a school for children with ASD. Kim joined Morrissey-Compton as an Educational Specialist in 2017. She is trained in all of the Lindamood-Bell programs (Visualizing & Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, Talkies, LiPS, and On Cloud Nine Math), Orton-Gillingham, Making Math Real, TouchMath, Handwiting Without Tears, Seeing My Time: Executive Functioning Success, Zones of Regulation, Kimochis: Social & Emotional Learning, and TEACCH: Autism Program through the University of North Carolina. Kim is a Certified Autism Specialist and has her Autism Certificate. She is certified in Pivotal Response Training (PRT) through The Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis. She earned her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of California, Davis. She earned her graduate certificate in Educational Therapy from the University of California, Riverside Extension Program.
|Meredith Feinberg, M.Ed.
Meredith has worked as an Educational Specialist at Morrissey-Compton since 2014. While completing her Master's degree in Education at the University of Vermont, Meredith worked as a 1:1 interventionist with individuals with autism, and then as a case manager for a post-secondary education program for students with developmental disabilities. In June 2014, she moved to California and completed a summer program working at Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking clinic in San Jose. At Morrissey-Compton, Meredith specializes in executive function tutoring, subject-specific tutoring, social skills groups, parent education talks, and educational assessments. She is thrilled to be a part of Morrissey-Compton's mission to help individuals with learning differences succeed.
|Adria Flores, M.A., Educational Specialist
Adria Flores has worked as an educational specialist at Morrissey-Compton since 2015. She has a teaching credential and worked as a classroom teacher for nine years. During that time, Adria also pursued a Master's in Literacy and Language Education and a Reading Specialist Credential from San Francisco State University. After many years as a private tutor, Adria was trained in the Slingerland method and began working at Morrissey-Compton. Along with her Slingerland training, she has been trained in Step Up to Writing, 6+1 Traits Writing, and Guided Reading and Writing. Adria particularly enjoys working with K-8 students to unlock a love of literacy.
|Edwige Gamache, M.A, Ph.D., Educational Specialist
Edwige Gamache does bilingual tutoring for students in elementary school through college. She was born, raised, and educated in France and in the U.S and earned a Masters in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the Universidad de Jaén in Spain. In addition, she received a PhD in Romance Linguistics, French Literature and Cultures from UC Berkeley. Edwige has been teaching since 1997 in both high school and college, with much expertise and experience in teaching bilingual students. She lives in Montara with her family. Her extensive travels have taken her to Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Spain, to name a few.
|Emilie Potter Jobson, M.A.
Emilie Jobson joined Morrissey-Compton as a Challenge School teacher and then as an Educational Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience in a variety of classroom settings, including general and special education, and within public and private schools. Emilie received her Clear Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credentials, along with her M.A. in Special Education, from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method and is currently working towards certification. Emilie's tutoring interests focus on early reading intervention and reading remediation for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.
|Dr. Raymond Jones, Ph.D.
Raymond Jones, Ph.D. joined the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center February 2010 as an Educational Specialist. He provides diagnostic educational assessments, executive function coaching for ADHD youth (8-17 years) and young adults (18+years), NLP interventions for self-esteem, along with metacognition learning strategies for youth ages 8-17. His tutoring expertise includes assisting students in identifying their dominant multiple intelligence(s); and in developing practical applications of organizational skills, learning strategies for reading comprehension and written expression in everyday settings. With extensive training in communication disorders, learning disabilities and clinical psychology, Dr. Jones has taught and worked with clients ranging in age from pre-school to adult. He has directed college academic skills centers, a speech and language center, consulted with pre-school agencies, facilitated parent training classes, taught classes for students having social behavioral challenges, served as Board member on various social justice agencies throughout the Bay Area, and hosted a public service radio show for five years.
Erin Powers has been a practicing Educational Therapist for over twenty five years. She has coordinated learning services for Kehillah Jewish High School for the past five years, and maintains a thriving private practice. She previously directed all of the learning services at the Carey (elementary) School, and Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco. In each independent school, Ms. Powers provided services and support to students with learning differences,working in partnership with parents and faculty. In addition, Ms. Powers teaches courses in Educational Therapy through the University of California Extension Program at Santa Cruz, with varied class offerings ranging from "Introduction to Educational Therapy," to "ADHD in the Classroom- for teachers." Ms. Powers holds a B.A. in psychology from UC Santa Cruz as well as a Masters of Education in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She further holds two California Teaching Credentials, one which is multi-subject and another in Special Education with an emphasis on Learning Handicapped. Additionally, Ms. Powers is certified as both a Resource Specialist and is a Board Certified Educational Therapist.
|C. Priya Tjerandsen, M.A.
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|Robert Urowsky, M.A.
Robert Urowsky, M.A. comes to Morrissey-Compton from Edgewood Community School in San Francisco, where he was the principal. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to developing and maintaining positive behavioral support plans and navigating the IEP maze. Robert offers educational therapy with a focus on Slingerland (e.g., phonemic awareness, decoding, orthography, reading fluency, reading comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and written expression). His main focus will be in this area; however, he is familiar with other programs such as Step Up To Writing®, Making Math RealT, and Social Thinking®. His approach is strength-based and student-centered, and he is open to seeing students grades 3 to 12.
Parent Educational & Social Skills Groups
|Sue Garber, M.A.
Director of Parent Education and Social Skills Groups
Certified Parent Coaching Institute® Parent Coach
Sue received a Master's degree in Special Education from University of Wisconsin - Madison. The focus of her studies was on children who experienced social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Sue coordinated the Parent Education program at Children's Health Council for five years before joining Morrissey-Compton, where she directs our Parent Education and Social Skills Groups programs. Sue facilitates groups with children who need support in areas such as: developing and maintaining friendships, improving ability to regulate emotions, decreasing impulsivity, and increasing problem solving skills. Her background includes clinical training at Michelle Garcia Winner's Center for Social Thinking®. Additionally, in her role as a Parent Coaching Institute® (PCI) certified Parent Coach, Sue guides parents as they learn and implement new strategies to communicate more effectively with their children. Sue provides community outreach at Morrissey-Compton, arranging for expert speakers to present at schools and other organizations.
|Melissa Kelley, Social Skills Group Leader
Melissa Kelley has been a School Counselor at Springer Elementary in Los Altos and Palo Alto High School, Alta Vista High School, and Kehillah Jewish High School. She designed and implemented a popular social skills group for K-1 students at Springer, which was later also offered at First Five in Mountain View. She has taught Social and Emotional Learning at the Nueva School in Hillsborough (Grades 1-3) and at Helios New School in Palo Alto (Grades K-5). Before coming to the counseling world, Melissa was a research director at the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth and a program officer in the area of at-risk youth with the Walter S. Johnson Foundation. She looks forward to co-leading social skills groups at Morrisey Compton!
William Nielsen completed his B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems in 1986. After 25 years in the software industry, Bill became interested in working with children in the area of mathematics. While completing courses in teacher education at Notre Dame de Namur University, he began to teach in summer math programs at the high school level. During this time, he became very interested in understanding why children have trouble learning math and why some children struggle to learn more than others. This inspired him to take additional training in multisensory approaches to teaching math, and to learn more about children with learning disorders and ADHD. Now a skilled tutor for children with a variety of learning needs, he works in the Half Moon Bay area tutoring children in K-8 grade math.