Ann M. Bain, D.Ed., has been in the field of learning disabilities for over 30 years. She has taught in both public and private school settings as well as at The Johns Hopkins University, Currently, she is adjunct faculty at both Loyola University and Goucher College. She provides diagnostic/prescriptive evaluations and tutors children and adults with Specific Language Disabilities. She also is an instructor at the Dyslexia Tutoring Program where she trains volunteer tutors and gives workshops on tutoring the dyslexic student. Ann was the first recipient of the R.M.N. Crosby lifetime achievement award as well as the Distinguished Alumna Award presented by Albertus Magnus College. She is a Fellow in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practioners and Educators. Ann has written several articles and workbooks and co-authored Written Language Disorders: Theory into Practice.
Rebecca Fischer is a resource teacher in the Office of Secondary Language Arts for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a B.S. from Towson University and a M.Ed. from Goucher College. Rebecca provides professional development literacy presentations for all content areas and grade levels. She is a certified trainer of the I-Ready intervention program, 6 Traits Writing Model, and a regional trainer of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Maureen Flanigan taught an inclusion Pre-Kindergarten program at Essex Elementary School. She has over 40 years of experience working with special education students from Pre-K to high school. Maureen has experience with a variety of disabilities, learning styles, behaviors and unique methods of instruction in both private and public schools. She has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses for the past 19 years.
Rebecca Gault was a middle school language arts teacher for 22 years in Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) before joining the Professional Development Office of HCPS in her current role as a Teacher Specialist. Rebecca has a Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Science in Professional Writing; and a certification in Administration and Supervision-all from Towson University. A published author, she has written several books involving secondary literacy; her most recent is entitled, Highly Effective Strategies to Help Your Struggling Students Meet the Common Core Literacy Standards. Rebecca has been trained as a Master Teacher in the Common Core Standards through her work with the Maryland State Department of Education and, in this capacity, provides ongoing staff development to the teachers in her district and across the state.
Margaret Meacham is the award-winning author of 15 novels for children and young adults and an adult mystery novel titled, The Survival of Sarah Landing. Her young adult novels include Oyster Moon, which recently has been optioned for film by Green Films LLC, Secret of Heron Creek, A Mid-Semester Night's Dream, and her latest, The Ghosts of Laurelford. Her books are sold internationally with two titles that have been translated into French and German. She has written reviews, articles and short stories for numerous publications including Library Journal, Country Magazine, Successful Student Magazine, Maryland Magazine, Highlights for Children, Baltimore Magazine, and The Baltimore Sun. Honors and awards include: Judge, NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature 2012; Judge, Maryland Writer's Association Writing Competition, 2008 and 2009, Keynote Speaker, Baltimore CityLit Festival 2008, Bethesda Literary Festival Featured Author, 2007, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Presenter 2003-2005, Healy Lecturer, Roland Park Country School, 2000, Maryland Notable Author Award, 1998. Highlights for Children Humorous Stories' Award.
Warren Nelson has been part of the Teachers' Institute since its inception. He taught English in Harford County and has offered multiple technology workshops for Harford County Public Schools in Maryland as well as for Goucher College.
Andrea Parrish is a lecturer and doctoral student at Towson University. Her professional experiences and interests lie in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, instructional technology, and early childhood special education. Andrea obtained her undergraduate degree in special education from Towson University, graduate degree in special education from Johns Hopkins University, and state certificate in educational administration from Goucher College. She has taught in early childhood and elementary classrooms as a special educator and worked in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Special Education.
Nancy Perkins is a resource teacher in the Office of Secondary Language Arts for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a B.S. from Towson University and a M.A. from Loyola College. Nancy writes secondary language arts and reading curriculum for Baltimore County. She also provides professional development literacy presentations for all content areas and grade levels. She is a trainer for Baltimore County's secondary reading intervention program and also a regional trainer of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Nancy Reed is a supervisor in the Office of Elementary English Language Arts for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a B.S. from Towson University in Early Childhood Education and a M.S. in Instructional Technology, also from Towson University. Prior to her current position, Nancy was a resource teacher in the Department of Digital Learning (formally the Office of Instructional Technology), a technology integration school-based teacher, media specialist and classroom teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. Nancy served as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Learning Community Coach in the BCPS UDL grant project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CAST Project. Nancy has written curriculum and has written and taught many inservice courses for BCPS, including Universal Design for Learning and the Next Generation Learner. Nancy is also a certified interactive whiteboard curriculum developer and trainer.
Cecilia Roe is the Director of Instructional Assessment and Professional Development for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Her responsibilities as Director include the Educator Effectiveness Academies; College and Career Readiness Conferences; Title IIA; HSA Bridge Projects; and Race to the Top professional development initiatives, including the roll out of the College- and Career-Ready Standards and the PARCC assessments; Cecilia formerly served as a specialist in MSDE's Secondary English Language Arts Office. She joined the MSDE family from Baltimore County Public Schools, where she served as the Coordinator of the Office of Secondary English Language Arts. Her responsibilities included development and implementation of county curriculum, assessments, and professional development. Prior to her tenure in the English Language Arts Office, Cecilia fulfilled 30 years as a secondary English teacher, department chairperson, and reading specialist. In addition, she has served for seven years as an adjunct instructor for Graduate Programs in the Education Division of Goucher College.
Claire Salkowski has been a leader in the field of education for over 35 years. She was the founder and Head of the Free State Montessori School and is currently a professional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialist and Director of Mediation and Education Programs at Mosaic Community Services, an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt. She is the previous Director of the Montessori Education Program at Delaware State University and has been a faculty member at numerous Montessori teacher training programs. She has been an adjunct associate professor at Goucher College, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware State University, and UMBC. Claire holds a Master of Science in Emotional Disturbances from Johns Hopkins University, was State-certified in Special Education, and is Montessori (AMS)-certified for 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 year olds. Claire also has earned 30 credits in School Psychology. She has written and developed curriculum in mediation and peace education and has published numerous articles on the topic of peace education and mediation. Claire is currently on the Board of the Montessori International Council.
Lauri Silver is a special educator with over 18 years experience working in special education. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from West Chester University and holds a Master's of Science degree in Special Education Technology from Johns Hopkins University. She has a variety of experience in special education, assistive technology, and professional development for teachers and leaders in the K-12 setting. Currently, Lauri is the Program Head of the Instructional Access Team for Howard County Public School System. Her passion radiates in helping all students access the curriculum through assistive technology tools and the implementation of Universal Design for Learning Principles.