Our Collaborative Concept
col•lab o•ra tive adj.– accomplished through working with others for a common purpose or benefit;
"a cooperative effort."
The collaborative concept guides our practice and benefits our families. As a team, we meet to discuss student profiles, ongoing research in the field of learning differences, and changes at colleges and learning programs. We travel frequently, visiting college disability services offices, taking campus tours, eating at the cafeterias, talking to students and admissions representatives – all in an effort to know the schools and available support so well that we are able to give the best advice to our families.
We also have built strong relationships with a wide array of respected professionals across the country. Sometimes this means finding the right coach for a student with ADHD. Other times this means finding a psychologist who will work well with our student in psycho-educational testing. Sometimes it means finding a writing coach for those who struggle with essays. These relationships enhance our ability to help our students although we never receive referral fees or other monetary advantages from these professionals.
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Joan works with students with a wide variety of learning differences and loves the challenge of finding and building on their strengths and maximizing their potential. She has expertise in gifted and talented students with learning disabilities (GTLD), special education policies and procedures, accommodations and adaptations, assistive technology, and adoption.
She has long-term experience with the education community serving on multiple committees through Montgomery County Public Schools and the Board of the GTLD Network. She has both interest and experience in the intersection of education ( MCPS) and business through work for the Montgomery County Business Roundtable on Education.
She is active in the community and proud of ongoing collaborations with the Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County (LDAMC), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The Barker Foundation, and GTLD advocacy groups from other counties. Joan has developed materials and processes to help students prepare to be independent and successful individuals and find the right fit college.
Kyle Kane is a former private practice law partner and professor who was first introduced to college consulting when she volunteered to counsel first-generation students in local high schools. She decided to specialize in students with learning disabilities when she trained as a college consultant because she "walked the walk" with her own children who struggled with learning differences,
Kyle welcomes all students with learning challenges but has a particular interest and specialty in working with students on the Autism Spectrum. Having taught writing to law students for over 10 years, Kyle also brings an expertise in concise, expressive essay writing instruction to her students.
Kyle is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and has achieved her LD Designation. She serves as the Chair of the LD Committee of IECA and also trains independent educational consultants in working with students with learning challenges all across the country. She is an active member of the Learning Disabilities Association, the Autism Society, and the International Dyslexia Association and regularly attends training and seminars to remain abreast of all new developments in the field. She is constantly traveling with her colleagues to college campuses around the country to gain the knowledge necessary to ensure a good fit between her students' strengths and challenges and the college.
Kyle sees clients primarily by Zoom/Skype and maintains a national client-base.
Kyle Kane, email@example.com, 240-432-0377
Lori loves helping families of high school and college students identify schools where they can thrive. Cited as an expert on the subject in US News and World Report, Lori guides students with different learning styles through every aspect of the college process. During their high school years, Lori also provides guidance to students about their academic and extracurricular activities.
Lori deliberately limits the number of students she works with so she can give each of them, and their parents, the attention they deserve. Her goal is to help students find colleges that are the best fits and have the right learning support in place. Lori visits colleges frequently to find out for herself whether they live up to the promises they make on their websites and elsewhere. In addition, Lori stays in contact with students after they graduate from high school to assist with their college transition.
With input from her colleagues at College Consulting Collaborative, Lori’s students also benefit from the collective wisdom that comes from years of experience and various perspectives.
Lori has been active in the Washington DC community for many years, serving on the board of Martha's Table and various other scholastic and community-based groups. She is an honors graduate of University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School, has completed a program of study on Principles of Educational Consulting, and is actively involved in the field of education.
Lori Vise, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-674-0150.
Sue Cook Christakos
Sue is a former attorney who drafted policy pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With her expertise in the ADA, Sue advocates for students to assist them in obtaining accommodations and services that will enable them to be successful in elementary school, middle school, high school and beyond. Sue has always had a passion for helping individuals with disabilities, serving as a reading tutor for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and contributing time as a parent surrogate for MCPS. In addition,
Sue has volunteered her time to assist first-generation college applicants in pursuing their dream of a college education. As a college consultant, Sue works with students as early as middle school to help them plan and prepare for college, and ultimately find the right college fit.
Sue is active in the dyslexia community and is a member of the International Dyslexic Association, as well as the Learning Disability Association of Montgomery County (LDAMC). She has a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.