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Program Development at UMass Amherst

About Me

I work in program development for U Mass Amherst.  
I write a lot about Education, Learning Theory, Learning disabilities, neurodiversity and political justice.

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Letter From the Field

In this commentary, I call for a reform of Special Education.


5 Factors That Influence Success in College

This article provides five specific factors that can predict success in college.


Difference, not disability

Once traditionally considered disabilities, conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, and autism actually represent the diversity of neurological processing styles. But will the educational community catch on and respect people — students and teachers alike — as neurological minorities?


Impeachment a matter of national integrity

This article reviews Peter Welch's timid relationship with Impeachment leading up to the 2018 Midterms.


Israeli killing in Gaza is a crime

Examines the role Israel plays deliberately creating the conditions of Gaza.


F-35 wrong for Vermont

This article questions the plan to bring the F-35 to VT.



Director of Admissions

Oak Meadow offers an independent education that empowers students to live skillful, innovative, compassionate lives by engaging the intellect, cultivating creativity, and fostering curiosity. Our flexible, self-directed model empowers students to find their most inspired path to learning and to build connections between living, learning, and their community.

Company: Oak Meadow

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

Affiliated Professor at The Union Institute and University

I mentor adult students through independent study as they work toward their Bachelors Degree. As the Literature Faculty for the Brattleboro Center, I find a mixture of students studying creative writing as well as more traditional modes of literary inquiry.

Company: The Union Institute and University

I worked there from 1/2010 until now


I teach poetry and creative non-fiction in the Young Women's Writing Workshop.

Company: Smith College

I worked there from 6/2012 until now

Co -Founder and Chief Mentor

We are building a company to help college students organize and externalize their executive functions.

Company: Student Mentoring Services

I worked there from 11/2009 until now

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