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Elizabeth A. Swanson is a former schoolteacher and received a PHD in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are teacher education and effective reading instruction for students with learning disabilities. She is currently studying the process of bringing to scale two different reading interventions for first graders who are at risk for reading difficulties. In addition, she is developing a variety of coaching models for teacher professional development. Dr. Swanson is actively involved as a consultant for nation-wide program evaluation efforts and serves with several community organizations as an advocate for disability rights.

Sylvia Little holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Currently an independent education consultant, Dr. Little has been teacher, principal and school district assistant superintendent during her career; her work has concentrated in multi-ethnic school districts. She understands that today’s young people must speak multiple languages to succeed in today’s global society.

Susan Lee’s life goal, to help each person and child realize their fullest potential with their own creative approach, shapes her career endeavors. Ms. Lee is the co-creator for The Brain Train, a children’s book that serves as the focal point of The Brain Train Center in Austin, Texas. In addition, she serves as the Center’s Director of Program Development.

As part of the Center’s focal point, Ms. Lee completed numerous studies involving mind/body perfection and whole brain integration. These studies include certificates from Edukin/Brain Gym Training Course, Dr. Carla Hannaford’s Smart Moves – the physiological basis of learning, and from the Handle Institute (Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency) of Seattle.

Currently, she serves as an online professor for DeVry University. In addition she continues to work with the GED program and workforce learners. She has been the owner of Organized Solutions, professional organizational and coaching business, for many years. Previously, Mrs. Lee was a Medical Technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists for 9 years.

Education: She holds a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Concordia University at Austin and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. Hobbies include hiking, biking, working out, and reading novels and the practical aspects of the latest brain research.

Frances Meiser has a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development and a M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy. Her extensive post graduate studies include Slingerland Reading, neurodevelopment and learning efficiencies. She studied at The HANDLE Institute – a Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment & Learning Efficiency and with Dr. Lynn Weiss (ADHD Specialist), has had Brain Gym Training from the Educational Kinesiology Foundation, and training with Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., author of SMART MOVES – The Physiological Basis of Learning. She is a coach, consultant, trainer, educator of educators, author of THE BRAIN TRAIN and SENIOR MOMENTS, and the Executive Director of The Brain Train Center.

Patricia A. Rehm has teaching experience in several types/levels of classrooms. Primarily, her service has been focused on meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities. Serving as a Voigt Elementary School, Jarrell ISD, resource and inclusion teacher, she was a lead teacher in developing and maintaining ARDs and IEPs. She worked with students enrolled in special education classes and often provided 1 on 1 instruction. But more importantly, interpreting school and family policy, she made certain that the rights of students and their families were met.

During her years at Chisholm Trail Middle School, Round Rock ISD, she taught four groups of remedial reading for 7th graders who had failed the TAAS (now TAKS) and one of journalism & newspaper production. Later, she was “promoted” to a 7th grade Language Arts class. During her third year in the RRISD system, she worked at Westwood H. S. in the Credit Plus Program, designed for students who had failed core academic subjects.