Ellen Kaplan graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in special education and earned a master in reading from Towson State University. She spent eight years as a special education teacher in Howard County, Maryland middle schools, where she focused on students with learning disabilities and emotional issues. She later taught kindergarten in a Regional Early Childhood Center program (RECC), working closely with speech-language therapists, occupational therapists and classroom teachers to develop goals for students entering the upper grades. Most recently, she was the education director at a private school for autistic children in Howard County where she oversaw the IEP process, developed progress reports and classroom behavior plans and facilitated state testing. She has also tutored privately specializing in students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, children with Executive Dysfunction and ADHD, as well as students with learning disabilities. Currently Ellen splits her time between the Orchid Center for ADHD and Executive Functioning where she is the Co-founder and Director of Education and Coaching services and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she is the learning specialist.
Lori Marquis graduated from the University of Delaware in 1989 with a dual degree in elementary and special education. She has since earned a masters equivalence in special education through the Montgomery County Public Schools and Johns Hopkins University programs. For the first 13 years of her career, she taught general education in grades 4 and 5, as well as working to mainstream students with IEPs. Over the years, she has focused exclusively on students with IEPs and functioned as the Special Education program coordinator at her school where she completed all of the initial paperwork for the screening process, completed the educational assessments (both formal and informal), wrote the IEP, and frequently presented training to staff on the IEP Process. Currently Lori is the parent educator in Montgomery County's PEP program where she supports famiies/caretakers and staff working with children 3-5 enrolled in the program. She plans and coordinates parent workshops on a variety of topics and assists families through an intake process.