Kaplan Marquis

Education Consultants


About Us
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 and disability coordinator.

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. 

Joanna Salzman has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School from James Madison University, and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from American University. She also has an Administrator I certification from Townson University.  Joanna has 30 years of experience in the field of Special Education and has taught at both the Elementary and Secondary levels. She worked in both Prince George’s County and  Montgomery County. She worked in the Special Education office for 14 years in Montgomery County as an Instructional Specialist, as well as a Special Education Supervisor who was responsible for services in 35 schools. Joanna has done training for teachers during New Educator Orientation for many years. She has observed hundreds of students and has made recommendations to staff and parents on how to best meet their needs in the  classroom. She has also presented at the Maryland State Education Association  Conference in both 2020 and 2021.