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.
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. Since then she has focused exclusively on students with IEPs and currently functions as the Special Education program coordinator at her school where she completes all of the initial paperwork for the screening process, completes the educational assessments (both formal and informal), and writes the IEP. She has frequently presented training to staff on the IEP Process.