Staff Profiles


Amanda Shearer, M.S.Ed

As an undergraduate, I studied at Le Moyne College located in Syracuse, NY in Sociology with a dual concentration in Childhood and Special Education. I then continued my studies at the State University of New York at Cortland and received my M.S.Ed in Literacy Education.  After graduation, I accepted a position at  a not-for-profit, New York State-licensed organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Through my experiences, I have found I thoroughly enjoy working with children and encouraging creative expression in all individuals.

As a teacher, it is important that we are life-long learners, as it is our job to be dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven educators with a commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. It is our job to also be accommodating to individuals and to develop inspiring hands-on lessons that will breed success. In order to accomplish these goals and become the best possible teacher, I continued my education by becoming trained and certified in programs such as Orton- Gillingham, Project Read and Linda Mood Bell’s Visualizing & Verbalizing. With these multi-sensory programs, we can better meet the learning style needs of all children.



Rebakah Neuman, B.A. Ed

As an undergraduate I studied at Spring Arbor University located in Jackson, Michigan. My emphasis was in Elementary Education with triple minors in Science, Social Studies, and Early Childhood Education.  As a continuation of my educational career, I am currently working on my MAE in Learning Disabilities from Northern Michigan University located in Marquette, Michigan.

After graduating with my BA I volunteered at several schools in Northern Michigan where I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students and found myself drawn to working the children who had learning differences. In 2008 I moved to Maryland at which time I started working at Glenwood Country Day School. Throughout the past several years I have enjoyed the opportunities I have been given to aid my students in growing both academically and socially, and seeing my students filled with newfound confidence is priceless!

To better aid my students in their understanding of the many concepts covered in language arts I am trained in the following programs; Project Read Primary Phonics, Framing your Thoughts by Project Read, Handwriting Without Tears, Visualizing and Verbalizing by Linda Mood Bell and the Orton-Gillingham instructional techniques. In addition, I am familiar with working with a wide variety of reading curriculums such as: The Merrill Reading Program, The S.P.I.R.E Reading Program, and The Wilson Reading Program. To better aid my students in their understanding of mathematical concepts I am also trained in Touch Math and On Cloud Nine by Linda Mood Bell.



Jenny Brown Masters Early Childhood education/ certificate in Special education

As an undergraduate student at UMBC I majored in Psychology and discovered my love of learning about children. I went back to UMBC to pursue my love of teaching by getting my Masters in Early Childhood education. I had two of my three children while in graduate school, and decided that tutoring gave me flexibility my family needed. After I had my third son, I went back to school part-time as a learning difference tutor in various private schools around Maryland. On a whim, I decided to become Orton Gillingham trained, and helping children learn to read became my passion. The joke was on me because we were on the verge of diagnosing all three of my boys as dyslexic!
I love continuing education classes as I consider myself a lifelong learner and it is my hope to instill a passion in all my students. I have been trained in Project Read, Orton-Gillingham. Pho-Graphix and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Having this training and helping my own children navigate their education, has made me an advocate for anyone that struggles to learn. I am so lucky to have landed at Glenwood, with my wonderful students!



Kim Shaughnessy, M.A., Speech and Hearing Science

I am the parent of dyslexic children, whom I have home-schooled for the past eleven years. I have experienced first hand the fear the frustrations that the parents of dyslexic kids might have. I have had hands on experience with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHD with my own children.

Prior to homeschooling, I worked for seven years in the Frederick, Maryland at Maryland School for the Deaf and Rock Creek School. As a SLP, I worked with a wide range of students, including: autism spectrum, Down-Syndrome, hard of hearing and deaf students.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. I received a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. I recently received training in the Orton-Gillingham instructional techniques and Modelosophy with Dr. Fran Bowman and Visualizing and Verbalizing by Nancy-Mood Bell.


Vangie Baker

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Science and Mathematics from Hood College. I have taught various age levels in four counties and three non-public schools. I have offered enrichment and intervention in afterschool and summer programs. I have experience with Words their Way, Everyday Math, Orton-Gillingham, Fountas & Pinnell, Experiential Learning, Integrated Curriculum, Universal Design, Reading Recovery, and Assessment driven instruction.

As a life-long learner myself, I have taken two courses in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction, a Lindamood Bell course in Visualizing and Verbalizing to help students increase their comprehension, a training in MODELosophy to provide a multi-sensory approach to writing, a course in educating children with disabilities, and a workshop in integrating the Arts into the curriculum. My professional development also includes extensive work in elementary environmental science.

My favorite students have always been the ones the other teachers struggled with. In fact, as the daughter of two prominent reading teachers, I have had an interest in teaching children with learning disabilities for as long as I can remember. My parents often used me as a guinea pig in their research! However, my interest really blossomed when I realized my son was dyslexic. It was through my advocacy for him that I really began to solidify my understanding and teaching of children with learning differences, culminating in this exciting new adventure with the students of Glenwood Academy.



Laurie Brister, B.A. Psychology and Early Childhood Education

I am an early elementary educator with a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I have loved my career in teaching young children and have always wanted to teach. As I had my own children, it gave me a much better understanding and empathy for each individual child.  I had to take a break from my career to become an advocate for my daughter as she struggled with serious medical and mental disorders. I became disillusioned with public school’s lack of resources and support for my child and had to learn about what community resources were available.  I became involved with NAMI and was an avid volunteer.  When I returned to teaching, I took continuing education classes to extend my knowledge of how to help children who faced learning challenges for a variety of different reasons.  I have been certified in Linda Mood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing Program for Cognitive Development and have certification in the Orton Gillingham  methodology.


Ashley Gower, MT-BC, Music Therapist Board Certified

Ashley is from Westminster, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy and minor in psychology from Shenandoah University in 2013. During her time as a student she served two years on the Mid-Atlantic Region American Music Therapy Association Students Executive Board. She completed her internship with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Maryland and went on to obtain her credentials as a Board Certified Music Therapist from the Certification Board of Music Therapists. Ashley remains an active member of the American Music Therapy Association on a national and regional level. During her free time, Ashley enjoys taking ballet lessons and volunteering for the 4-H Youth Development Program.



Angela Liston OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and Co-owner of the Children’s SPOT Inc., began her career in 1998 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in mental health. During that time, Angela continued her education and in 2003 became a fully certified Occupational Therapist.  Since that time, Angela has focused her career on working with children with a variety of disabilities including Autism, ADD/ADHD and Learning Disabilities, in both the school and private practice settings.  In addition to providing traditional services focusing on fine and gross motor skills, she is Level 1 Certified in Handwriting Without Tears, is trained in Yoga for Special Needs Children and is a certified provider of The Listening Program. Angela has a special interest in developing sensory integration programs to help students with sensory modulation deficits effectively learn in a classroom environment.  

Angela co-teaches the Social Thinking program at Glenwood Academy and enhances the program by teaching The Zones of Regulation, a program designed to improve a child’s ability to self-regulate.  She works closely with parents and teachers to develop practical strategies to help increase her clients’ availability for learning and improve fine and gross motor skills necessary to succeed in the school environment.



Nicole Orellana MS, CCC-SLP  speech therapist and co-owner of the Children’s SPOT inc. has been a Speech and Language Therapist working with children diagnosed with, Apraxia, Learning Disabilities, Language Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays since 2004.   She has completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Pennsylvania State University and uses motivation and reinforcement strategies to help her students achieve their highest potential.  Nicole is a strong proponent of the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program, by Nancy Bell, to help children improve oral and written comprehension as well as the Social Thinking Program, by Michelle Garcia Winner, to help children improve pragmatic language and their ability to navigate the social world.  Through her work with Angela Liston OTR/L, who also works with students at Glenwood Academy, Nicole has learned to incorporate research based sensory and motor strategies to improve a child’s ability to focus and attend.  Nicole believes strongly in developing relationships with teachers and parents and fostering the “team” approach.


Erin Eaton Soulen, M.S. Ed

Mrs. Soulen is a passionate Maryland State Certified K-12 Health and Physical Educator who believes ALL children can succeed.   She has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Frostburg State University, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College.  She has had the privilege to teach all grade levels of Health and Physical Education.   She worked with Carroll County Public Schools as a middle school Health/Physical Educator and served as high school varsity head field hockey coach.  In her tenure with CCPSS, she revised and rewrote the county physical education curriculum and had the opportunity to serve in many leadership roles.  She went on to teach middle and high school Health/PE at Chapelgate Christian Academy, and elementary PE with Howard County Public School System.   Mrs. Soulen strives to facilitate children to become independent lifelong learners and to educate and nurture the whole child through best practices.