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Ann Miller joined Susan Luger Associates in August, 2015. She received her MS/Ed. at Yeshiva University and did post graduate work in testing and evaluation at Columbia University.
Ann spent 26 years at the Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan as a teacher, the Assistant Director, a Co-Director of the Lower School, and a Co-Director of Admissions Applications.
She also spent 9 years teaching special education in the New York City Public Schools. Ann holds her New State License in both elementary education and special education and was honored to be listed in the 2004 edition of “Who’s Who of American Teachers”
Her own personal history led to Ann’s passion for attempting to create a sense of fairness for special needs children and their families. Her desire to equalize the playing field continually fuels her work. “As identification of children with learning issues continues to grow, so does the need to ensure that every child gets the education he/she needs to flourish. It is vital that this goal be met, therefore the support of families with special needs children is an on-going mission.”
Fredda Clark worked for the New York City Department of Education for over thirty years in several capacities, including as a special education teacher and a member of the school-based support team (the IEP team). She administered education evaluations, arranged and attended IEP meetings.
Fredda also worked at the Region 9 Committee on Special Education as a special education teacher on the review team, a special education instructional support specialist, and a school district representative for impartial hearings. Additionally, she coordinated the impartial hearing activities for the region.
Fredda is certified as a Level I Wilson reading teacher and is trained in the Orton Gillingham technique and DIR/Floortime. In addition to her special education teaching credentials, she holds a certificate as a School District Administrator.
Her decades of experience in the school system, combined with her years of working with families at Susan Luger Associates, make Fredda highly qualified and very eager to advocate for parents facing the challenges of securing the most appropriate services for their child.
As a member of Susan Luger Associates, Rhoda Geller brings over 17 years of special education advocacy experience to the table. Rhoda has focused her career on establishing partnerships with families while providing them with the knowledge and comfort level needed throughout the special education process.
Rhoda’s educational background and training as a math teacher, experience as a math tutor, for both special and general education students, and her training in the Wilson Reading Program, all bring an added dimension to her ability to support our families. Having run her own college counseling business, Rhoda has a clear understanding as to what students need to do while in junior and senior high school as well as during their college years.
Whether accompanying parents to CSE Meetings or advising families on the next steps of a case, Rhoda’s unique combination of skills provides parents with the support and guidance they need. We are pleased that in addition to handling New York cases, Rhoda is part of our New Jersey cohort that handles cases in New Jersey.
Rhoda has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Education, from Richmond College.
Desiree Keane came to SLA with 15 years of experience teaching students with a vast range of special needs. She earned Master’s Degrees in Both Special and General Education and holds a Specialized Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been a Graduate Professor at Manhattanville College, preparing future special education teachers with IDEA laws and the most current teaching methodologies.
Desiree’s philosophy is to empower parents with the ability to make sound decisions regarding their child’s education. her commitment to advocacy is also personally driven, as she had advocated for family members and dear friends who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speech and Language Impairments. She is sensitive to parents’ concerns and committed to ensuring the most proper placements and support services.
As a teacher, Desiree had years of experience writing IEP’s, attending CSE meetings, and working closely with school psychologists, speech & language/occupational therapists and many other support services. She is familiar with modified curriculum, alternative assessments, testing accommodations and appropriate placements. Desiree supports the importance of deadlines and proper documentation and joins Susan luger Associates with your child’s education and best interests in mind.
Prior to joining Susan Luger Associates, Lois was employed as a special education advocate in New York City. During this time Lois accompanied parents to CSE meetings. She has accompanied parents to visit and evaluate CSE recommended programs. Lois has assisted parents through the special education process.She was always available to answer parent questions and address their concerns.
Lois worked for the NYC Department of Education for over thirty years. She taught middle school students enrolled in general education and special education classes. Lois became an education evaluator in various schools in District 2 in Manhattan. She assessed students in public and private school in order to determine their educational needs.
The last five years of Lois’s career at the Department of Education were as a special education teacher on the special assessment team at the Committee on Special Education. She worked with a multi- disciplinary team of clinicians, parents and private school personnel in order to create IEP’s and make educationally appropriate recommendations for students with special needs.
Lois earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the State University College at New Paltz and a Masters of Science degree at Richmond College. She is New York State certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. Lois is excited to bring her years of experience helping parents through the special education process in order to obtain appropriate educational services for their children to the team of Susan Luger Associates.
Jeanne Stone has been advocating for children for over twenty-five years. As a licensed school psychologist and speech pathologist, she has provided services for students in both public and private school settings, conducted numerous evaluations and worked with all age students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
She has received extensive New York State training in the CSE process and is a recognized leader in conducting and chairing meetings as well as other related special education services. Her goal has been and remains, “Always working to do what is best for children and their special needs. We need to ensure a level playing field for all students.” Jeanne has attended years of special education law conferences and seminars, has presented on a variety of special education topics and has consulted on a number of difficult of cases where she was instrumental in collaborative decision making.
Jeanne has established and directed early childhood centers with a variety of special needs students, she has created collaborative settings for children with autism, she has served in public school settings as a district chairperson, coordinating services between regular and special education, which when combined with her speech and psychological background offers parents and children a complete range of special services.
“I want to spend this time in my career insuring that children receive the best possible services they are entitled to, so they can fulfill their potential.” Jeanne is excited to be part of Susan Luger Associates, dedicated to these same goals.
Melissa Brown, a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School. Melissa has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. She specializes in education law and has been affiliated with Susan Luger Associates since 2007.
She has extensive litigation experience and has represented clients in numerous proceedings against the NYC Department of Education and other school districts in New York State.
Melissa is multilingual, speaking Spanish and French fluently.
Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, with a B.A. in English and a concentration in French. She obtained her J.D. from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing law for over 11 years.
She is admitted to practice in the States of CA and NY. Kimberly has appeared and litigated cases before the CA Workers Compensation Board; NY State Workers Compensation Board; Los Angeles County Superior Court, NY Supreme Court and the Third Department Appellate Division.
Her commitment to the equality of education for all children led to her practice of Special Education Law. As a consummate professional and seasoned litigator, Kimberly is committed to assisting parents in their struggle to obtain access to a quality education for their children.
Deborah began her legal career over 25 years ago as a trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She was also the Division’s Director of Training and Staff Development.
Both her professional interest in learning and her personal experience with special education brought her back to the practice of law and to representing parents of children with special needs.